Jonah, Marines, and prenatal diagnosis

Jonah had a really bad attitude. God gave him a job he didn’t want to do– the people of Nineveh weren’t worth his trouble–so he took off in the opposite direction, only to find himself stuck in the belly of a fish. When he proved indigestible (how lucky for him he was spit out near…

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Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion: What We Can Do About It

I’ve talked before about how I view prolife work, but today I have the honor of guest posting over at The Practicing Catholic on the topic. I believe that if we find the statistics about prenatal diagnosis and abortion apalling, we have to change the culture that almost guarantees such a high rate. But we don’t…

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Responding to the un-answerable comment

On Monday morning after Christmas, I found this comment, on an earlier blog post, from “Greg” in my email inbox (all mistakes his): Will human stupidity know no bounds? YOU chose to have a disabled baby. YOU chose to not have an abortion YOU decided to raise it. Now you expect insurance to pay for your…

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Are graphic abortion ads justified?

Did you hear about the graphic anti-abortion ads airing in D.C.? I don’t know what I think of this, to be honest. It’s inflammatory, and generally speaking I think inflammatory is bad. But on the other hand, this woman has virtually zero chance of actually being elected, and she knows it.  She’s doing it solely to…

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7 Quick Takes, vol. 102

___1___ We took an overnight trip to the Lake of the Ozarks last weekend. Christian had a piano gig, so I set about putting the kids to bed by myself…in a hotel room at the end of a two-hour drive. Let me say this. You’ve heard (and used, no doubt) the phrase “bouncing off the walls.”…

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Because They’re Worth It

How do I write what I’m feeling without passing judgment? On the first read-through, I thought the baby had died in utero. He wrote it to be intentionally vague, until the middle of his essay, when he says that the nuchal fold screening was what caused all the problems the first time around. And suddenly,…

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Nationalized Health Care, Down Syndrome, and Abortion

I’m going to go out on a limb today and say something that a good portion of my readership probably won’t like. Namely: I support Obama’s health care plan. You might remember that last year a group of us put together a bill to mandate coverage of “habilitative” services for children with special needs. This…

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The Sacred Cow

“Is it not possible for us to do with gender, sexuality, and reproduction what was long ago done with the stars? To realize that these are also secular areas…?” So says Anne Rice in the conclusion to her book, Called Out of Darkness, her memoir about her flight from and return to Catholicism. She’s talking…

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Slices of Sweetness

As I write this morning, Alex is sitting beside me playing the electronic keyboard. All music is about something to him—I cannot convince him that some music is “music for the sake of music”—so as I type I’m receiving a narration, which I hope you’ll forgive.           (Down in the bass range): “Mommy, this song…

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Tipping the Scales

The day after Julianna was born, Christian’s sister-in-law brought two hundred pages of info to the hospital, printed on once-used paper. The first page was “Welcome to Holland,” but the rest of it consisted of detailed information on matters medical, developmental and educational. It was exactly what Christian needed. For two days, he spent every…

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