From a photographer at the Gosnell trial, a look at coverage of the movie

Photographer J.D.Mullane took an iconic photo in 2013 at the trial of Kermit Gosnell: rows and rows of empty benches set aside for media. “Failure to cover [the trial] was an embarrassment for American journalism, and I will always take satisfaction helping to cause that embarrassment.”

He sees another cause for embarrassment for journalists and media gatekeepers like Facebook, as he sees how the movie Gosnell is being received, or not received. His essay is worth reading in full, at the following link:

“Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Your Lost Child”

Béatrice Fedor of 400 Words for Women posted this a year ago. It’s worth re-visiting, as a reflection from a woman who is post-abortive and has something to say to other women with the same experience.

I’m praying for healing, I’m praying for peace. I’m praying for a world where no woman is made to feel that she *has* to choose legal violence to solve her problems.

Read her full post:

Votes scheduled for “buffer zone” repeal & fetal homicide

Leaven’s email newsletter for May 1, 2015 (linked below) has information about two bills scheduled to be voted on next week. HB 403, buffer zone repeal, is scheduled to be voted on in the New Hampshire Senate Thursday, May 7. One day earlier, the House will vote on SB 40, fetal homicide, with the recommendation of an amendment to bring the bill more in line with HB 560, “Griffin’s Law.”

The Mandate Gets Attention From an Unexpected Source

The Mandate Gets Attention From an Unexpected Source

Leaven has never before linked to Politico, of all news sites, but it recently posted this interesting article about the Patient “Protection” and “Affordable” Care Act. Obamacare’s attack on religious liberty via the HHS mandate deserves this scrutiny. The lawsuits against the mandate are mounting in spite of the Supreme Court’s astounding decision upholding PPACA. 

“Women’s health vs. free exercise of religion” is a ridiculous section heading, but Politico’s editors are hardly the only people who consider opposition to the mandate to be an attack on women’s health. Even so, their overview of the lawsuits challenging the mandate is going to bring the debate to people who haven’t considered both sides until now. I give high marks to that effort.

Gratitude, Even In November

From today’s National Review Online, this link will take you to a collection of brief reflections on gratitude. One writer in particular struck me. From Edward T. Mechmann:

“While our modern media tend to concentrate on the big picture, the reality is that a true Culture of Life is the product of a myriad of decisions made on the personal, individual level….Such small steps are invisible to our media culture, but plain to see for those who look in the right place. By the grace of God and the cooperation of everyday people, a Culture of Life is being built within the ruins of our age, one heart and one life at a time. That gives us great cause for thanksgiving.”