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Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

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No Exceptions: The Case for a Consistent Pro-Life Ethic

September 12, 2012 8:56 AM

The trouble with “exceptions” on abortion—whether one is pro-life “with exceptions” or pro-choice “with exceptions”—is that exceptions make doling out abortions seem as capricious as Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi: “No abortion for you. Next!” With the recent blunder of a...

What You Need to Know About the Hidden Benefits (and Costs) of New Prenatal Tests

July 6, 2012 9:19 AM

At first blush, the news that scientists can diagnose thousands of genetic disorders in an unborn human baby looks incredible. Using a blood sample from the mother and saliva from the father, scientists at the University of Washington mapped...

Shouldn’t a Ban on Sex-Selective Abortions in America Be a No-Brainer?

June 8, 2012 8:30 AM

In Sacha Baron Cohen’s (Borat and Bruno) new movie The Dictator, his film-wife tells him she’s pregnant in one scene. His response: “Are you having a boy or an abortion?” This line is only funny if you like shock comedy. It...

What the 'After-Birth Abortion' and 'Personhood' Debates Have in Common

March 5, 2012 9:39 AM

An article published in February in the international, peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Ethics is making headlines around the world. In the article, former Cambridge and Oxford University researchers Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Dr. Francesca Minerva argue the very point pro-life...

Why the New Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Old Questions

February 3, 2012 4:52 PM

If you’ve been paying attention to recent events involving Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, you probably have whiplash by now. First, Komen—the world’s best-known breast-cancer-fighting organization—decided to stop giving funds to Planned Parenthood. Two reasons were...

'Unwanted' Girls Defy Sexism in India

December 5, 2011 12:10 PM

The Associated Press recently ran a deeply moving story about a name-changing ceremony in Mumbai, India. “More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean ‘unwanted’ in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life,” reports the AP’s...

How Much Do Our Stories Matter?

August 19, 2011 10:26 AM

In yesterday’s post, I told three stories about people who used reproductive technologies to have babies: A mother became pregnant via IVF after her first three children were tragically killed. A couple turned to an Indian surrogate to bear the...

The Lost Girls of China and India

June 29, 2011 9:15 AM

Across most cultures and throughout time, parents have wanted boys more than they have wanted girls. Recently developed technologies are allowing parents to reject their girl children before they are even born. In India and China, the world’s two most...

Bill Maher Slurs Sarah Palin, NOW Responds

March 28, 2011 11:35 AM

When comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a “dumb t--t” on his HBO show last week, few people were holding their breath waiting for the National Organization for Women to come to her defense. But as a matter of fact,...

Live Action, Planned Parenthood, and a Year of Change

February 24, 2011 10:36 AM

It’s only February, and already I have whiplash from the news speeding past me from the U.S. abortion front. The frenzy began on January 17, when a Philadelphia abortion doctor was indicted for killing a patient. Next came the revelation...

Surprised by Beauty at the March for Life

January 27, 2011 9:31 AM

T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month,” alluding to the way life and death are inextricably connected, as when “lilacs” are bred “out of the dead land.” This is the way the March for Life — held...

Mildred Jefferson: 'A Physician, a Citizen, and a Woman'

October 22, 2010 9:43 AM

There are few who can discuss abortion from as many perspectives as those held by Mildred Jefferson — the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and a lifelong pro-life activist, who passed away on October 15 at...

Abortion Case: Womb vs. Egg

October 15, 2010 10:10 AM

A British Columbia couple creates an embryo using in vitro fertilization (IVF). They contractually hire a surrogate mother to carry the child. Then they discover, through prenatal screening, that the baby has Down syndrome. The couple asks the surrogate...

The Glamorous Life of the Pregnant Teenager

July 30, 2010 10:27 AM

When fast-fashion chain Forever 21 announced this month that they were rolling out a maternity line in five states — three of which have the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country — they were accused of what has become...

Before the Next After-Sex Pill

June 24, 2010 9:55 AM

Medical experts, pro-life advocates, and women’s groups are once again debating the moral questions raised by so-called “morning-after” pills. On June 17, an advisory panel recommended that the FDA approve an emergency contraceptive known as “ella” for prescription use. Ella differs from Plan B,...

Abortion Measures Move State-à-State

May 6, 2010 11:07 AM

In a changing political climate, Christians are finding their attention and energy divided among a number of issues. Recognizing these tensions, the Manhattan Declaration called for Christians to refocus on core issues, one of which was abortion. Simultaneously, Newsweek reported...

Joni Eareckson Tada: Health Care Bill Concerns

March 17, 2010 2:08 PM

A few years ago, I helped write a book, How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World, about the bioethical challenges in the 21st century. Today, one of our foremost ethical challenges is how to accomplish health care...

Should Pro-lifers Call Black Children an 'Endangered Species'?

