We must all educate ourselves to the reality of the horrors taking place. Doctors today know that unborn children can feel a touch within the womb and that they respond to pain. But how many Americans are aware that abortion techniques are allowed today, in all 50 states, that burn the skin of a baby with a salt solution, in an agonizing death that can last for hours?
Another example: two years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a Sunday special supplement on “The Dreaded Complication.” The “dreaded complication” referred to in the article-the complication feared by doctors who perform abortions-is the survival of the child despite all the painful attacks during the abortion procedure. Some unborn children do survive the late-term abortions the Supreme Court has made legal. Is there any question that these victims of abortion deserve our attention and protection? Is there any question that those who don’t survive were living human beings before they were killed?
From back-garden enthusiasts to professional photographers - the Royal Observatory in Greenwich received hundreds of entries for its 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The winning images have now been announced - and they include solar eclipses, close-up views of the moon, and vast distant galaxies in deep space. Take a look at some of them with one of the ten judges - Dr Marek Kukula, the Royal Observatory's Public Astronomer.
All images subject to copyright. Music courtesy KPM Music.
Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 10 September 2010.
I am in no way claiming my write-up to be as exhaustive as AP claims theirs to be. Heck, they’re the Associated Press, with many more resources and much more time to devote to research than I have.
But I tried to add a few notes into their story where I happened to notice a missed fact or two, or a forgotten mention of a conflict of interest, or where the AP reporters were presumably too exhausted to round out a topic with views from the opposing side.
It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, not a bad way to spend some time.
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.