HHS mandate: the Cliff Notes version

Our own Frank Weathers has read the mandate so that you don’t have to! His summation is here. A highlight or two: I learned a few things by reading the whole thing. For instance, I learned that the actual rule proposed to the Code of Federal Regulations is 8 and a half pages long, not 80. [Read More…]

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The inspiring life of “Super Antonio”: “We are all children, like him”

This is pretty terrific, and deeply moving: a short video about a boy named Antonio Lopez from northern Spain.  He has cerebral palsy but has become a kind of hero to his classmates, who have embraced him with something that can only be called love.   (Hey, any kid who likes Angry Birds is okay [Read More…]

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Where have all the children gone?

Most of us know the answer. The Chicago Tribune puts its finger on a trend with significant implications: Demographers have long known that the baby boom of the 1950s was giving way to a baby bust nationwide. Now Illinois and the Chicago area are providing a vivid example of the trend: According to data from [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: the New York Times just gives up and lets a PR firm run things

A one-time giant in journalism gets caught with its pants down.  It’s not pretty. From Get Religion’s Mollie Hemingway, who did a little digging into a prominent sidebar the Times ran on the March for Life.  The sidebar focused on a letter sent by 60 presumably prominent Catholics, “saying that if marchers and politicians truly [Read More…]

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“It was pretty common for a woman to be lying on the abortion table while holding a rosary…”

Tim Drake has a very good interview with Abby Johnson posted at the National Catholic Register.  Johnson, you’ll recall, was a director at Planned Parenthood who finally quit in 2009. Last year, she and her husband joined the Catholic Church and started an apostolate for abortion workers called And Then There Were None.  At one [Read More…]

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The best pro-life story ever written: “Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you!”

It’s one of the most familiar fables of the American stage, “Our Town.”  It has more resonance even now, especially today. Here, from the pen of Mr. Thornton Wilder, is part of the climactic monologue: Emily: Oh, Mama, look at me one minute as though you really saw me. Mama, fourteen years have gone by. I’m [Read More…]

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Catholic hospital facing suit argues fetus is not a person

With friends like these… Sigh. Details, from the Colorado Independent:  Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled [Read More…]

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Shocker: romantic “Happy Anniversary, baby” video salutes Roe v. Wade

Is this the most offensive ad ever?  Maybe.  It’s certainly the most outrageous concept for promoting abortion that I’ve ever seen. Which, maybe, is the point: to get attention and raise eyebrows and spark as much controversy as possible. Mission accomplished.    From the casually alluring Let’s-Get-It-On vibe to the watery repetition of the word [Read More…]

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“Woman, you are a gift!”

That’s how Pat Gohn begins her sensationally good reflection, published online at today’s Washington Post: There’s no mistaking biology. Womanly bodies are wonderfully made, and purposefully created with an empty space of a womb carried under her heart. A woman’s womb, her uterus, signals that she is made for something and someone more than herself. [Read More…]

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The question of Governor Cuomo and excommunication

In the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s radical proposals on reproductive health—which I preached about here—some people have started to say: “Enough.”  A few are even calling for his formal excommunication: The governor and his legislative lemmings just passed a draconian gun control bill designed to protect the children of New York. Almost in the same breath, [Read More…]

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