How important is the setting of this film: an orphanage, in Beautiful Maine, a stodgy building, etc? What did you think of Dr. Larch by the end of the movie: knowing that he doctored Homer’s heart health records and lied to Homer? Did you have any reaction to his addiction to ether? Larch makes the interesting statement that because women don’t legally have the right to choose, Homer Wells does not have a moral claim in choosing not to perform abortions. Do you find Larch’s argument compelling? Do you think Homer was ultimately convinced? What struck you about the presentation of fatherhood? Think of Larch’s fatherly role towards Homer and compare him to Melody and Candy’s father? How do you think the film portrayed women: Candy and Melody? Do you think......
To Staff and Volunteers of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love, We ask for a moment of centering calm amidst the storm. We are breathing deeply, recognizing the miracle of breath, the pulse of connection, and the interconnectedness of all existence. Even in times of great distress, we have cause to be grateful: for this brave and powerful community, willing to stand for what is necessary, willing to trust women to make their own choices about their own bodies. As this community is once again under attack, we hold all the staff in our hearts. We pray for courage and strength for each one who walks amidst this assault. We pray for forgiveness, of ourselves and others, as our own human imperfections are painful to behold,......
From RH Reality Check, read the full article here. Last month, Michelle Wilkins was the victim of a horrific crime; she was beaten and stabbed, and the baby she was expecting to give birth to was cut from her belly. Miraculously, Wilkins, who had been 34 weeks pregnant, survived the physical assault. This was an unfathomable act of cruelty. However, justice will not be achieved by Colorado legislators using it as grounds for passing new feticide laws that will actually make pregnant women vulnerable to arrest and punishment. Dynel Lane, the woman accused of attacking Wilkins, has been charged with numerous crimes, including the attempted murder of Wilkins and first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy under Colorado’s Crimes Against Pregnant Women Act. The Colorado legislature carefully crafted this law in 2013 to......
Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective I would like to begin by drawing your attention to the title of this lecture: “Religious Belief and Public Morality: A Catholic Governor’s Perspective.” I was not invited to speak on “Church and State” generally. Certainly not “Mondale vs. Reagan.” The subject assigned is difficult enough. I will try not to do more than I’ve been asked. It’s not easy to stay contained. Certainly, although everybody talks about a wall of separation between church and state, I’ve seen religious leaders scale that wall with all the dexterity of olympic athletes. In fact, I’ve seen so many candidates in churches and synagogues that I think we should change election day from Tuesdays to Saturdays and Sundays. I am honored by this invitation, but the......