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Last year, NBC Nightly News ran a series of reports entitled "Trading Places: Caring for your Parents." The series began with the personal stories of NBC reporters like Bryan Williams, Tim Russert, and Ann Curry, each of whom has dealt with an increasingly common question: what should I do with my aging parents? Baby boomers are beginning to experience sleepless nights as they worry about their mothers and fathers, and legislators should start to worry, too. The fact is that eldercare is already a national problem and soon will become a national crisis.

The plight of elderly Americans should be a top concern for Christians because this population is at significant risk of abuse and neglect. In my law practice, I have spent decades representing elderly men and women who have endured unspeakab...

Recently, the national media hailed the advent of "breakthrough" technology that enables women to more readily determine the likelihood that their babies will be born with Down Syndrome. The new technology, which combines the results of an ultrasound test with the results of a blood test, is capable of identifying many unborn children with the genetic disorder eleven weeks after conception. Fergal Malone, leader of the study, stated that the breakthrough is a "big deal" for women, because it permits women who opt to abort Down Syndrome babies to do so much earlier than before. It should be noted, however, that the test is not completely accurate, and it produced false positives in about 5 percent of cases.

Thoughtful people in quest of a just society should eschew the notion that it is acce...

Thomas Jefferson never knew Terri Schiavo. But his words resonate with relevance as we reflect on the roles that the state of Florida and the government of the United States have played in trying to protect her life. "The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction," declared Mr. Jefferson. "The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all."

It was Jefferson who, in penning the words of the Declaration of Independence, declared that the right to life was "unalienable" because it was "endowed" to us by our Creator. Government's role, according to this revered founding father, was to "secure" the unalienable rights conferred by the Creator on his creatures.

In the hue and cry that has surrounded the controversy concerning Terri Schiavo's court-ordered death, many seem to have forgotten the role our Founding Fathers envisioned for government. Ther...