Here's what we are reading today.

  • "NIH received varied responses, some poignant, on stem-cell draft," Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service (July 10, 2009)
  • "Although many of the more than 49,000 comments received by the National Institutes of Health on their draft guidelines for embryonic stem-cell research are repetitive, some offer a poignant glimpse into the lives of Americans who don't want to see embryos destroyed in an effort to cure diseases.

  • "Clarence Thomas: The courage of his convictions," Michael Barone, The Washington Examiner (July 12, 2009)
  • "Spain liberalizing, but teen abortion hits a nerve," Daniel Woolls, Associated Press (July 12, 2009)
  • "Spain's Socialist prime minister has irked his natural enemies on the right and in the Catholic church by legalizing gay marriage and instituting fast-track divorce. Now he has hit a raw nerve even among his supporters with a proposal to let 16-year-olds get abortions without parental consent.

    The debate is harsh and emotional, showing that for all the changes Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has introduced with his trailblazing social agenda since taking power in 2004, abortion remains sensitive in a country where most people call themselves Catholic, even if few churches are full on Sundays.

  • "One child rule," Alisa Harris, WORLD Magazine (July 13, 2009)
  • "The Chinese government's population policy requires delayed marriages and delayed births, meaning citizens have to wait for government permission to reproduce. It also advocates "fewer births"one child in most cases, but two if the first is a girl. The final plank"healthier" birthscovers a policy that Mosher said leads to sterilization and killing visibly disabled babies at birth.

  • "House Strips Funding for Abstinence Education," Christian News Wire (July 12, 2009)
  • "Federal funding for abstinence until marriage education was stripped from the budget today in the House subcommittee, led by Rep. David Obey (D-WI). The budget now goes to the full committee and to the full House of Representatives."

  • "Korean bishops reject measure that would allow euthanasia," Catholic News Agency (July 13, 2009)
  • "The Bishops of South Korea have rejected a measure that would legalize euthanasia in the country. Supporters of the measure are euphemistically labeling the proposal death with dignity."

  • "Religion and spirituality: Can faith help you heal?," Eve Glicksman, KTNV (July 13, 2009)
  • "Research suggests there is a link between religion and better mental health and well-being. Some spiritual practices may reduce stress. This may also ease symptoms and help offset the harmful effects of stress on the immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. Some studies have shown that people of faith recover faster from depression, grief and anxiety disorders."

  • "Oak Park man has own stem cells implanted in heart," Kim Lamb Gregory, Ventura County Star (July 13, 2009)