Poland to start funding IVF treatments

And the secularization of Europe continues.  Details: Poland’s Prime Minster Donald Tusk announced plans on Monday to finance in-vitro fertilization treatment for couples, setting himself on a collision course with conservatives who say the procedure violates Catholic doctrine. A growing number of increasingly secular Poles back IVF, which has been performed in Poland for 25 [Read More...]

Ireland opens first abortion clinic

Details: The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in downtown Belfast, unleashing angry protests on the street and uniting Catholic and Protestant politicians in calls to investigate the new facility. The clinic, run by the British family planning charity Marie Stopes, will be permitted to provide abortions only in exceptional circumstances [Read More...]

He’s back: the return of Father Frank Pavone

David Gibson at Religion News Service has the scoop:  A year ago, the Rev. Frank Pavone was facing an existential crisis in the unlikeliest of places. The longtime head of the anti-abortion group Priests for Life, Pavone had been confined to the Diocese of Amarillo by his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek, who sent a letter [Read More...]

Archdiocese to parishes: drop support of Komen

Details from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Archdiocese of Atlanta has directed its parishes, missions and schools to end support or participation in activities related to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In a memo dated Monday, the archdiocese acknowledged the beneficial work of Komen to raise awareness about breast cancer and treatment, but it criticized [Read More...]

“Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty”

That’s the theme for this year’s Respect Life month, October. Details: During October, designated each year as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholics should “renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life [Read More...]

NJ lawmaker introduces “Death With Dignity Act,” allowing patients to kill themselves

Hot on the heels of this news from the Netherlands comes another item from much closer to home. From the Newark Star-Ledger: A state lawmaker says it’s time for New Jersey to openly discuss the most difficult of topics: whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to decide how and when they die. Assemblyman John [Read More...]

Illinois court upholds conscience rights for pharmacists

Details, from Catholic News Agency:  An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate. “Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, [Read More...]

Would you take a pregnancy test in a bar?

Well, you can do that in Minnesota. From the New York Times: If you make a  beeline to the stalls, you might miss the pregnancy test dispenser fastened to a wall in the women’s restroom of Pub 500 in Mankato, Minn. There, with the swipe of a credit card, for a $3 fee, you can [Read More...]

“Planned Parenthood was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine”

Details: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who has four adoptive children of African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent, said on Friday that Planned Parenthood “was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine.” “Like the pro-slavery forces who invaded Kansas, the pro-abortion forces in Washington and elsewhere want us to believe [Read More...]

Good question: “Did I deserve the death penalty?”

A giant h/t to Frank Weathers for bringing the image below to my attention, courtesy Feminists for Life. Given this news item, I think it’s a question more people need to confront. [Read more...]


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