Introduction Winter 2024

  As I write, the news that Kate Cox, who unsuccessfully sued for an exception to Texas’s strict abortion ban, will be a guest of the Bidens at the State of the Union Speech signals prolifers are in for a pounding between now and the November election. But of course we knew...
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Back to Go Forward

    C.S. Lewis, the Cambridge medievalist and philosopher, had a rule-of-thumb: Read two old books for every new one. By so doing, one can avoid “chronological snobbery,” by which he meant unreflectively assuming we know better than those who have gone before us. We are...
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“Right to abortion” efforts fail in New Hampshire

  New Hampshire legislators have killed two bills that would effectively remove any protections for preborn babies. The New Hampshire Senate voted 14-9 to defeat a bill to create a “right [for all citizens] to make their own reproductive decisions.” The Feb. 15 vote followed...
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Jesus’ Transfiguration—and Ours

    The gospel reading for the second Sunday in Lent, this year on February 25 in the “Common Lectionary” (used by Catholics and several other churches), comes from St. Mark’s account of the transfiguration of Jesus, who took Peter, James, and John up a “high mountain”...
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chicanery

    A version of the following  was originally posted February 8, 2024, from the blog of Edward Mechmann “Stepping Out of the Boat.” It is reprinted with permission. In the post-Dobbs legal environment, the battle over the fate of legal protections for unborn children...
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The Messianic Secret and Pro-Life Purpose

  Last year my pastoral role required me to take issue with one of our local pro-life organizations. Their leader had invited a notorious Catholic firebrand to speak, and I expressed my dissatisfaction with the choice. The leader retorted, “But he takes a strong pro-life...
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NEWSworthy: Pro-life Father Targeted by Justice Department Says He’s More Energized than Ever

    A pro-life father of 11 said the Department of Justice’s prosecution of him and fellow pro-lifers has energized him to fight even harder against abortion. A federal jury voted last week to convict Paul Vaughn and five others of violations of the Freedom of Access to...
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Death and AI and Resurrection

    A teenager was murdered in a mass shooting at his school in 2018. By 2020, his parents had founded a nonprofit which, among other things, produced a political commercial. The ad opens with an introduction by the parents. Then these words appear on the screen: “We...
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What’s really going on with abortion and the Supreme Court?

  Recent media headlines about the latest abortion cases could lead one to believe that state abortion laws require pregnant women to die in emergency rooms and that federal law requires “emergency abortions.” Both beliefs are wrong. These misleading headlines center on...
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Kamala Harris Suggests Abortion Bans to Blame for Maternal Mortality Rates

  Vice President Kamala Harris repeated a common pro-abortion talking point that laws against killing preborn babies are to blame for high maternal mortality rates. “The top ten states with the highest rates of maternal mortality all have abortion bans,” Harris said recently...
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