Life Issues: Abortion, Contraception, War, Etc. (Index Page)

Baby7weeksNine-week human embryo (or seven weeks post ovulation). Photograph by Ed Uthman, 1 December 1999 [Wikimedia CommonsCreative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license]

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ABORTION AND INFANTICIDE: GENERAL 

Outrage Against the Ruthless Slaughter and Savage Butchery of Child-Killing (aka Abortion) [June 1999] *

Abortion and a “Progressive and Humane Nation” (Al Kresta) [11-28-00]

Dialogue on Whether Personhood Begins at Conception (vs. Sogn Mill-Scout) [3-29-04] *

Abortion Discussion, Part II, Including the “Rape Exception” (with Sogn Mill-Scout) [4-6-04] *

Hang Your Head in Shame and Weep: Photographs of Fetal Development & the Butchery of Abortion [1-22-07] *

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is Dead Wrong For All the Wright Reasons (the Old Testament Prophetic Tradition, AIDS, and Abortion) [4-29-08] *

How and When Does a Human Being Acquire a Soul? (Catholic Dogma) [9-16-08] *

Brief Reflection on How to Stop Legal Childkilling [11-30-08] *

The Eternal Destination of Very Young Infants Who Perish, According to Catholicism (David W. Emery) [12-26-08] *

The Bible’s Teaching on Abortion [3-8-09]

Frank Schaeffer, Son of the Evangelical Icon Francis Schaeffer, Has Become “Pro Choice” and Blames Pro-Lifers For George Tiller’s Murder [6-4-09] *

My Son Paul Armstrong’s “Bible and Pro-Life” Book: Defending Life [12-15-09; link for purchase] *

Noel Paul Stookey: Pathetic Libertarian, Ethical Relativist Justification of Legal Abortion [2-6-10] *

Is the Bible Silent or Lax on Abortion? Hardly. But Agnostic Ed Babinski Gives it His Best Shot . . . [12-15-10] *

Showing Graphic Abortion Photos: Justifiable and Necessary (+ Facebook discussion) [12-17-10]

Debate on Abortion with an Atheist, with Use of Reductio ad Absurdum (vs. Tim Allen) [5-2-12]

Dialogue on Whether it is Improper or Disrespectful to Bring up the Abortion Holocaust in the Context of School Massacres [1-17-13] *

Straight Talk on Genocide (ISIS and our own Childkillers) [Facebook, 8-14-14]

Jesus, in Effect, Used Abortion as a Direct Metaphor for Hell [8-15-15]

Pope Francis’ Strongly Pro-Life Comments to the UN (“Both/And”!) [9-25-15]

The Inquisition, Abortion, & ISIS (Connections?) [10-19-15]

On Punishing Women if Abortion Were Illegal [10-23-15]

Civil Dialogue with a Humanist on Abortion [2-7-16]

Relative Value of Gorillas vs. Humans [6-5-16]

“Forced” Morality & Ubiquitous “Bigotry” [6-9-16]

Bathroom Insanity, “Gay Marriage”, Abortion, & Legal Coercion [6-10-16]

Love Towards Preborn Babies Evident Once Again from the Pro-Abort Crowd [Facebook, 6-1-17]

Better-Than-Average Exchange with a So-Called “Pro-Choice” Advocate [Facebook, 8-2-17]

Planned Parenthood Kills 266 Black Babies Every Day (meme) [Facebook, 8-17-17]

Pregnancies Conceived in Rape from the Baby’s Perspective [Facebook, 9-20-17]

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ABORTION: THE TERMINOLOGY DEBATE

“Pro-Choice” and “Anti-Abortion”: Definitional Accuracy in the Abortion Debate [11-23-00] *

Debating the Silliness of the “Pro-Choice” Word Game (vs. Michael Powers) [Facebook, 1-24-17]

“Pro-Abortion”: “Bad Faith” Term or Fair Description? [8-4-17]

