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Europe Rejects Surrogacy (Again)

Chelsea writes:

More good news from Europe: last month the Council of Europe’s Social Affairs and Health Committee voted against the draft report on surrogacy that proposed regulation of the practice rather than a full ban. This comes just three months after the European Parliament approved a resolution condemning all forms of surrogacy as “reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain”.
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Multiple reports confirm Planned Parenthood videos were not manipulated

Hey, if you're not going to take "Thou Shall Not Kill" seriously, you're probably not going to be concerned with "Thou shall not bear false witness."

Planned Parenthood has been called out on social media for its deception and spin when it comes to… well, pretty much everything. But in this case, Planned Parenthood Action Fund claimed that the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos featuring Planned Parenthood’s own employees were “faked criminal videos.”
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There is So Much My Head Might Explode

A plea for actual diversity from Sherry:

Curt Schilling got fired for sharing a Facebook post and adding his own two cents. That is ESPN's right, they are in the perception business. Target has made a decision to declare all bathrooms unisex. That is their right as a business. Some will boycott ESPN and Target, others will cheer. I don't know how we will survive the ever shifting sands of language and perception in these days. We have protests and counter protests for everything, and never is there any peace. However the question becomes, what is the cut off point? Can one discuss an idea not popular or discuss a moral stance not popular without being tarred, feathered and burned off the internet? When, where and how can the public allow for diversity of thought? Can one hold a moral position not popular, even dare to utter it or live by it, and hold a job in this century?
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Study Shows Competition from School Choice Improves Education

PJ Media:

Via Watchdog.org: A new study from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that competition is the key to improving American education. “Pursuing Innovation” looks at “how effective open enrollment, charters, and educational choice programs are at improving student outcomes.” There were four key findings in this report. The first is that education by ZIP code may soon be a thing of the past, as non-residential forms of school choice (open enrollment, charter schools, homeschooling, and private educational choice programs) grow rapidly. The second is that competition from private school choice and charter schools do the most to improve schools, because they allow public school dollars to follow the student. Public schools then have more incentive to better serve families or attract new students. The other two conclusions have to do with the future of education and choice. Once is that educational improvements cannot grow by leaps and bounds until school choice does the same.
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Rome’s Fabled Trevi Fountain to Be Dyed Red in Honor of Christian Martyrs

A sad reminder:

On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith. The event is being organized by Aid to the Church in Need and seeks to “call attention to the drama of anti-Christian persecution.”
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Love Doesn’t Die: A Mother Remembers Her Daughter with Down Syndrome

Wow.

Jean recalled, “My husband and I were told to place [the baby] in a state institution and tell everyone she died at birth. Days went by and social workers visited me trying to make my husband and I follow the doctor’s orders. The final straw was when they said, ‘Bringing her home would be an injustice to your neighbors, as she will lower the property value on your street.’ My husband and I shed tears and we shared our feelings that this baby was given to us by God, we could not throw her out!"
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There is No Post in my Trauma

Confessions of a Sleep Deprived Momma writes:

When you have a child who is medically fragile and have gone through stuff that no mother should ever have to see; you are often told that your panic attacks are due to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from doctors, therapists, family members, and friends. Recently I started seeing a therapist and once again I was told that I have PTSD. As I sat there listening to him tell me what he thought I was going through; I stopped him and told him something that rocked my on world “there is no post in my trauma.” This is truer then I like to admit. Yes there horrors from the past with Mighty Z that wake me up in the middle of the night in cold sweats feeling shaky as my heart pounds in my chest, yes there are noises and smells that bring me back to a traumatic time where I almost lost her. However, what is harder to deal with is not really the past trauma but the current any moment trauma that has yet to happen, but surely will happen any given moment. It is hard to stay in the present and to not give into the trauma that is lurking around the next corner waiting to pop out at you any moment.
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Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims Believe in the Same God?

Dennis Prager writes:

Most Americans say they believe in God. And around the world, religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims all say they believe in God, as do many people who do not identify with any formal religion. But this statement is actually meaningless. To cite but one example, the God in whose name Muslims cut innocent people’s throats and rape women cannot be the same God as the God of those who believe that God hates such actions.
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Understanding the Little Sister's Response to the Court

The great Helen Alvare writes:

The Supreme Court asked the government and the religious institutions involved in the recent HHS Mandate litigation (I’ll collectively address the institutions as the Little Sisters) to address whether: “contraceptive coverage may be obtained by [the Little Sisters’] employees through [the Little Sisters’] insurance companies, but in a way that does not require any involvement of petitioners beyond their own decision to provide health insurance without contraceptive coverage to their employees” Yesterday, the Little Sisters filed a Supplemental Brief saying “sure there is”!
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Wendy Davis Hypes Abortion at Notre Dame on Feast of the Annunciation

Disgrace:

Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday, when the Virgin Mary said “yes” to God and Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit. But at the University of Notre Dame, a number of students spent Monday night on campus listening to former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis describe the benefits for women of choosing abortion or using contraception.
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Good News. Young Men are Impotent b/c of Porn

Rod Dreher reports:

Time magazine’s cover story this week is about what ubiquitous hardcore pornography is doing to men. I can’t link to it because it’s a subscribers-only piece, but Southern Baptist pastor Denny Burk has a detailed (but not NSFW) rundown of what it reports. The gist of it is that porn is changing the brains of young men, who have been watching it from a young age, such that they are impotent with actual women.
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Another Biblically Historic Find Provides Evidence of Mary Magdalene’s Existence

Eric Metaxas writes of some new discoveries that make the Bible look accurate. Gasp.

