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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 8 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

July 16, AD2014 16 Comments
Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

Imagine sending a text to your body for obligation-free sex. You’ll have to wait until 2018 before this invention goes on sale, but when it does, remote controls will do more than just turn on TV’s and cars. They will turn on and off fertility. Who could have imagined such a thing? Bill Gates—advocate of […]

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The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

July 12, AD2014 7 Comments
The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

My family has never been one to shy away from talking about death. A number of factors contributed to that being a normal part of the fabric of our family, and my late husband used to have something he would say regularly. He would reference his wishes for his eventual death by saying, “I hope I […]

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God is the Ultimate Therapist

July 4, AD2014 13 Comments
God is the Ultimate Therapist

One of the more common statements that we hear from Protestants in regards to confessing our sins to an ordained priest is “I just confess my sins directly to God”. Of course, we should acknowledge our sins immediately when we are aware of them and ask God’s forgiveness. However, the God who created us knows […]

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More Spiritual Care of Patients

April 15, AD2014 3 Comments
More Spiritual Care of Patients

God gives us all opportunities to be a witness to Him, but Dr. Victor Ajluni wrote a wonderful column illustrating the sacredness of the places our healing professions allow us to go. If you haven’t read it yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. When I returned to the level- 3 neonatal intensive […]

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The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

April 11, AD2014 7 Comments
The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

On the day I graduated from medical school, I took an oath that includes the famous words: “First do no harm.” I am happy to say that in entering my twentieth year as a physician, I have somehow managed to keep my word. But, is that really enough? I don’t think so. In fact, it […]

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Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

March 15, AD2014 5 Comments
Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

It’s been intensely frustrating, though strangely fascinating as a physician, to see public comments social media regarding the embryonic stem cell and, inevitably, the abortion debate.  The most common difference between the two sides seems to be the disagreement over whether or not the products of conception are a “person.”  If they are not, when […]

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Sterilization: Is it Getting \”Fixed\” or Getting Broken?

March 12, AD2014 2 Comments
Sterilization: Is it Getting \”Fixed\” or Getting Broken?

Those of us who defend Church teaching on human sexuality often focus on the immorality of contraception: condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, birth control pills, birth control patches, birth control rings, birth control sponges, birth control implants, birth control injections, IUDs… and whatever other contraceptives I am forgetting (I am sure scientists are working on more ways […]

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I\’m Not an Angel and Neither is She

October 29, AD2013 11 Comments
I\’m Not an Angel and Neither is She

I will sheepishly admit the first few times I was called an \”angel\” in the course of my work, I probably internally basked in whatever glow was lingering from whatever situation I assisted in, but as I have gotten older (and hopefully wiser) the less I feel comfortable with that term used to describe me […]

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Brain Death and Organ Donation

July 18, AD2013 8 Comments
Brain Death and Organ Donation

A year or so ago, I renewed my driver’s license – something you only have to do every 8 years in Oregon. The clerk asked if I wanted to continue to be an “organ donor”. I declined. I had learned some things about organ donation and brain death…and why the concept of brain death is […]

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The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

June 27, AD2013 4 Comments
The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is now de-funded in the great state of Oklahoma, and you can almost hear already the anguished, exaggerated cries of alarm. Oh the humanity! How will women survive? The truth is that Planned Parenthood has long already been the enemy of women’s health. Brought into existence by narrow-minded ideologues who saw the great […]

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When a Pro-Life Victory Doesn’t Mean You’re Winning

June 19, AD2013 11 Comments
When a Pro-Life Victory Doesn’t Mean You’re Winning

A major story hit the pro-life circuit today. The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 1797), passed the House of Representatives. It imposes a 20-week gestational age limitation on abortion at the point of development purported to be when babies are capable of feeling pain. At the surface this vote appears to be a victory for the pro-life community, but let’s take a closer look to make sure. Incremental Thinking […]

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Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution

May 2, AD2013 13 Comments
Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution

Editor\’s Note: The author\’s original title was \”The Self-Gift Implicit to the Conjugal Act: Is Not Contraception, at Least Partially, Mutual Reciprocal Repudiation?\” (Fourth in a four-part series) Here is my own speculative TOB-enabled scientific  interpretation: the gift of  bearing new life belongs uniquely to the woman. In God’s plan for the woman, in particular, […]

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