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Kermit Gosnell, Infanticide, and the Horrifying Reality of Abortion

After a spell of media silence, the horrifying details about Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic and the reality of abortion itself, are finally starting to get some visibility.

For a good overview of the clinic in question and the devastating implications of abortion in general, I urge you to watch this video from the 3801 Lancaster Film Project and share it with those you know. (Warning: The video contains graphic images.)

“There is an effect of abortion on our community,” says one man in the video. “That effect has an impact on our demography. It has an impact on our survival. It has an impact on the health of our community, and certainly on the health of our families.” Read the rest of this entry »

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A People Apart: Fertility and Suicide in Israel

Which Countries Are the Happiest? by David P. Goldman

Source: David P. Goldman / First Things

The Gallup World Poll recently posted results to their worldwide happiness survey, in which they rank countries according to overall life satisfaction. You can see the results over at the Forbes website.

The most intriguing commentary I’ve seen on the numbers comes from David P. Goldman over at First Things, who points out some of the more curious rankings:

Finland ranks second in happiness on the Gallup survey, although it has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, at 29 per 100,000 of population, putting it in fourteenth place. Denmark’s alcohol consumption puts in the top 10 at 11.7 liters of pure alcohol equivalent per capital per year; perhaps what makes Danes happy is that they like to drink and, given the country’s generous welfare state, have ample leisure to do so.

But what is most interesting is Goldman’s perspective regarding countries that “love life” versus those that “love death.”

As Goldman explains:

Some years ago I constructed an alternative measure, based on objective variables rather than subject responses to pollsters. I plotted the fertility rate vs. the suicide rate, surmising that people who like having children and don’t like killing themselves must be happy.

As you can see in the graph within Goldman’s post, Israel comes out with the highest Read the rest of this entry »

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