March 11, 2010 3:04 PM

Perhaps you’ve heard about the controversial billboard campaign sponsored by Georgia Right to Life, that state’s largest pro-life organization, in partnership with a Christian group called the Radiance Foundation. In signs put up around Atlanta, as well as through a...

Did You Consider Having an Abortion?

February 11, 2010 8:48 AM

Everybody knows someone who considered having an abortion. It may be a friend, cousin, sister, aunt, or your own mother … and you may not even know about it. Even if you didn’t watch the Super Bowl last Sunday, you...

China's Own Marriage Crisis

January 19, 2010 9:29 AM

Family planning has become a controversial phrase in China, due to the government’s One Child Policy, a vast social experiment launched in 1979 to cap population growth and speed up economic development. State media reported recently that more than 24...

Planned Parenthood Puts Restraining Order on Former Director

November 4, 2009 9:31 AM

Planned Parenthood has found itself in a legal battle with a former director who said she had a change of heart after watching an ultrasound for an abortion and quit the organization . KBTX of Bryan/College Station, Texas, reports that...

The Day We Let Our Son Live

November 2, 2009 4:28 PM

When it comes to the chance for those with genetic defects to live, the news has not been good on either side of the Atlantic. Last week’s Telegraph reported that of all women in the U.K. who find out through...

In the Loop: Down syndrome abortions on the rise

October 29, 2009 10:20 AM

In Britain, Down syndrome abortions are on the rise According to a recent study, around nine in ten British women who are told they are going to have a baby with Down syndrome decide to terminate the pregnancy, resulting in...

Mixed Reports on Abortion

October 15, 2009 11:45 AM

A new report by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice reproductive think tank, suggests that while abortion is safe and legal in most developed countries, it is risky and restricted in the developing world. The Associated Press and USA Today...

In the Loop: Matters of Life and Death

October 14, 2009 10:33 AM

The New York Times tackles pro-life issues The New York Times featured a report on pro-life street protesters explores the role of faith, particularly evangelical Christianity, as a motivation to action, and describes not just the controversy surrounding the practice...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009

August 14, 2009 9:10 AM

I saw Eunice Kennedy Shriver once, in December of 1963. I was standing at the back of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., waiting for a Mass in honor of her brother, John F. Kennedy, to begin. Most of the...

China Eases One-Child Policy in Shanghai

July 29, 2009 10:41 AM

Reports began emerging late last week that while China is not lifting its one-child policy - heavily criticized for leading to forced abortions - it is considering amending it based on the needs of Shanghai, which hosts a rapidly aging...

Sarah Palin: Andrew Sullivan's Punching Bag

July 6, 2009 5:33 PM

No writer that I've read in the past 11 months has been more - dare I say - hysterically critical of Sarah Palin than The Atlantic's uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan. Eight months after the election, he is still harping on the...

When a Pro-Life Blogger Goes Too Far

June 18, 2009 9:25 AM

Last Sunday night, a popular pro-life blogger known as "April's Mom" or "B" posted the tragic news: Her newborn daughter, whom she had carried to term though diagnosed with a terminal case of Trisomy 13 and HPE, had died...

Introducing Julia Duin

May 27, 2009 1:52 PM

I'm very grateful to have been asked to join the list of contributors to Her.meneutics. I have worked as a full-time religion reporter, but I also veer off into related topics, such as a piece I did for Mother's...

Obama: A Friend to Pro-Lifers?

May 19, 2009 8:39 AM

In 1993, when Christine Todd Whitman was the Republican candidate for the governor of New Jersey, her views on abortion were muted at best. I recall being cautiously optimistic as I voted for my state's first and only female governor....

Obama's Kinder, Gentler Culture War

May 18, 2009 11:59 AM

I didn't see this one coming. K. and I had been talking about her sex life. We had arranged to meet before a sexual abstinence event at a church in Michigan. I was there interviewing young people for a book...

Elizabeth Lev Defends Mom's Decision to Turn Down Notre Dame

April 29, 2009 3:14 PM

Politics Daily contributor Elizabeth Lev fired a smart defense this morning of Mary Ann Glendon's refusal to accept Notre Dame's Laetare Medal and to speak alongside President Obama at the school's May 17 commencement ceremony. Glendon sent a letter...

Going Undercover to Expose Planned Parenthood

April 28, 2009 10:41 AM

The Los Angeles Times recently profiled a college student who videotapes counseling sessions at Planned Parenthood clinics to expose potential wrongdoings. Lila Rose, a 20-year-old UCLA history major, has led her group Live Action to videotape clinics in Los Angeles,...

Christians Urge Obama to Keep Conscience Clause

April 9, 2009 9:29 AM

Several media are reporting that today's the last day the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hear arguments against President Obama's intention to rescind the "conscience clause" regulation that former President Bush put into place weeks before...

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