Michigan court denies benefits to children conceived through in vitro fertilization

In a 6-1 ruling, the Michigan Supreme Court sided with the Social Security Administration Friday by denying survivor benefits to twins conceived through in vitro fertilization weeks after their biological father passed away in 2001. The court argued that the twins were not their father’s legal heirs because they were conceived after his death, which legally terminated his marriage to thei... More


No, that does not mean they’re covering “contraceptives.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md The issue is still religious liberty and not access to contraceptives, but some like Rep. Elijah Cummings and his pro-abortion fellow travelers at the National Women’s Law Center raised a distraction that deserves response. Call it a teachable moment, or perhaps a “nip-it-in-the-bud” moment because I can see this question coming up later. Cummings produ... More

The John Paul II Institute: Articulating and Sharing the Church’s Uplifting Vision of the Human Person

I wrote last week about the importance of supporting the Church’s institutional presence. To paraphrase Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York (and others), the institutional Church reveals the incarnated aspect of our faith: we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, the Body of Christ in the world today. One such institution that is vital in today’s culture is the Pontifical John... More

In which the putty tells the Potter what sort of thing it wants to be.

In a scene torn right out of the unwritten prequel to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a fight rages in Australia over whether a couple should be able to choose the sex of the child they wish to conceive. They have three sons conceived naturally, and their infant daughter died soon after birth. Just recently they aborted twins whom they conceived through IVF because they were twin boys–... More

Irish teen at center of abortion-rights controversy chooses life!

I had seen headlines related to this story before, and now today the wonderful news that the Irish teen at the center of an abortion-rights victory … has decided to choose life instead. LifeSiteNews reports: DUBLIN, May 15, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) ? The teenaged mother of an anencephalic child, known in the press as ?Miss D,? has told the Irish Independent that she has changed her mind abou... More

Embryonic stem cell breakthrough?

You may have seen the headline, “Embryonic stem cells can repair eyes, company says…“ AMDG notes some things in the article, and catalogues all the “might’s, maybe’s and probabaly’s” that the scientists must include, even as they promise spectacular results. [A few of my comments in brackets]: Stem cells made from human embryos can home in on damag... More

Magister: "Two New Documents in the Works: On Bioethics, and on Natural Law"

Mentioned elsewhere, it’s important and exciting news. Sandro Magister reports: Two New Documents in the Works: On Bioethics, and on Natural Law They are being prepared by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith. It is the continuation of the “Ratzinger style,” explains the secretary of the Vatican dicastery, archbishop Angelo Amato. ...READ MORE... More



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