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The “baby window” that receives abandoned infants

posted by jmcgee

An unusual project in Switzerland reported some news this week: An unwanted baby has been left at a hospital in Einsiedeln. The foundling is the sixth in the nearly ten-year history of the baby window, which is unique in Switzerland. […]

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Husband admits: abortion site a hoax

posted by jmcgee

Details: The husband behind the BirthOrNot web site that caused an international controversy over a vote on an abortion has now admitted the web site was a hoax. Pete and Alisha Arnold put up the web site under the claim […]

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An abortion stunt?

posted by jmcgee

By now you may have heard about this couple inviting people to vote online whether or not they should have an abortion. Blogger Jill Stanek smells something fishy: A pregnant married couple is taking votes whether to abort their baby […]

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George W. Bush: why I’m pro-life

posted by jmcgee

The former president is back in the public eye again, with a new book and a headline-making interview with Matt Lauer that includes, among other things, some personal insight into his political beliefs: The most startling anecdote he shared was […]

The black genocide

posted by jmcgee

November is National Black Catholic History Month and, as part of our coverage, “Currents” attended a conference on Long Island focusing on the issue of blacks and abortion. A phenomenal number of black pregnancies end in abortion — as many […]

Respecting life…by opposing the death penalty

posted by jmcgee

That is one message that is often lost during Respect Life month, and the USCCB is bringing it to the forefront as October comes to an end: As the 2010 edition of Respect Life Month drew to a close, the […]

After abortion: “I have a story to get through to other women…”

posted by jmcgee

From St. Louis comes this powerful story about the woman coordinating that city’s 40 Days for Life campaign: Maria Thompson was a teenager when she became pregnant. The 18-year-old was living in Mexico City. The father, 11 years older than […]

Gianna, the heart of the soccer team

posted by jmcgee

A friend from Albany sent this my way, and thought it was worth noting at the close of Respect Life month. It’s a wonderful testament to the gift of life — all life. At a time when 90% of Down […]

IVF: “The younger sister of eugenics”

posted by jmcgee

So say Poland’s Catholic bishops in a letter obtained by Reuters: Bishops of Poland’s influential Roman Catholic Church have branded in vitro fertilization (IVF) “the younger sister of eugenics” in a letter aimed at swaying lawmakers ahead of a parliamentary […]

Patricia Heaton, a Feminist for Life

posted by jmcgee

Everybody loved her on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” (which starred some guy from my parish in Forest Hills). And now there’s even more reasons to admire and appreciate Patricia Heaton: Actress Patricia Heaton is well-known for playing a harried-but-loving wife and […]

Bank on it: new stem cell bank offers hope

posted by jmcgee

Some encouraging news out of Maryland this week, in the field of adult stem cell research and treatment: Nineteen-month-old Mason Shaffer has no qualms about somersaulting off a couch in his family’s Pennsylvania home. He’s equally fearless when exploring new […]

Pro-life message: “My mom is REALLY going to kill me”

posted by jmcgee

That’s the eye-opening message on a billboard that’s just gone up in Michigan. Check it out below. H/T

“No one has the right to build their rights on the broken rights of others…”

posted by jmcgee

That’s just one of the compelling statements you’ll find in the piece from “Currents” below: a glimpse at pro-life feminists who gathered recently in New York. Take a look.

Teresa Lewis: attention must be paid

posted by jmcgee

I’m grateful to see that Danielle Bean is paying attention — and the rest of us should, too. Teresa Lewis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday night — and would become the first woman to be executed in […]

Husband sacrifices his life for his wife and unborn child

posted by jmcgee

A beautiful and heartbreaking story out of Canada: Brian Wood, a 33-year-old resident of Vancouver, B.C., was killed in an auto collision on September 3, when the driver of an oncoming SUV lost control of the vehicle and crossed the […]

