DC law legalizing assisted suicide is now in effect

Here is a story from LifeNews.com about recent developments in Washington, D.C. The DC City Council passed the law legalizing assisted suicide in 2016. Congress had an opportunity to prevent the law from going into effect but failed to do so. DC joins Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, and Colorado as jurisdictions where laws explicitly authorize assisted suicide; the same situation exists in Montana through a judicial decision.

Papers from the 2016 University Faculty for Life conference now available on-line

Many of the papers from the excellent 2016 University Faculty for Life conference held at Marquette are now available on-line at this link. Many thanks to Father Koterski S.J. for his work on editing these papers. There are several papers dealing with brain death and assisted suicide, among many other topics.

interview with Richard Doerflinger on assisted suicide and euthanasia

Here is a link to a good interview with Richard Doerflinger on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Matthew Franck’s commentary on Gosnell

Here  is link to an excellent essay by Matthew Franck entitled “Kermit Gosnell and the Ideology of Abortion on Demand.”

“Science, Embryonic Autonomy, and the Question of When Life Begins”

Here is a link to a good essay by Ana Maria Dumitru.  Here is the conclusion: “So let’s stop deflecting. It’s time to own up to the truth. Science has already affirmed what we have long since suspected: we can call them fertilized eggs, zygotes, morulas, blastocysts, products of conception, embryos, or fetuses, but that doesn’t change reality. And that reality is this: they are autonomous humans from the very beginning.”

Re-Reading Roe v. Wade

Yesterday was the 44th anniversary of the Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. Here is a link to my article entitled “Re-Reading Roe v. Wade,” which was presented at Washington & Lee Law School at a conference organized by Sam Calhoun.