A Conversation About Reproductive Decisions and Faith

I was privileged to have a wonderful conversation several weeks ago with Martha Manikas-Foster, who hosts a show called Inside Out for Family Life Radio. Martha and I have talked and corresponded over the past couple of years about several topics, most recently my book No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith [Read More...]

Believe the Better Story

(Originally published on April 1, 2010 on my former blog, Five Dollars and Some Common Sense.) My 10-year-old daughter Leah and I are spending two days in the hospital. Leah and I both have a bone disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, which causes brittle bones. Because Leah has had several bad fractures this year requiring surgery, [Read More...]

I’m Taking a Blogging Break (But Here’s Some Other Stuff to Read)

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I’m taking a short blogging hiatus (for the rest of this week, possibly into next week) to devote time to some other pressing work. I owe blog posts and essays to several people, I haven’t yet filed my taxes, and my bathrooms are really dirty. Plus it’s parent-teacher conference week at my kids’ schools, which [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Julie Clawson on the “Hunger Games,” Consumerism, and Justice

Every Friday, I post a link to a blog post written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality. I encourage my blog readers to click through to read these posts, comment, and if you like what you read, follow these bloggers as well. Perhaps you’ve heard [Read More...]

Yes, Low-Tech Treatments for Infertility Do Exist

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by Stacie Longwell Hill, guest blogger Editorial note from Ellen: I was thrilled to recently make the acquaintance of Stacie Longwell Hill, who has experience in both bioethics and as an embryologist in a fertility clinic.  She shares my Christian faith, and has worked alongside Christian physicians treating couples for infertility. Stacie currently works in [Read More...]

My Bottom Line on Abortion—and Why I’m Going to Stop Writing About It for a While

Several years ago, as I was just beginning to blog about reproductive ethics, I asked my editor whether I should proactively write about my pro-choice leanings on abortion, or just let the topic arise naturally. I decided on the latter course, in part because I feared that if I wrote explicitly about abortion, the divisive [Read More...]

Three Things I Admire About Catholic Reproductive Ethics

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As a lifelong Protestant, I’m always surprised to find myself defending Catholic positions on reproductive ethics when others criticize them. Often, people’s criticisms of Catholic teachings about reproduction and sex are based on laughably inaccurate assumptions. These are some of the most egregious criticisms I’ve heard: – Catholic leaders just want people to have more [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Elizabeth Nordquist on Walking as Spiritual Discipline

Every Friday, I post a link to a blog post written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality. I encourage my blog readers to click through to read these posts, comment, and if you like what you read, follow these bloggers as well. I am 43 [Read More...]


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