Motherhood and Hard Cases

This Sunday (Mothers’ Day, coincidentally or not), a shocking juxtaposition appeared in my facebook feed, of the kind that somehow compels some response, even as I wonder how I can have the audacity to say anything at all.  I suppose it’s because violence always deeply disturbs me, despite, or maybe because of, being so often [Read More…]

When abortion falls

Some things are clear. The number of abortions is related to the law, but it is also related to underlying socio-economic conditions – poverty,  economic opportunity, social cohesion, the adequacy of healthcare. While abortion rates in the United States have been trending downwards since the 1970s, the steepest rate of decrease took place during the Clinton [Read More…]

Some Things I Will Never Understand

Yesterday was a happy day. It was the day that the Affordable Care Act was found to be constitutional. It means that 33 million people who are currently left out in the cold will receive insurance. It means countless more millions will not suffer and face financial ruin simply because they have the misfortune of falling sick [Read More…]

The Politics of the Natural

I was recently talking with a friend (a nondenominational Protestant) who is planning her wedding.  When the conversation turned to her thoughts about having children, she identified herself, despite her very understandable worries about such a responsibility, as being “anti-birth-control”: she doesn’t want to put foreign chemicals into her body that might mess with her [Read More…]

Guest Post by Tim Muldoon: Demons Are Hot

We at Vox Nova are happy to bring you this post today from Professor Tim Muldoon of Boston College.  Thanks to Professor Muldoon for sharing this with the VN community. ______________________________________________________________ OK, bad pun.  But it’s hard to avoid the fact that there’s suddenly a fascination with all things demonic.  Consider this Discovery Channel series [Read More…]

More proof that the health care bill is “anti-life”

Truthout alerts us to ten things we didn’t know were in the health care bill. Among them are such awful, anti-life measures as: 3. Right to pump. Workplaces will have to provide “reasonable” break time and a private location — other than a bathroom — for breastfeeding mothers to pump breast milk for one year [Read More…]

Why Is It All Or Nothing?!

A particular problem of conscience can arise in cases where a legislative vote would be decisive for the passage of a more restrictive law, aimed at limiting the number of authorized abortions, in place of a more permissive law already passed or ready to be voted on. Such cases are not infrequent. It is a [Read More…]

“Evidence-Based Medicine”

As many readers will already be aware, my wife and I experience some difficulty in our practice of Natural Family Planning.  Because of our erratic charts, our NFP instructor recently recommended that we ask my wife’s doctor to do some tests on her vitamin D, iron, prolactin and testosterone levels. Now, our family doctor is [Read More…]

It’s All About Community Rating

The more I think about it, the more I realize that the leading contentious issue in the healthcare debate  is community rating. This has become even clearer reading the blog of leading healthcare expert, Uwe Reinhart. Community rating basically means you charge all people in the risk pool the same amount, and not base payment on age or [Read More…]

If I Were a Nihilist…

I am disheartened and disgusted with the current state of play with the healthcare bill. They are so close, and yet the Democrats manage to confirm all the worst suspicions about their cravenness, cowardice, and incompetence. Of course, the nihilists in the Republican party are dancing with glee, as nothing makes them happier than the failure [Read More…]