Archive for the ‘Marie Meaney, Ph.D.’ Category

When Mother’s Day is a Day of Mourning

For many women, Mother’s Day brings sadness. The infertile mourn the absence of children, others grieve the children they have lost through miscarriages, abortions, sickness, accidents and wars. Others, who had a difficult relationship with their mothers, or who were perhaps abandoned and abused, also have a hard time thinking of their mothers with gratitude. Or, they might have lost their mothers at a young age and grieve her absence. Women, who never found...

Methuselah’s Daughters

As an article in the DailyMail recently reported, Women are getting increasingly older before having children. The number of women in their 50s having children has doubled over the last 5 years in the U.K.; three children are born to mothers in their 50s every week in England and the number of mothers younger than 25 has plummeted by half since the early 1970s.[1] The trend is widespread in the...

What IVF and Euthanasia Have in Common

In vitro fertilization (IVF) and Euthanasia seem strange bedfellows. “Polar opposites” is what comes to mind at first. After all, the one is about generating new life, it would seem, while the other is about ending it prematurely. Yet after hearing about two cases of IVF among my acquaintances recently, I was struck by the fact that they have more in common than we think, and that the mentality behind the one leads to...

Having “Only” One

We are living the dream – at least the dream according to the secular mind. We only have one child. Not by choice, mind you; we would love to have more and didn’t expect to end up with just one. For a while it even looked like we would have none. This child was greatly desired, prayed for and many tears were shed over the 9 long years of marriage it took before God...

The French Spring: the March for Marriage in Paris

On May 26, about a million people attended a March in Paris to protest the newly promulgated “loi Taubira” in France, allowing “gay marriage.” The last time so many people took to the streets in France was during the famous sexual revolution of May 1968.

Free love, free access to abortion, drugs, and complete license had been the demands of that generation so willing to feed its own desires at the cost of a...

Dare We Hope for Gosnell?

A few days ago, the news broke that a deal was struck between Kermit Gosnell and the prosecutors. Gosnell waived his right to appeal the verdict. In return the prosecutors dropped their demand for the death penalty. Up until this point, the question was still very much in the air whether he should receive this extreme punishment or not. 

In a short article for First Things, Robert George...

The Banality of Evil – The Eichmanns Among Us

When Hannah Arendt published her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil fifty years ago, it caused a great scandal. Her critics thought that she was belittling the Holocaust. However, Arendt was not speaking about the Holocaust, which she believed to be just as horrific as her critics did, but about one of its perpetrators and the way he was involved in this terrible genocide.

Eichmann had been a desk-murderer,...

Parenting for the Sterile

I do not wish to offer any facile answers or consolations for those suffering from infertility. The cross for those having none or less children than they would wish is a heavy one; it takes much grieving and it is a long process to accept this suffering and to find inner peace in Christ. This is no sign of moral weakness, but simply the consequence of intense pain.

To tell infertile couples that they...