The Miracle of Fetal Development

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 16, 2021 /
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There are two ways to define the time period that marks various milestones in fetal development: gestational and fertilization age. These terms can be somewhat confusing since they are based upon different starting points. Fertilization age is a framework of time based upon the point of view of the unborn child. The gestational (or menstrual) age…

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Celebrating The Day of the Unborn Child

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 22, 2021 /

The one who accepted “Life” in the name of all and for the sake of all was Mary, the Virgin Mother; she is thus most closely and personally associated with the Gospel of life. Mary’s consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood stand at the very beginning of the mystery of life which Christ came…

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What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 5, 2020 /
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Pro-abortionists sometimes claim that there is nothing forbidding abortion in the Bible.  For example: Ex-priest Daniel C. Maguire says, “There has been no systematic thinking in Jewish Christian tradition on abortion.  There is nothing in the Bible on it.”1 Roy Bowen Ward, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at Miami University of Ohio, writes, “One thing…

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Celebrate the International Day of the Unborn Child

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 25, 2020 /

Today we celebrate the International Day for the Unborn Child, which originally began in Argentina in 1998. The date – March 25 – is also the day that the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to ask her to become the mother of Jesus Christ. The…

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When Does a Fetus Develop a Heartbeat?

By Gail Peterson / May 28, 2019 /
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Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, her baby undergoes many stages of development in the womb before being born, and among these milestones which indicate life is the fetal 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…

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Has the Catholic Church Always Condemned Abortion?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / August 31, 2018 /

Almost everyone knows that the Catholic Church opposes abortion.  However, few are aware of the long and rich history of the Church’s reverence and respect for human life, and fewer still can explain exactly why the Church cannot change her teachings on abortion. This article will address a number of common questions regarding the teachings…

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The Conception Conundrum

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 20, 2017 /
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Human Conception: The Beginning of Life There is much confusion and disagreement today about when human life actually begins.  The official and public face of the medical profession insists that life begins at implantation — yet every embryology and fetology textbook in use today states that it begins at the instant of fusion between sperm…

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Of Acorns, Eggs and Captive Violinists: When Does Human Life Begin?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 16, 2017 /

The abortion issue is very complex, possessing many dimensions: personal, legislative, judicial, religious and scientific.  There is, however, one central debate around which every other point revolves ― the status of the unborn child.  Is it human?  Is it alive?  And, most importantly, is it a person? Science: When Does Life Begin? Pro-abortionists commonly assert…

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What are Abortifacients?

By HLI Staff / January 17, 2014 /

An abortifacient is defined as “a drug or agent that induces an abortion.”1  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 (HEW) shared the widely-held definition of abortion as…

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Abortion-Inducing Agents by Any Other Name Still Kill

By Denise Hunnell, MD / November 21, 2013 /
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( – Claims of politicians not withstanding, the point at which human life begins is settled science. At the moment of fertilization, when the sperm and ovum join, a totally new and unique human being is formed. This single-celled zygote has the full complement of human DNA and immediately begins the self-directed process of maturation…

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