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…]

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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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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…]

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Catholic former prison warden joins fight against death penalty

She once facilitated executions — and will now be working to stop them. From the Los Angeles Times: As the clock ticked past midnight and the death chamber phone refused to ring, San Quentin State Prison Warden Jeanne Woodford would calmly signal the executioners to inject a lethal dose of chemicals into the condemned man’s [Read More…]

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To life: mother with deadly condition refuses to abort child

And, incredibly, mother and child are both doing well. Details, from the UK’s Daily Mail: A brave mother risked her life and ignored doctors’ advice to terminate her baby after rare pregnancy hormones triggered tumours all over her body and led to a collapsed lung. Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid [Read More…]

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Counting the cost of China's one-child policy

It may be having an impact that extends further, and deeper, than some people realize. The Wall Street Journal notes: Is one really best? New census data from China suggest the economic costs of Beijing’s one-child policy are more serious than the government is prepared to acknowledge. The government claims the fertility rate, the number [Read More…]

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Lila Rose to address National Prayer Breakfast Wednesday

A young woman who has become a household name in the pro-life movement will be addressing the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast tomorrow. From the Religion News Service and USA TODAY: Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose has shared the stage with Sarah Palin, seen her exploits extolled on Fox News and drawn comparisons to heroic Gentiles who [Read More…]

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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…]

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Quote of the day

“Virtue does matter. Courage and humility, justice and perseverance, do have power. Good does win. And the sanctity of human life will endure.” — Archbishop Charles Chaput, quoted here. [Read more…]

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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…]

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