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ABORTION AND AMERICAN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Five Catholic Supreme Court Justices Set America Back on the Path to Rudimentary Civilization by Outlawing Partial-Birth Infanticide [4-19-07] *

Supreme Court Partial-Birth Infanticide Ban: Dissenting Opinion of Pro-Abortion Justice Ginsburg [4-19-07] *

Reflections on Legal Abortion, Operation Rescue, and Another Opportunity at Election Year [5-22-08] *

Abortion as a Deal-Breaker and Ethical Voting [9-10-08 and 2-22-14]

On the Complaint that Pro-Lifers are “Single-Issue” [9-24-15]

Must the Pope Explicitly Mention Abortion to Congress? [9-24-15]

“How Can a Catholic Vote for Trump?!!?” [5-28-16]

Whoppers About Trump and Planned Parenthood [Facebook, 8-22-16]

The Supreme Court, Presidents, and Abortion, in 2016 [Facebook, 10-8-16]

Reply to Sam Rocha Regarding “Nonsense” Supreme Court Arguments (Trump & the Pro-Life Cause) [Facebook, 10-11-16]

“Trump Ain’t Really Pro-Life” [1-24-17]

Dialogue: What Would it Take to Convince a Never-Trumper that Trump Really Is Pro-Life? (vs. Scott Eric Alt) [Facebook, 1-24-17]

Debate: How Pro-Life is the Republican Party (Especially the Leadership)? [5-8-17]

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“NEW [CENTER-LEFT] PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT”

Showing Graphic Abortion Photos: Justifiable and Necessary (+ Facebook discussion) [12-17-10]

On Whether Republicans and/or Pro-Life Activists Lack a Concern for the Poor [Facebook, 10-3-16]

Reply to “Left-Wing” Pro-Lifers (Crisis Pregnancy Centers, the Supreme Court, and “Old” Pro-Life Efforts to Help Struggling Pregnant Women) [10-24-16]

“New” Pro-Life? Only Spiritual Revival Stops Abortion [1-23-07 and 1-16-09; revised with additions on 12-2-16]

Mark Shea vs. “Old Pro-Life” Texas Legislators (Medicaid) [12-6-16]

Pro-Life Killing (Yes, There is Such a Thing) [Facebook, 1-27-17]

Those Wicked Pseudo-“Pro-Life” Heretics! (Mark Shea’s Alt-Universe) (see also, Paul Hoffer’s excellent point-by-point rebuttal of Shea’s article, in the combox) [Facebook, 3-16-17]

On Reducing Abortion (with Atheist Pro-Lifer Jon Curry) [4-7-17]

“Lessen Evil” Votes for Hillary? (vs. Mark Shea) [4-7-17]

Debate on Democrat / Liberal Social Policies as a Way to Supposedly Lessen Abortion and Poverty and Other Social Ills [Facebook, 4-13-17]

House Votes 230-188 to Allow Planned Parenthood Defunding in States (2 Dems Voting Yes); Senate Votes 51-50 (no Dems voting Yes) [Facebook, 4-13-17)

Pro-Life (oops: “prolife” heresy) Movement on its Death-Bed, So Sez Prophet Mark Shea / Shea’s Seeming Inability to Make the Slightest Qualifications or Essential Distinctions in His Incessant Broad-Brushing Rants [Facebook, 4-25-17]

Mark Shea and Sheriff David Clarke: Yet Another Bashing of Alleged Pro-Life Hypocrisy and Double Standards [Facebook, 4-28-17]

Thought-Experiment: What if Mark Shea Wrote About Bloodthirsty Liberal Childkillers in the Way He Writes About Conservatives and President Trump? [Facebook, 4-28-17]

Time to Cease Refuting Mark Shea’s Political Bilge or Not? Vote Today! (My readers voted 54-46% to stop refuting Mark) [Facebook, 4-29-17]

Debate: How Pro-Life is the Republican Party (Especially the Leadership)? [5-8-17]

