During yesterday’s hearing, one of Joe’s siblings testified that Joe can recognize his children and communicates through blinking. Joe’s father testified that even though his son was disabled, Joe would want to spend as much time as possible with his children. We secured the testimony of a phenomenal Catholic physician and ethicist who affirmed the value of Joe’s life and addressed the ethical problems inherent in forcing death through dehydration. He also discussed Joe’s physical condition, noting that Joe can breathe on his own and does not require extraordinary life-sustaining intervention. He does, however, need food and water to survive—as we all do!
After what’s described here as an emotional debate, the Massachusetts Medical Society voted last month to survey its 25,000 members about attitudes toward “medical aid in dying.” The society has long opposed assisted suicide — e.g., in 2012, it joined the Catholic Church and disability groups in lobbying against a state “death with dignity” ballot initiative. This report notes that California Medical Association dropped its opposition in 2015 (before legalization), as did the Colorado Medical Society this year — a move a spokesperson for the advocacy group Compassion & Choices says played a major role in the passage of the state’s ballot initiative in November. Lead Article at Boston Globe
+ Six states legally allow assisted suicide — Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, California, and Colorado — and Washington, D.C. may soon follow (background). Legalization efforts also exist elsewhere: Lawmakers are considering a bill in New Jersey (background), many expect a bill in Maryland (background) and an activist hopes to get it on the 2018 ballot in South Dakota (background). (Washington Post, NorthJersey.com, Catholic Review, Argus Leader)
+ In Massachusetts, the survey also comes at a time when one of the society’s own members, now terminally ill, is suing for a constitutional right (background). (Boston Globe)
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I don’t mean sticking a pizza in the oven or putting together that table from Ikea. I mean really making something—a craft, a work of art, a piece of furniture, or anything that demands your energy and creative capacity.
When visiting the public museum recently, my family and I made our way to the upper floor that featured artifacts from what would be considered primitive cultures. People in these parts of the world do not have the benefit of Western technology, and much of their lives are spent simply trying to survive—hunting, fishing, and cultivating crops. No doubt it is an exhausting life, with little time for entertainment or leisure, two things we consider indispensable in our modern lives.
But something struck me about the artifacts I saw: They were all complex and in many ways, beautiful. A spoon used to stir soup was intricately carved with patterns and designs. A blanket was intricately woven. Pottery was decorated with ingenious designs and markings. These artifacts no doubt took a great deal of time, effort, and creativity to make, and yet they were made by people who had far less leisure time than we do in the comfortable first world. Despite the back-breaking labor they endured to simply put food on the table, these people still found time to create, and to do so with great skill and ingenuity. Full Article
We live in a consumeristic society. We would much rather get on Amazon and order what we need, no matter how trivial, than make something ourselves. Then, once we’ve used it up or something newer is available, we throw away our former purchases and buy more. We have so much abundance that things mean hardly anything to us at all. It is a paradox—the more we have, the less we care about what we have. We don’t love the things themselves as much as we love the process of getting new things. As a society, we love to get and consume and throw away and get more. And if the process of getting and spending ever came to an end, we’d hardly know what to do with ourselves.
So what does consumerism have to do with porn? Pornography is consumerism applied to people. Get, use, dispose, repeat. Porn is the commodification of the human person. It makes people cheap and disposable, to be used up and thrown away. It makes us soulless consumers of humanity, of living souls that have been degraded and reduced for our pleasure. And why do we reduce people to products? Why do we so easily reduce a person of infinite worth to a thing to be used and thrown away? Because it’s easier.
See, real relationships take hard work. Just like a work of art, they involve time, emotional energy, creativity, sacrifice. They require love, and love always costs something. It always demands an investment of ourselves.
Just a few evenings from now, children badly costumed as shepherds and angels and wise men will appear in nativity pageants the world over. Even the worst of these performances will underscore the hope and humbleness of that first Christmas, when a Jewish woman with child brought forth her son in a stable because there was no room for her at the inn. Full Article
More than two millennia later, the Bronx has improved on ancient Bethlehem. Here at Fulton Avenue and 167th Street, in one of New York’s toughest neighborhoods, a pregnant woman with nowhere else to turn will always find what she needs most: an open door and a caring heart.
Welcome to Good Counsel, a network of six homes plus a 24/7 hotline. They are the life’s work of Chris Bell, a lean and gentle 59-year-old husband and father whose story could never be made for the big screen today because only Jimmy Stewart in his prime could do him justice.
