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The Inescapable Atrocities and Uncomfortable Questions of Gosnell

There is a scene in the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer, where the investigators, Detective James Wood (Dean Cain) and ADA Lexy McGuire (Sarah Jane Morris) have to examine the bodies of seven corpses to determine if they were babies killed alive or simply late term abortions. To do this,...

The Inescapably Religious Nature of the Personhood Debate

The science has been settled for some time, actually, and though there are those who respond to pro-life logic with accusations of theocracy and the always reliable reference to A Handmaid’s Tale, the facts remain. In fertilization, chromosomes of the sperm fuse with those of the ovum. That new genotype reveals complete DNA distinct...

Brigsby Bear: Every Part of You

Dave McCary’s Brigsby Bear is one of the finest films of 2017, a delightful, unsung indie gem that demonstrates the human condition has an irresistible drive to fun, family and friendship, even in absurd and unthinkable conditions. That the filmmakers, including McCary and star/co-writer Kyle Mooney would think to make a comedy out of...

American Fame Story: From Simpson to Trump

*Disclaimer: This post is going to make a lot of tenuous connections and cultural, societal, and political assumptions, and is probably too influenced by last year’s award-winning mini-series* “Donald Trump is the natural product of the Kardashian Era. He’s the Reality Show candidate!” So said Newt Gingrich when I saw him speak at the...

What Personal Opposition? The Pro-Choice Canard

This is not a legal article. This is not an argument for one political proposal or another, an endorsement of one candidate or party. This is barely even a political essay, in that (today anyway), I do not wish to debate the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade, legal statues, what insurance should provide, how...