Simcha Fisher’s “New” Pro-Life Critique of “Old” Pro-Lifers (+ vigorous Facebook discussion) [8-2-17]

Someone Thinks I was Too Harsh Against Simcha Fisher? Here’s What She Has Said About Conservative / Republican Pro-Lifers and the Pro-Life Issue in General [Facebook, 8-3-17]

The Name of My Blog Does Not Define or Confine Me / The Very Wide Range of Topics I Deal with in My Writing (Including — Very Much So –, the Pro-Life Issue) [Facebook, 8-5-17]

Conspiracies, Paranoia, and the Quite Mundane Reasons I Write About Some Things (e.g., Simcha Fisher) / The Novelty of Public Critique and Dialogue [Facebook, 8-6-17]

Are “Old” Pro-Lifers Racists & “Anti-Woman”? (vs. John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe) [8-30-17]

This “Conservative” is Very Passionate About Social Justice [8-31-17]

“New” vs. “Old” Pro-Life Strategies (vs. John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe) [8-31-17]

Nothing Whatever Disqualified Hillary Clinton (Listing of 24 of her Scandals)? Reply to Liberal Pro-Life Activist John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe, Who Voted for Her [Facebook, 9-2-17]
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Did Women Vote Decisively Against Trump: Far More Than Usual in Presidential Elections? (vs. John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe) [Facebook, 9-2-17]

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On Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Letting Go of English Professor Rebecca Bratten Weiss (Seeking the Facts vs. Demonizing Conspiracy Theories) [Facebook, 9-15-17]
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On What “Single-Issue” Pro-Life Activism Means and Doesn’t Mean [Facebook, 9-16-17]
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Defending Rebecca Bratten Weiss at LifeSiteNews [9-16-17]
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Pleasant and Irenic Exchange with “Whole Pro-Lifer” Kate Cousino [Facebook, 9-17-17]
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Left-Wing “Whole Lifers” / “New Pro-Lifers” Are Pro-Life! DUH! [Facebook, 9-18-17]
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New Info on Bratten Weiss Controversy (National Catholic Reporter) (+ Facebook discussion) [9-19-17]

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Rebecca Bratten Weiss is more pro-life than all recent Republican Presidents, who all accepted exceptions for rape and incest [Facebook, 9-20-17]

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Conniving Dirt-Gatherers & Gossips vs. Rebecca Bratten Weiss [9-20-17]

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Beyond the Liberal-Conservative Divide: Reconciliation with Left-of-Center “Whole” Pro-Lifer John Cavanaugh O’Keefe [Facebook, 9-20-17]
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On Rep. Tim Murphy (the guy who talked and voted pro-life and agreed to an abortion for his mistress) [Facebook, 10-4-17]
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PRO-LIFERS WHO VOTE FOR PRO-ABORTIONISTS
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“Lessen Evil” Votes for Hillary? [note: Mark Shea did not vote for Hillary, but he urged people in swing states to do so] (vs. Mark Shea) [4-7-17]
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Simcha Fisher’s “New” Pro-Life Critique of “Old” Pro-Lifers [Simcha did vote for Hillary Clinton] (+ vigorous Facebook discussion) [8-2-17]
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Are “Old” Pro-Lifers Racists & “Anti-Woman”? (vs. John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe) [8-30-17]
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EUTHANASIA
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 
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Capital Punishment and the Current “Mind” of the Church [1-9-14]
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Catholicism, conservatism, and capital punishment [Dr. Edward Feser, 3-30-11]

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Deadly unserious [Dr. Edward Feser, 4-3-11]

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In Defense of Capital Punishment [Dr. Edward Feser, 9-29-11]

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On rehabilitation and execution [Dr. Edward Feser, 10-1-11]
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Punishment, Proportionality, and the Death Penalty: A Reply to Chris Tollefsen [Dr. Edward Feser, 10-13-11]
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Justice or revenge? [Dr. Edward Feser, 9-19-12]