Why should women be able to endure the side effects of the pill and men shouldn’t have to deal with it?
Men have never had to bear the emotional or physical discomfort and possibly trauma of pregnancy, abortion, or birth control methods like hormonal pills or IUDs, so that creates an understanding gap in their ability to process just what it all entails; the kind of gap that would make it possible for a drug trial to be halted simply because of side effects that women have been dealing with for decades; the kind of gap that persists because, as a society, men are coddled and still not expected to carry their fair share of the burden where responsibility for family planning and reproduction are concerned. Full Article
I, for one, can no longer deal with all of these emotional guys trying to pressure me into birth control options I’m not comfortable with. Men need options that will put them in charge of their own procreation. That time will only come when they stand up and demand it, and when they are finally as committed to getting male birth control as they are committed to trying to tell women what to do with their bodies.
“It does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths.” The court said the laws served the important governmental objectives of tracing public health trends and helping individuals identify personal health issues and genetic conditions Full Article
The court on Thursday ruled against three lesbian married couples who used anonymous sperm donors to conceive, report the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Huffington Post, Arkansas News and Arkansas Online. How Appealing links to additional coverage and the decision.
The couples had alleged the birth certificate laws violate their rights to equal protection and due process under Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision finding a right to gay marriage. Under Arkansas law, when a wife in a heterosexual marriage gives birth, the husband is automatically given assumed paternity, and can be named on the birth certificate regardless of whether he is the biological father. Lesbian mothers must obtain a court order for their female spouse to be added to a birth certificate. The plaintiffs sought the automatic right to have both spouses’ names on the birth certificate.
The Arkansas Supreme Court majority rejected the argument. “Obergefell did not address Arkansas’ statutory framework regarding birth certificates, either expressly or impliedly,” the court said.
“In the situation involving the female spouse of a biological mother, the female spouse does not have the same biological nexus to the child that the biological mother or the biological father has,” the court said. “It does not violate equal protection to acknowledge basic biological truths.”
I talk in the book about the difference between controlling the body and caring for the body. Some people emphasize controlling the body because it can be the source of sin — it’s what gives into temptation so you need to control it. But the body has to be cared for, it’s a great gift and we need to give the body what it needs to do what God made it to do, honoring it the way God meant it to be honored.
I really wanted to convey the joy of eating. It’s so easy in our culture to strip food of its joy and love and its communal significance. Instead, it can become about calories, nutrients, making your body look a certain way — we project all these different things onto food so it stops being what God made it to be: a sign of love, healing, nourishment, and joy. Food tastes good because God wanted us to enjoy eating. There is so much love from God in every bite of food and when you sit down to a delicious meal, recognizing how much God loves you through that meal is the most important thing you can do.
Remember that sometimes we think we are hearing God’s voice, but it may not be Him at all. Full Article
Not only do they go to church, but Abby (Johnson) truly believed she was doing what God wanted her to be doing when she was with Planned Parenthood. Dr. Tiller was killed while attending church. Abby can tell many stories about women who wanted to pray while on the table about to get an abortion.
Sometimes, she would recognize women that would come in to Planned Parenthood, because they attended the large Baptist church where we taught Sunday School. Some of the people she worked with attended church regularly. Remember that sometimes we think we are hearing God’s voice, but it may not be Him at all. There have been people who are anti-abortion who say that “God told them to kill an abortion doctor.” Or maybe that “God told them to blow up an abortion clinic.” But if we know the person of God, we know that He would never instruct us to harm others. I suspect that when Abby thought God was blessing her work and telling her to keep doing what she was doing, it wasn’t God’s voice she was hearing.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has approved a boxed warning for Bayer’s controversial Essure® sterilization device. A boxed warning is the strongest warning the FDA can require for drugs and devices and is intended to alert the user to potentially serious, even deadly, side effects that can result from using them. Full Article
The Essure boxed warning will alert patients and health professionals to adverse events associated with the device including the possibility for uterine perforation, chronic pain, serious allergic reactions, device migration into the abdominal or pelvic cavity, and the need for the device to be removed surgically if symptoms become unbearable.
More than 10,000 women who have suffered adverse medical events associated with Essure have already filed complaints with the FDA, and the number continues to rise daily. Nearly 5,000 women have filed complaints with the FDA this year alone. Bayer itself has received close to 30,000 additional complaints from users of its device.
How does this device work? Learn more about it here. Article