PRI Review – September 13, 2018

Nearly 125 Indian Members of Parliament Back Petition to Introduce a Two-Child Policy Chinese Provincial Government Calls for an End to Birth Restrictions The PRC’s Planned Birth Policy continues its shift towards more births Victory in Argentina: How We Defeated the International Abortion Lobby and Protected the Right to Life First Segment Nearly 125 Indian …

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PRI Review – September 6, 2018

  Half-Hearted Measures Title X China Policy First segment: The Half-Hearted Half-Century He has failed, he has failed, he has missed his chance He has just done things by half… – Robert Service, The Men Who Don’t Fit In   The history of the American Church since Vatican II is riddled with the ruins of …

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Happy Birthday Humanae Vitae!

Today we celebrate the fiftieth birthday of Humanae Vitae, the brave and beautiful encyclical of Blessed Paul VI promulgated on July 25, 1968. Brave? Absolutely. This eloquent articulation of the teaching of the Church and the fundamentals of the Natural Law constituted a direct challenge to what Pope Benedict has called “the spirit of the …

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9.2 Scientific Research on Contraception: The “Zoological” Ethos

Summary: Chapter IX.2 Scientific Research On Contraception: Zoological Ethos   Modern contraceptive research was conceived from the beginning as female contraception. Male contraception, although in recent years it has received considerable attention, has remained secondary. A consequence of such an approach was the development, among researchers of female contraception, of a mentality that could be …

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9.1 Scientific Research on Contraception: The “Abuse of Power” Ethos

Summary: Chapter IX.1 Scientific Research On Contraception: The “Abuse-of-Power” Ethos   This chapter aims to review some ethical aspects of clinical trials conducted by researchers who developed hormonal contraception. When reviewing the clinical studies on contraception in women, one detects in many of them the commission of irregularities of method and ethics of varied nature …

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8.2 Protagonists in the Shadows: Thomas Hayes and Alan S. Parkes

Summary: Chapter VIII (II) Protagonists in the shadows (II): Thomas Hayes and Alan S. Parkes   I. Hayes and the “reproductive act” Thomas Hayes introduced the novel concept of the “reproductive act,” opposing it to the singular sexual act. The author intended in this way to discredit the moral doctrine about sexuality based on natural law …

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8.1 Protagonists in the Shadows: Edward C. Hughes

Summary: Chapter VIII (I) Protagonists in the shade (I): Edward C. Hughes y Raymond Holden I. Edward C. Hughes and obstetric-gynecological terminology Edward C. Hughes was one of the creators in 1951 of the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which soon after was renamed the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He chaired …

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7. The Medico-Biological Aspect of the Papal Commission for the Study of the Problems of the Family, Population, and Birth Rate

Summary: Chapter VII The Medico-Biological Aspect of the Papal Commission for the Study of the Problems of the Family, Population, and Birth Rate   Nobody who has taken an interest in the ethical aspects of contraception can ignore the important role they played in the deliberations of the Papal Commission for the Study of the …

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6. Changing words to change minds

Summary: Chapter 6 Changing words to change minds I. Introduction In the minds of its pioneers and in the opinion of the general public, contraception was, by definition, understood to mean the prevention of conception, understood as the prevention of fertilization. In fact, this understanding endured through the middle of the twentieth century. In the …

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5. Jurists approve abortive contraception

Summary: Chapter V Jurists approve abortive contraception   I. The Model Penal Code of the American Institute of Law (ALI) The American Law Institute (ALI) is a private entity, founded in 1923 by lawyers, judges, and academics to study, clarify, and modernize American law at all levels. One of ALI’s most important project was the …

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