Roe’s End in Sight, But Our Work Goes On

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Roe v. Wade’s days are numbered. That, remarkably, seems to be the consensus after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments (transcript here) last Wednesday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This blockbuster case involves a challenge by Mississippi’s last abortion facility against the state’s 15-week abortion ban. That law, passed in 2018, has…

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Planned Parenthood: Your Questions Answered

Sorting through what’s true and what’s not when it comes to Planned Parenthood can be difficult. The nation’s largest abortion provider hides behind a veneer of marketing and misinformation. But beneath the smoke and mirrors, the facts speak for themselves. And these facts say loudly and clearly that abortion is the core mission of this organization that…

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Children and the Meaningful Life

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America’s birthrate is at its lowest point ever. Now, a new survey suggests that there is little reason to hope that this trend will reverse itself any time soon. According to the poll by Pew Research, 44% of non-parents say that it’s not too likely, or not at all likely, that they will have children.…

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When Does an Unborn Child Develop a Heartbeat?

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Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, her baby undergoes many stages of development before birth. Among the milestones that indicate the presence of life is the heartbeat.   When Does a Fetus Develop a Heartbeat? Through the use of ultrasounds, modern science can detect the waves of the baby’s heartbeat as early as three weeks after fertilization.…

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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part XII)

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Previous articles in this series: Part I: Introduction to Humanae Vitae Part II: The Predictions of Humanae Vitae Part III: The First Prophecy Part IV: The Second Prophecy Part V: The Third Prophecy Part VI: The Fourth Prophecy Part VII: Modernity’s Challenges to Humanae Vitae Part VIII: The Church’s Right to Teach on Birth Control Part IX: The Church’s Teaching Authority Part X: Principles of Humanae Vitae Part XI:…

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Teaching about Reproductive Technologies

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If an obscure, small-town Jewish rabbi tells his congregation what Judaism teaches, is that national news? What about if a Buddhist monk preaches the teachings of Buddhism? Or if a Hindu guru explains Hinduism to his followers? It seems quite obvious that there is nothing noteworthy about any of these scenarios. And yet, for some…

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Surrogate Motherhood

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In essence, [surrogacy] is the ultimate manifestation of the neoliberal project of capitalist commodification of all life to create profit and fulfill the narcissistic desires of an entitled elite. ~Kathleen Sloan, director of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women.1   What Is Surrogacy? Surrogate motherhood is the oldest form of assisted reproduction.…

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What are Abortifacients?


An abortifacient is defined as “an agent (such as a drug) that induces abortion.” However, manufactures often market these drugs under the name “contraception” to make them more appealing to consumers.   Many Contraceptives Are Really Abortifacients In 1963, the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare shared the widely held definition of abortion…

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Pro-life Training is Beating Population Control in Malawi

Thanks to HLI’s mission, contraceptive use drops despite millions spent promoting it. Our donors’ work in Malawi is so effective that the anti-lifers are getting worried. The Family Planning Association of Malawi just published a report that shows they are losing ground. They’ve spent millions promoting contraception. It’s available and free all over the country.…

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