Melinda Gates on her Catholicism, and contraception

She speaks to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta below: Details from CNN: Responding to simmering controversy among Catholic bloggers about her new birth control program, Melinda Gates — a practicing Catholic — said she will not shrink from her role as an advocate for poor women. “Part of what I do with the (Gates) Foundation comes form [Read More...]

Mother of the Year nominee: cancer survivor who refused abortion while pregnant

Wal Mart in Canada is running a Mother of the Year contest — and this nominee, submitted by one of her children, deserves a little closer attention, I think: At 8 years old, my mom was diagnosed with a stage 4 Wilm’s tumor. She had surgery, 15 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation and [Read More...]

Michelle Obama makes the Catholic case against the HHS mandate?!

Well, Ed Morrissey thinks so — and  he’s got a point: In a speech today to a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the First Lady explained her concept of citizenship by likening it to the ministry of Jesus.  Her explanation corroborates the same point that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have been making [Read More...]

Vatican: “Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended”

That’s the statement being put out by Priests for Life: We are happy to announce that the Vatican has upheld Father Frank Pavone’s appeal and has declared that Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended. Father Pavone remains a priest in good standing all over the world. We were confident all along [Read More...]

Is the “Fortnight for Freedom” a “Fortnight to Defeat Obama”?

One observer thinks so: The Catholic Church practically invented politics, so it may be asking too much to expect American bishops to steer completely clear of affairs of state. There are times when they couldn’t if they wanted to and they feel this is one of those times. The upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign to [Read More...]

“Girls Scouts USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood”

Those are the words of the Girl Scouts’ Catholic CEO, spoken last week in Washington. Details: Girl Scouts of the USA is working with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “to answer some questions they have,” the organization’s chief executive officer said May 30. Anna Maria Chavez, a Catholic who has been the Girl Scouts [Read More...]

NY Times: Plan B pill may not induce abortion — UPDATED

This will come as news to a lot of us who are pro-life.  But here’s what the Times is reporting: Labels inside every box of morning-after pills, drugs widely used to prevent pregnancy after sex, say they may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Respected medical authorities, including the National [Read More...]

“This is the real war on women”

That’s how one Republican described the vote this afternoon that will not ban abortions based on sex selection: The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women’s votes. The legislation would have made it a [Read More...]

Poll: number of “pro-choice” Americans at record low

Details: A record low 41 percent of Americans call themselves ‘pro choice’ on abortion, with the number sliding among independent voters, a key political group, a Gallup poll released on Wednesday showed. The results of the May poll come as abortion and contraception supporters have come under increasing pressure in Congress and across the United States. “Pro [Read More...]

Gallup: 82% of Catholics approve of contraception

Details: A new Gallup Poll has found that contraception is “morally acceptable” to 89 percent of Americans, including a top heavy 82 percent majority of American Catholics, despite the Church hierarchy’s opposition to the pill. The poll was released a day after Catholic dioceses and institutions sued the Obama administration to block a requirement that [Read More...]


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