Tuesday, June 07, 2011

“Good Ethics Makes for Good Science”

Wesley J. Smith, Secondhand Smoke a FirstThings blog

Legatus magazine asked me to write a column on the stem cell issue, and so I did. From “Good Ethics Makes for Good Science:”

Have you noticed that the stem-cell controversy rarely makes the news these days? There’s a reason: The greatest advances in stem-cell research over the last decade have not involved cells taken from destroyed embryos. That doesn’t fit the media template of embryonic stem cells being the “gold standard” for regenerative medicine, and indeed, the “only hope” for people struggling against diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s. Hence, advances that would have resulted in screaming headlines if accomplished with embryonic stem cells, barely caused a ripple and in many cases weren’t reported at all. Read more

“Bella” Star Opens Pro-Life Medical Center

Disproving One of Abortion’s Greatest Lies: The Good Counsel Solution

One of the greatest lies and slurs hurled at pro-lifers is that we only care about the baby until it is born.

Gerard Nadal, Coming Home

“Are you prepared to pay for that child of poverty in order to help raise it for the next eighteen years? No?? Then shut up about abortion!”

It’s a clever little manipulation, though not much in the way of an argument.

Responsibility for raising the child resides with the parents, not society. To suggest that the mother and father of a poor and unexpected child cannot be counted on to be the primary providers of their child is to infantilize the parents and inject chaos into the lives of the family. Our inner-cities suffer from just this sort of chaos with generational poverty that traces its roots back to the well-intentioned Great Society programs begun in the 1960′s. For decades people have lamented that there must be a better way. Read more

Abortion impacts men, too

Jeanne Monahan, FRCBlog.com

While abortion is often touted as a woman’s issue, a woman’s choice, the father is equally a parent to the developing little baby yet often lacks standing when it comes to a decision about abortion. Read more

Girl with Down syndrome named prom queen

BY JOHN JALSEVAC, LifeSiteNews.com

Here’s a feel-good story for you. Students at a high school in Missouri have voted to crown a 19-year-old classmate who has Down syndrome as this year’s prom queen. The Daily Mail reports:

Maisie has been at the school since kindergarten, and is extremely popular among the students in her year, many of whom who have known her since she was five.

Mrs O’Dell (Maisie’s teacher and mentor) said: ‘‘They all know her really well, they all help her when she needs it. The vote was pretty much unanimous’

Describing her as ‘the sweetest person’, Mrs O’Dell said Maisie has won the hearts of everyone at school as the morning greeter, high-fiving the students as they walk in the door. Read more

Love Facts: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You!

Choices have consequences and what you don't know CAN hurt you!

Empower yourself and friends. Even if your aren't currently sexually active, you should know what modern research shows regarding sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, abortion effects and the emotional fallout that can come from premature sexual involvement. You thought you had heard it all before? You'll be surprised at what you learn here!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Dr. Kevorkian’s Victims

The New York Times
Published: June 5, 2011

The case for assisted suicide seems to depend on human sympathy — on the impulse toward mercy, the desire to ease what seems like pointless pain and suffering. Why shouldn’t the terminally ill meet death on their own terms, rather than at the end of prolonged agonies? Why shouldn’t the dying depart this earth with dignity, instead of enduring the inexorable stripping away of their physical and mental faculties?

Such are the sentiments that made Jack Kevorkian, who died last week of natural causes, a hero to many millions of Americans. Though he was tried repeatedly and finally convicted of second-degree murder, the former pathologist’s career as “Dr. Death” (he said he assisted at more than 130 suicides) was widely regarded as a form of humanitarianism rather than a criminal enterprise. Read more

Fr. Frank Pavone on National Right to Life Convention