Another Reason to Like J-Lo

Sunday, January 10, 2010 7:45 PM 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

Thursday, January 07, 2010 12:53 AM Comments (0)

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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

Thursday, January 07, 2010 12:13 AM 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