Another Reason to Like J-Lo

01/10/2010 Comments (8)

Jennifer Lopez with twin babies Max and Emme


Jennifer Lopez may not be a model of modesty, but in other areas of her life she appears to have not forgotten her roots in New York City Catholic schools.

In the upcoming movie “The Back-Up Plan,” Lopez plays a woman who becomes pregnant via in vitro fertilization with an anonymous sperm donor. In a recent interview with Elle magazine, when asked how she feels about artificial means of procreation, the actress answered:

“When it comes to family and relationships, I’m quite traditional. Just because of the way I was raised ... And I also believe in God and I have a lot of faith in that, so I just felt like you don’t mess with things like that.”

She did not say that IVF is wrong. She did...READ MORE

Filed under celebrities, ivf, pro-life, pregnancy, jennifer lopez

The Blog Lives On

01/07/2010 Comment

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Brad Graham, the man who took the credit—or blame—for coining the word blogosphere, died this week at the age of 41.

Among his many online obituaries, I especially appreciated Jeff Jarvis’s thoughts about the distastefulness of the words that “blog” has birthed: blogosphere, blogariffic, blogfluence, bloggage, blogophile, and blognesia.

But Jarvis is no word purist himself:

“But now I must confess my own sins. Back in the dawn of blogging — I started in September 2001 — a fellow blogospherian, Tony Pierce, turned his online diary into a book. I made the mistake of suggesting it should be called a ‘blook.’

I’m sorry, OK? I’m very sorry. Please don’t include that in my obit. Don’t...READ MORE

Filed under blog, blogosphere, internet, language, twitter, words

Babies Beware in Texas

Abortion "Super Center" Opening in Houston

01/07/2010 Comments (8)

New clinic set to target low income families

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The largest abortion clinic in the nation is set to open in Houston, Catholic News Service reports.

Planned Parenthood is renovating the 78,000 square foot building which will include a surgical wing equipped to provide late-term abortions. The facility is a former bank that is shaped like a ... cash register.

I wish I were kidding.

Perhaps even more offensive than the cash connection is the fact that the enormous abortion facility is located in a part of the city surrounded by low income black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Lou Engle, founder of the pro-life group The Call to Conscience, is organizing a protest rally at the clinic for January 18.

“We want to say that it’s not right...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, planned parenthood, pro-life, protest

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Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and