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Abortion is (Really) Hell

A 2014 article in Britain’s Guardian points out that with the withdrawal of UK troops from Afghanistan the Commonwealth will have seen its first peacetime period in a century.  This dubious consistency extends back into previous eras, as befits an imperial power dominating hundreds of colonies.   Of course it is joined by many other major powers, including the United States, in its destructive tendencies–only two humans in history have avoided the effects of the Fall. The war casualties of the 20th century are breathtaking:  Great Britain: 1.5M; France: 2.5M; Germany: 10M; and the Soviet Union: 30M (including losing 13%

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Ireland’s Flagging Abortion Stance

The Irish Times recently hosted a discussion on their podcast regarding the effort to repeal or reform the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s constitution. The Eighth was voted in by popular referendum 33 years ago by a 2-1 margin, largely through the influence of the Catholic Church.  The addition to the constitution reads: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right. I don’t pretend to know

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Innovation + Abortion = Stagnation

I recently attended a week long technical symposium which, normally, I find myself too busy to take the time to indulge. However, I realized that I had managed to let a decade slip by without connecting with peers outside of my immediate circle. So this year, I decided to reconnect and get inspired. In addition to an impressive forum of technical presentations the symposium hosted a rather large trade show. By about mid-week, I had had my fill of technical papers and so decided to stretch my legs and spend the rest of the day walking the show floor. This

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Abortionomics: Shibboleth of Death

In a recent CSPAN “After Words” interview, criminologist Dr. Barry Latzer discussed his book, The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America, in which he examines trends between the 1960s and 1990s.  Dr. Latzer was asked about two theories regarding the drop in violent crime starting in 1994:  removal of lead from gasoline starting in the mid-70s, and the federal legalization of abortion in the infamous Roe v Wade decision in 1973. The latter theory, offered by John Donohue and Steven Levitt in the May 2001 edition of The Quarterly Journal of Economics, purports to show that children who were

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What ever happened to “Safe, Legal & Rare”?

A few years ago I presented a paper to the Junto titled, “Seeing is Believing”. At that time our country was confronted with the horrors of the abortion industry during the trial of Kermit Gosnell. In the paper I pondered the words of former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathenson (author of the film Silent Scream) “America won’t reject abortion until it sees abortion”. Thankfully, in the Gosnell case, seeing the truth caused the jury, including nine pro-abortion jurors, to convict him of the murder of an expectant mother and the killing three babies who were born alive. Additionally, the publicity of

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Spurious Language

While reading Timshell’s recent post Words Have Meaning, it reminded me of an article I came across in the National Catholic Register regarding the specious terminology used in conjunction with stem cells. They focused on the recent stories of two sports heroes who were used to grab headlines. The first was legendary hockey player Gordie Howe who apparently made a remarkable recovery from a stroke after receiving a stem cell treatment in Tijuana, Mexico. The media initially reported that “only adult stem cells were used in the injections”. However, a tenacious sports reporter, Brent Schrotenboer, from USA Today, revealed that

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Defunding Defeat

I’ve been out of town with my family for several days now, unplugged from virtually all media.  It’s relaxing and disconcerting at the same time.  However, my phone still buzzes occasionally with an AP news headline, and I knew that a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood was gaining steam after several videos have emerged showing PP officers blithely discussing their grisly vocation.  Sadly, I wasn’t at all surprised when on Monday the headline came through that the motion to move the bill forward by ending the Democrat filibuster had failed to reach 60 yeas by a (party line) vote of

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Kill the Wabbits: The Case for ‘Fecundophobia’

I’m on vacation, but I’ve found an article to share that more than makes up for anything I could have written and didn’t. It’s from The Federalist website: a post called “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women,” and it makes a pretty compelling (if unscientific at this point) case that the media, the government, and the culture have moved beyond pro-Choice to pro-Sterility. It even manages to be humorous at times — well worth the read, even if only as a reminder of where we’re headed and why it matters. Not that Scripture matters to these folks,

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The Novena Begins Tomorrow

The summer of 2015 may well be remembered as the time our culture took a nose dive into darkness. June brought us the news of the cosmetic transformation of the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn. This was quickly followed by news of the Supreme Court’s legalization of homosexual marriage. Then in July we had the gruesome undercover footage showing a Senior Director of Planned Parenthood describing how it is despicably selling body parts of aborted children, some obtained by using the horrific practice of partial birth abortion to harvest certain body parts intact. With such an

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Women and Beer: A Pro-Choice Post

Despite my apparent inability to pour a beer without spilling at our last meeting, I do love a good brew and enjoy trying new beers as often as I can find and afford them. As a family man, however, I have avoided certain beers based on the content of their labels. The brewing industry has long used sex to sell its product; I generally steer clear of the more risque, tasteless, or immoral labels. I simply don’t want these labels in the house, and given the volume of new beers being produced, I’m never at a loss to find something else to

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