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...]

Crisis: not enough babies

It’s a serious problem, finally getting serious attention: Throughout the developed world, lowered birth rates and family breakdown will have a devastating effect on the global economy and the welfare state’s viability, says an international study released Oct 3. “On current trends, we face a world of rapidly aging and declining populations, of few children [Read More...]

World Youth Day priests may lift excommunications for abortion

The confessionals pictured above are where the sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated — and where this extraordinary move may now take place. Details: The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

Playing "chicken" over abortion in Indiana

That’s one way of describing what is now happening in Indiana. Details: A looming showdown over Indiana’s new law that cuts funding for the Planned Parenthood organization may test how far Republican-led states are willing to go in pressing their tough new anti-abortion agendas. The stakes are high. The future of health care for more [Read More...]

Priest who paid for abortions will not be excommunicated

I’m sure there must be a good explanation for this — but I haven’t yet found one. Details: The Archdiocese of Barcelona has announced that it has no plans to excommunicate Rev. Manuel Pousa i Engroñat, having found that the Catholic priest had not had any “primary complicity” in an abortion performed on a young [Read More...]

Will the government shut down over abortion?

It could be a significant factor. Details, from the New York Times: There are fights about money and fights about ideas, and the battle over a spending plan to keep the government open is increasingly centered on the latter. The frenetic negotiations to avert a government shutdown seem largely focused not on dollars and cents, [Read More...]

More states restricting abortions

And the impact is not insignificant — and could eventually lead all the way to the Supreme Court. Details, from USA TODAY: Legislatures in more than 30 states are weighing — and in some cases passing — many fast-moving bills to restrict abortion rights in a blitz that could prompt the Supreme Court to revisit the [Read More...]

Protestors cover up pro-life billboards in Chicago

Last week, I posted in item on anti-abortion billboards in Chicago, featuring President Obama. Now, the Chicago Tribune reports, someone is covering them up, as you can see in the picture below. Details: Controversial billboard ads recently unveiled in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood that target the disproportionately high rate of abortion in the black community have [Read More...]


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