Cloaking Infanticide With Medical Respectability

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During a testy exchange with a Weekly Standard reporter, United States Representative Nancy Pelosi, a self-professed “devout Catholic,” called the discussion of late-term abortions “sacred ground.” In the same conversation, she used the word “reprehensible” to describe the activities of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist convicted of murder after snipping the spines of infants who…

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Ideological Bias Risking the Lives of Young Women

(Zenit.org) — Scientific studies from around the world show that younger women, specifically those between the ages of 25 and 39, are increasingly being diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer—which has often spread further in the body by the time of diagnosis. A study on cancer rates in Geneva, Switzerland, published in 2007 found that breast cancer…

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The Redefinition of Marriage: The Fight Is About Justice

(Zenit.org) – The push to redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex couples spans the globe. Same-sex couples can be legally recognized as married in Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and South Africa. Great Britain has legislation making its way through Parliament to define marriage as including both same-sex couples and couples with a…

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Who Decides What Is Best for the Patient?

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(Zenit.org) – There is an interesting juxtaposition of articles in the Feb. 27, 2013, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The first piece is a moving account of a medical student’s 90-year-old grandmother undergoing a hip replacement. The medical student describes her grandmother as smart, energetic, and sassy. However, after six…

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The UN’s Attempt to Sideline Parents of the Disabled

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(Zenit.org) – The title of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) suggests compassion and respect for the dignity of the disabled. Yet the specifics of this treaty with the felicitous sounding name carry the potential for sinister consequences. The most worrisome aspect of the CRPD is its failure to…

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Ethics in Organ Transplantation: What’s a Catholic to Do?

(Zenit.org) – Caleb Beaver died at age 16 on Christmas Day in 2011 due to a previously undiagnosed congenital malformation of his blood vessels. His devastated parents agreed to the donation of his heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and pancreas. Several months later, his mother and father were able to meet with the grateful recipient of…

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