Catholic hospital mergers could impact abortions

Unsurprisingly, some in the pro-choice camp find that prospect alarming. From the New York Times: Politicians seeking to restrict access to abortion, a marked trend this year from North Dakota to Arkansas, tend not to get much traction in this part of the country. Washington is heavily Democratic, leaning left especially on social issues. A [Read More...]

To life: Publix salutes moms—and the unborn

Below, a Mother’s Day ad from Publix supermarkets that carries not only a great message for mothers, but a great message for life.  Read about it here.  But  watch it below. [Read more...]

FDA announces plan to sell Plan B contraception over the counter, lowers age limit to 15

Details from the AP:  The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it – an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive. Today, Plan B One-Step is sold behind pharmacy counters, and [Read More...]

Picture of the week: Pope blessing a mother and her unborn child

Over at NCR, Tom Fox notes:  I think this is the first time I have ever seen a pope touching a woman or have seen a woman’s hand on a papal hand. The times are changing! Well, “touching a woman” beyond a handshake, that is.  I have to say: the image here is strikingly warm [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood lobbyist who favors infanticide served on board of Catholic Charities

Creative Minority Report got the scoop:  Alisa Lapolt Snow, the Planned Parenthood lobbyist, who shocked the nation with her defense of live birth abortions in front of a Florida House committee, served on the board of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida. Here’s what her bio on her website said: Alisa is a graduate of the University of [Read More...]

Judge rules morning after pill must be available to minors without prescription

In effect: a court has ruled that anyone should be able to get it, at any age, anywhere, Details:   A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available over the counter to people of any age without a prescription, overturning a decision by Health and Human Services [Read More...]

Historic: First U.S. teen with Down syndrome reaches Mt. Everest base camp

Awesome:  A courageous young man from Oregon made history with the first recorded account of an American teenager with Down syndrome to reach a base camp of Mt. Everest. After nearly two weeks of walking, 15-year old Eli Reimer reached 17,600 feet. Eli’s father, Justin, joined his son for the ascent in an effort to raise funds [Read More...]

“Come to Golgotha on Good Friday”

That was the subject of an e-mail I received late last week, asking me to advise people in my neighborhood of an extraordinary initiative that will take place at the end of this week: On  Good Friday, March 29, Msgr Phillip Reilly and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants will conduct a special Prayer Vigil @ [Read More...]

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...]

FYI: Catholic teaching on the “morning-after” pill and rape

With the controversy swirling around the German bishops story yesterday, a deacon reader thought it would be helpful to lay out church teaching on this subject. Here, from the National Catholic Bioethics Center:  The “morning-after” pill, also known as “Plan B,” is often provided in hospital emergency rooms to women who have been sexually assaulted. [Read More...]