- September 25, 2017
The National Bureau of Economic Research is an influential domestic policy think tank based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its working paper estimated that the expansion of Catholic hospitals reduces by 30 percent the annual rates per-bed of inpatient abortions. The rates of tubal ligations or sterilizations drop 31 percent. Edward Furton, an ethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, said, “The authors assume that denying access to these ‘services’ represents a moral failing of some sort, but not many people would agree.”READ MORE
On the flight back from Colombia, Pope Francis said he hopes that President Trump–who has described himself as pro-life–will reconsider his decision to end the DACA program. While some activists see the pope’s decision to link immigration to the pro-life cause, others view it as a distraction.READ MORE
A Catholic Member of Parliament is under fire in Britain for saying he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. The British Prime Minister has expressed her disagreement with him, but stated that these matters are up to one’s conscience.READ MORE
In a tell-all conversation with a French sociologist, Pope Francis opened up about his visits to a psychoanalyst during his time in Argentina, the importance of Christian roots and of Arab heritage in Europe, the resistance to his apostolic letter on marriage ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and social issues like abortion and gay marriage.READ MORE
Citing South Carolina’s “strong culture and longstanding tradition of protecting and defending the life and liberty of the unborn,” Gov. Henry McMaster has instructed state
agencies to stop all forms of funding to any practice affiliated with an abortion clinic. His order also directs the state Health and Human Services Department to request waivers allowing the agency to stop funding abortion clinics through South Carolina’s Medicaid provider network.
Chile’s Constitutional Court on Monday upheld a measure that would end the country’s absolute ban on abortions. The measure, hailed as a victory by President Michelle Bachelet, was criticized by the bishops, who’ve committed themselves to redoubling their efforts to accompany women who “live their pregnancies in extreme situations.”READ MORE