“Without a guaranteed right to life, all other rights are legal fictions”

By Dave Andrusko In a column I re-read this morning, the Rev. Charles Chaput, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, pondered, as he often does, the “meaning and dignity of the human person.” He began with reminiscences about a conference a friend of his had once attended whose theme was “supercomputing and the human …

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Realizing her baby brother will grow up prompts his tearful sister to exclaim, “Oh, my gosh, I want him to stay little”

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This is probably my all-time favorite example of the interaction of little siblings. Though it now goes back (wow!) five years, every once in a while we rerun it because it is such a blessing. It now has 3,266,451 views The instant I saw this earlier today, I forwarded it …

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Every life has equal and incalculable moral value simply because we are human

By Wesley J. Smith We live in an increasingly secular society. One consequence (among many) of this cultural shift has been an increasing rejection of the once uncontroversial belief that humans reside uniquely at the pinnacle of moral worth. Activist academics, purveyors of popular culture, and issue ideologues across a wide swath of movements—from bioethics, …

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No matter how loudly pro-abortionists insist otherwise, there is no “controversy” about when life begins

Editor’s note. Written by Paul Stark, this appeared on the blog of Minnesota Citizens for Life (MCCL), National Right to Life’s state affiliate. It rebuts an error that refuses to go away: the insistence that there is a “debate” about when human life begins. At the Idaho Statesman Journal’s science blog, Susie Bodman (at the …

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Priorities are twisted when pets have more protections than people

By Kathleen M. Gallagher Editor’s note. This first appeared in The Evangelist, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Albany, New York. I love animals, especially dogs. I cringe when I hear stories of animal abuse, and I think more should be done to crack down on puppy mills that put profit above decent care. …

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Initial hostility that turns into genuine friendship reminds us never to burn bridges

By Dave Andrusko One of the many terrific workshops I visited while covering National Right to Life’s annual convention was put on by the charismatic Pat Castle, the founder and sustainer of Liferunners.org. Being a runner of very modest distances and very much impressed with his presentation, I signed up and received a very nice …

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Honoring the words that set us apart from every other country on earth

By Carol Tobias “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. I love history, and the founding of this great …

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“Abortion is not a partisan issue, it is a human rights issue”

Editor’s note. The annual National Right to Life Convention starts in just four days. If you haven’t registered, please go to nrlconvention.com. Six years ago today, then Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke as NRLC 2013 got underway. The following is from his prepared remarks . Thank you Carol [Tobias, president of National Right to Life]. …

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New study sheds light on the beginning of human life

Sparks fly at the moment of fertilization. “Finding these key factors involved in genome activation serve as the critical first step towards our understanding of how life begins.” By SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Human life begins at conception. To quote just one authoritative human embryology textbook: “Human development begins at fertilization …

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It’s about justice, not theology: Why the pro-life position can’t be dismissed as religious doctrine

By Paul Stark, Communications Associate, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Editor’s note. This appeared in the June digital edition of National Right to Life News, “the pro-life newspaper of record.” Please share the contents with your pro-life family and friends. “Religious fundamentalists,” warned U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., last month, “are currently trying to manipulate …

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“My father, Dan Vitale, treasured life and all its beauty”

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Perhaps he got it from his father—an Italian immigrant who managed with his wife to raise a large family on a barber’s salary during the toughest of economic times. Or maybe it came from the fact that he was the sixth of seven children and knew …

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