Category Archives: Life

Ginsburg, Eugenics, and Punk Rock

deadKennedys3National Review columnist Kevin Williamson sees a parallel between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s (actual) support for aborting the children of poor parents and the lyrics of ’70s punk band The Dead Kennedy’s (satirical) song “Kill the Poor.”

“We Only Whisper It:” Justice Ginsburg Sings Another Verse of “Kill the Poor,” by Kevin D. Williamson. National Review Online, September 24, 2014.

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Conservatives Answer ‘War on Women’ Rhetoric

4.2.7After mostly hiding from the issue in 2012, Republicans appear to be standing up for themselves this time as the Democrats dust of their “war on women” script for the 2014 cycle.

“Memo to Republican Candidates: Answer War on Women,” by Mona Charen. Creators Syndicate, April 22, 2014.

“Michigan GOP Senate Candidate Laughs Off ‘War on Women’ Attacks,” by Andrew Johnson. The Corner, National Review Online, April 22, 2014.

‘Obamacare’ and Abortion

doerflingerRichard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains in clear terms how the Affordable Care Act makes funds available for elective abortion and violates the consciences of Catholics and other people who hold traditional values.

“A Careful Reading,” by Richard M. Doerflinger. America, April 7, 2014.

“What if a ‘Gosnell’ clinic was only four miles away?”

Gosnell620x413Commentator S.E. Cupp and Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman offer interesting reactions to the Kermit Gosnell trial.

“A close encounter with abortion: one life that wasn’t snipped short,” by Marlin Stutzman.  The Washington Times, May 8, 2013.

“Why aren’t we trying to stop Gosnell from happening again?” by S.E. Cupp.  MSNBC, May 7, 2013.

Hollywood and the Aurora Massacre

Eric Metaxas and Owen Gleiberman ask similar questions in two essays on the entertainment industry and what seem to be media-inspired killings, from The Beatles and Charles Manson to The Joker and James Holmes.  Gleiberman points out that while serial killers are not new, mass shooters like those at Columbine or Virginia Tech seem to date back only to 1966 when Charles Whitman killed 16 people at the University of Texas.  So what has changed?  Is it the violence and realism of our entertainment?

“The Aurora tragedy raises the haunting question: Why does pop culture inspire people to kill?” by Owen Gleiberman. Entertainment Weekly, July 26, 2012.

“Dark Night: Time for Salt and Light,” by Eric Metaxas.  Breakpoint.org. August 5, 2012.

Religious Voters, Democrats and 2012

The Hill’s Josh Lederman reports that Democrats are seeing an unusually promising opportunity to reach out to religious voters voters in 2012.  They anticipate Mitt Romney’s Mormonism will alienate orthodox Christians and expect that religious voters will be more concerned about unemployment and poverty than they will be about abortion and other values issues.

“Democrats see opening to attract religious voters in 2012 election,” by Josh Lederman.  The Hill, December 4, 2011.

Conception to Birth, Visualized

Yale University’s Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful and dramatic graphic visualization of a baby’s development, from conception to birth.

(Follow-up to November 15 discussion on pro-life successes)

Gallup Data on Pro-Life Sentiment

Recent Gallup Data shows that Americans remain closely divided on the abortion issue.  However, for the first time, more Americans call themselves “pro-life” in many polls.  Furthermore, young people are significantly more pro-life than members of the Baby Boom.

(Follow-up to November 15 discussion on pro-life successes)

The Pro-Life Viewpoint is Winning

The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes catalogs the younger, larger, more energetic and more successful pro-life movement of today.

“Hidden Persuaders: the unheralded gains of the pro-life movement,” by Fred Barnes.  The Weekly Standard, November 7, 2011.

(House Reading Group, November 15, 2011)

The Sacredness of Human Life

Has overuse by pro-life Christians of the phrase “sacredness of human life” turned a profound spiritual principle into a mere cliche?  David Gushee explores the biblical origins of the Christian belief that each of us has been designated by God a creature of incalculable worth.

“The Sacredness of Human Life,” by David Gushee. Associated Baptist Press, October 10, 2011.

“Commitment to Sacredness of Life Should Unite All Christians,” by Rob Schwarzwalder.  FRCBlog.com, October 11, 2011.

(Capitol Reading Group, October 14, 2011)