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Capital punishment should not end [Dr. Edward Feser, 3-7-15]
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Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment (+ Part II) [Dr. Edward Feser, Catholic World Report, 7-17-16]

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Reply to Mark Shea on Capital Punishment [Dr. Edward Feser, 9-12-16]

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A further reply to Mark Shea [Dr. Edward Feser, 9-23-16]

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Robert P. George on capital punishment [Dr. Edward Feser, 9-30-16]

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Pro-Life Killing (Yes, There is Such a Thing) [Facebook, 1-27-17]
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A low down dirty Shea [Dr. Edward Feser, 3-24-17]

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Mark Shea’s misrepresentation of Catholic teaching on capital punishment [Dr. Edward Feser, 3-24-17]

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Shea apologizes [Dr. Edward Feser, 3-26-17]

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Mark Shea: Let’s Hear Dr. Feser on Your Podcast (Death Penalty) . . . The Tendency of Merely Preaching to the Choir Online, Rather Than Directly (Amiably) Engaging Different Viewpoints [3-30-17]

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ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION / IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION

 

Resources Explaining the Catholic Church’s Moral Opposition to In-Vitro Fertilization and Artificial Insemination [9-5-08] *

The Catholic Church’s Teaching on Reproductive Technologies (David W. Emery) [9-25-09] *

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CONTRACEPTION AND NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP)

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Contraception: Early Church Teaching (William Klimon) [1998] *

Dialogue on Contraception [1998] *

Dialogue on the Ethical Distinction Between Artificial Contraception and Natural Family Planning (NFP) [2-16-01] *

Books by Dave Armstrong: Family Matters: Catholic Theology of the Family [Dec. 2002]

Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception [2-9-04] *

Luther and Calvin Opposed Contraception and “Fewer Children is Better” Thinking [2-21-04; published at National Catholic Register, 9-13-17]

Two Important Protestant Bible Dictionaries, Onan, and Contraception: Curious Contradictions [2-21-04; posted to Facebook on 9-6-17]

St. Augustine, Teddy Roosevelt, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, & Malcolm Muggeridge on Contraception [2-21-04; posted to Facebook on 9-5-17]

Does Orthodoxy Allow Contraception Or Not? [1-29-05; rev. 6-22-06] *

Biblical Evidence Against Contraception [5-3-06]

Dialogue on Contraception & Natural Family Planning (NFP) (vs. Grubb) [5-16-06] *

Baptist John R. Rice’s Opposition to Contraception (from 1946) [6-21-06] *

Secular Social Science Vindicates Catholic Moral Teaching / Important Evangelical Protestants Rethinking Contraception (W. Bradford Wilcox) [12-12-06] *

Debate on Masturbation (vs. Steve Hays) [1-6-07]

Dialogue: Why Did God Kill Onan? Why is Contraception Condemned by the Catholic Church? [3-15-07] *

Protestant Compromise, Radical Secularism, and Racist Eugenics: The Contraception Debate: 1900-1940 [5-19-07] *

The 1968 Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae: Infallible Teaching Prohibiting Contraception [12-31-07] *

Replies to Questions on Catholic Teaching Regarding Contraception and Sexual Morality [1-1-08] *

August 1968: Ground Zero of the Liberal Revolt in the Catholic Church (Humanae Vitae) (Cardinal James Francis Stafford) [7-29-08] *

Critique of the “Quiverfull” and “Divine Family Planning” Positions on Childbirth (That Oppose Catholic Natural Family Planning) [9-20-08] *

Bible on the Blessing of [Many] Children [3-9-09]

Condoms as a Solution to AIDS?: The Fallacies and Lack of Sense Inherent in Such an Approach [6-1-09] *

Discussion Thread About NFP, Contraception, and Marriage [Facebook, 8-3-11]

Protestants, Contraception, the Pill, & NFP [8-12-11]

