By Lisa Smiley We who speak up for pre-born lives are often accused of being uncaring, of “not understanding” special situations that might compel a mother to choose to have an abortion—such as cases where a mother receives an in-utero diagnosis of a major abnormality like Down Syndrome or Trisomy 18. I understand. Raising a child …Continue reading "I Chose Life for My Baby Born with Half a Heart — Now He Loves Every Day Wholeheartedly"
By Justina Van Maren It isn’t like parenting is easy. If you’re not a parent, ask your mom and dad, your uncle, your grandmother and they will universally tell you: Parenting is not easy. Thankfully, there is information out there to help you. Websites like YAHOO! Parenting offer advice on how to deal with problems …Continue reading "To Parents of “Imperfect” Children"
By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last week Peter Singer, the bioethicist from Princeton University debated Anthony Fisher, the Archbishop of Sydney Australia. Singer, who has published books supporting euthanasia, assisted suicide, and infanticide, faced strong criticism from the disability rights community. On Monday Craig Wallace, the convenor of Lives Worth Living, a …Continue reading "Better off dead? What Peter Singer doesn’t get about disability and euthanasia"
Editor’s note. The following was distributed by the disability rights organization Not Dead Yet. Disability rights activists from Pennsylvania Not Dead Yet and New Jersey centers for independent living, as well as groups representing parents of people with disabilities, will be marching to Princeton University and holding a protest on June 10, 2015. Activists want …Continue reading "Disability Activists Urge Princeton University to Denounce Professor Peter Singer’s Comments, Call for His Resignation"
By Texas Right to Life Simon Moore and his daughter Alice both have a genetic condition called Treacher Collins syndrome, or TC. Throughout his entire childhood Simon was mocked and bullied by other children and adults for having physical differences imparted by TC. Simon says that his baby girl will be reaffirmed every day …Continue reading "Why do people mock this father and daughter with a genetic facial disfigurement?"
By Michael Cook Utilitarian bioethicist Peter Singer has often come under fire for his views on infanticide from pro-life groups. But after a recent radio interview, he was sternly rebuked by a US government agency, the National Council on Disability [NCD]. Professor Singer was promoting his book, “The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective …Continue reading "“Professor, do your homework,” disability group tells Singer"
By Wesley J. Smith Peter Singer is a bigot. Rather than believing in universal human equality, he would invidiously measure the capacities of human beings to determine whether they are “persons.” Those with insufficient capacities, are to be deemed human “non-persons,” are to be viewed of lesser moral value, and hence, potentially subject to both …Continue reading "Bigot Peter Singer: Don’t Pay to Treat Disabled Babies"
By Chelsea Zimmerman The other day I took Grammerly’s Who is your poet BFF? Quiz and got Maya Angelou. I didn’t immediately think much of the results. It was just a fun little distraction. But then I read the poem that was listed on the author’s page there, and wow. I was surprised by how …Continue reading "I Rise"
By Christina Martin Baby Jude Peters, or the “brave little warrior,” as his parents call him, has turned one! His first birthday is worthy of great celebration because Jude is living with a disease that only 53 people in the world have. Jude has rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata (RCDP), which is a rare form of dwarfism. …Continue reading "Miracle baby with rare medical condition celebrates first birthday"
By Wesley J. Smith In my last post, I discussed ethics associated with Peter Singer that would include infanticide, broad abortion, euthanasia, permission for bestiality, and doing medical experiments on the disabled. Today, let’s look at an example of HE [Human Exceptionalism] ethics and to where it leads. From an interview in the Wall Street …Continue reading "Love as the Heart of Human Exceptionalism"
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 column for CatholicPhilly. Archbishop Chaput references what was then the upcoming March 21 Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities. You can read about wonderful gathering here. It’s a simple …Continue reading "The blessing of persons among us with special needs"
By Dave Andrusko There is a Chris Tomlin song—“Indescribable”—in whose opening stanza there is this phrase: “From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea.” Although they have a different connotation in Chris’s terrific song, I thought of those eleven words when I read two stories back to back earlier today. The “depths” …Continue reading "The privilege of caring for a sister with great disabilities"