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Abortion does not improve the health of women

My latest work for HLI America was published by today:
When the United States House of Representatives debated the Protect Life Act, a bill meant to ensure that no taxpayer money would fund abortions, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi proclaimed that passage of the bill would leave American women “dying on the floor” of American hospitals. Similarly expressing a concern for “women’s health,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently called on the United Nations Commission on Population and Development to endorse unfettered access to abortion for teenagers and even younger adolescents. In Trinidad, Minister of Gender, Youth, and Child Development Verna St. Rose Greaves called for the legalization of abortion in Trinidad because of public health concerns.
Clearly there is a widespread perception that optimal reproductive health for women includes access to abortion. Yet, where is the data that supports this view? Is this just another manufactured…

Finding Strength

The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear.
I have not been keeping up the blog too much of late. The last month or so has been crammed with deadlines, events, and a moderate speed bump or two. I kept thinking that once the semester ended and we moved my daughter home after her college graduation, things would settle down. But they haven't. I am facing a couple of work deadlines, out-of-town company coming on two separate weekends (including this weekend), my youngest's high school graduation, moving my daughter into an apartment for grad school, and helping another son navigate the road to gainful employment in a less than friendly job market. 

And now my dryer quit. Well, sort of quit. It seems to have a temperamental switch that agrees to turn on the dryer if you hold your tongue just right, speak kindly to it, and promise to clean the lint filter regularly. Of course, I am trying to provide clean sheets and towels for my company…

Pentecost or Babel?

Why are you being so rigid? God just wants you to be good. He does not care about all those extra rules. He will not frown if you skip Mass and come to church with us.
Protestant family and friends make these comments and it is often difficult to explain why we choose to stand firmly with the Church instead of bending the rules a bit. Reflecting on Pentecost offers some answers. Pentecost is the beginning of the Church. The Apostles were gathered with Mary in prayer. They were afraid. But they were faithful. Their faith was rewarded with the Paraclete. Christ had promised to send the Holy Spirit and through the grace of the Spirit the apostles were able to conquer their fears and fulfill the Great Commission--to go forth, proclaim the Gospel, and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They did not go forth as individuals, but rather as servants of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. And the head of this Church was Peter.
There is much scriptural evidence

What USA Today does not want you to read

I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
(Jn 17:4)
As a physician and a fellow for HLI America I offered a rebuttal to the opinion piece by Drs. Angell and Greene published in USA Today. They called for civil disobedience by doctors in protest of state laws requiring counseling and ultrasounds prior to abortions. Not surprisingly, USA Today refused to publish my response. 
The USA Today op-ed by Drs. Angell and Greene, Where are the doctors?, is unfortunately very short on facts. It is surprising that two physicians with such prestigious credentials would put forth a call to physicians for civil disobedience while eschewing the latest scientific findings on the subject. Their first claim that there is a war on reproductive rights because thirty-five states require counseling before proceeding with an abortion is absurd. Such counseling requires that women be given accurate and full information about abortion and pregnancy so that they can …


"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world."

Those words from today's Gospel are both troubling and comforting. Jesus does not mince words or sugar-coat what is to come. He tells us life is tough. But that is okay. He has paved the way. While it is tough, it is doable. He is with us. His grace sees us through. He is both our strength and our protection.
So how do you communicate that to your children? With a few miles on my treads, I have seen how hard life can be. I have faced my share of challenges and know that there will certainly be more challenges in my future. Teens and young adults, on the other hand, are bullet proof and immortal. All loose ends are wrapped up and all obstacles surmounted by the time the television show, movie, or book ends. They seem stunned when life is messy and there is no satisfactory conclusion to the story. Somehow, "offer it up" doe…