Nurses face job loss for refusing to assist in abortions

It’s happening in New Jersey — but somehow, I don’t think that’s the only place stories like this will be unfolding. Details: Twelve nurses in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against a local government hospital for being told they would lose their jobs if they refuse to perform abortions. The case shows evidence of [Read More…]

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Morning must-read: on HHS, Catholics and conscience

Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB offers this eyebrow-raising overview of a story in yesterday’s Washington Post: The most memorable line since Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” has just come out of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Ta da: “ I’m not trying to get anyone off the [Read More…]

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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…]

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Herman Cain attacks Planned Parenthood for "planned genocide"

He raised the issue during an appearance today on “Face the Nation.”  Details: Planned Parenthood is fighting back against a claim by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain that abortion clinics are put in African American communities as part of a “planned genocide” to kill black babies before they are born. Cain stood by his statement [Read More…]

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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…]

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"Personhood" amendment gains ground

Details, from the New York Times: A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth controlas murder. With this far-reaching anti-abortion strategy, the [Read More…]

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Shock: child hit by van, left for dead, bystanders do nothing

What happens when a country like China has widespread abortion and a “one-child” policy? Things like this: It begins last Thursday when a two-year-old girl totters into a narrow lane in a wholesale market in the thriving industrial city of Foshan in Guangdong Province and is hit by a small, white van. The driver pauses, [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words

From Fr. Frank Pavone’s Twitter feed this weekend: [Read more…]

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Report: birth rate plummets due to recession

A commenter in another post asked, “How is making it so financially difficult for people to marry and have kids ‘pro-life’?”  Good question.  Data just released suggests that the bad economy is forcing more people to think twice about having children. Details: A decline in fertility rates that began in 2008 is closely linked to [Read More…]

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Pro-life activist: graphic images will remain in Amarillo

Images of aborted fetuses put on public display have sparked controversy lately — but the man behind them has no plans to remove them. Details: Lori Saunders shielded her 8-year-old daughter’s eyes as the trio of trucks left the Westgate Mall area. “Our children shouldn’t be subject to these graphic images,” Saunders said. “Nobody should [Read More…]

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