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How Abortion Stories Overtook Life Ethics


Oct 3 2014
Anecdotes aren’t enough to determine morality.
How Abortion Stories Overtook Life Ethics
Alan Kotok / Flickr

When we hear defenses of abortion, the examples often involve difficult circumstances. Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic candidate for governor, made national news last year for an 11-hour filibuster against a law that would have restricted abortion access. ...

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Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder


Jul 14 2014
Rather than hide in pain, trisomy 18 parents take to the web to celebrate life.
Finding Hope for an Often-Fatal Genetic Disorder
tacker / Flickr

Molly Merry rests a hand on her pregnant belly, smiling at the uncertainty that lay in her womb. She wasn't always this calm, but she knows her daughter—diagnosed with an often-fatal genetic disorder—is in his plans.

"I felt like he kept telling me, ...

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Fair Trade in an Unfair World


Jun 29 2014
Conflicted over bananas, button-downs, and now, smart phones.
Fair Trade in an Unfair World
fauxto_dkp / Flickr

A few years ago, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule requiring companies publicly to disclose their use of conflict minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbors. The first deadline for filing was the end of ...

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When We Close Our Wombs


Jun 4 2014
Christian women face difficult decisions over sterilization.
When We Close Our Wombs
David Salafia / Flickr

A month ago, I joined millions of women who have gone before me, making the difficult yet freeing decision to close my womb through surgery.

After getting married at age 35, I unsuccessfully tried to conceive a child for over five years. And then my general reproductive ...

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Double-Bound: How Immigration Law Can Trap Trafficking Victims


May 14 2014
An attorney’s insight on the complicated legal setting for domestic trafficking.
Double-Bound: How Immigration Law Can Trap Trafficking Victims
old_sarge / Flickr

Stepping out of silent bondage and into freedom is a scary and painful journey for human trafficking victims. It's a journey Christians don't want victims to walk alone. So, we put red X's on our hands; we post on Facebook and Instagram; and we give money to organizations ...

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Family Planning Through a Global Lens


May 7 2014
The developing world requires us to look at contraception as a pro-life cause.
Family Planning Through a Global Lens
Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development

As Hobby Lobby and others fight for exemptions from the Obama administration's health care mandate, there has been much discussion about the array of contraceptives available to women in the United States, which we should use, which our employers should cover.

But here ...

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Does God Wish Adam Lanza Had Never Been Born?


Mar 14 2014
After his father’s recent remarks, Christians are challenged to remember the value of every life.
Does God Wish Adam Lanza Had Never Been Born?
Western Connecticut State University /Handout via Reuters

We all watched the news in horror on December 14, 2012 as details emerged about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The man who unleashed his fury on innocent schoolchildren and the people who taught and protected them was soon identified as 20-year-old ...

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome


Jan 29 2014
Both the right and the left have more to learn.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Politics of Down Syndrome
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's response to the president's State of the Union address last night drew attention to her family, and specifically to her oldest son Cole, who has Down syndrome. Her speech implied her personal and political support for children with Down ...

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When Abortion Hits Home


Nov 19 2013
As more women open up, we’re faced with the heartbreaking realization that abortion affects us all.
When Abortion Hits Home
Julien Haler / Flickr

Feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti, known for (among other things) advocating free abortions on demand and without apology, recently wrote an apology for her own abortion. Yet, she couldn't even use the word. Instead, Valenti's essay poignantly describes ...

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A Time to Die


Oct 14 2013
Americans have forgotten the art of dying.
A Time to Die
Chris Marchant / Flickr

There was a time when I hoped—and even prayed—that my friend's death would come very soon.

That's a statement easily misconstrued, the kind that validates the cliché that "context is everything," which itself affirms the ancient wisdom ...

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