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Supporting a Woman’s Right to Choose

Supporting a Woman’s Right to Choose

Reported in the NY Times, 9/13/12: Seeking to reduce runaway obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, the first restriction of its kind in the country. Not reported in the NY Times: A spokesperson for the Board of Health went on to explain the exception provided for females over the age of thirteen: “The members of…

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Sex-Selective Abortion: Whose Rights Are At Stake, Anyway?

Sex-Selective Abortion: Whose Rights Are At Stake, Anyway?

The proposal: Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., an outspoken pro-life advocate, is preparing to do battle again on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, he’ll chair a House hearing in support of his latest legislative effort, the Prenatal NonDiscrimination Act (PreNDA). The measure would ban abortions done on the basis of gender or race. “It would simply say that you cannot discriminate against the unborn by subjecting them to an abortion based on their race or sex,” Franks says. The response from Nancy…

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The Abolition of the Person

The Abolition of the Person

Godwin’s Law infamously predicts that as any Internet discussion continues, the probability that Hitler will be mentioned approaches 100%. I’ve wondered about this. Both Stalin and Mao murdered many more people than he did, so why does Hitler hold this uniquely dishonorably honor? It might be because the German horror strikes closer to home for English-speaking Internet users. Most of us trace a large portion of our heritage to Europe, not to Eurasia or China. Many of us have a…

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Non-Persons Yesterday and Today

Non-Persons Yesterday and Today

The other day I asked, Can you identify the context of this passage? To have a persona [to be a person] was to have a face before the law—which is to say, to be recognized as one possessing rights and privileges before a court, or as being able to give testimony upon the strength of one’s own word, or simply as owning a respectable social identity. For [your turn–fill in the blanks here], legal personality did not exist, or existed…

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Creative Minority Report: “Marriage as a Life Issue”

Creative Minority Report: “Marriage as a Life Issue”

From Creative Minority Report: Marriage as a Life Issue: Guttmacher points out that “the overwhelming majority of women having abortions (85%) were unmarried.” … Abortion is a symptom of a lack of love…. real committed love…. Maybe one of the most pro-life actions one can take is defending marriage.

“Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad sparks clash”

“Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad sparks clash”

The Faith and Reason blog at USA Today tells us Tim Tebow is going to be featured in a commercial during the Super Bowl. Tebow, who just finished up his senior year of football at the University of Florida, is a natural for appearing on Super Bowl Sunday—many consider him the best college quarterback in the land, if not the best player in any position. (I’m not a Gator fan, by the way!) What’s raising a ruckus is first, that…

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Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration

Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration

Maybe it’s the Yorktown effect. I live just a few miles from the battlefield where America won its independence from Britain, and my commute to work actually takes me through that battlefield. Just a few blocks from there is the home of a patriot named Thomas Nelson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who “gave most of his fortune to purchase supplies for the Patriots and died in debt, but as an American citizen” (waymarking.com). He was one of…

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If This Doesn’t Chill You…

If This Doesn’t Chill You…

Don’t read this if you’re about to have a meal. You may not be able to stomach it. Presented in all seriousness at the Huffington Post: Jacob M. Appel: Are We Ready for a Market in Fetal Organs? Someday, if we are fortunate, scientific research may make possible farms of artificial “wombs” breeding fetuses for their organs — or even the “miracle” of men raising fetuses in their abdomens. That day remains far off. However, the prospect of fetal-adult organ transplantation…

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