Pro-life medical and nursing students across the country say they face the same pressures to violate their consciences as two recent applicants to Vanderbilt University’s nursing residency program, who were told that they would have been required to participate in abortions.
As the country marks the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, three new books can help advance respect for the sanctity of human life. First, the Human Life Foundation compiles the best arguments it has published in the quarterly Human Life Review over the past 35 years in The Debate Since Roe: Making the Case Against Abortion (1975-2010), edited by Anne Conlon. In Beyond a House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street, and the Media, Carl Anderson proposes a new start to America’s political dialogue, based partly on the unrecognized consensus that most Americans are basically pro-life. Finally, Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls, edited by Melinda Tankard Reist, looks at a growing problem that may very well be a precursor to even more abortions.
A Catholic education helps students and graduates weather the storms of today’s secular culture, say university educators from Catholic institutions featured in the Register’s Catholic Identity College Guide.
In light of the firing and rehiring of Kenneth Howell from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Msgr. Stuart Swetland of Mount St. Mary’s University, who hired Howell to teach at UIUC, speaks about the challenges to presenting Church teaching on homosexual behavior to a world that considers it “bigoted.”