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Eugenetica ed altri malanni – o della questione antropologica come questione sociale
Alessandro Canelli | novembre 13, 2010 11:41 am

Recentemente ha fatto scalpore la frase del professore che voleva il ritorno alla rupe tarpea per eliminare i disabili.
Ma mentre imperversava il tormentone mediatico ho vissuto una somma di piccole vicende che mi hanno toccato un po’ più da vicino. (altro…)

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February 8, 2010
Abstinence Education Done Right

The ongoing debate over sex education has been rekindled by a provocative new study suggesting that teaching abstinence can delay the start of sexual activity among inner-city youngsters — if it is freed from the moralistic overtones and ideological restrictions that were the hallmark of abstinence-only programs under the Bush administration. (altro…)

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Sullo stesso argomento e traduzione in italiano sul blog di Magister:

Anti-Catholicism – October 29, 2009

The following article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed article. The Times declined to publish it. I thought you might be interested in reading it.

By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!

Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.

It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.” (altro…)

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Segnalazione trovata su American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic! dell’articolo apparso sulla prima pagina del NYT sul militante ucciso in Michigan e sui suoi compagni di lotta.

“I learned something that changed my life,” Mr. Gallagher said. “It wasn’t civil disobedience; it was biblical obedience.”

October 10, 2009

Abortion Foes Tell of Their Journey to the Streets


OWOSSO, Mich. — Action means many things to abortion opponents. Lobbyists and fund-raisers fight for the cause in marble hallways; volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers try to dissuade the pregnant on cozy sofas.

Then there are the protesters like James Pouillon, who was shot dead here last month while holding an anti-abortion sign outside a high school. A martyr to some, an irritant to others, Mr. Pouillon in death has become a blessing of sorts for the loosely acquainted activists who knew him as a friend: proof that abortion doctors are not the only ones under duress, proof that protests matter, and a spark for more action. (altro…)

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…. Abortion doesn’t help women. It hurts them. With that conviction, these activists hope to accomplish what the anti-abortion movement has failed to do for more than three decades: persuade … that, for women’s sake, abortion should not be legal. (…)

Rhonda Arias

Rhonda Arias

Spread across the country are anti-abortion groups that offer post-abortion counseling. The Catholic Church runs abortion-recovery ministries in at least 165 dioceses in the United States. (…)

“We must change the abortion debate … on the issue of defending the interests of women,” he wrote. The anti-abortion movement will never win over a majority … by asserting the sanctity of fetal life. Those in the ambivalent middle … are “focused totally on the woman.” And so the anti-abortion movement must do the same.

A parte le riflessioni non convenzionali sull’argomento, trovo bellissima la esperienza di sofferenza, conversione e missione di Rhonda Arias, raccontata nell’articolo. Buona lettura.

The New York Times – January 21, 2007

Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?


Early on a windy Saturday morning in November, Rhonda Arias drove her Dodge Caravan past a Wal-Mart at the end of her block and onto the Interstate. She was beginning the 50-mile drive from her house in southwest Houston to Plane State Jail, where she is, as she puts it, an “abortion-recovery counselor.” To Arias, that means helping women at the prison who have had abortions to understand how that procedure has stained them, and how it explains what has gone wrong in their lives. The prisoners’ abortions, she told me, “have a great deal to do with their pain.” (altro…)

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… the specter of fetuses being selectively targeted for elimination also down_syndromehas the potential to disturb solid supporters of abortion rights. (…) About 90 percent of women who learn they are carrying a fetus with the extra 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome choose an abortion. Studies have shown that many women choose to abort for diagnoses of less serious conditions. (…) doctors screen embryos for a high risk of developing breast cancer or arthritis, and implant only embryos with the desired genetic makeup.
The questions may only become murkier if testing extends to traits like homosexuality or intelligence. (…) The rhetoric of “choice,” however, can take on a more troubling resonance when it comes to selecting children with new reproductive technologies, disabilities rights advocates say. “It so buys into this consumer perspective on our children,” said Marsha Saxton, a senior researcher at the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, Calif., who is an abortion rights supporter.

New York Times – May 13, 2007 – By AMY HARMON

Genetic Testing + Abortion = ???

SARAHLYNN LESTER, 32, considers herself a supporter of abortion rights. She gives money to the National Abortion Rights Action League and volunteers for Planned Parenthood.
But as a woman who continued a pregnancy after learning that her child would have Down syndrome, she also has beliefs about the ethics of choosing, or not choosing, certain kinds of children.
“I thought it would be morally wrong to have an abortion for a child that had a genetic disability,” said Ms. Lester, a marketing manager in St. Louis. (altro…)

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down_syndromeas prenatal tests become available for a range of other perceived genetic imperfections, they may also be heralding a broader cultural skirmish over where to draw the line between preventing disability and accepting human diversity. (…)

Many participants in the ad-hoc movement describe themselves as pro-choice. Yet some see themselves as society’s first line of defense against a use of genetic technology that can border on eugenics.

May 9, 2007
The DNA Age – Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus – By AMY HARMON

DETROIT – Sarah Itoh, a self-described “almost-eleven-and-a-half,” betrayed no trace of nervousness as she told a roomful of genetic counselors and obstetricians about herself one recent afternoon.

She likes to read, she said. Math used to be hard, but it is getting easier. She plays clarinet in her school band. She is a junior girl scout and an aunt, and she likes to organize, so her room is very clean. Last year, she won three medals in the Special Olympics.

“I am so lucky I get to do so many things,” she concluded. “I just want you to know, even though I have Down syndrome, it is O.K.” (altro…)

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