A More Human Society

Of wedding cakes and our tenuous freedoms

Richard Doerflinger finds rich ironies in the Supreme Court's wedding cake ruling.
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Hype and reality on family planning

According to a 2016 fact sheet by the Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood affiliate, the federal government spends well over $2 billion a year on family planning, mostly through Medicaid (not affected by the regulation).
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Food for thought on helpless seniors

The U.S. assisted-suicide movement has ridiculed slippery-slope arguments, saying we will never follow the Netherlands in approving assisted suicide for people who only have dementia. It seems we are almost there now.
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Three cheers for Lucas

In a week dominated by the Winter Olympics and news of partisan combat (of course) in Washington, D.C., I am transfixed by the contagious smile of one little boy named Lucas Warren.
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Encouraging news on abortion

Supporters of legalized abortion used to agree that abortion should be "rare." They don't say it so much nowadays. Maybe they now realize that reducing abortions will require discouraging abortion.
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What is sex for?

The root problem here is a self-centered notion of freedom that "frees" individuals from respecting others, if such respect would get in the way of their own pleasure.
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No greater love

In a moving commentary, the father of a fallen soldier says his son's death was not the random victim of some meaningless accident. He deliberately risked his life to protect others. He was a hero.
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Discerning the spirits

In our rights-oriented society, "discrimination" is the worst accusation we can bring against someone. So it is important to explain what we mean by it.
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A population implosion?

Catholics worried about the rise of atheism can take a short-term and a long-term approach. Right now, we need to educate our children, evangelize and respond to attacks on the faith. As for the long term, Catholic couples, can you guess?
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Who speaks for Charlie Gard?

We are morally obliged to accept treatment that offers benefit without entailing greater burdens. Catholic tradition does not teach a "vitalism" insisting that everything possible must always be done to prolong life.
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