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Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

August 24, AD2015 5 Comments
Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

*On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the Respect Life Committee of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (my own parish!) hosted one of hundreds of nationwide protests against Planned Parenthood, calling for an end to its federal funding. When my friends and I arrived at Planned Parenthood’s Arizona headquarters in Phoenix, there were already plenty of […]

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Dr. Ben Carson: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

August 18, AD2015 35 Comments
Dr. Ben Carson: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

With the crowded Republican field, one would assume that someone will surely stand out as the pro-life candidate. After all, most if not all of them have spoken out against abortion. Yet, what appears to be pro-life on the surface doesn’t necessarily make the cut once the details come to light. Dr. Ben Carson: The Good One […]

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Planned Parenthood: The Price of Justice

August 17, AD2015 0 Comments
Planned Parenthood: The Price of Justice

  Recent videos, recorded by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), will continue to add to the mounting disapproval of Planned Parenthood’s (PP) methods of providing what they refer to as women’s healthcare. It appears the winds of change might begin to blow are blowing in a new direction now, and though this is cause […]

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Ganogen’s Aborted Human Fetal Kidneys and Hearts Living in Rats and Some Ethical Questions

August 13, AD2015 1 Comment
Ganogen’s Aborted Human Fetal Kidneys and Hearts Living in Rats and Some Ethical Questions

Below is a 3D ultrasound of an unborn child at about 18 weeks gestation, which is 20 weeks pregnant by LMP date. Emotions are not bad things. Watch the whole minute and a half, and don’t forget. In this next video, you will see first a kidney from an aborted child about the same age as […]

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Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times, and the Racism of Low Expectations

August 8, AD2015 16 Comments
Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times, and the Racism of Low Expectations

In an August 1, 2015, editorial in the New York Times entitled “Our Sex-Crazed Congress,” Nicholas Kristof argues that Congress is wrong to “destroy” the Title X program as part of its attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Title X clinics provide “family planning and often test for HIV, cure sexually transmitted infections, and screen for […]

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Selling Baby Body Parts: What a Difference a Video Makes

August 7, AD2015 7 Comments
Selling Baby Body Parts: What a Difference a Video Makes

For the past few days the Center for Medical Progress has released a total of five videos, spotlighting the horrific happenings at Planned Parenthood (PP). The documented fact that unborn babies have been experimented on, their parts used for everything from vaccines to taste-testing soda and cosmetics, comes as no surprise to those deep in the trenches […]

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Whole Food and Sex: Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

May 15, AD2015 6 Comments
Whole Food and Sex:  Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

Recently I attended a workshop on food addiction as part of the continuing education requirement of my license to practice psychology. I learned some fascinating facts that got me thinking about something not usually associated with food addiction—contraception. Let me explain. What I learned was this: Researchers tell us that there is a close similarity […]

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Monsters are Among Us!

April 30, AD2015 13 Comments
Monsters are Among Us!

When we were children, monsters would move from movie screens and story books to the shadows in our rooms or dark corners of our imaginations. Today they appear in the nightly news and history books, in the aftermath of their crimes, or on the internet wearing black masks, recording their crimes against the “Nation of […]

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Depression: Down, But Not Out

April 10, AD2015 23 Comments
Depression: Down, But Not Out

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any given time, approximately 3 % of adults have major depression, also referred to as major depressive disorder, a lasting and severe type of depression. In fact, major depression is the leading reason for disability for Americans between the ages of 15 […]

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You Have a Voice Regarding 3-Parent Embryos

March 24, AD2015 3 Comments
You Have a Voice Regarding 3-Parent Embryos

Our health, a precise equilibrium, may be disrupted by any disease at any given time. Scientific progress has moved beyond the realm of diagnoses and care of disease, and has now entered the new arena of prediction and prevention while still in the embryonic stage of life, in spite of unknown factors and risks. With […]

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The Fifth Commandment: The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia

March 16, AD2015 1 Comment
The Fifth Commandment:  The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia

“On the morning of February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the law against assisted suicide was unconstitutional. Canada now joins a small, elite group of madly progressive countries in abandoning the most fundamental principle in all of nature.” Joe Bissonette, “Physician-assisted suicide and spiritual suicide” (Crisis Magazine) “He hath set fire […]

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Infertility and the Church

March 11, AD2015 3 Comments
Infertility and the Church

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects more than 6 million women in the U.S., and more than 176 million women worldwide… And I may be one of those women. It’s hard to tell, because endometriosis can only be officially diagnosed by having a laparoscopy — a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia, and […]

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 2, AD2015 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is rather ironic. During a Church season when people are giving up sweets or even meals, millions of people around the world are struggling with either overeating or restricting food. This time of the year, although a wonderful spiritual experience, […]

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Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines

February 4, AD2015 70 Comments
Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines

Readers, please do not write me off as a rabid “anti-vaxxer,” because I am not opposed to vaccines in general, nor do I dispute their medical efficacy. My kids have received DTAP and all other ethically-sourced vaccines. I only wish to explore the moral choices that we, as Catholics, have to make regarding the use […]

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The Forgotten Corporal Work of Mercy

January 5, AD2015 6 Comments
The Forgotten Corporal Work of Mercy

My days were frantic preparing for a two-week trip to Turkey; before I left I had to have my home, kids, dog, and get everything at work prepared for my absence. I laid out extensive back-up plans at work since I am the only Perinatal Bereavement Nurse in my region. I thought I was ready […]

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Why Predators Love Planned Parenthood

December 26, AD2014 28 Comments
Why Predators Love Planned Parenthood

While a recent Planned Parenthood study notes that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies occurs between young teen girls and adult males at least six years older, the organization is only concerned that these teens have unfettered access to contraceptives and abortions, without parental notification. Where is their concern for the harm suffered by these […]

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Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

October 13, AD2014 5 Comments
Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

“Riding one day in the plains below Assisi, he met a leper whose loathsome sores filled Francis with horror. Overcoming his revulsion, he leapt from his horse and pressed into the leper’s hand all the money he had with him, then kissed the hand. This was a turning point in his life. He started visiting […]

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