To college freshmen, what has always been true, or never been true

By Dave Andrusko Going back all the way to 1999 [!], one of the most popular stories we periodically run is what Wisconsin’s Beloit College calls its “Mindset List” for the incoming freshman class. It’s a way of tracking the “cultural touchstones” and coordinates through which 18-year-olds compile and navigate their beginner’s worldview. This year, …

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“Never Too Early” to remind us unborn children are already part of the family

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked. Once again, I saw what I’m guessing will …

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You are your baby’s first home…. Your baby’s first protector

By Dave Andrusko Sometimes, well actually often, I think I see some of the most pro-life messages coming from advertisers. They have no incentive to hide that pregnant women are carrying living, breathing human beings. Take, for example, this ad for First Response Pregnancy Tests. It’s only 30 seconds long. The first two statements are …

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Arguing that life does not begin at conception is embarrassingly lame

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked. In 2019, it’s hard to believe, but pro-abortionists …

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Woman walks out of abortion clinic after seeing her twins on ultrasound

By Sarah Terzo From an article in The Oklahoman: When Oklahoma resident Pam Brown realized she was pregnant for the second time in 18 months, she felt like an abortion was her only option. At the clinic, the doctor performed an ultrasound to gauge how far along Brown was in her pregnancy. She saw something …

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A gorgeous 4 minute video journey from infancy to old age and back: The Circle of Life

By Dave Andrusko We often ask NRL News Today readers for examples of how they broach the delicate subject of abortion. As it happens, their responses usually affirm my intuition and confirm my experiences. And that is that arguably the best way to reach the undecided is to show them the marvelous complexity of the …

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“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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