Richard Doerflinger

A More Human Society

Richard Doerflinger retired from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after 36 years. He is now retired and living in Washington state where he writes this syndicated column.

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Roe and the legacy of abortion

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and, by implication, a long line of abortion decisions relying on them. […]

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A perfect storm on abortion

A leaked draft opinion in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has prompted reactions that are extreme, ill-informed and sometimes abusive.  We are seeing a “perfect […]

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A bias against children’s lives

Thirty years ago, my wife was 16 weeks pregnant with our third child. At a routine prenatal checkup, our doctor suddenly looked very concerned and said she couldn’t hear our […]

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Gender politics and the Supreme Court

Judging by news coverage and social media, Senate hearings on the confirmation of appellate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer have provided more political theater […]

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A zeal for expanding premature death

When supporters of physician-assisted suicide announced in 1993 that they would sponsor a ballot initiative to legalize it in Oregon, they had bigger plans in mind. Coalition leader Dr. Peter […]

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Should Catholic health care survive?

In January, five Catholic medical and professional associations came together to establish the Catholic Health Care Leadership Alliance. Its board members represent the Catholic Medical Association, National Catholic Bioethics Center, […]

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On Christ and Christmas

It is an annual tradition: If it’s Christmas, there must be a Grinch trying to steal it. Vying for the Grinch award this year is Michael Weinstein, Air Force veteran […]

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A partisan court?

“The Supreme Court’s partisanship is becoming increasingly difficult to deny,” said attorney James Zirin in the congressional newspaper The Hill. Other media have published similar broadsides. And according to a […]

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Thinking about the heartbeat law

Most public issues these days seem to provoke angry dispute and mutual recrimination. Those divisions can tempt people to misstate or exaggerate facts, to persuade others — or even themselves […]

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Trapped in the self

Recently I’ve seen television footage of two protests against vaccine and mask mandates. In my home state of Washington, a protester held up a large sign saying, “My Body My […]

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Time for Roe to go

I’m looking at a helpless but calm-looking baby, 16 weeks old, resting with eyes closed and one hand next to his or her face. The baby is surrounded by a […]

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Assisted suicide’s not-so-hidden agenda

Most people have heard of the slippery slope. After making what seems a limited exception to a moral principle, we may find over time that it logically becomes far broader […]