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Taking a public health crisis seriouslyRichard Doerflinger

The recent tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have dramatized what The New York Times calls the "public health crisis" of suicide. That crisis was underscored ...

Hype and reality on family planning Richard Doerflinger

President Trump has announced he will restore a Reagan-era regulation forbidding clinics in the federal Title X family planning program to perform or refer for abortions. Planned Parenthood, promising ...

An advocate for the Gospel of LifeRichard Doerflinger

For me, a highlight of the past month was seeing Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon receive the University of Notre Dame's Evangelium Vitae medal. I have always been interested in this award, named ...

The paradoxes of inclusion Richard Doerflinger

In a recent homily, Bishop Robert E. Barron rightly identified two paramount values in our secular culture: being "inclusive" and being "nonjudgmental." The two seem closely related. If you want to embrace ...

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 ...