ANALYSIS Ten-year study shows legalized abortion does not improve maternal mortality

March 18th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Restrictions on abortion do not lead to an increase in women dying due to a lack of “safe” abortions, according to a new study highlighted by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). In a recent tweet, AAPLOG cited a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open, which examined maternal mortality in 32 Mexican states over a 10-year period, between 2002 and 2011. The study began by acknowledging the pro-abortion argument that “the …Read More

As Ireland considers assisted suicide, study finds 72% who ‘wish to die’ change their minds

March 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

By Nancy Flanders |  March 8, 2021 , 11:43am Scientists at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) have found that older people in Ireland who express a desire to die are suffering from depression and loneliness. The study involved 8,000 older individuals living in a community setting. Interestingly, the wish to die was found to be temporary among the vast majority. These findings are important, as Ireland is soon to consider the Dying with Dignity …Read More

How Belgium’s euthanasia law has been consistently abused

March 5th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

BY DR ANGELO BOTTONE 2ND MARCH 2021 Pro-euthanasia advocates in Ireland, as elsewhere, insist that properly drawn legislation permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia will ensure that such a law will never be abused.  Numerous safeguards, they assure us, can be put in place. A new academic study from Belgium very much indicates the opposite is the case. The three authors, who are based at the University of Ghent, are not against euthanasia in principle but …Read More

THE EQUALITY ACT’S ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

March 2nd, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

 by Kenneth Craycraft 2 . 26 . 21 Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR5, the so-called “Equality Act,” to amend various provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If it passes the Senate and is signed into law by the president, the bill will cause incalculable damage to our society—with a particular assault on women and religious believers. The bill is expressly designed to impose a controversial sexual-ideological scheme on the American public, …Read More

Bishops voice opposition to Equality Act as Congress prepares to vote

February 26th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Washington DC, Capitol Building© Abadesign / Shutterstock John Burger – published on 02/24/21 Religious leaders caution “imposition of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding ‘gender.’” The Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is set to be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. On Wednesday, the Catholic bishops of the United States issued a stern warning of the dangers …Read More

Catholics press for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill

February 26th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock. CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation. The Scottish Parliament’s justice committee gave the public just four days to respond to the consultation, which ended at 10 a.m. local time on Monday. Scotland’s Catholic Parliamentary Office issued an urgent appeal on Friday to Catholics to share their views on the …Read More

Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities

February 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Vulnerable people have encountered ‘shocking discrimination’ during pandemic, says Mencap charity ‘People with learning disabilities already get a raw deal from the health services.’ Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images James Tapper People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog. Mencap said it had received reports in January from …Read More

An unfolding tragedy: The decline of religious diversity in the Middle East

February 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

By Lord Alton of Liverpool The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has seen a significant decline in religious diversity in recent years. While ancient Christian communities have often suffered, practically no religious group has been safe from this ongoing tragedy, with Ahmadis, Baha’is, Jews, Yazidis and Zoroastrians all affected, as well as both Shia and Sunni Muslims. For a host of reasons, in several countries in the region, minority communities who have deep …Read More

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act fails in US Senate

February 15th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

UPDATE, 2/4/21: An emailed press release from the office of Senator Ben Sasse noted today that “the Senate held a roll call vote on an amendment based on the legislation. The amendment received a bipartisan majority vote of 52-48, but failed to meet the 60-vote threshold required to advance.” Sasse’s press release added: Current federal law does not adequately protect a born child who survives an abortion. In the 116th Congress, the legislation passed the U.S. …Read More

Pope Francis recognizes heroic virtues of pioneering French geneticist Jerome Lejeune

February 12th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Dr. Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994). Credit: Fondation Jérôme Lejeune via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Vatican City, Jan 21, 2021 / 06:30 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis recognized on Thursday the heroic virtues of Jérôme Lejeune, the French geneticist who discovered the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. The step, announced on Jan. 21, means that Lejeune can now be referred to as “Venerable.” Heroic virtue is one of the requirements for beatification in the Catholic Church. …Read More