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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, ...

The bishops on the Eucharist and public lifeRichard Doerflinger

On Nov. 17, the assembled Catholic bishops of the United States overwhelmingly approved "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" by a vote of 222 to 8. Pope Francis' apostolic nuncio ...

A partisan court? Richard Doerflinger

"The Supreme Court's partisanship is becoming increasingly difficult to deny," said attorney James Zirin in the congressional newspaper The Hill. Other media have published similar broadsides. And, according ...

Thinking about the heartbeat lawRichard Doerflinger

Most public issues these days seem to elicit angry dispute and mutual recriminations. Those divisions can tempt people to misstate or exaggerate facts, to persuade others (or even themselves) that they ...

Trapped in the self Richard Doerflinger

Recently, I've seen television footage of two protests against vaccine and mask mandates. In my home state of Washington, a protester held up a large sign saying, "My Body My Choice." A protest in Louisiana ...