Category Archives: Pro-life

Can you divide in two, then recombine? I don’t think so, loser.

Here’s a humbling thought for end of this year, and the beginning of the new one: compared to zygotes or early embryos, we are somewhat underwhelming as people. We just aren’t “all that,” as the kids used to say (what … Continue reading

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Packaging Abortion

Despite earlier reports, it now looks like Governor Cuomo’s attempt to expand access to late-term abortions in New York may be given separate legislative consideration from the rest of the “Women’s Equality Act.” One way or another, it should all … Continue reading

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Better than nothing: a brief primer on every parent’s new approach to life

Early on in his book On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, Friedrich Nietzsche offers the following melancholy little reflection: “Too often we stop at knowing the good without doing it because we also know the better without … Continue reading

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Plato’s Noble Lie and the Dr. Kermit Gosnell trial

For the past three years I have accompanied my first-year philosophy students from The Catholic University of America on an excursion to the Newseum here in DC. And for the past three years I have posed the following question to … Continue reading

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Do the unborn have a right to life? A translation of Robert Spaemann’s 1974 article.

The article below appeared as a follow-up in 1974 to Robert Spaemann’s earlier article that year on the subject of abortion, “Am Ende der Debatte um §218 StGB” (my translation is available here). In that previous article, Spaemann had rather … Continue reading

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Illegitimi non carborundum: make babies

In the following passage from Ship of Destiny, a fantasy novel by Robin Hobb, a living ship that was formerly a female dragon (I know, I know, just bear with me) counsels a woman to remove a contraceptive device she … Continue reading

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What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: A Review

Jonathan V. Last, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster (New York: Encounter Books, 2013). I was prepared to like this book, for reasons both obvious and subtle. The obvious: my wife is expecting our second … Continue reading

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