This edition of Today’s American Catholic features several pieces that touch on one of the most fraught issues in our church and society today: the politics of reproductive rights. Fr. Louis Arceneaux sets forth a cogent case for a consistent ethic of life, examining nuanced issues such as the separation of church and state and the delicate balance between individual freedom and collective will. Amy Nicholson’s review of Sarah C. Williams’s Perfectly Human tells the story of a woman who made the difficult decision to carry her pregnancy to term despite knowledge of the child’s fatal health condition. Focusing on the “tribal war” of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, Fran Salone-Pelletier writes of how necessary it is for each side to speak from a place of mercy, moderation, and compassion. Rounding out this series is a personal essay by Anne Kerrigan about her time as a foster parent, which adds a human dimension to the conversation around early child care.