About the Author

Susan Ciancio has a BA in psychology and a BA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with an MA in liberal studies from Indiana University. Since 2003, she has worked as a professional editor and writer, editing both fiction and nonfiction books, magazine articles, blogs, educational lessons, professional materials, and website content. Fourteen of those years have been in the pro-life sector. Currently Susan writes weekly for HLI, edits for American Life League, and is the editor of its Celebrate Life Magazine. She also serves as executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program, an educational nonprofit program for k-12 students.

Down Syndrome and Abortion

By Susan Ciancio / November 11, 2022 /

A mother recently told me that, when she found out that her baby had a 99% chance of having Down syndrome, her first course of action was to do an online search for what she could expect. What she found frightened her. Her initial search highlighted all the negatives—the potential health and cognitive problems, the…

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Post-Abortion Support Groups: Find Healing After Abortion

By Susan Ciancio / September 21, 2022 /
woman praying in church

In this article: Stories of regret from post-abortive parents Stories of former abortionists 5 post-abortion support groups   Grief After Abortion In Planned Parenthood’s 2020-2021 Annual Report, the organization reports that it performed 383,460 abortions during that fiscal year. That’s almost 30,000 more abortions than in the previous fiscal year. For those of us who…

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The Reality of Partial-Birth Abortion

By Susan Ciancio / August 23, 2022 /
3d rendered illustration of a human fetus at week 24

For thousands of years, people have found ways to kill unwanted babies. From taking pills to tearing a child to pieces prior to birth to even throwing a baby off a cliff, it often seems that any method will do. Parents seek only the end result—being rid of the baby. All abortion is tragic because…

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Ectopic Pregnancy: Dispelling Misinformation

By Susan Ciancio / August 12, 2022 /
ectopic pregnancy treatments

Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, we have seen anger. We have seen violence. And we have seen the dispersal of all kinds of misinformation—most of it aimed at increasing rage and stirring up indignation. One of the pieces of misinformation spreading rapidly pertains to ectopic (literally, “out of…

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The Eugenic Mind of Harry Laughlin

By Susan Ciancio / June 17, 2022 /
disabled woman in a wheelchair

The sum total of human freedom and human happiness will be greatly promoted, in the long run, by eugenical processes which call for the elimination of degenerate and handicapped strains, from the racial stocks, and the increase of numbers of citizens highly endowed by nature with splendid mental, physical, and moral qualities. The state, then,…

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Overcoming Infertility–The Catholic Way

By Susan Ciancio / May 13, 2022 /
couple wedding bands, rings, hands

One of the most amazing gifts of a marriage is children. The excitement of a new life coming into the world cannot be matched by much. That’s why it’s so difficult, as a faithful people, to witness the sadness of couples who face infertility. With our country’s advances in technology, couples facing infertility have myriad…

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Catholic Perspective

By Susan Ciancio / May 6, 2022 /
couple at a consultation for infertility treatment

The Catholic Church teaches that in vitro fertilization is immoral because it not only commodifies a person but also eliminates the marital act from that person’s creation. In addition, it can lead to the deaths of tiny preborn children when unwanted embryos are discarded or used for testing. This is a bitter pill to swallow…

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Responding to Same-Sex Attraction as a Catholic Parent

By Susan Ciancio / March 18, 2022 /
Mother Having Serious Conversation With Teenage Daughter At Home

Navigating our children’s emotional, spiritual, and mental health is a huge part of parenting. It’s a responsibility that most do not take lightly. And when our children hurt in any way, we also hurt. That empathy is part of the immense love that parents have for offspring. When we see our children hurting, we want…

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Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5: The Change in Terminology

By Susan Ciancio / February 25, 2022 /
Transgenderism: About Transgender

The word dysphoria means “a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied.” Gender dysphoria occurs when a person feels a persistent incongruence or disconnect between their biological sex and the one they identify with. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published its latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—the DSM-5.…

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Family and the Theology of the Body

By Susan Ciancio / December 29, 2021 /
happy family in a park

Over the course of 129 general audiences—from September 5, 1979, through November 28, 1984—Pope John Paul II taught about God’s love, our relationship with Him and with others, and God’s desire to watch us grow in love and fullness with Him. This collection of papal addresses is now known as the Theology of the Body.…

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