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Author Archive: Mary Pesarchick

Proudly Catholic, Mary has been happily married for 20 years, is Mom to four teenagers, and primary caretaker for her 170 lb. Newfoundland dog named Bear. She is steadfastly committed to the pro-life cause, and serves as the chairperson of the Respect Life committee at her parish. Mary lives in Buffalo, NY where she is a passionate fan of the Bills, and writes about them for the website NFLFemale.com. She is hopeful that her long-suffering loyalty to the team might help reduce her time in purgatory.

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Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

August 31, AD2017 3 Comments
Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

  Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1935) History of Eugenics The Eugenics Movement was a potent political force in early 20th century […]

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Charlie Gard and Exercises in Medical Futility

July 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Charlie Gard and Exercises in Medical Futility

Since the time of Hippocrates, physicians have grappled with the issue of futile care. Medical futility is an ethical judgment of the potential for a therapeutic treatment to positively affect a seriously ill patient. Two kinds of medical futility are often distinguished: Quantitative futility, where the likelihood that an intervention will benefit the patient is […]

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Of Mice and Men, SHEEFs and Chimeras

July 1, AD2017 0 Comments
Of Mice and Men, SHEEFs and Chimeras

When scholars study a thing, they strive To kill it first, if it’s alive; Then they have the parts and they’ve lost the whole For the link that’s missing was the living soul. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part In his June 5 column titled, “Sympathy for the Devil,” Archbishop Charles Chaput observed […]

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Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

May 28, AD2017 7 Comments
Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

Since Netflix began to air the series, 13 Reasons Why, the subject of suicide, particularly among adolescents, has become a prominent subject of conversation nationwide. The current statistics in the United States are grim. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the number of suicides in the United States is at its highest level in 30 years. Their 2016 report […]

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Adoption: Loving Option or Greatest Evil?

April 27, AD2017 11 Comments
Adoption: Loving Option or Greatest Evil?

To a pro-life advocate, adoption should be a self-evident solution to a tragic problem.  Yet, of the three choices presented to a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy–adoption, parenting the baby, or abortion –adoption is far and away the least frequent choice. According to the Guttmacher Institute (2011), there were 2.8 million unintended pregnancies in the United States. Of those, 1.2 […]

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A Brave, New, Down Syndrome Free World

March 28, AD2017 8 Comments
A Brave, New, Down Syndrome Free World

In September 2013, Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Human Rights and Family Institute (C-FAM), wrote a poignant letter to subscribers entitled, “You Can Smell the Devil Breath.” It concerned persons with Down syndrome (DS).  He lamented that up to 90% of unborn children with DS were aborted. Ruse believed there was only one possible explanation for this appalling truth. These […]

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