“Pro-Lifers” Play Fast and Loose with the “Life of the Mother” Exemption

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This morning I wrote about Savita, a woman who died because she was denied the abortion that would have saved her life. Well, I just found this and now I'm even more outraged. AN INTERNATIONAL symposium on maternal healthcare in Dublin at the weekend has concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organiser, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confi … [Read more...]

Savita Halappanavar: When “Pro-Life” Means Death

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I am completely and totally appalled right now. “This is a Catholic country” was what Irish doctors told Savita Halappanavar after she learned she was miscarrying her pregnancy and asked for an abortion to avoid further complications. She spent three days in agonizing pain, eventually shaking, vomiting and passing out. She again asked for an abortion and was refused, because the fetus still had a heartbeat.Then she died.She died of septicaemia and E.Coli. She died after three and a half … [Read more...]

The Battle over Contraception in the Pro-Life Movement

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In poking around the website of the National Association of Evangelicals looking for a statement of beliefs for another post, I stumbled upon a booklet and video they had posted regarding abortion. In addition to embracing waiting periods and parental consent laws, the video also embraces contraception as a means of reducing the number of abortions that take place, even if that means young unmarried evangelicals using contraception. I was momentarily taken completely aback, but then I remembered … [Read more...]

Okay Then, Let’s Talk about Natural Family Planning

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A number of the Catholics who commented on my pro-life movement article pointed me to Natural Family Planning as the solution for everyone who has sex and doesn't want to get pregnant. As one commenter said: Natural Family Planning, when done correctly, is more effective that ANY form of artifical contraception. It is a fairly simple method but it does take a little time and effort. There must also be a willingness to abstain for a period of time during the woman’s cycle. This time of abstinence … [Read more...]

Purity Rings: Kacy’s Story

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A guest post by Kacy of The Ex-Convert“Come pick out your rings for the True Love Waits ceremony,” said my mom, holding a James Avery catalog.I was 17, and the ring ceremony would be held at my church in a few weeks.  I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the ceremony.   Although I actively participated in my school’s theater program, I always felt awkward and embarrassed in front of my church congregation when it came to religious proclamations.  My cheeks would become rosy when ask … [Read more...]

More on the Catholic Bishops…and the Girl Scouts?

I've written in the last few months about both the Catholic Bishops and the Girl Scouts, but I really didn't think I'd see them in the same story like this. Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church, Social Justice, and Disillusionment

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When I became Catholic some years ago, one of the things I admired about the Catholic Church was its commitment to social justice. I liked the emphasis on fighting poverty, increasing health care access, and helping those in need. Growing up as an evangelical in the Christian Right, our focus had always been more on banning abortion and keeping gay marriage illegal than on any of these social justice issues. And, when social justice issues did come up, we were all for shrinking the government … [Read more...]


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