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Eliminating Suffering or Eliminating People?


Feb 26 2010
When genetic testing threatens our common humanity.

Imagine sitting in a doctor's office and receiving this news:

Good morning, Mrs. Santos. I have the results of the screening test you had last week, 12 weeks into your pregnancy. The test indicates a high likelihood that your baby will be a typically developing ...
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Why Boys Are Failing in the Classroom


Feb 25 2010
The author of 'Why Boys Fail' says females now have an unfair academic advantage in most schools—and that the pendulum needs to swing back.

True or false: Our educational system gives boys an academic advantage.

Answer: A resounding yes, when Leave It To Beaver was the TV ratings champ. But Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons From An Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind ...

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Pregnant Olympians Are Not 'Selfish'


Feb 23 2010
Women like Kristie Moore show that parenting well and taking healthy risks are not mutually exclusive—especially when taking risks means obeying God.

Last Friday a friend forwarded me a link to an article titled "Are Pregnant Athletes Selfish?" She guessed correctly that I might have something to say about it. It took one glance at the big black letters of the headline for my hackles to rise. The subtitle, ...

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Gay Marriage Leads D.C. Archbishop to End Foster Care Program


Feb 22 2010
Catholic Charities has given its caseload of 43 children, 35 foster families, and 7 staff members to a Maryland-based family-care agency so as not to disrupt client care.

The other shoe has dropped here in Washington, D.C., in a long conflict between the local Catholic diocese and the District of Columbia.

After warning for months that the District's pending same-sex marriage law—slated to go into effect March 2—put ...

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Top 10 Posts of the Past 30 Days


Feb 19 2010
In case you missed them the first time, here are the recent posts that got readers talking.

(10) "China's Own Marriage Crisis," by Alicia Cohn // Comments: 6
Gender imbalance due to sex-specific abortions signals imminent crisis in the Chinese family.

(9) "Hookup Culture: Mostly a Myth," by Donna Freitas, guest blogger // Comments: 8 Last Sunday's NYT ...

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A New Frontier in Pro-Life Stem-Cell Research


Feb 18 2010
FDA-backed Georgia researchers hope stem cells from umbilical cord blood will effectively treat cerebral palsy.

A team of researchers at Georgia's health science university, the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), announced last week that they are conducting a clinical trial using stem cells from umbilical-cord blood as a treatment for cerebral palsy. The trial will build ...

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Why I'm Giving Up Counting Calories for Lent


Feb 17 2010
The practice has led me to believe, erroneously, that thinness is a virtue.

As one of the 40 percent of Americans who makes New Year's resolutions, in January I started going to a local gym three times a week. Wanting to stay active during Chicago's long winter, I soon saw those lectures about the benefits of exercise from my dad—a ...

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Hookup Culture: Mostly a Myth


Feb 16 2010
Last Sunday's NYT piece only perpetuates the idea that college students are hooking up frequently, and that if they aren't, they should be.

When I picked up the Style section of The New York Times last Sunday, I was excited to see the front-page feature, "The New Math on Campus," a look at how the gender imbalance on college campuses (60 percent women, 40 percent men at some schools) is affecting ...

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Singing Praises in Port-au-Prince


Feb 12 2010
Surprised by joy in the ruins of Haiti's capital.

I had known this day would come. My husband, a pre-med student, had been planning a month-long trip to northern Uganda for a social medicine course, and January 12 was his departure date. I thought that would leave me spending the month at baby showers, coffee ...

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Female Olympians, Missing in Action


Feb 12 2010
When it comes to female athletes, why does the media have a one-track mind?

The dreams, the sacrifices, the glory, the pageantry, Bob Costas—I don't care if the Winter Olympics are the "less fun cousin" of the Summer Games, for the next two weeks I intend to plant myself in front of the TV and watch as much of the action in Vancouver ...

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Did You Consider Having an Abortion?


Feb 11 2010
The value of Tim Tebow's life is not more than that of any other child.

Everybody knows someone who considered having an abortion. It may be a friend, cousin, sister, aunt, or your own mother … and you may not even know about it.

Even if you didn't watch the Super Bowl last Sunday, you probably heard about the pro-life ad funded ...

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Botox: A Threat to Our National Security


Feb 9 2010
How our cultural fear of aging and dying is giving some terrorists a financial boost.

One of my favorite Bible passages is from Psalm 34. Verses 4 and 5 read: "I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed" (ESV).

I have seen that kind of radiant ...

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Saving the Life of a Shaken Baby


Feb 5 2010
Byron and Susan Mondoks' adoption of their granddaughter, abused by her birth father, unearths the meaning of love in action.

Justice is what love looks like in public, so says Princeton professor and pop philosopher Cornel West. When we think of justice though, we generally think of that which is found in courts or through political activism, or, failing these avenues of redress, what ...

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Is Self-Promotion Sinful?


Feb 4 2010
A lesson in soul care from J. D. Salinger, who lived in seclusion for a half-century.

J. D. Salinger, best known for his teen-angst novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951), died last week at the age of 91 after living as a recluse for 50 years on his 90-acre compound in Cornish, New Hampshire. His death leaves the literati frothing at the mouth as ...

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When to Leave if You Can't Cleave


Feb 3 2010
Homebound adult children in Italy are called 'big babies.' But can staying at home be a mature choice?

When is the right time to leave home? Italian government minister Renato Brunetta thinks it's age 18, and recently suggested a new law to require it.

Brunetta's proposal is a reaction to an Italian judge's decision that Giancarlo Casagrande resume paying a monthly ...

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