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surrogacy

The Problem with Surrogacy

Everyone is screaming about their rights. Straight couples, gay couples: it doesn’t matter. They believe they have a “right” to happiness, a child will make them happy. So, ipso facto, they have a “right” to a child. This “right” is to be gained no matter the cost; no matter the “rights” that have to be […] Read More

Surrogacy Is Big Business … But Is It Moral?

Surrogacy is big business! A simple Google search on the term “surrogacy” returned 1,150,000 results in slightly over a quarter of a second. Several targeted advertisements promised payments to egg donors and surrogates up to $36,000. Another ad targeted homosexual couples seeking a child, touting their clinic’s success with dual embryo transfer where each embryo […] Read More

Hobby Lobby and Principles of Cooperation

Human persons almost never act alone.  We are the result of community (the union of our parents, the first community), we live and act together with others in community, and we are made for Blessed community, sharing the inner life of the Triune God.  What we do matters and what we do with others matters. […] Read More

Killing Them Softly With Kindness: The Problem with Euthanasia

Earlier this month, Belgium became the first country to remove all age restrictions pertaining to euthanasia for minors, leading me to wonder whether misguided efforts to alleviate suffering are more for the benefit of the caregivers than those allegedly suffering. I’m reminded of my mother’s slow decline due to Alzheimer’s disease and my own discomfort […] Read More

Rosaries & Ovaries

Is abortion a “religious” issue?  Do opponents of abortion want to impose their religious values on society?  Every year on January twenty-second, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade supreme court decision,  hundreds of thousands of pilgrims brave the bitter cold to walk in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.  2014 marks the […] Read More

A Matter of Life and Death

On November 26, 2013, 33 year old Marlise Munoz collapsed at home, believed to have suffered a pulmonary embolism. Found an hour later by her husband she was transported to a hospital where resuscitation attempts failed and she was declared brain-dead. She was 14 weeks pregnant. The patient and her husband, both paramedics by training, […] Read More