I’m joined by Reagan Barklage, coordinator of the midwest chapter of Students for Life, to talk about her experiences in Washington DC over the last two weekends with the Women’s March and the March for Life. Reagan also shares some of the great things that Students for Life is doing on college campuses around the country.
Time for some truth about what Planned Parenthood does and does not do.
Last week, the University of California, San Francisco, released the results of a study that claimed to show that abortion has no impact on a woman’s mental health. I wrote a response to the study for Crisis Magazine. In short, the study was flawed for several reasons, not the least of which is that it ignored the complexity of the post-abortion experience and the psyches of women who choose abortion. Studies such as this marginalize women who do suffer emotional anguish after abortion and attempt to delegitimize their experience. One look at the testimonies shows that many women do indeed suffer emotional anguish after an abortion.
Autonomy is the rallying cry for advocates of physician-assisted suicide. But for every story of someone whose autonomy is enhanced by this practice, there is another story of someone whose autonomy was taken away. I wrote a post for the Washington Examiner on the false promise of autonomy and the dangers of making death a medical option.
The state of Texas recently enacted some new rules about the handling of fetal remains after abortions, miscarriages, and stillbirths. I wrote a post for Crisis Magazine refuting some of the dishonest claims being made by abortion advocates in the wake of these new rules.
Texas just enacted new rules regulating how the bodies of aborted or miscarried babies are handled by healthcare facilities. This is a big step in recognizing the dignity and sanctity of unborn human life. These new rules are expected to be passed into law early in 2017.
My guests for the radio show this week were Joe D’Ambrosio and Fr. Neil Kookoothe. Joe is an exonerated Death Row inmate who spent 22 years on Death Row in Ohio for a crime he did not commit. He was exonerated with the help of Fr. Neil Kookoothe, a priest, attorney, and registered nurse. Joe’s story was featured on Season 1 of CNN’s Death Row Stories:
Last week a story broke about the world’s first baby born via a new technique called mitochondrial donation. Mitochondrial donation is the newest version of in vitro fertilization (IVF), and creates babies who genetically have three parents.
This new technique involves taking an egg cell from the biological mother, extracting the nucleus of the egg, and placing the nucleus into a donor egg cell which also has the nucleus extracted. The new egg cell (which contains the nucleus of the biological mother’s egg and the rest of the cell from the donor mother) is fertilized with the father’s sperm, creating an embryo. The embryo is then implanted into the mother.
September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Suicide is a topic that we must always address with a sense of compassion. We must address it with a sense of compassion out of respect for those who struggle with the thoughts, for those who have completed the act, and for those who have lost family members and friends in this manner. It’s a tough topic, but it’s one that needs to be tackled.
According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Between 42,000 and 44,000 individuals commit suicide each year, which comes out to about 115 per day, or one every 15 minutes. It is estimated that roughly 25 persons attempt suicide for each person that completes it, which means that well over half of a million people attempt suicide each year in the United States. Studies show that suicide is on the rise, particularly among those who are younger. There has also been a decline in the percentage of Americans who see suicide as morally problematic.
That means Americans are more likely to feel suicidal, and less likely to encounter someone who would tell them it’s morally problematic. Continue reading
By Tom Venzor
The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued two devastating blows to life and religious liberty.
First, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (“Hellerstedt”), by a 5-3 opinion authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Court struck down a Texas law that had required abortion clinics to meet the safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.
Second, in Stormans, Inc. v. Weisman (“Stormans”), the Court denied review of a Washington State regulation requiring a pharmacy to deliver all prescription medications (including abortifacient contraceptives), even if the owner of the pharmacy has a religious objection. Continue reading