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Planned Parenthood's abortion fixationRichard Doerflinger

Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called "Make Trouble." During her decade-long leadership, ...

On freezing embryos and consciences Richard Doerflinger

Days apart, clinics offering in vitro fertilization in Cleveland and San Francisco had malfunctions in their storage tanks, endangering thousands of frozen eggs and embryos. Women's Health magazine called ...

Ending a culture of violenceRichard Doerflinger

A horrific mass shooting at a Florida high school has left 17 people dead and placed school violence and gun control at the forefront of public debate. Proposals include stricter regulations on semiautomatic ...

Truly empowering women? Richard Doerflinger

The biggest news at the Golden Globes this year was not which television series won the most honors. It was Oprah Winfrey's speech, saying of the "brutally powerful men" in Hollywood who have sexually ...

What is sex for?Richard Doerflinger

It began with reports that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, over many years, used his power over aspiring actresses' careers to sexually harass and exploit them. The allegations soon extended to ...

Giving to God what belongs to God Richard Doerflinger

In May, when President Donald Trump issued a long-awaited executive order on religious freedom, reactions were mixed. Some thought it was so vague as to be almost useless. It did not directly address ...

Discerning the spiritsRichard Doerflinger

Given a tough question, St. Thomas Aquinas sometimes declined to give a simple yes or no answer. Instead he began with: "distinguo." The question can be taken different ways; we must "distinguish" these ...

Hate: An equal opportunity employer? Richard Doerflinger

President Donald Trump recently said something important about the bigotry and violence on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. His Aug. 21 remarks at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, ...