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Web Reads: Abortion selfies


Extreme activism. Old story: An abortion center counselor becomes pregnant and decides to have an abortion. New story: She films the abortion and posts it online as part of a campaign to convince women that abortion is painless. Here she writes about it, and here is the video. Notice that it’s a sanitized film shot as a selfie and not what it really is, a duet that shows who the abortionist removed from her body. Nonetheless, pro-abortion activists have awarded the video a prize and at least one activist believes the video destroyed the biggest pro-life myth.

Privileged? “Check your privilege” has become a way for campus leftists to shut up those from so-called privileged categories defined by race or gender. Professor of law John O. McGinnis concludes that “political correctness is an admission of intellectual frailty.”

Free speech. Law professor Eugene Volohk discusses whether the city of Pasadena, Calif., can legally fire its public health director for derogatory comments he made about homosexuality and evolution in his other role as a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor.

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More harm? Assisted-reproduction has been a largely unregulated practice that raises troubling ethical questions. The website MercatorNet draws attention to a strange case involving a now-closed fertility clinic connected to the University of Utah and a family that used its services more than 20 years ago. Recent DNA-testing revealed that the resulting daughter was not biologically related to her father. She’s related instead to a man who once worked at the clinic. The family wants the university to notify other clients, figuring that the employee may have substituted his sperm in other cases. The university refuses, arguing that “contact from the University regarding this matter is more likely to cause harm to these families than to provide benefit.”

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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