Excellent essay by Richard Stith on assisted suicide

Here is a link to an excellent essay by Richard Stith entitled “Making Death Easier Makes Life Harder.” Here is his concluding paragraph:

“Each withdrawal of protection against suicide endangers not only the lives but also the human dignity and support relationships of persons with burdensome infirmities. By contrast, when our law and culture treat suicide as a tragic rather than a benign choice and refuse to facilitate it, those most in need are more likely to receive sympathetic help rather than guilt-inducing blame and resentment. Opponents of the legalization of assisted suicide thus have not only strong pro-life arguments but also telling quality-of-life arguments that they need to bring up whenever any right to suicide is being debated.”

The Disabled and the Right to Life

Here is a link to a recent story by Dr. Rebecca Oas the work of UN committees (including the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) supporting abortion on disabled children.

Such stories remind us of the critical work that groups such as Not Dead Yet perform in fighting for the rights of the disabled.

Here is a link to William Peace’s blog, Bad Cripple. Peace is a Board member of Not Dead Yet who often writes in opposition to assisted suicide for the disabled. Here is an example of one such post from earlier this year.

Thanks to UFL stalwart Jeff Koloze for suggesting that we highlight the important work of William Peace.

Eighth Circuit Reverses Injunction against Missouri Abortion Law

Here is a LifeNews story about the September 10, 2018 decision of the Eighth Circuit reversing a ruling that enjoined the application of a Missouri abortion statute. The law requires that abortionists have admitting privileges at local hospitals and also requires abortion clinics to meet state requirements for ambulatory surgical centers.  The Missouri law is similar to the Texas statute that the Supreme Court invalidated in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016).

The Eighth Circuit held that the lower court’s ruling was premature since the lower court based its ruling “on less than adequate information and an insufficient regard for the relevant [legal] standard.” The appellate court sent the case back to the lower court for additional fact-finding.

New issue of ProVita, the University Faculty for Life newsletter

Here is a link to the latest issue of ProVita, the newsletter of University Faculty for Life. Thanks to Dr. Margaret Hughes (Thomas Aquinas College) for her work in editing the newsletter!!!

Economist debate on assisted suicide

Here  is a link to a BioEdge story about a debate on assisted suicide published in the Economist.

Federal Court of Appeals Invalidates Alabama’s Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Here is a link to a LifeNews.com story on the 11th Circuit’s August 22, 2018 decision in West Alabama Women’s Center v. Williamson affirming a lower court decision invalidating Alabama’s ban on dismemberment abortions. Here is a link to the court’s opinion.

An interesting feature of the decision is that both Chief Judge Carnes (the author of the lead opinion) and Judge Dubina (who wrote a short special concurrence) indicated their dissatisfaction with Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Judge Dubina expressly noted that he agreed with Justice Thomas’s view that the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence has no basis in the Constitution.  This case is likely headed to the United States Supreme Court.