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Month: May 2013

Does Adoption Mean Abandonment?

Does Adoption Mean Abandonment?

A Mother’s Day plea to stop equating adoption with abandonment  By Nina Easton, May 11, 2013 12:52 AM EDT The Washington Post Nina Easton is Fortune magazine’s Washington columnist and a Fox News analyst. In today’s America, a single woman facing a surprise pregnancy is likely to consider just two options: abortion or single motherhood. The third choice, adoption, carries such a social stigma that domestic placement of infants has plummeted — even as the number of parents desperate for…

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Gosnell’s Other Victims: Mothers Traumatized at his “Medical Center.”

Gosnell’s Other Victims: Mothers Traumatized at his “Medical Center.”

by Dr. Alveda King and Kevin Burke, LSW In closing arguments at the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, Assistant District Attorney Ed Cameron highlighted graphic, shocking testimony of late-term abortions and gruesome procedures performed on his victims. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we remember another group of victims in this case who suffer silently in that poor Philadelphia neighborhood in West Philadelphia where Gosnell practiced …the mothers who had abortions at his “Women’s Medical Center.” Cameron revealed a number of violations…

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Fetal Reduction: The Garden of Eden Re-Visited

Fetal Reduction: The Garden of Eden Re-Visited

As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table…She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her… “we created this child in such an artificial manner — in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me — and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice.  The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.” -New York Times…

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How Catholics Can Conquer Depression

How Catholics Can Conquer Depression

An American psychiatrist explains what inspired him to write a guide to the condition ( of depression) specifically for members of the Church By Aaron Kheriaty        Thursday, 2 May 2013 Read the article Here   Please follow and like us: 0 20

Philadelphia Has a Serious Case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Philadelphia Has a Serious Case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 [Well written, informative and moving study of urban violence and PTSD by Steve Volk of Philadelphia Magazine.  I think this has special relevance as Rachel’s Vineyard expands its post abortion outreach to urban settings where abortion is part of larger culture of trauma and violence and where abortion rates are so high (6 out of 10 African American pregnancies in NY city end in abortion)…similar to the poor West Philadelphia neighborhood where Gosnell practiced his perverted form of medical care. ]…

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The Light Shines in the Darkness, and the Darkness Has Not Overcome It.

The Light Shines in the Darkness, and the Darkness Has Not Overcome It.

Time for some beauty in the midst of our  reflections on Gosnell and trauma to remind us of the truth from John’s Gospel: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome  it. Here’s some musical beauty from the Band Yes who are touring this summer in the U.S. (my birthday is June 7 BTW Burke children): And You And I    by Yes   Please follow and like us: 0 20

Hostel Territory: What Psychiatrist Jung Reveals About Repressed Trauma and Art

Hostel Territory: What Psychiatrist Jung Reveals About Repressed Trauma and Art

  As the Planned Parenthood grisly scandal of trafficking in unborn baby organs continues to unfold, I thought it might be helpful to re-visit this article.  This information and the trauma to the children and their parents has been deliberately repressed and censored for many years.  But there are other ways this type of repressed horror may be manifest in our society. – Kevin Burke, MSS Hostel Territory  “The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends,…

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