hard cases

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

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 [...]

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The Abortion Hard Cases

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 [...]

Why Women Abort

Many people believe that the reasons women have abortions are to save their lives or physical health, or in cases of rape and incest, or to avoid birth defects. This is a fallacy that pro-abortion groups continue to cultivate because it helps them spread abortion in nations with pro-life laws and helps them retain abortion-on-demand once they have [...]

By |2020-06-23T18:28:09-04:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Abortion|Tags: , , , |

What is the Principle of ‘Double Effect’?

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 [...]

By |2019-12-05T20:52:39-05:00May 24th, 2017|Categories: Abortion, The Church on Abortion|Tags: , , , |

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

"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 [...]

By |2020-01-14T15:47:07-05:00May 19th, 2017|Categories: Abortion|Tags: , , , , |
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Shouldn’t We Allow Abortions to Help Victims of Incest?

Abortion for incest wreaks more violence upon the victim, rarely leads to genuine healing, and may lead others to believe that the "problem" caused by the violent crime has largely been solved.  In cases of incest, abortion often eliminates the only evidence of the crime. The solution to incest is [...]

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A First Birthday for the Girl Who Shouldn’t Be Alive

In late 2014, Paraguay was shaken by the news that an eleven-year old girl was pregnant. She had been raped by her mother’s boyfriend. In media reports the anonymous young girl was called "Maynumbi" in order to protect her identity. Maynumbi is the Paraguayan Guarani indigenous word for “hummingbird.” The [...]

By |2019-11-21T22:07:15-05:00August 26th, 2016|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , |
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Recognizing Human Dignity in Difficult Circumstances

In every country, at this very moment, women who have become pregnant - either because of decisions they made or as victims of assault through no fault of their own - are faced with making the choice of life or death for their child. Some of these women are financially [...]

El Salvador Supreme Court Upholds Life in Beatriz Case

HLI President Applauds Decision The Supreme Court of El Salvador ruled 4-1 on Wednesday to uphold the country’s life-protecting laws and denied a petition to allow doctors to perform an abortion on a 22-year-old woman known only as Beatriz. In its decision, the court noted (contrary to the claims of [...]

By |2020-01-31T20:40:22-05:00May 30th, 2013|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , , |