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New York Considers Medicaid Coverage for Sex-Change Surgery

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Only months after becoming the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, the state of New York is once again pushing the cultural envelope by considering a proposal to allow Medicaid to cover transgender surgery and hormone replacement therapy.

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Abortion Lobby Behind HHS Birth Control Mandate

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist An international pro-life group has discovered that 11 of the 15 members of the Committee on Preventive Services for Woman of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the group that advised the Department of Health and Human Services HHS to force all private health insurers to pay for FDA-approved contraception,  are either tied to major pro-abortion groups or to politicians who support that ideology.

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Chastity

"Deign, O Immaculate Virgin, Mother most pure, to accept the loving cry of praise which we send up to thee from the depths of our hearts. Though they can but add little to thy glory, O Queen of Angels, thou dost not despise, in thy love, the praises of the humble and the poor.

Cast down upon us a glance of mercy, O most glorious Queen: graciously receive our petitions. Through thy immaculate purity of body and mind, which rendered thee so pleasing to God, inspire us with a love of innocence and purity.

Teach us to guard carefully the gifts of grace, striving ever after sanctity, so that, being made like unto the image of thy beauty, we may be worthy to become the sharers of thy eternal happiness. Amen." St. Paschasius

For Reflection: Dear Mother, I make this prayer with heartfelt sincerity. Please bring everything in me into conformity with your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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It's On! Justice Department Petitions Supreme Court to Hear ObamaCare Challenge

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In what many consider to be a risky political move, lawyers for the Obama Administration have officially petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case challenging the constitutionality of portions of the president's health care reform law, which means a decision could come in the middle of the 2012 presidential election.

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Groundbreaking New Study Finds Sexual Orientation Can Change

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Although it is receiving little attention in the mainstream media, a groundbreaking new study published in a respected scientific journal has found that for some persons, a change in sexual orientation is possible, and without the harmful effects believed by many mental health experts.

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