Paul Linton on Overruling Roe v. Wade

In light of the speculation about the impact of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace Justice Kennedy, I thought I’d call attention to a good piece by Paul Linton that was published in University Faculty for Life’s 2017 volume. Here is a link to the article. Here is the abstract–

“This paper addresses two issues that would arise upon the overruling of Roe v. Wade: First, whether pregnant women who self-abort or consent to an abortion performed upon them by a third party would likely be subject to prosecution in those States where abortion was illegal. Second, what the legal status of abortion would be in the States. The paper concludes, in Part I, that, based upon our history and experience women would not be prosecuted for abortion, and in Part II, that the immediate consequence of an overruling decision upon the legality of abortion would be very limited.”

Michael New on the Gallup poll on abortion

Here is a link to a very good piece by Michael New. Here is his concluding paragraph–

“These Gallup data show that the U.S. regime of abortion-on-demand, throughout all nine months of pregnancy, is inconsistent with the attitudes of most Americans. Strong majorities, across a wide range of demographic groups, oppose both second- and third-trimester abortions, and abortion-on-demand does not even have majority support during the first trimester. Over the past 25 years, the pro-life movement has made significant progress in passing a variety of state-level laws to limit late-term abortions. These new polling results should encourage them to keep up the fight.”

Trump Selects Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy

Here is a link to a LifeNews story on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh will likely tip the balance of the Court on many contentious issues, including abortion.

Latest Gallup poll on abortion

Here is a link to a story about the latest Gallup poll on abortion. The results are largely unchanged from prior years. While Americans are becoming more liberal on other social issues, this poll indicates that the pro-life movement has been successful in its educational efforts. A majority of Americans support restricting abortion in all or most circumstances.

AMA votes to continue its evaluation of assisted suicide

The AMA, which has long opposed physician-assisted suicide, is in the midst of a reevaluation of this position. A change would have enormous consequences because the views of medical organizations are often relied upon when legislatures and courts consider the issue in various contexts.

As noted on this blog recently, the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs issued a strong report recommending that the AMA retain its opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Earlier this week, however, the AMA House of Delegates voted not to accept that report and decided to further revaluate the issue. The issue may come up for a vote at the AMA meeting in June 2019.  Here is a story on the House of Delegates decision.

“The Trump Administration Must Keep Abortion out of Humanitarian Law and Policy”

Here is a good essay in Public Discourse by Stefano Gennarini. He describes continuing efforts to promote a right to abortion in international law and suggests how the Trump Administration ought to respond.

Here is his conclusion:

“The stakes are higher than ever for the pro-life cause internationally. The Trump administration must continue to push the United Nations to respect U.S. sovereign prerogatives not to support abortion in humanitarian responses. It must not give abortion groups a pass to continue to implement their covert strategy to establish an international right to abortion. Some UN bureaucrats still think the US State Department’s pro-life position is merely a political stunt to appease pro-life US voters, and that in the end the administration will turn a blind eye to the bureaucratic stratagems of the abortion industry. They must be proved wrong.

If the Trump administration accepts an agreement that mentions sexual and reproductive health in the humanitarian context, without the caveats it has fought for in other contexts, it will all but waive the possibility of opposing abortion in the future with any credibility. It will also mean that the United States’ positions at the UN are being dictated by EU and Canadian bureaucrats rather than the American people who elected President Trump.”