On their feet, and on their knees: marching for life in Michigan

posted by jmcgee

Diane M. Korzeniewski, who runs the excellent blog Te Deum laudamaus, alerts me to this striking photo essay,covering a march and mass in Michigan, conducted by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. She reports a remarkable turnout — more than […]

The best way to combat Islam may begin in the bedroom

posted by jmcgee

Or so argues a Catholic priest in Italy, who clearly believes we need to make love, not war: A prominent Catholic priest wants European Christians to fight off Islam with a unique weapon: babies. Father Piero Gheddo, an Italian missionary […]

To life: judge blocks funding of embryonic stem cell research

posted by jmcgee

An encouraging piece of pro-life news late Monday: A federal district judge on Monday blocked President Obama’s 2009 executive order that expanded embryonic stem cell research, saying it violated a ban on federal money being used to destroy embryos. The […]

And now…the “week-after” pill?

posted by jmcgee

Incredible. But true: The Food and Drug Administration approved a controversial new form of emergency contraception Friday that can prevent a pregnancy as many as five days after sex. The decision to allow the sale of the pill, which will […]

Abortion’s other victims

posted by jmcgee

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is launching a new ministry to reach out to men affected by abortion — and deacons are involved in coordinating it. From the St. Louis Review: Project Joseph will provide free, confidential professional counseling, spiritual […]

Patricia Neal’s one great regret

posted by jmcgee

She found her way back to her Catholic faith after taking quite a few detours.  From Msgr. Jim Lisante, quoted here: I met Patricia Neal over 20 years ago, and we have become good friends ever since. One time when […]

Arrested for praying: case dismissed

posted by jmcgee

Earlier in the week, I posted on the man arrested for praying outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. (There’s also a video of the act that some thought criminal.) Well, the charges have now been dropped: This afternoon, in a wake […]

Legacy: 40 years of abortion in New York

posted by jmcgee

On a grim anniversary, the numbers are even grimmer — especially when tallied in regards to race. Take a look at this: Forty years ago today, New York became the first state in the US where abortion was broadly legal. […]

“Direct abortion” vs. a “medical procedure”

posted by jmcgee

Wednesday, the bishops released a document clarifying the difference between a “direct abortion” and a “medical procedure” — evidently, in connection with the much-covered case in Phoenix. Catholic News Service offers a summary: The committee’s statement quoted directive 45: “Abortion […]

Adult stem cell stunner: blind can now see

posted by jmcgee

It’s being hailed as a major breakthrough in treating the visually impaired — and some of the results are truly amazing: Dozens of people who were blinded or otherwise suffered severe eye damage when they were splashed with caustic chemicals […]

2010: The year of the pro-life woman

posted by jmcgee

That’s the idea behind this op-ed piece by Ramesh Ponnuru in the New York Times: When President George W. Bush signed the bill banning partial-birth abortion in 2003, supportive legislators gathered around for a photograph. All of them were men. […]

“That woman was my mother…”

posted by jmcgee

A stirring pro-life video from Andrea Bocelli — who uses his voice here to tell a beautiful story of life, and love. H/T Fr. Steve.

What’s killing African Americans?

posted by jmcgee

The leading cause of death: abortion. Take a look: African American women comprise about 12% of women in this country but over 30% of Abortions are performed on Black women. There are many reasons for this including poverty and the […]

Abortion ad airs on British TV

posted by jmcgee

The ad below is the first one for abortion services in Great Britain — and it’s set off a firestorm of controversy: The outfit behind it, Marie Stopes International, is one of the biggest abortion providers in the UK. It […]

A license to “Choose Life”

posted by jmcgee

North Carolina has become the latest state to consider adding these license plates — and local bishops have endorsed the idea: Anti-abortion groups want to push North Carolina legislators to allow their message onto a special license plate. About 100 […]

Pro-life groups use health care reform to restrict abortions

posted by jmcgee

Health care reform hasn’t deterred at least one pro-life group from using a loophole in the new law to limit funds used for abortions: Abortion opponents fought passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul to the bitter end, and […]