A real biblical site, a real woman, and a real faith, all rooted in history. That’s what we learn from the archaeological dig at Magdala. If there were a prize for the least-understood yet incredibly-important person in the Bible, it would probably go to Mary Magdalene. I suspect that more people “know” that she was a prostitute—which is based on a misreading of Luke, chapters 7 and 8—than the fact that she was the first witness to the Lord’s resurrection.
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Embattled Marquette Professor Will Apologize ‘When Hell Freezes Over

So I guess not anytime soon.

Marquette University has delayed the termination of Associate Professor John McAdams, opting to suspend him without pay through the fall 2016 semester, but University President Dr. Michael Lovell is demanding an apology from McAdams as a condition of getting his job back over his November 2014 blog post criticizing a graduate student instructor who bullied a student for arguing against same-sex marriage. McAdams said in a recent radio interview that he’ll apologize, “When hell freezes over.”
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Video: Ben Shapiro debates pro-choicers on when a ‘bundle of cells’ becomes a human being

Nice job by Shapiro defending life, even in the face of a weird question about semen.

Prior to Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro speech at George Washington University last night, he stopped by Maryland’s Salisbury University, where he got into a prolonged debate with two pro-choice attendees (probably students) about a) when does a “clump of cells” actually become recognized as a human being and b) does life begin at conception (via the Blaze):
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Zmirak Asks: "Was Trump Right That Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Punished?"

The answer is no. His thinking is clear so I thought I'd pass it along.

Abortion is unique because pregnancy is. The fact that an unborn baby resides entirely inside the body of another human being with rights of her own makes mincemeat of our whole approach to justice, which is based on individual rights, balanced against the rights of others and the claims of the common good. Yes, the baby has the right to life, but the mother has the right to control her body, too, so how can we disentangle the claims of two people who literally inhabit the same space, eat the same food, and are intimately related? To what else can we compare this situation: Siamese twins? A stubborn, unwanted tenant? A famous violinist who needs to share a healthy person’s organs, whose fans have kidnapped her and hooked the two together? Since no other relationship is exactly akin to pregnancy, all analogies finally fail. Abortion has no prefabricated answer, but requires the careful needle of a custom-tailor statesman.
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Keep Calm and Carry On: Christians in a Darkening Culture

Eric Metaxas writes:

It was 1939, just before the outbreak of what would come to be known as the Second World War. Hitler was on the move, the dominoes were starting to fall. The British government, facing what Winston Churchill would soon call “an ordeal of the most grievous kind,” needed to bolster the people’s flagging spirits. So it began producing a series of propaganda posters. One of them, with a bold, red background, was to be used only in the event of an invasion. That invasion never came, and so the poster was never used. But the slogan on it has lived on, and it has particular relevance to our day. The message: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I like that.
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Surprising Scholarly Agreement on Facts That Support Jesus’ Resurrection

Something happened, right?

Here’s something you might not have known about contemporary scholarship. It might actually surprise you, unless you’ve been keeping up with these things: virtually all researchers, whether they are skeptical, liberal, moderate or conservative in their approach and beliefs, agree in recognizing a small but definite core of historical facts from the end of Jesus’ life. And this core of facts reveals a lot about the reality of the resurrection.
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10 Stages of Easter Candy Eating

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

*Sixteeen year old son asked, "Did this really happen?" I answered, "No. No it did not." He believes me...sort of. Stage 1: Oh! There is so much! I couldn't possibly eat all of this...I'll pace myself and just eat this one chocolate egg. Maybe the ears off the bunny...and a few jelly beans but not the chocolate ones...just to give myself variety. Stage 2: Fifteen minutes later. I'm still hungry. I'll finish off the bunny. It's hollow so it's not like it's so much chocolate anyway.
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Sherry: Let the Little Sisters Serve

Nice little charity you have here Little Sisters of the Poor. Twenty-seven homes across the nation where all you do all day is care for the elderly and the sick all of your lives…and it’s true, you’ve done this for over 150 years regardless of a person’s capacity to pay or religious affiliation. Even though you are sisters, your non-profit is not religious enough to warrant an exemption. We, the government, in an effort to provide affordable health care for everyone, will shut down a non-profit serving the people we’ve claimed the H.S.S. mandate is supposed to serve. One has to ask “Why?”
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There’s No Public-Health Case for Making Nuns Provide Free Birth Control

The great Michael New writes:

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a group of cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that non-profit employers offer health-care coverage that includes contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization. The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and a variety of religious non-profits. Many of the arguments that have been put forth in support of the plaintiffs involve conscience rights. These are important arguments that certainly deserve attention. However, in the amicus brief I filed in on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, I emphasized public-health arguments which have received relatively little media attention.
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