With Good Reason
August 11, 2009
Is There a Right to Healthcare?
By Father Thomas Berg

In a provocative op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal in late July, Theodore Dalrymple (the pen name of British physician Anthony Daniels) argued that there simply is no such thing as a fundamental right to healthcare. "Where does the right to health care come from?" asked Dalrymple. "Did it exist in, say, 250 B.C., or in A.D. 1750? If it did, how was it that our ancestors, who were no less intelligent than we, failed completely to notice it?"

Honest questions. The determination of what...

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August 04, 2009
Obamacare and Conscience Protections in Healthcare
By Father Thomas Berg

Growing alarm that an eventual healthcare reform bill would mandate universal coverage of abortion in health insurance has raised the immediately related concern over how this legislation would impact the issue of conscience protections in healthcare generally.

To be sure, President Obama is on record as favoring a "robust" federal policy protecting health-care workers who conscientiously object to performing certain procedures.  Speaking to reporters just before his first meeting with Pope...

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July 28, 2009
Obamacare and Abortion
By Father Thomas Berg

The ensuing debate over proposed legislation to overhaul ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /America's healthcare system is generating news and capturing the attention of Americans with a steadily growing level of outrage.  And one particularly outrageous element of that legislation as it currently exists in the House of Representatives demands our special attention. If passed in its current form, this legislation will mandate abortion coverage in...

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July 21, 2009
A Disturbing Finding on the Abortion Front
By Father Thomas Berg

?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?xml:namespace prefix = w ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" /Planned Parenthood, the nation's single largest provider of abortions, has recently engaged in some damage control to mend its image, tarnished by association with the chemical abortifacient RU-486.  First some background.

RU-486, the "abortion pill" (chemical name mifepristone and not...

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July 14, 2009
The New Guidelines for Stem Cell Research
By Father Thomas Berg

In the course of deliberations at the Empire State Stem Cell Board, my colleagues and I have discussed "ethical" guidelines that would ideally govern everything from obtaining informed consent for the "donation" of human gametes or already existing embryos for research purposes to "respect" for the human embryo in the laboratory setting.  In the course of those exchanges, I have often had the unpleasant sensation of partaking in something akin to a debate over what color to paint the...

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July 07, 2009
Ideology-Free Science?
By Father Thomas Berg

Special note: By popular demand, this column will resume publishing on a weekly schedule, rather than monthly.  If you liked the special monthly feature, "While I'm at it," watch for our new blog at www.westchesterinstitute.net, coming soon.

In his March 9, 2009 remarks on the occasion of his executive order allowing broader federal funding for embryo-destructive research, President Obama stated:?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

This Order is an...

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June 02, 2009
Obama and Notre Dame Revisited
By Father Thomas Berg

As I noted last month, President Barack Obama is a master at concealing under many guises a strident pursuit of an aggressive anti-life agenda.  He knows too that there is no easier way to grab the moral high ground in a contentious debate than by appearing to be the most reasonable of all parties concerned. On that score, the President hit a grand slam with his commencement address at Notre Dame on May 17.
In the swirl of controversy which engulfed his presence at the erstwhile flagship...

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May 06, 2009
What We've Learned
By Father Thomas Berg

 As only Mark Steyn could put it, "we're still in the first 100 days of the joyous observances of Barack Obama's first 100 days, and many weeks of celebration lie ahead."  And how.

The inane swells of euphoria notwithstanding, one has to admit that those first 100 days have been very revealing:   we have a President who knows that crisis -- especially an economic one -- is too good a thing to waste; we have a president who, as a person, is vastly more popular than his policies; we have a...

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April 07, 2009
Analyzing Obama's Anti-Life Assault
By Father Thomas Berg

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on March 9, 2009 which suspended the Bush administration policy on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and directed the National Institutes of Health to come up with a new set of regulations for that research within a period of 120 days. Much hailed as a major step toward what he described in his Inaugural Address as a pledge to "restore science to its rightful place," it was the center piece of the culture-of-death...

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April 03, 2009
Very important message about conscience rights protections
By Father Thomas Berg

Dear Friends,

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This is a message of utmost importance about protecting the conscience rights of our health care practitioners.  Please read this message.  It is important that you submit a comment to Health and Human Services (HHS) by April 9 to help protect conscience rights.   


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