Birth Control Pills Often Cause Early Abortions (Links) [8-12-11]

Demographics, Large Families, and Spiritual Revivals [3-24-12]

Natural Family Planning (NFP) & “Contraceptive Intent” [8-28-13]

Why Did Baker Books and Crossway Omit John Calvin’s Strong Remarks Against Contraception in His Commentaries (Genesis 38:10)? [9-14-13]

Dialogue: Has Pope Francis Changed the Constant Catholic Prohibition of Contraception? [1-2-14]

Biblical Data Against Contraception: Onan’s Sin and Punishment: a Concise “Catholic” Argument  [3-7-14]

Catholics Reproducing Like “Rabbits”: The Essential Silliness of the Clueless Perceptions of Pope Francis’ Perfectly Catholic and Orthodox Remarks [1-21-15]

Was Pope Francis Correct in Publicly Rebuking as “Irresponsible” a Woman Who Had Had Seven C-Sections?  [1-23-15]

Dialogue on NFP: Anti-Sex and Anti-Pleasure? [1-23-17]

Women Have No Sexual Desire During Times of Infertility? [Facebook, 1-26-17]

 

WAR AND PEACE (GENERAL)

Pacifism vs. “Just War”: Biblical and Social Factors [April 1987]

Dialogue on Christian Pacifism and “Just War”: Biblical and Social Factors (vs. Edward Hamilton) [3-11-04] *

Today We Honor Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice [Memorial Day 2005] *

Permissibility of Just War [10-3-13]

Pro-Life Killing (Yes, There is Such a Thing) [Facebook, 1-27-17]

 

 

ISIS / IRAN / TERRORISM / MASSACRES / GUN CONTROL

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at AIPAC (+ discussion about the Iranian nuclear threat) [Facebook, 3-6-12]

Question to Doves: Do We Do Nothing About ISIS and the Genocide? [Facebook, 5-25-15]

The Inquisition, Abortion, & ISIS (Connections?) [10-19-15]

Gun Control & Deep-Rooted Societal Causes of Massacres [10-5-17]

 

NUCLEAR ETHICS

The Nuclear Bombings of Japan: Consistent with Catholic Just War Standards? (+Part Two / Part Three / Part Four) [August-September 2005; link to “Part Four” says “Part III”] *

On Whether the Catholic Ethical Principle of “Double Effect” Can Justify the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki [8-28-05] *

Declassified Top Secret Documents From Harry Truman and Others Reveal Discussions and Qualms Concerning the Morality of Nuking Japan [8-29-05] *

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Debate: Did I Commit the Fallacy of Appeal to Authority or Call My Opponents “Murderers”? [9-10-05] *

Popes Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul II, Vatican II, the CCC, and US Bishops on the Morality of Nuking Japan [1-23-06] *

Further Catholic Reflections on the Ethics of Hiroshima and Nagasaki [1-28-06; revised 10-23-06] *

Analysis of Gaudium et spes with Regard to Nuclear Strikes [2-1-06] *

9000-9600 Catholics Killed at Nagasaki in August 1945 [8-28-06]

Japanese “Universal” Military Conscription in World War II: Justification for Nuclear Bombings? [5-25-08] *

Has Pope Benedict XVI Condemned the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Intrinsically Immoral Acts? [10-12-09] *

The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan. It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives [Washington’s Blog, 11-2-12] *

Catholic Nuclear Ethics: Friendly Dialogue (vs. Deacon Jim Russell) [6-8-16] *

Vigorous (but Civil) Facebook discussion of the issue [June 2016; many participants] *

Nuclear Bombings vs. Catholic Social Teaching [compiled on 6-6-16]

Rhetorical US Nuclear Threats Are Nothing New At All [8-9-17]

Last Updated: 5 October 2017.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02786530708840687850 Stacey

    Hello – just wanted to drop by and encourage you on your endeavor of apologetics. My name has changed since marriage but you linked to one of my articles.

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