At the Intersection: The Zika virus adds to the hardship women face regarding fertility and pregnancy and a lack of access to control over their own bodies.
The USCCB, Texas Catholic Conference, and other faith-based groups, filed a friend of the court brief supporting a Texas law requiring health and safety standards protecting women who undergo abortions.
Making a Difference: Thousands braved the elements to witness to the dignity of unborn human life, and to protest the gravely immoral practice of abortion.
Dana Mentgen donned six layers of clothing and made the trek downtown to Chicago's Federal Plaza Jan. 17 because he felt it was important to witness for life against the "culture of death."
"I think the majority of people are pro-life. It's just that we've been silent too long. We have to speak out," said Mentgen, a parishioner at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek.
Both the number of abortions and the rate of abortion is dropping, according to figures in the "State of Abortion in America" report by the National Right to Life Committee.
The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have described as "profoundly disquieting" a High Court ruling that the region's ban on abortion in all, very limited circumstances breaches human rights legislation.
The emphasis on questions around human reproduction that Dorothy Day largely avoided in her lifetime has become a successful distraction, overtaking her ardent and staunch condemnations of militarism and capitalism.
NCR Today: After Pope Francis announced that priests will be empowered to absolve women from “the sin of abortion" during the holy year, several critiques of Francis' words were published.
Pope Francis' announcement that priests worldwide can absolve women for the sin of abortion will have little effect in the U.S. and Canada, where most priests already have such authority.
NCR Today: After 40 years of fruitless battles, Planned Parenthood and Catholic church leaders need to pledge to do at least one common project that puts women and babies first.