Report: 60% of teen pregnancies in New York end in abortion

Details:  New York has the highest teen abortion rate in the country, but per capita pregnancy and abortion rates among 15- to 19-year-olds have steadily declined over the last two decades, according to a report this week. Excluding miscarriages, nearly 60 percent of pregnancies among 15- to 19-year-olds in New York end in abortion, according [Read More...]

Homily for February 3, 2013: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said there are no second acts in American life.  But he never met Abby Johnson. Some of you may have heard of her. Abby Johnson worked for eight years for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas.  She started out as an escort, helping women into the clinic, walking them past protestors—sometimes encountering [Read More...]

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...]

Must-see video: the remarkable ministry of Project Rachel

The good people at Rome Reports have put together the brief video below, which helps explain the work being done by this outreach to women (and men) who have gone through the experience of abortion. As Project Rachel’s website explains: Abortion is an extremely unnatural experience for a woman’s body and her maternal instinct. Negative [Read More...]

Woman dies in Ireland after being denied an abortion—UPDATED

Details: The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed a miscarrying woman suffering from blood poisoning was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian [Read More...]

Diocese halts funding of charity over director’s views on abortion and gay marriage

Details: The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento no longer will fund programs at Francis House, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless people, because of its new director’s views supporting abortion rights and gay marriage. In a letter last month, the diocese’s director of social services said the Rev. Faith Whitmore’s public statements on the issues clash [Read More...]

“Abortion snatches the knitting out of God’s hand…”

From the huge Mass celebrated Monday at the Verizon Center as part of the March for Life, here’s Msgr. Charles Pope, from the Archdiocese of Washington (and blogger extraordinaire), delivering a terrific homily before a crowd of 18,000 young people. [Read more...]

FDA weighs selling abortion pill off the shelf — UPDATED

The mind boggles: The federal government is grappling with the explosive question of whether to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration has until Wednesday to respond to a request from the drug’s manufacturer to make [Read More...]

Attack: HuffPo slams bishops for "war on women"

How low can the secular media go?  This low: A group of men with no real background in law or medicine, but blessed with a strong personal interest in women’s bodies, have quietly influenced all of the major anti-abortion legislation over the past several years. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops may be one of [Read More...]

From death to life: couple seeks to help others heal after abortion

It’s something many couples would prefer to forget.  But from the St. Louis Review comes this inspiring story of a courageous couple who can’t forget — and who are reaching out to help others. Chuck Raymond clearly remembers the moment a visiting priest came to his parish and spoke at Mass on the subject of [Read More...]