Two minus one: the shocking practice of "singleton" abortions

It involves aborting one twin — and it’s more common than you may think.  The New York Times took a closer look at the practice in the Sunday magazine last weekend: As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want [Read More...]

When the government decides what religions do

Sister Mary Ann Walsh takes a look at what government will be doing with contraceptives — and the “religious exemption” — and isn’t impressed: When it comes to church-state relations, both church and government historically have watched to keep the government out of church business. The U.S. Constitution acknowledged the significance of the role of [Read More...]

RIP Hugh Carey: pro-choice pol who became pro-life

The Catholic former governor of New York has died. Details: Hugh L. Carey, the governor who helped rescue New York from the brink of financial collapse in the 1970s and tamed a culture of ever-growing spending, died Sunday at his summer home on Shelter Island. He was 92. His death was announced by the office [Read More...]

Remembering a courageous pro-life homily that made history

It happened 70 years ago today: the Bishop of Munster, Germany climbed into the pulpit to condemn the Nazi’s euthanasia program.  Bishop Clemens August von Galen later became a cardinal, and was beatified in 2005.  L’Osservatore Romano takes note: The bishop did not hide from his faithful the names of certain places nor his attempts [Read More...]

Contraception: like a "flu shot"? — UPDATED

That seems to be the rationale behind the Obama Administration’s directive to make insurers pay for birth control pills for all women. From the Washington Post: A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as [Read More...]

Sisters of Life: restoring hope in Hell's Kitchen

This remarkable order of nuns has offices in my building, and barely a day goes by without my seeing one of the blue-habited Sisters of Life on the elevator or striding by on the street.    Now the Wall Street Journal has done a piece on them, to mark the 20th anniversary of the order’s founding. [Read More...]

What's an abortionist doing working at a Catholic hospital?

It’s a question more people in Colorado are asking. The local media picked up the story last month: Anti-abortion protesters were about 60 strong outside Mercy Regional Medical Center on Thursday to protest the hospital’s affiliation with local obstetrician-gynecologist Richard Grossman. Mercy’s physician-credentialing and privileging practices are consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for [Read More...]

Ohio bishop blocks fundraising for breast cancer group — UPDATED

Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair is drawing a line in the sand: he’s banned parishes and schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, citing concerns about possible stem cell research in the future. Details: Mary Westphal, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and board chairman Angie [Read More...]

Historic first: Catholic college building residence for single pregnant women

It’s happening at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Details: It was a summer of romance and fear. A bittersweet mix that cast a long shadow through the years. One that Debbie Capen, 37, of Charlotte will remember today at the groundbreaking for what is believed the nation’s first college-based maternity and after-care residential facility [Read More...]

Activists fight new Catholic hospital in Maryland

And they’re arguing that the real issue is the separation of church and state. Details: Opponents say they have not exhausted their options for fighting a proposal to build a Catholic hospital on the grounds of Montgomery College in Germantown, despite approval of the plan last week by the state Board of Public Works. The [Read More...]


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