The blessing of persons among us with special needs

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Editor’s note. Charles J. Chaput is Archbishop of the Diocese of Philadelphia. This is his March 13, 2015, column for CatholicPhilly. Archbishop Chaput references what was then the upcoming March 21 Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities. It’s a simple fact: Raising a child with disabilities …

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The obscenity of the Minister for Children calling for abortion of babies with severe disabilities

By Niamh Ui Bhriain Editor’s note. Ms. Ui Bhriain is a spokeswoman for the Irish pro-life organization, The Life Institute. Fine Gael is an Irish political party. Seanad Éireann is the upper house of the Irish Parliament. In the past week we’ve seen the Minister for Children, James Reilly, call for the liberalisation of Ireland’s …

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Connecticut Suicide Prevention Plan Includes Concerns About Disability & Assisted Suicide

By Stephen Mendelsohn Editor’s note .This article was published on the Not Dead Yet website. This is likely a first from the mainstream suicide prevention community: The Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB) recognizes that legalizing assisted suicide encourages people with disabilities to commit suicide. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the State of Connecticut Suicide Prevention …

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Human beings are made to be lovably imperfect

By Anthony Ozimic Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, taught many wise and noble principles that have served humanity well down the centuries. One exception, however, was his principle “let there be a law that no deformed child shall live”. Likewise, Roman law has served as a good basis for many of the world’s legal codes. …

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Baroness Jane Campbell: Why I oppose assisted suicide

By Baroness Jane Campbell Editor’s note. This article was published by BBC News as part of “For and against assisted suicide.” Baroness Campbell is a disability leader and founder of Not Dead Yet UK, a network of people with disabilities in the UK who oppose legalizing the killing of people with disabilities. Tony Nicklinson and …

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Is abortion justified when a baby is disabled?

  By Paul Stark The New York Times recently published an article titled “My Abortion, at 23 Weeks.” The author explains that she was pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl, but that the boy was diagnosed with a herniated diaphragm. He would require surgery and life support for a period after birth. The …

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British politician: ‘consider compulsory abortion’ for Downs babies

By Hilary White Editor’s note. This appeared at www.lifesitenews.com/news/british-politician-suspended-for-supporting-mandatory-abortion-for-disabled LONDON, December 19, 2012 – The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a candidate after an uproar when he wrote that it should be mandatory to kill all disabled unborn children. Geoffrey Clark wrote on his website that women carrying children suspected of serious disabilities …

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Sick and Disabled Infants Starved and Dehydrated: Britain’s Modern Baby Doe

By Jacqueline Harvey, Ph.D. A news article entitled “Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor’s haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan” from the UK’s Daily Mail is commanding considerable attention to end-of-life care in Great Britain. The article cites commentary from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) by an anonymous physician, …

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Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Help To Live Not Die

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition   Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a blog post at http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2012/12/council-of-canadians-with-disabilities.html The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) were granted joint intervener standing by the British Columbia (BC) Court of Appeal, yesterday, in the “Carter” case. The …

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A Wonderfully Affirmative Look at Families and Disabilities

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family is on vacation. While we are gone I’ll be running articles from the past 12 months that you’ve indicated you particularly enjoyed. Dave While I was looking online for the exact words that President Obama spoke today about “litmus tests” and prospective Supreme Court nominees (see Today’s News …

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