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    It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article…

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    Is There a “Right” to Birth Control?

    by Joe Hargrave

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday from opposing legal counsel on the HHS contraception mandate cases. The media consensus appears to be that the justices were hard on the mandate and appear likely to issue a narrow ruling…

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    To be Serious About Contraception

    by Austin Ruse

    What is a faithful Catholic to do about contraception in a culture awash in them? Are we to make them a political issue, as some kind of prophetic cri du cœur? Should we launch a campaign to overturn Griswold v….

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    The Health Benefits of Not Getting Pregnant

    by Richard Becker

    I guess you can’t argue with science. In case you haven’t heard, various studies claim that not having a baby is considerably safer than having a baby. Epidemiologically and statistically, they argue, the risks of pregnancy and childbirth are greater…

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    Some Good News on Abortion Rates

    by Richard M. Doerflinger

    On an issue associated with tragedy and mourning, there was good news recently. A new study finds that in 2011, the US abortion rate—the number of abortions per 1000 women of reproductive age—reached its lowest point since the Supreme Court’s…

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    I Fight on Contraception Hill

    by Austin Ruse

    Contraception is one of the great scourges not just of our time but of all time. In two ways it sets men and women against their creator. First, because they choose disobedience over the clear teaching of the Church. Second,…

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    Catholics, Comstock and Contraception: A Response to Ramesh Ponnuru

    by Steven W. Mosher

    I am no stranger to controversy, having been dismissed from Stanford University for my reporting on forced abortions in China’s one-child policy, but the reaction to my article, published in Crisis last week, has surprised even me. The principle that…

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    What Does it Profit a Catholic Politician to Endorse Contraception?

    by Steven W. Mosher

    Sometimes pro-life leaders must disagree, as when I read in these pages an expiatory article about Barbara Comstock by Austin Ruse, followed by an endorsement of her candidacy for the U.S. Congress. My difficulty with Comstock, a candidate for the…

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    Is Contraception the Hill We Want to Die On?

    by Austin Ruse

    Using artificial contraception to avoid pregnancy is a mortal sin, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. While only the Catholic Church maintains this teaching on contraception, it would be a better world if everyone did. Paul VI was…

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    Birth Control is Not Healthcare

    by Marie T. Hilliard

    Dr. Malcolm Potts, first medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in a piece late last month in the Los Angeles Times¸erroneously blames the Vatican for denying the Little Sisters of the Poor the alleged health benefits of hormonal…

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    UN Attacks Catholic Teaching Under the Pretext of Protecting Children

    by Anne Hendershott

    In their continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is attempting to resurrect yet again the moral…

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    How One Church Harms Human Trafficking Victims

    by Chelsen Vicari

    Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month? According to the White House, this is a time to reflect on modern-day slavery and “renew our commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.” A…

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    On Evangelical “Unease” Over Contraception

    by Chelsen Vicari

    Birth control is a touchy subject that Evangelicals find extremely difficult to discuss. But as the President’s health care mandate officially launches and its oppressive contraception enforcements are questioned, some Evangelicals are reconsidering their embrace of oral contraception, or what…

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    No More Tears: Moral Healthcare for Women

    by Arland K. Nichols

    With tears in her eyes, Lindsey approached me during her junior year in high school after hearing a lecture I gave on the negative side effects of contraception and the alternatives offered by the science of NaPro Technology. Lindsey was…

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    Preparing for Marriage: A Bride’s Checklist of Questions and Answers

    by Ryan N. S. Topping

    June, they say, is the month for weddings.  If you’re involved in one this summer, as mother, father, bride, groom, or friend, you’re probably buried in lists.  There are: the cakes to be baked, the flowers to be cut, the…

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    Sex Denied

    by Pete Jermann

    The standard Catholic critique of gay sexuality has failed to persuade.  This is due to an insistence on the part of many ecclesiastical authorities to focus narrowly on homosexuality alone rather than present the comprehensive understanding of human sexuality found…

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    How the West Really Lost God

    by Austin Ruse

    A few weeks ago Mitt Romney spoke at a college commencement exercise and encouraged the graduates to marry early and have a lot of children. He used the words “quiver full” taken from the Old Testament. The comment was unremarkable,…

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    Why We are Losing the Gay “Marriage” Debate (and How We Can Start Winning)

    by John Jalsevac

    Gay activists tell us that “gay marriage is inevitable.”  It’s a taunt devised to pick off the more faint-hearted clingers-on of traditional marriage by exploiting the human instinct to be on the winning side. And all too often, it works….

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    The Logic of the Court and the Prospect of Homosexual Marriage

    by Robert R. Reilly

    Next week, the Supreme Court will begin its consideration of two cases, one concerning the Defense of Marriage Act and the other California’s Proposition 8 Amendment, which may settle in the near-term the questions concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriage….

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    The HHS Mandate Requires You to Pay for Abortions

    by James D. Agresti

    In a recent National Public Radio broadcast and accompanying article entitled “Morning-After Pills Don’t Cause Abortion, Studies Say,” NPR journalist Julie Rovner reported that the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate doesn’t force people to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. The article focuses…

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    The Liberal Meaning of Conscience Denies the Existence of Truth

    by R. J. Snell

    In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, supports “selling oral contraceptives over the counter without a prescription.” According to Governor Jindal, Republicans have “been stupid” to allow Democrats to paint them as “somehow against birth…

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