“Why Colorado Voters Should Reject Ballot Measure to Legalize Assisted Suicide”

Here is a link to a very good article by Tim Bradley on a Colorado ballot measure that would legalize assisted suicide. Bradley states:

“[The Colorado measure and other such proposals] should be strongly opposed for many reasons: they extend false mercy and compassion to those who are vulnerable to seeking assisted suicide, they corrupt the medical profession, and they profoundly change the fabric of the community wherein they are enacted.”



NY Times article on NRLC

Here is a link to an article in the July 9, 2016 edition of the New York Times. The article, “Anti-Abortion Group Presses Ahead Despite Recent Supreme Court Ruling,” reports on the annual meeting of the National Right to Life Committee.

Here is the first paragraph of the article–“Stung by the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Texas abortion clinic restrictions, leaders of the country’s largest anti-abortion group are redoubling their efforts for restrictions on abortion that they claim will prevent fetal pain and that they believe can fare well in the public eye and, they hope, in the courts.”


Richard Doerflinger on conscience rights and the Obama Administration

Here is link to an excellent piece by Richard Doerflinger entitled—A Pledge Betrayed: The Obama Administration Nullifies Conscience Rights.


A Critique of Whole Woman’s Health by Steve Gilles

Here is a link to an excellent analysis of the Whole Woman’s Health case by Steve Gilles.






New Mexico Supreme Court upholds state ban on physician assisted suicide

Here is a link to the June 30, 2016 decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court upholding the state’s ban on assisted suicide. A trial court judge in New Mexico  had found the law unconstitutional. By a divided vote, the court of appeals reversed and the New Mexico Supreme Court has now also rejected the trial judge’s decision.

This is welcome news!!! The Supreme Court’s decision, which interprets the New Mexico Constitution,  follows the same sort of approach the US Supreme Court exhibited in Glucksberg when the Court rejected the argument that there was a fundamental right to assisted suicide. The New Mexico court reflects a posture of judicial restraint that doesn’t always characterize judicial decision-making on contested social issues.




Supreme Court invalidates Texas abortion law (H.B. 2)

By a 5-3 vote, the US Supreme Court today invalidated two key features of Texas’s H.B. 2. In an opinion by Justice Breyer, the Court invalidated the requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and the requirement that abortion clinics meet the standards Texas sets for ambulatory surgical centers. Here is a link to the opinion.  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-274_p8k0.pdf

Because the vote was 5-3, Justice Scalia’s participation in the decision would not have affected the outcome.

Justice Thomas’s dissent notes that the decision “exemplifies the Court’s troubling tendency ‘to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.'” He continued: “I write separately to emphasize how today’s decision perpetuates the Court’s habit of applying different rules to different constitutional rights–especially the putative right to abortion.”

Richard M.