Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
ALL Pro-Life Today: Pro-life or pro-choice: American life in the balance?
Pro-life or pro-choice: American life in the balance?
By Paul E. Rondeau
Has there ever been a time----ever----when government defined certain people as less worthy than other people and it ended well? A slave was never less human than the plantation owner: We just acted that way because it was politically and economically expedient. Leave it to politicians and who knows where political compromise may lead in American life.[ Click here to read more. ]
Preterm birth is one of the most significant challenges facing the field of obstetrics and remains a considerable public health issue. For years, concerns have been raised about a potential association between frequently performed induced abortion procedures and preterm delivery in subsequent pregnancies. Such concerns have been largely ignored in mainstream U.S. medical literature and are unknown to wider public opinion. However, a growing body of worldwide evidence suggests that the association between preterm birth and history of induced abortion is indeed credible. Several clinically relevant, recently published studies deserve widespread attention and should inspire renewed reflection on public health implications.
On Tuesday a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College----and all religious colleges----a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Earlier this year, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges' cases as premature but Tuesday, an appellate court reinstated those cases. The Cardinal Newman Society and 15 Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide had joined in an amicus brief supporting Belmont Abbey and Wheaton. Not only did the court reinstate the case, but it also ordered the Obama administration to report back every 60 days----starting in mid-February----until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges' religious freedom. The new rule must be issued by March 31, 2013.
The British scientist whose work cloning frogs in the 1950s led to the replication of Dolly the sheep in 1996 is now predicting human clones are very possible within the next 50 years. John Gurdon, this year's Nobel Prize winner for medicine, told a BBC Radio program that when he was conducting his research on frogs, he had forecast the successful replication of a mammal within 50 years, and that "maybe the same answer is appropriate" for the jump to copying humans.