What Percent of Abortions Are Medically Necessary?

By HLI Staff / October 1, 2021 /

The short answer to this question is “zero.” Medical science has progressed to the point where an abortion is never necessary to preserve the life or the health of the mother. This has been true for more than half a century. Abortions performed to preserve the life or the health of the mother are so…

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Alternatives to Abortion

By Susan Ciancio / August 31, 2021 /
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Scared. Trapped. Confused. Lonely. Unsure where to turn for help. These are just some of the emotions that new moms feel when they find out they have become unexpectedly pregnant. And these are all perfectly normal emotions. It’s frightening thinking that you don’t have options. It’s scary not knowing where to get help. But when…

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Shouldn’t We Allow Abortions to Help Victims of Rape?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 26, 2021 /

Some people disclaim their natural heritage. I always name my origin. It didn’t hold me back and neither has my color. I was born in poverty. My father raped my mother when she was 12. Now they’ve named a park for me in Chester, Pennsylvania. — Renowned Gospel singer Ethel Waters.1 From an ethical and…

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Why Women Abort

By HLI Staff / May 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Why Women Abort

Americans are appallingly ignorant on abortion statistics. One poll showed that California college students believed that abortion was illegal after the first trimester, and that there are less than 100,000 abortions done in the United States every year.1 The actual number is more than ten times as many surgical and chemical abortions ― and, of course,…

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Poland Shuts the Door on Eugenic Abortion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 1, 2020 /

Good news in the fight against the culture of death is all too rare. But today, we have extremely good news from the homeland of the “pope of life,” St. John Paul II. Just days ago, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal removed one of the few remaining exceptions to that country’s abortion law, ruling that abortions in…

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True Compassion: Whose Life Matters?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / August 10, 2020 /

I try very hard not to let my emotions get the best of me, but there are those rare occasions when my ire is raised, and I cannot contain my outrage. Such a moment occurred a few days ago when a colleague in Oceania shared a story that involved a young pregnant woman who is…

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The Beauty of Statistics on Abortion

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 14, 2020 /
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Yale professor Edward Tufte is an information guru.  He travels the world teaching people the art of “data visualization,” or how to most effectively present the power and the beauty of evidence.  His work highlights the fact that the battle over social issues is largely one of images that activists from all sides attempt to…

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Shouldn’t We Permit Abortion Only to Save the Life of the Mother?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 2, 2019 /

Abortion is completely legal in more than one hundred nations.  In almost every case, population controllers first drove in the ultra-thin wedge of allowing abortion when the mother’s life is in danger. This is a brilliant strategy for two reasons. First, abortionists can easily stretch any law, no matter how strict or precisely written, into…

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The Abortion Hard Cases

By HLI Staff / July 23, 2018 / Comments Off on The Abortion Hard Cases
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Most people believe access to abortion should be limited. But how limited? Is abortion permissible to save the mother, or after rape or incest, or in cases of severe fetal deformities?   The “Health of the Mother” Exception Because of advances in medicine, there are currently no maternal medical conditions for which abortion is the…

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What is the Principle of ‘Double Effect’?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 24, 2017 /

The very rare cases when a pregnancy poses a genuine and immediate threat to the mother’s life are a source of great confusion, especially among Catholics. It is absolutely true that the Catholic Church bans direct abortion in all cases. However, the mother’s life may be saved by surgery that does not directly attack the…

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