The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a bill to prohibit abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of gestation, approximately the stage at which scientists say unborn babies can feel pain.
The arguments have gotten louder over same-sex marriage ahead of two much-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on the subject.
Pro-life and other groups joined forces to denounce a bill governing end-of-life care introduced by the Quebec government Wednesday as a form of Belgian-style euthanasia.
"This is about doctors lethally injecting patients," said Alex Schadenberg, executive director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, echoing the concerns of several organizations, including the Catholic Organization for Life.
Schadenberg said the bill redefines palliative care to include "terminal medical sedation" and "medical aid in dying," which he called a euphemism for euthanasia.
We say: Maybe we're OK with concessions in time of war, but we still have questions as we ponder the capabilities of the state to mine personal information.
Girls of any age are now allowed to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, a move that has disappointed U.S. Catholic officials.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez called the status quo morally unacceptable, saying, "This suffering must end."
As the Supreme Court prepares to issue two historic decisions on gay marriage this month, judges and lawyers don't expect anything all-encompassing.
Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, located less than four miles from the U.S. Capitol, has a strong opinion about the possibility that interest rates for student loans will increase.
"Nobody wants student loan interest rates to double; that just hurts students and for a number of low-income students it may mean they may choose not to come to college at all," said McGuire, who has testified before Congress on this issue.
Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what public officials in Philadelphia plan to do with the 47 bodies from the case.
Cutting food aid for poor children to bring the federal deficit under control seems "penny-wise and pound-foolish," said an essay by four Nebraska Christian bishops, including the Catholic bishop of Grand Island, Bishop William Dendinger.