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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 ...

A zeal for expanding premature deathRichard Doerflinger

When supporters of physician-assisted suicide announced in 1993 that they would sponsor a ballot initiative to legalize it in Oregon, they had bigger plans in mind. Coalition leader Dr. Peter Goodwin ...

Should Catholic health care survive? Richard Doerflinger

In January, five Catholic medical and professional associations came together to establish the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. Its board members represent the Catholic Medical Association, ...