Nun approved abortion at Catholic hospital

posted by jmcgee

The circumstances were extraordinary — and the decision, I’m sure, was not easy to make. But the result has sparked a growing controversy in Arizona, where even the bishop has now intervened. From the Arizona Republic: A Catholic nun and […]

A baptism photo for the ages

posted by jmcgee

The startling picture above was e-mailed to me this morning, with the following message: This was taken at the baptism of Valentino Mora, son of Erica, a single mom of 21 who asked the photographer to take a picture of […]

Does universal health care reduce abortions?

posted by jmcgee

Here’s one provocative take on the debate now raging in this country, from T.R. Reid in the Washington Post: The latest United Nations comparative statistics, available at http://data.un.org, demonstrate the point clearly. The U.N. data measure the number of abortions […]

The death of the death penalty?

posted by jmcgee

There’s some evidence of that: There is an increasing move away from the death penalty, according to participants in a recent congress. From Feb. 24-26, campaigners against the death penalty met at the World Congress Against the Death Penalty, in […]

“Everybody gets covered. Nobody gets deliberately killed.”

posted by jmcgee

I suspect most people in the pews have never heard of Richard Doerflinger. But he may be having a significant impact on their lives. From NPR: Richard Doerflinger doesn’t look the part of a high-powered political strategist. Bearded and bespectacled, […]

Will abortion kill the bill?

posted by jmcgee

The issue seems to be a defining one for several Democrats in the House: The health care reform bill passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve appears to be dead on arrival in the House, as seven anti-abortion Democrats intend […]

“We’re all wanted by someone”

posted by jmcgee

Take 90 seconds and look at this remarkable, moving video. And pray that more women in this circumstance make this choice. H/T Msgr. Pope.

Pro-life pharmacy shuts down

posted by jmcgee

Many months ago, I posted this promising news about a rare pro-life pharmacy in suburban Washington, DC. Now, sadly, the economic hard times have caught up with it: The only pro-life pharmacy in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area has announced […]

The Keillor memorandum

posted by jmcgee

The celebrated humorist and radio host is scheduled to speak at a Catholic gathering next month — and it’s raising a few eyebrows: The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) has invited Garrison Keillor, a pro-abortion, pro-gay “marriage” Episcopalian, as a […]

Utah law would criminalize some abortions

posted by jmcgee

A bill awaiting the governor’s signature could go further than any other in the country. Details: Last May in a small town in eastern Utah, a 17-year-old girl, seven months pregnant, paid a man she had just met $150 to […]

Pro-life billboard jolts Georgia

posted by jmcgee

Will it have an impact? Well, it’s already getting people talking: Georgia Right to Life recently sponsored a provocative billboard campaign that says black children are an “endangered species.” The campaign, unique to Georgia, combines the contentious race and abortion […]

Bishops will not sanction Spanish king over abortion law

posted by jmcgee

An interesting wrinkle in the ongoing debate over abortion in Spain: If King Juan Carlos of Spain signs a new law easing restrictions on abortion, as he is constitutionally required, the country’s bishops will not take action against him, the […]

Visiting New York City’s “Abortion Row”

posted by jmcgee

Here in New York, we’re embarking on an ambitious pro-life Lenten campaign, “40 Days for Life,” spearheaded by the innovative group Expectant Mother Care. Not long ago, the group paid a visit to “Abortion Row,” in Queens, where you can […]

“I was born”: a great pro-life video

posted by jmcgee

This was created by students at Franciscan University. H/T to Thomas Peters.

