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...]

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...]

Chicago Catholic hospital will halt abortions-in-progress

And it’s one of the few hospitals in the country offering to intervene during an abortion. Details: A Chicago medical center has become one of the nation’s first Roman Catholic hospitals to adopt a practice of halting second-trimester abortions for women who change their minds after the multiday medical procedure has begun. Working with two [Read More...]


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