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Abortion and the Apologetics of Life (35)

Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

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Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (Website). He recently spoke for two mornings in the Cedarville University Chapel, where he engaged our students in the logic of pro-life arguments. In this podcast, he and I reflect on the recent Planned Parenthood videos, our current cultural context, and how we can better reach the public with the pro-life message.

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Looking for Hope: Suicide Prevention

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla

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by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and is the most common cause of death after cancer and heart disease. The most recent statistics for suicide compiled by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention show a yearly increase in the number of suicides every year since 2000.  In 2013, someone in the US died from suicide every 12.8 minutes.

Suicide is always tragic, and is also preventable.  It is estimated that over 90% of people who commit suicide were suffering from mental illness at the time of their death.  Depression is the mental illness most often correlated with suicide, though bipolar disorder and other personality disorders may also play a role.

Underdiagnosis of mental illness likely plays a key role in suicides, which means that health care professionals can help prevent this tragedy.  Treating persons holistically, recognizing the interdependence of physical and mental well-being, is of crucial importance.

As Christians, we recognize the impact that the Fall and the Curse have on all of creation.  Certainly the whole person is subject to disease, both physical and mental.  Genetic and epigenetic mutations, biochemical disorders, and anatomical dysfunctions will plague mankind until the Lord’s return.  If we wish to alleviate suffering, we need to wisely steward all of the tools at our disposal, including counseling, pharmaceuticals, and human interaction.

For too long, sufferers of mental illness have felt stigmatized, often not reaching out for needed treatments.  This needs to stop.  A holistic view of personhood can truly make a difference.

 

Standing With Those Who Stand for Life (34)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

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I had the chance to sit down with Paul Coudron, Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life. The Center for Bioethics is excited to partner with this important advocate for the unborn. During the interview, we talk about the recent successful Ride for Life (which included the Cedarville University campus) and an upcoming event on September 22nd. Dr. Ben Carson: neurosurgeon, pro-life advocate, and candidate for U.S. President, will be speaking at the University of Dayton arena.

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Ben Carson Event

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Planned Parenthood Issue is More than Politics

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

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Even pro-choice voices get it. Chris Sununu (R), an executive councilor in New Hampshire, had previously supported services provided by Planned Parenthood in their state. That is, until they crossed the line and broke the law. Due to the intense public scrutiny over recent videos that seem to show PP execs describing how they sell fetal body parts for research, Sununu is very troubled:

Sununu laments that Democrats in his state “seem to go out of their way to ignore” the urgent questions raised by the videos released by [the Center for Medical Progress]. Governor Maggie Hassan has refused to investigate New Hampshire’s Planned Parenthood clinics based on what she calls “a rumor.” “We do not launch criminal investigations in the state of New Hampshire because somebody edits a tape,” she said.Hassan declined to help expand women’s alternatives to Planned Parenthood. That decision “made no sense,” Sununu says. “It was beyond belief. How providing choices is ever a negative thing, I can’t imagine. She’s trying to justify the monopolistic position Planned Parenthood has put themselves in.”

 

Sununu not only supported the state’s successful effort to remove $639,000 worth of Planned Parenthood funding, but he actively sought to find alternative sources to provide certain much-needed women’s health services. He defends his change of opinion with a pragmatic argument:

The councilor does not view the debate over funding Planned Parenthood as a pro-choice versus pro-life issue — the issue is whether the law is being violated, he says. “Particularly on the Republican side, it’s not political, since our politicians don’t receive campaign donations from Planned Parenthood,” he says. “The governor’s misplaced passion for the organization indicates politics.” New Hampshire’s successful move to de-fund Planned Parenthood underlines the fact that, even if Congress succeeded in cutting off federal dollars, the states would need to act to fully untangle public money from the organization. Sununu hopes New Hampshire will be an example for other states: “Change can happen at the local level.”

 

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