Some fetal tissue is obtained, with full consent, from women who have abortions. Under federal law, women are not paid for this, and suppliers charge handling fees only.
With a federal budget deadline looming, we are still facing the threat of another destructive government shutdown. Why should we ever allow a fraction of a faction in the body politic to threaten the whole and hold all of us hostage? Let's end this dangerous and self-destructive political ritual.
The GOP continues to go on an anti-abortion warpath that puts women's lives and well-being at risk. It's time for Republicans to come down from their paternalistic preachy perch.
Barring federal funding for Planned Parenthood, as some in Congress favor, would have a devastating impact on women's access to health care services through Medicaid -- especially family planning services -- and put many women's health at risk.
Any sufficiently shameless and ambitious politician knows that a smoothly delivered fabrication on live television impresses millions more than will read the next day's refutations.
As the debate surrounding Planned Parenthood illustrates, the Democrats continue to allow Republicans to frame our discussions about abortion. As an embryologist, I can say with absolute assurance: There is no consensus among embryologists as to when an individual human life begins.
You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?
The highest among our responsibilities is to treat others with dignity and respect, especially those who have a subaltern position in the construct of civilization (aka "the world"). I don't believe anyone has to share my faith to be pro-life in the same way I am. But that is in large part what motivates me to be pro-life
There's a clear pathway to the Republican nomination for Carly Fiorina after last week's debate, this week's poll results and the departure of Scott Walker from the Republican race. It begins with an irony
This week at a luncheon at 21, the movie's key figures, an evangelical reverend and anti-abortion activist Rob Schenck, and a remarkable grieving mother turned anti-gun activist Lucy McBride, spoke on a panel, raising the film's issue: can you be both pro-gun and pro-life?
The White House needs to provide real leadership to broker a deal in Congress. The president needs to rise above his reflexive temptation to offer up tax-and-spend schemes that are simply non-starters, point fingers of blame at Republicans, and absolve himself of any responsibility.
So here's my dare to Carly Fiorina. I dare you to watch images of countless kids who suffered from polio not that many years ago, or people today suffering from Ebola, Parkinson's disease, or the other afflictions listed above.
I believe it is so critically important for people of faith to speak out AS people of faith when access to health care for women is turned into a bargaining chip in a game of political brinkmanship.
Carly Fiorina has a big problem with the truth. More specifically, she has a problem with embellishing the truth, in a manner very reminiscent of disgraced NBC anchor Brian Williams. In what is becoming a pattern, Fiorina takes what is true, and adds made-up embellishments (lies) to it, for dramatic effect.
What is the reason Republicans have become the party of anti-intellectuals? The danger is that it may drown out any intelligent discourse about the most important issues of our day. It's driving at least one of our political parties into insanely ridiculous positions, at the moment.
Legislators in Congress and the Senate have vowed to shut down the federal government unless Planned Parenthood is defunded: a move warmly endorsed by Fiorina herself. In fixating on a mostly false video, however, Republican lawmakers blind themselves to the following facts about Planned Parenthood.