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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Your Baby’s Development Month by Month

Editor’s note. The following appears on the webpage of Wisconsin Right to Life. Watch the video below to see the beginnings of life in the womb and the step-by-step process of fetal development. Thanks to National Right to Life for giving us permission to show this video online! An Amazing Journey! LIFE! At the miraculous …

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Catholic Bishops Call for a Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

By Tom Grenchik, Executive Director, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities The U.S. bishops urge our participation in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, each Friday from August 3 through September 28. Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of …

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Does every human life have equal and incalculable moral value simply and merely because it is 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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The beginning of a new and better culture that respects the sanctity of human life at every stage

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP. Editor’s note. This column ran in January 2016 but it is so powerful periodically I repost it. The January 22, 1973, Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision is important for two reasons: its flawed reasoning and its destructive effect. In practice, Roe legalized abortion on demand. It has …

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The beginning of human life in a fireworks of bright lights and sparks

By Dave Andrusko A colleague was nice enough to pass along one of those stories that will just light up your day. In your mind’s eye, have you ever thought/pictured the precise moment when human life begins, that instant when sperm meets ovum? We see representations, but that falls short. Well, what if someone told …

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What Christmas says about human life and dignity

By Paul Stark, Communications Associate, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life The story of Christmas is about the arrival of Jesus Christ. It’s an event that offers important insights regarding human life and dignity. Here are three. (1) Each of us was once an unborn child. The incarnation—the coming into the world of Christ as a …

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World Medical Association updates Hippocratic Oath

Is the value of human life slowly being eroded? By Michael Cook A modern successor to the Hippocratic Oath has been approved by the World Medical Association. This is the first revision in a decade and reflects changes in the climate of medical ethics. The current declaration is still a noble attempt to affirm that …

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Science confirms that human life begins at fertilization

By Luke Faulkner The scientific community continues to prove that human life begins at conception (fertilization). In their latest edition of The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, professors Keith Moore, TVN Persaud, and Mark Torchia shed significant light on the development of the human person – and they don’t shy away from the reality of …

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Cardinal Dolan: The two essential values undergirding civilization: “the dignity of the human person, and the sacredness of human life”

By Dave Andrusko Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is Archbishop of New York and served as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010 to 2013. He is a thoughtful and influential pro-life champion. His column in the current edition of Catholic New York qualifies, if ever a column did, as must reading. …

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A Schizophrenic Nation

By Carol Tobias, President, National Right to Life The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines schizophrenia as a psychotic disorder with serious specific characteristics. Its second definition is “contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes.” Based on this second definition, when it comes to Life, I think it’s safe to say that our country is schizophrenic. After almost 44 …

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Lighting the children’s road to freedom

By Dave Andrusko In the run up to the very important November 8 elections, understandably we pay a great deal of attention to the political process. But whoever is President, pro-life Donald Trump or pro-abortion Hillary Clinton, an overarching question will remain unchanged: how do those who affirm the value of all human life most …

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