Fetal Dismemberment, Bad for Baby, Bad for Mom

04/20/2015 Comments (24)

An abortion advocate last week wrote in the Huffington Post that efforts to ban D&E abortions — like the bans passed this month in Kansas and Oklahoma — are an attempt to “punish women.”

At Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, we are always concerned with the health and welfare of women, which is why we would like to see abortion pulled off the market. It is a harmful product for women.

But in discussing dismemberment abortion, it’s the babies we have to be most concerned with.

This is how the U.S. Supreme Court described dismemberment abortion in its Gonzalez vs. Carhart decision of 2007:

“A doctor must first dilate the cervix at least to the extent needed to insert...READ MORE

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Who Am I to Judge?

11/07/2014 Comments (161)

In comments on my opinion piece for the National Catholic Register and in editorials and news stories in the secular media, I have been taken to task for judging Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who chose to end her own life last weekend with lethal drugs prescribed legally in Oregon.

I did not judge her. I judged the act of suicide, which is wrong even if done for reasons as heartbreaking as Ms. Maynard’s fatal diagnosis. Suicide and its modern-day step-child, physician-assisted suicide, are wrong according to the Church I love and whose teachings I follow.

The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote in the “Vatican Document on Euthanasia” in 1980...READ MORE

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Glen Campbell and Brittany Maynard Face Their Mortality Very Differently

10/28/2014 Comments (131)

Two stories battled for my attention recently, and both of them broke my heart.

The first was about Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to gain access to legal suicide-inducing drugs. She is planning to die in bed, surrounded by her family, on Nov. 1 (the solemnity of All Saints), two days after her husband’s birthday.

The second story was about the singer Glen Campbell, who decided to go public with his struggle against Alzheimer’s disease. With his children on stage with him for a final, 151-stop musical tour, and the cameras rolling for a ground-breaking documentary, Campbell said: “I ain’t done yet. Tell ’em that.”

Maynard is...READ MORE

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Who Were the Early Feminists in the U.S.?

03/25/2013 Comments (10)

Every March, we in the United States celebrate Women in History Month, but how much do we really know about the early feminists in our country?

Susan B. Anthony, born 1820 in Massachusetts and raised in a family with long activist traditions, developed a sense of justice and moral zeal early in her life. She became active in the movement to make alcohol consumption illegal, but wasn’t allowed to speak at temperance rallies because she was a woman. This injustice led her to join the women’s-rights movement in 1852. She also fought for the abolition of slavery.

Most importantly, she was pro-life. In her view, children were a blessing, even though she never married or had children of her...READ MORE

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About Janet Morana

Janet Morana
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Janet A. Morana is the executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world’s largest mobilization of women who have had abortions. A native New Yorker, she was a public school teacher before becoming involved in pro-life work. She co-hosts the Defending Life and Catholic View for Women series on EWTN, and is a frequent guest on other TV and radio programs. She is the recipient of Legatus’ Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-life Hall of Fame Award. Her first book, Recall Abortion, was published in February by Saint Benedict Press.