Ohio Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions of Babies with Down Syndrome

Here is a story from LifeNews about this encouraging development. The Ohio Senate has now passed this bill; the Ohio House has already passed a similar bill.

States Sue to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions

Here is a story from LifeNews about this continuing saga. The Trump Administration announced that it would end the HHS Mandate. Now, California and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits seeking to take away the exemptions for the Little Sisters of the Poor and others. Here is information from Becket, which is representing the Sisters.

Abortion and equality

Here is a link to a very good paper by Erika Bachiochi. The tile is “A Putative Right in Search of Constitutional Justification: Understanding Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s Equality Rationale and How it Undermines Women’s Equality.” Here is a  bit from the abstract:

“In this article, I revisit and critique Casey’s controversial decision anew, attending in Part I to the Joint Opinion’s “explication of individual liberty,” and in Part II, to the “reliance interest” analysis of its stare decisis holding. In sum, I argue that the justices’ concerns about women’s equality are the key interpretative lens through which to understand the controversial reaffirmance of Roe, but one which has been inadequately explored and critiqued on the part of those critical of Casey. I aim to fill that void.”


“Embryology and Science Denial”

Here is a link to a good essay by Patrick Lee and Melissa Moschella.  The essay critics on op-ed by Richard Paulson. Paulson’s op-ed critiques the HHS’s view that human life begins at conception. Paulson critiqued that view by saying that this position is a religious belief that can’t properly be the basis for governmental policy. The Lee and Moschella essay is a devastating rebuttal to Paulson’s op-ed. Here is their concluding paragraph:

“In short, Dr. Paulson accuses the HHS of presenting a faith-based affirmation as if it were a scientific position. But it turns out that his denial of the claim that life begins at conception contradicts the standard scientific position, and his arguments against that claim are fallacious (sometimes egregiously so) and inaccurate. Ironically, it is Dr. Paulson, not the HHS, who seems to be basing his views about the beginning of human life on something other than scientific facts.”

Euthanasia, psychological suffering, and Belgian medicine

Here is an article by Michael Cook that asks the question: “Is euthanasia for psychological suffering changing Belgian medicine?” Here is Cook’s concluding paragraph: “It’s clear now that euthanasia for psychological suffering is out of control. Only about 40 of Belgium’s 2,000 euthanasia deaths each year are psychiatric patients. But it appears that the controls which are supposed to limit this to the most extreme cases are no longer working. Wim Distelmans is a euthanasia radical. If he is worried, the rest of Belgium should be terrified.”

“Government seeks to vacate D.C. Circuit abortion ruling, asks for disciplinary action against lawyers”

Here is a link to an interesting post by Amy Howe on the latest developments in the litigation involving an undocumented teen and abortion. The United States is asking the US Supreme Court to vacate the DC Circuit’s decision allowing the teen to obtain an abortion. The US is also asking the Supreme Court to consider disciplining the teen’s lawyers.  As Howe reports, “the government suggested that the justices ‘may wish to issue an order to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against’ Doe’s attorneys for ‘what appear to be material misrepresentations and omissions to the government designed to thwart this Court’s review.’ At a minimum, the government continued, ‘this Court may wish to seek an explanation from counsel regarding this highly unusual chain of events.'”