Could Savita’s Death Have Happened in the U.S.?

I swore I wasn't going to write about Savita again today, but it seems I can't avoid it. I had thought until today that Savita's death could not have happen in the United States today, because the "right of conscience" bill put forward in the House last winter, which would have let doctors with religious objections to abortion refuse to perform an abortion even to save the life of a woman, ultimately failed. I just learned that I was wrong, and I am sitting here in a bit of shock. I'll never … [Read more...]


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How the Catholic Church Made Me a Progressive

I grew up in an evangelical bubble. When I left this bubble to attend college, I found my beliefs challenged. When my evangelical beliefs began slipping through my fingers, I grasped for something to hold onto. I found that in Catholicism. When I first converted I was extremely conservative in addition to being very fervent and devout. I read the early church fathers and the catechism, Catholic apologetic books and the lives of the saints. Of course, this didn't last. All this is to preface the … [Read more...]


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

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...]


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Savita Halappanavar: When “Pro-Life” Means Death

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...]


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The Battle over Contraception in the Pro-Life Movement

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...]


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Okay Then, Let’s Talk about Natural Family Planning

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...]


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Purity Rings: Kacy’s Story

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...]


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