UK pro-lifers urge authorities to end ‘cruel experiment’ of at-home medical abortions

CNA Staff, Mar 30, 2021 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Pro-lifers in the U.K. are urging authorities to end temporary permission for at-home medical abortions, describing measures introduced at the start of the coronavirus crisis as a “cruel experiment.”

More than 70,000 women in England and Wales have undergone a “DIY” home abortion since March 2020, according to a new coalition of pro-life groups called Care For Women.

Speaking after a webinar for U.K. political representatives on March 23, Catherine Robinson, spokesperson for the charity Right To Life UK, said: “The data on this cruel experiment on women, not to mention their babies, are in: DIY at-home abortions are dangerous both medically and socially, being open to serious abuse and coercion.”

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Court allows professor to challenge university’s transgender pronoun mandate

CNA Staff, Mar 30, 2021 / 04:22 pm (CNA).- A federal appeals court has allowed a philosophy professor to sue a public university in Ohio after he faced disciplinary action for declining to use female pronouns for a male student who identified as a transgender woman. 

The court ruled his legal challenge on grounds of academic freedom, free speech and free exercise of religion deserves to be heard.

The Sixth Circuit ruling reverses a decision by a federal district court to dismiss the professor’s claims that his free speech and free exercise claims were violated.

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Innominate Abomination: The Horrible Question

Of sexual immorality and impurity, St. Paul says, “Let them be not so much as named among you” (Eph. 5:3). He further counsels that we think on those things that are noble, pure, lovely, and admirable (Phil. 4:8); but there comes a time to look into the Abyss and call it by name.

The specific act of male homosexuality is repeatedly described in Scripture as abomination (Leviticus 18:22, Ezekiel 16:50, 1 Kings 14:24), and the town that gave the act its name was cataclysmically eradicated (Genesis 19:24). Now, a priest should be virile—must be virile—and the vocational rejection of matrimony is a lifelong sacrifice for men of God. It’s hard not to sympathize with those who might stumble at the alluring beauty of Eve, like the frailly saintly “whiskey priest” of Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory. But the Horrible Question remains to be asked: why are the current scandals of abuse so overwhelmingly skewed toward sodomy?

This is not a minor issue. When did we last hear an outcry over some lonely cleric taking a mistress or engaging the service of a prostitute? Granted that a soul-shaped sinkhole like McCarrick would have greater power and proximity with seminarians than with, say, conventual postulants; but there’s a preponderance of deviancy among these grotesque predators that goes far beyond anything explicable by mere convenience. According to Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons of the Catholic Medical Association, cases of pastoral abuse are a flabbergasting 80% same-sex.

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Mexican state bolsters protections for pregnant women, unborn children

Queretaro, Mexico, Mar 30, 2021 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The unicameral legislature of the Mexican state of Querétaro passed a bill March 29 reforming the Law on Social Development to add protections for pregnant women and unborn children.

The legislature also passed a resolution urging the federal Chamber of Deputies to defeat proposed constitutional reforms that would open the door to abortion and gender ideology.

Both measures, introduced by Elsa Méndez, passed by a margin of 19 to 5.

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