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Why not love them both?Richard Doerflinger

"Why not love them both?" has been a message of the pro-life movement for many years, expressing a commitment to both the unborn child and his or her mother who may be considering abortion. For decades ...

Wishing for a real debate on abortion Richard Doerflinger

So many falsehoods and confusions fill the media lately on abortion that I find myself pining for an actual argument. For an example, I do not want to pick on our president. But he started it, by picking ...

A depopulated futureRichard Doerflinger

I remember when people thought overpopulation would destroy us and the planet. Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book "The Population Bomb" popularized this idea, leading to urgent calls for "zero population growth." ...

A right to contraception? Richard Doerflinger

July 25 marked the 54th anniversary of St. Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae," reaffirming the Church's teaching on contraception and openness to the gift of new life. Four days earlier, ...

Roe and the legacy of abortionRichard Doerflinger

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and, by implication, a long line of abortion decisions relying on them. This ends a regime ...

A perfect storm on abortion Richard Doerflinger

A leaked draft opinion in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization has prompted reactions that are extreme, ill-informed, and sometimes abusive. We are seeing a "perfect ...

A bias against children's livesRichard Doerflinger

Thirty years ago, my wife was 16 weeks pregnant with our third child. At a routine prenatal checkup, our doctor suddenly looked very concerned and said she couldn't hear our baby's heartbeat. ...

Gender politics and the Supreme Court Richard Doerflinger

Judging by news coverage and social media, Senate hearings on the confirmation of appellate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer have provided more political theater ...