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Finding life in infertility Print E-mail
Guest column
Written by Emily Seyfert   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

We were one of those crazy couples. We wanted six or seven children (and still do!) when we were married.

Even though we didn't have any money, we said "God will provide!" and did not use contraception or Natural Family Planning.

In fact, when we were dating, I remember having a conversation about children. Chris asked me, "How many children do you want? I was thinking six."

"As many as God will give us!" I responded joyfully.

But, it has been almost 10 years, and we still do not have any children. I certainly did not think that when I said "as many as God will give us," that that might be none.

Making life pleasant with an attitude of gratitude Print E-mail
Grand Mom
Written by Audrey Mettel Fixmer   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

I recently lived vicariously through a friend's miserable experience caring for an elderly aunt.

Although my friend traveled more than 2,000 miles to care for her aunt following a surgery, she was treated like a servant by this grumpy old lady, who showed no gratitude for her niece's sacrifice, even though back home those of us who know her well are aware of her outstanding homemaking and nursing skills.

We couldn't wait for the two weeks to end and have her back home to her family where she is appreciated.

Caring for the elderly

This was an experience that touched my heart and made me think about the whole situation of the elderly and the caregiver.

Renegade researchers should trigger drawing long overdue ethical lines Print E-mail
Making Sense Out of Bioethics
Written by Fr. Tad Pacholczyk   
Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Producing human embryos in the laboratory for research purposes makes most people uneasy.

Even those who tolerate the creation of embryos in test tubes so that infertile couples might have children will often have reservations about the creation of embryos to serve as experimental research material or to destroy them for their cellular parts.

Creation of embryos for research

Twenty years ago, when a deeply divided government panel recommended allowing such research experiments on human embryos for the first time, even Bill Clinton summarily rejected the idea.

Two years later, Representative Nancy Pelosi concurred in the Congressional Record: "We should not be involved in the creation of embryos for research. I completely agree with my colleagues on that score."

The proposal to engender human embryos by cloning has similarly drawn strong opposition from Americans for many years.