Life issues

Parents of children with disabilities now have a resource

Crystal Showers-Maynard played with her son Jace when she got home from work. Jace was born with myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal does not properly close. Throughout her pregnancy Showers-Maynard received help from Birthright’s The Melissa’s Smile Assistance Program.

Thirty two weeks into her pregnancy, Crystal Maynard received worrisome news.

A prenatal care visit revealed that her unborn son, Jace, had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal do not properly form.

"I Googled about 80 million articles," she recalled after learning the news. "My entire world changed in just one day."

Editorial | Many topics, one thread — life

Lives matter.

In the last few years, we have seen variations of this phrase within concentrated movements: Black Lives Matter. Police Lives Matter. Unborn Lives Matter.

What unites all of these movements is the subject at hand — life.

Photographer uses positive lens

Captain Norman Mann, right, of St. Louis County police department accompanied protesters Aug. 23, 2014, two weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The photo is among those in the exhibit “Change the Narrative” at The Good Shepherd Gallery.

The Good Shepherd Gallery has come full circle.

Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, specifically chose Ferguson as home for her art ministry as a result of the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown Aug. 9, 2014. Ferguson was in need of good news and what better way than art to sooth the community. The gallery opened in November 2015.

Pro-life groups laud the passage of Senate Bill 5

Pro-life groups across Missouri lauded the passage of a bill they say will protect the health and safety of women and unborn children and provide protections for pregnancy resource centers.

Bishops call latest health care reform effort 'unacceptable'

In a statement about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice wrote, "On an initial read, we do not see enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable."

WASHINGTON — The Senate Republicans' latest effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is "unacceptable" and shows little improvement over the lawmakers' first attempt to reform the federal health care law, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

"On an initial read, we do not see enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

EDITORIAL | Scaling back regulations can have unintended consequences

It seems that for every generation in the last century, a public health crisis surfaced involving drug abuse. Cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana and amphetamines are among the illicit drugs that led to addiction and death by overdose.

Today, the United States is experiencing a new type of dependency involving legal, prescription drugs, particularly opioids.

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