1. The Holy See Mission at the United Nations yesterday hosted an event ubrotesting the genocide of children with Down Syndrome.
Yesterday was World Down Syndrome Day. Here’s some from an interview I did with actress Patricia Heaton about her activism on pushing back against “elimination” and doubling down on support for families.
A Dad to his daughter (baseball player Albert Pujols):
You are a gift to me, to our family, and to all you meet. You bring people together in ways that no one else can. You hold our family together. Thank you for being our anchor.
Most importantly, you have taught me that Down syndrome is a gift–one that is sometimes confusing and challenging, but is also beautiful and life-changing. Thank you for giving me that gift.
Loving you is one of life’s greatest joys, and it is a honor to be your father. You have accomplished so much already in your 20 years, and I can’t wait to see what you will do next. Thank you for being you, Bella.
And a video that has been making the rounds:
Congress this week is debating a deal that would prop up ObamaCare for three years with tens of billions of dollars. Yet Democrats have revolted because the deal includes the 1970s Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funds from subsidizing abortion.
The left claims this is some new GOP initiative. But Hyde protections have long applied to: Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Indian Health Service, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the military health-care program Tricare, among others, as Republicans have pointed out. Such guarantees are standard for appropriations bills.
The left has abandoned the idea that abortion is a personal choice and now regards it a self-evident right that everyone must subsidize. This article of faith apparently trumps the lifetime Democratic achievement of ObamaCare.
3. From The Federalist: What 13 Women Told The Supreme Court About Their Crisis Pregnancies
More about the women of The Catholic Association (whose amicus brief is cited in the previous link) here.
4. Elise Italiano in America: What Stephen Hawking and my mother taught me about suffering
5. Ryan T. Anderson in National Affairs on what to do about non-discrimination and civil liberties and how to make policy today.
6. A couple who is walking the walk on adoption and could use some support for helping the unborn baby, his birth mother and family, and their new family flourish. This week in their life has been about preventing homelessness for the birth parents. God bless these courageous, loving, self-sacrificial people and so many like them.
7. I found this tweet both jarringly powerful and laugh-out-loud funny:
I was an IUD failure baby. I feel like my life has inherent dignity…but then again I did spend all evening tweeting about merman costumes and leprechaun beards https://t.co/LsVEtlW55Q
— Jennifer Fulwiler (@jenfulwiler) March 20, 2018
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) March 22, 2018
9. Oddly relevant on the second day of spring:
— Terry Teachout (@terryteachout) December 26, 2017
10. Many levels of endearing:
Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda pic.twitter.com/GPlS3gSj5S
— Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) March 21, 2018
PLUS: Earlier this week, Mary Eberstadt spoke at Notre Dame about “The Prophetic Power of Humanae Vitae.” That’s the title of a new essay she has in First Things, which I talk to her about here.
I’ve been very inconsistent about posting these. I tend to be more consistent about sending out this “K-Lo Weekly” e-mail with links and upcoming events and WFB flashbacks on faith and virtue and things. If that sounds like something you want in your inbox (usually Saturday mornings), sign up (free) here.
Have you watched the adoption documentary I Lived on Parker Avenue yet? It’s online, free, and only 30 minutes (here). It’s overflowing with gratitude and I think you’ll be grateful you gave some attention to it. I talked to David Scotton, who was adopted, about the heroism of his birth mom, among other things, here.
I begin Holy Week next week in California with the National Review Institute talking about WFB ten years after his death (it’s not exactly penitential hanging out with Charles Kesler, I confess). If you’re in the San Francisco or Newport Beach areas, there are more details here.
(If you need a pep talk about making Holy Week holy, see Fr. Roger Landry here.)