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A Visual Guide to the Unborn

A new iBook is a really stunning tool to show the unborn.  Conception to Birth: The Visual Guide to Your Pregnancy uses photography and animation to go into the womb and follow the developmen of the pre-born.  You can view and rotate 3D images, interact with the pictures to get more information, and play video of very high quality. 

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | November 20, 2012

The Moral Pro-life Case

The recent political season was a reminder of how much difficulty some pro-lifers have explaining and defending their view.  Red herrings abound.  They need to be ignored to focus again and again on the core issue – the only issue.  What is the unborn?  Nothing else can be answered, no supposed justification for abortion can be decided, until that question is answered.  Unfortunately, most of the discussions about abortion in the media jump to other issues and never consider this fundamental issue.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | November 19, 2012

Nobel Prize Awards Ethical Stem Cell Research

This is huge news for the world of stem cell research.  Most of the headlines so far has been devoted to research that destroys embryos.  Those who object on moral grounds have been labeled "anti-science." Yet all the while, science was on our side.  Actual useful therapies have been developed using ethical stem cell research.  Now the Nobel Prize committee has awarded the work of two scientists who developed a process for turning adult

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | October 8, 2012

Must-See DVD: October Baby

"October Baby" is out on DVD now.  Everyone on STR's staff who saw it loved it.  I took my niece to see it in the theater and we loved it.  We had lunch beforehand, and when the server asked us what we were seeing, she raved about the movie, too.  It's a gentle, beautiful message about the value of the unborn and the horrible truth that abortion kills an innocent, vulnerable child.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | September 11, 2012

A Son with Down's Syndrome

From George Will's column about his son, Jon, who was born with Down's Syndrome:

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | May 3, 2012

Greg's Commentary on After-birth Abortion Logic

On the radio show Sunday, Greg talked about the frightening but unsurprising idea of "after-birth abortions" proposed by ethicists. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 5, 2012

After-birth Abortion Logic

Here's the progression of logic that leads to after-birth abortions: Human rights > Human personhood rights > Personhood rights

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | March 4, 2012

After-birth Abortions

As a follow up to the dolphins rights post this morning, Australian ethicists argue that after-birth abortions are a logical extension of pre-birth abortions because there's no moral distinction between the fetus and a newborn.  This is what happens when you define personhood functionally and assign rights that way.  There is a logical slippery slope that is no fallacy and this is it.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 28, 2012

She May Change Your Mind

Here's a very effective short video that focuses on the only question that matters: What is the unborn? And clears away the red herrings.     

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 10, 2012

Birth Control & Abortion

One of the reasons pro-lifers - regardless of their church membership - are concerned about the Health and Human Services ruling is because it's not only birth control that is of concern, but drugs that actually kill embryonic humans. The HHS issues a ruling that compels religious organization employers to provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Blog Post | Bio-Ethics | Melinda Penner | February 9, 2012