Three-parent children

The FDA is trying to decide whether or not to approve a procedure that give a child three biological parents.  “Defective” DNA in a mother’s egg would be replaced by “good” DNA from a second woman, then fertilized, giving the child three parents and eliminating certain inherited diseases.

A great technology to ease human suffering, or a grotesque violation of nature?  Or both?  What should the FDA decide? [Read more...]

Thrivent HAS funded Planned Parenthood

We’ve blogged about the controversy surrounding Thrivent, the Lutheran financial company, which offered matching funds for contributions to charities, including Planned Parenthood.  At response to the uproar from pro-life Lutherans, company officials said that they would no longer match contributions to the abortion provider OR to pro-life ministries.  The spokesman also said that no money had actually gone to Planned Parenthood.  Now we know that was wrong.

Thrivent matched $8,484 for a $16,968 gift to Planned Parenthood.  And cuts to crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations have come to $878,569.

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UN panel tells Church to change its teachings

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has issued a statement directing the Roman Catholic Church to change its teachings on abortion and sexuality.  The document, which you can read here, begins by addressing the pedophile scandal–which certainly needs to be addressed–but then it calls for canon law to be changed to allow for abortion, to accept homosexuality, to promote “gender equality,” and to stop teaching that adolescents shouldn’t have sex.

That last point is in glaring opposition to the first part of the report–I would think the Church should come down even harder on underaged sex!  And what supporting abortion has to do with the rights of the child is beyond me.  Still, we may be seeing more governmental and quasi-governmental groups telling Christians what they must believe. [Read more...]

Supremes to hear Hobby Lobby’s Obamacare case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood that claims the Obamacare contraception and morning-after-pill mandate violate the company owners’ religious freedom.

How do you think the court will rule? [Read more...]

Pulling the plug on a brain-dead woman and her living fetus

A Texas court ordered that life-support be removed from a woman who was considered brain-dead, in accord with her husband’s wishes.  The hospital, though, had been keeping her body going because she was pregnant. So now both the mother and her child are dead.

The developing child was 23-weeks old.  Why couldn’t they have waited even a week and delivered the child?  Consider this Wikipedia piece on fetal viability:

According to studies between 2003 and 2005, 20 to 35 percent of babies born at 23 weeks of gestation survive, while 50 to 70 percent of babies born at 24 to 25 weeks, and more than 90 percent born at 26 to 27 weeks, survive. . . .A baby’s chances for survival increases 3-4% per day between 23 and 24 weeks of gestation and about 2-3% per day between 24 and 26 weeks of gestation. After 26 weeks the rate of survival increases at a much slower rate because survival is high already.

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Child sacrifice then and now

Collin Garbarino tells of a controversy in archaeology about whether or not the ancient Carthaginians practiced child sacrifice, as the Romans always said they did.  Recently, evidence has arisen that they did, in fact, sacrifice children.  Some archaeologists, though, just won’t believe it.

Mr. Garbarino says that the Carthaginians sacrificed children for the same reason we do. [Read more...]


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