Here it is: the Tebow ad

posted by jmcgee

Below, you can see what all the fuss was about. Yeah, this sure is outrageous. Not. Focus on the Family – Tim Tebow Ad @ Yahoo! Video

A prayer, and a plea, for life: UPDATE

posted by jmcgee

You probably remember this posting from several days ago, requesting prayers for a young woman facing pressure to have an abortion. From Julie, an update: Praise God. A corner has been turned. My friend courageously went to speak to the […]

What does CBS stand for?

posted by jmcgee

In response to the Tim Tebow ad, the juvenile grandmothers below offer one profane answer. (Yes, there’s profanity here, so be forewarned — although anyone with two brain cells to rub together can figure it out without even watching it.) […]

A pro-choice writer plays defense for Tebow

posted by jmcgee

And does it devastatingly well. This piece on the Tim Tebow pro-life Super Bowl ad speaks for itself: I’m pro-choice, and Tebow clearly is not. But based on what I’ve heard in the past week, I’ll take his side against […]

Abstinence-only classes may actually work

posted by jmcgee

I’m sure there are a few out there who won’t believe it, but one expert is calling the evidence “game-changing”: A new study shows for the first time that a sex education class emphasizing abstinence only — ignoring moral implications […]

Before Tebow: a pro-life video from the NFL

posted by jmcgee

Over 20 years ago — before Tim Tebow was causing a stir with a pro-life Super Bowl ad — championship players from the NFL appeared in the video below to state their advocacy for life. The video, and more, are […]

Meet the pro-life generation

posted by jmcgee

Somehow, I missed this when it was published last weekend, but Cardinal Sean, in his blog, makes note of something most others in the mainstream media missed — and something this writer below picked up as well: many at the […]

Women’s groups protest pro-life Tebow Super Bowl ad

posted by jmcgee

So…are they afraid people might actually decide that life is, after all, you know, a good thing? From Reuters: U.S. women’s groups are urging television broadcaster CBS not to air an ad during next month’s Super Bowl football championship final […]

A modest proposal: move the March for Life

posted by jmcgee

My father-in-law in suburban Maryland suggested it the other night.  You know: it makes sense.    “I’ve never been,” he said, ” but I’d do it if it weren’t so damn cold.” I explained that it’s done in January because […]

A prayer for peace and justice

posted by jmcgee

God of perfect peace, Violence and cruelty can have no part with you. May those who are at peace with one another hold fast to the good will that unites them; may those who are enemies forget their hatred and […]

Pro-life or pro-active?

posted by jmcgee

With another anniversary of Roe v. Wade come more questions about what can be done to stop abortion. This provocative essay by Sr. Bernadette M. Reiss, fsp asks questions some of us may not have considered: How can the presentation […]

Tim Tebow to star in Super Bowl pro-life ad

posted by jmcgee

After NBC rejected a similar ad last year, which featured Barack Obama, this seems to be a significant move. The press release: Focus on the Family will broadcast the first Super Bowl ad in its history February 7 during CBS […]

March for Life plans first-ever protest at White House

posted by jmcgee

And it’s part of a large and very busy slate of activities planned for the anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Pro-life activists flocking to the nation’s capital for the 37th March for Life Jan. 22 will be buoyed by recent […]

A first for New York City: a pro-life health care center for women

posted by jmcgee

New York City has a new place for women to get health care — and it’s unlike any other: Women facing infertility and other reproductive difficulties have a new place to turn to for help. It’s in Manhattan, and it […]

Picking up where Tiller left off

posted by jmcgee

A Nebraska doctor is continuing the work of one of the most famous — and infamous — abortion doctors: The national battle over abortion, for decades firmly planted outside the Kansas clinic of Dr. George R. Tiller, has erupted here […]

Giving pregnant women Real Alternatives

posted by jmcgee

Not long ago, I became acquainted with a remarkable non-profit organization in Pennsylvania called Real Alternatives, which describes itself very simply here:  The mission of Real Alternatives is to provide life-affirming alternative to abortion services to assist women faced with […]

The abortion doctor who’s also a minister

posted by jmcgee

And, what may be most surprising of all: he’s also an admitted killer.

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