What Happens When an Abortion Provider Has a Change of Heart?

John ArmstrongAbortion

The story of Abby Johnson (photo at left) moves me very profoundly. Abby, the director of Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, for the last two years, resigned on October 6.  Abby realized that she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure. She said: "I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like … Read More

Are American's Abortion Views Really Changing or Not?

John ArmstrongAbortion

A recent poll, conducted by the ever reliable Pew Research Center, shows that support for abortion has declined. The public is now almost divided 50-50 on the issue. The apparent shift in opinion has occurred in the last twelve months. In 2008 a Pew poll found those in favor of keeping abortion legal outnumbered opponents 54-40%. The new poll is … Read More

Don't Be Fooled About Health Care and Abortion

John ArmstrongAbortion

I have listened to a great deal of the debate about National Health Care over the last few months. I may write more about this debate in the coming weeks. I have previously expressed my concern that independent studies have revealed that we cannot afford this legislation. If we are serious about health care reform we can make several much … Read More

The President's Honorary Degree at Notre Dame: The "Real" Issue

John ArmstrongAbortion

President Obama gave the commencement address at Notre Dame this past weekend, following weeks of protest and disagreement from within the Catholic Church and beyond. Pro-life advocates were unhappy and pro-choice advocates saw this occasion as a step in the right direction. Now that the occasion has come and gone there are several things worthy of comment concerning what the … Read More

President Obama's Controversial Degree from Notre Dame University and a Profile in Courage

John ArmstrongAbortion

Principled people in public leadership are too rare these days. This is what made former Vatican Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon’s (photo at left) simple, and rather non-dramatic, refusal to accept Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal at this year’s commencement a profile in courage. Glendon rejected the honor primarily because the university is also awarding an honorary doctoral degree to their commencement … Read More

Benedict XVI Gets It Right

John ArmstrongAbortion

Yesterday I wrote about how the abortion issue has shifted within our culture. I suggested that we needed to take a new approach to creating a culture of life and to the end of saving as many of the unborn as possible. First some history. Evangelicals came to the pro-life issue several years after Roman Catholics. They initially even showed … Read More

The Same-Sex Marriage Debate Continues

John ArmstrongAbortion

The ballot initiatives on November 4 demonstrated that Americans are still not ready to embrace same-sex marriage as law. They clearly favor legal protection and recognition, but not marriage. The most surprising vote of all was Proposition 8 in California. And perhaps the most surprising fact of the entire California issue was who voted for and against the measure. White, … Read More

Planned Parenthood and Politics

John ArmstrongAbortion

President John Adams once wrote: "Facts can be stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." Never was a statement more true than with regard to the present issue of abortion and politics. Planned Parenthood is a huge organization. A 2007 Wall Street … Read More

Planned Parenthood and Politics

John ArmstrongAbortion

President John Adams was right when he said, "Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." The facts about abortion, and the relationship between easily accessed abortions and politics, are patently plain. There is no debate about these facts. Let no … Read More

Can the Abortion Struggle Be Presented Fairly?

John ArmstrongAbortion

I was energized about the abortion issue in the year that I received my master’s degree, 1973. Students of the issue will recall that it was in January of that year that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legal abortion in the infamous Roe v. Wade case. The speaker at my commencement was Dr. C. Everett Koop. He told … Read More