Are Aborted Fetuses Used in Cosmetics?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / January 7, 2022 /
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From time to time we hear stories alleging that American abortion mills are selling aborted babies to major cosmetic companies so that they may be “rendered” for their collagen, the main protein component of connective tissue. This rumor is persistent and seems to have a life of its own, but as of this writing, we…

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Abortifacient Brief: The Intrauterine Device

By Brian Clowes, PhD / January 5, 2022 /

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a foreign body inserted into the uterus. IUDs are made of a non‑reactive plastic such as polyethylene and may include active chemicals or elements such as progesterone or copper which slowly diffuse into the uterus over a period of several years.   Is the IUD Abortifacient? Short answer: sometimes. The…

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Family and the Theology of the Body

By Susan Ciancio / December 29, 2021 /
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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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The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part XIII)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / December 22, 2021 /

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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May Catholics Get the Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine?

By Susan Ciancio / December 8, 2021 /
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Our world has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues to mutate, there is one thing we can be sure of: COVID will be around for quite some time. At the height of the pandemic, as businesses, schools, and other activities closed down, people clamored for a vaccine—something to make this nightmare…

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Planned Parenthood: Your Questions Answered

By Susan Ciancio / December 1, 2021 /

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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When Does an Unborn Child Develop a Heartbeat?

By Gail Peterson / November 26, 2021 /
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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)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / November 24, 2021 /
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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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Surrogate Motherhood

By Brian Clowes, PhD / November 19, 2021 /
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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?

By HLI Staff / November 17, 2021 /
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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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The Five Goods of the Conjugal Act

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | June 24, 2022 |

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the conjugal act has four goods: “The goods of conjugal love, which for those who are baptized is sanctified by the sacrament of Matrimony, are unity, fidelity, indissolubility, and an openness to the procreation of life” (no. 495). However, if we consider the sign…

The Eugenic Mind of Harry Laughlin

By Susan Ciancio | June 17, 2022 |

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,…

The Effects of Abortion Laws: Myths and Facts

By William Lawyer | June 3, 2022 |

With Roe v. Wade overturned, pro-lifers have an exciting opportunity to increase protections for the preborn in their state. Now more than ever it is important to know which laws work, and which don’t. So, what do common pro-life and pro-choice policies truly do, and what policies can you fight for to make your state…

Adultery and the Theology of the Body

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | May 27, 2022 |

The purpose of this article is to show the importance of the theology of the body (TOB) of St. John Paul II in explaining the meaning of adultery and, by implication, the true meaning of marriage. To accomplish this purpose we are going to develop the following subtopics: The failure of the concept of sex…

Overcoming Infertility–The Catholic Way

By Susan Ciancio | May 13, 2022 |

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…

Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Catholic Perspective

By Susan Ciancio | May 6, 2022 |

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…

Using the Theology of the Body To Teach Chastity to Young Adult Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | April 29, 2022 |

“The Theology of the Body (TOB) is pretty hard to understand for a lay person. How can I use it to have a conversation about human sexuality and chastity with my son or daughter who is already a young adult?” It is evident that the parent-child relationship takes a turn when the son or daughter…

Male and Female Sterilization

By HLI Staff | April 22, 2022 |

“Blessed are the wombs that never bore.”   The End of Generation Sterilization is, in one sense, the epitome of anti-life activities, the crowning legacy of people like Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, and other eugenicists. This is because it fully achieves the end that those activists hoped for: removal of the generative capacities of human…

How Rich is the Pro-Life Movement?

By Brian Clowes, PhD | March 23, 2022 |

The Baseless Propaganda For decades, pro-abortionists have painted pro-lifers as a bunch of cruel, rich old white men intent upon controlling women’s bodies and lives (read or watch The Handmaid’s Tale for their depressing version of reality). Their websites and blogs repeat endlessly what Anne Nicol Gaylor alleged in her bizarre 1975 propaganda book Abortion…

Responding to Same-Sex Attraction as a Catholic Parent

By Susan Ciancio | March 18, 2022 |

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…