6th Circuit upholds Ohio law prohibiting funding of organizations that perform abortions

Here is a short note by Ed Whelan describing today’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Planned Parenthood v. Hodges. By a vote of 11-6, the court upheld the constitutionality of Ohio’s law prohibiting state funding of organizations (such as Planned Parenthood) that perform abortions.

good column by Richard Doerflinger on infanticide

Here is a link to a good column by Richard Doerflinger on the connections between abortion and infanticide, and the proposed Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Here is his conclusion:

“But now a “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” would simply implement what Congress said in 2002: Because the child surviving an abortion is a person, you may not intentionally kill the child, and you must provide the same care as you would for other newborn children of that gestational age. And abortion supporters, with a renewed appreciation for their own logic, are working to defeat it.

Slogans about women controlling their own bodies, a choice to “terminate” unwanted pregnancies, etc., are falling away, so the logic of abortion can be seen for what it is — simply anti-life.”

very good article by David Smolin–“A Religious Pro-Life Critique of Roe, Casey, and Abortion Rights Rhetoric”

Here is a link to a very good article by David Smolin (Cumberland Law).  The article is entitled “Aborting Reason and Equality: A Religious Pro-Life Critique of Roe, Casey, and Abortion Rights Rhetoric.” Here is a paragraph from his introduction:

“Thus, religion’s role in regard to abortion is primarily that of calling society to apply to the abortion issue society’s own values of rationality, respect for human dignity, constitutionalism, democratic governance, science, and non-discrimination. Further, resistance to the abortion right is grounded not in idiosyncratic religious dogma or irrational belief, but in presuppositions shared broadly in American society. Hence, religion and religious organizations involved in anti-abortion activism are not seeking an aberrant exception to society’s norms, but rather are participants in a broader movement founded in the most fundamental norms of our society.”

Judge refuses to enjoin Missouri’s admitting privileges law

Here is a link to a National Right to Life News story about a recent decision by a federal judge in Missouri refusing to enjoin Missouri’s admitting privileges law.

“The International Implications of Overturning Roe v. Wade”

Here is a link to a good essay by Stefano Gennarini on the implications of the reversal of Roe v. Wade. He concludes that reversing Roe “would also deal a severe–and perhaps even fatal–blow to the campaign for an international right to abortion.”

“It is Never Necessary to Intentionally Kill a Fetal Human Being to Save a Woman’s Life”

Here is a link to an essay by five physicians in support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Here is their penultimate paragraph:

“[The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act] provides a scientifically sound, medically accurate, and respectful approach to ensure that the innocent human being who survives an attempted abortion will be treated with the same human dignity and respect that similarly aged human beings receive in the course of good neonatal medical care. [The Act] ensures that human beings with disabilities are not targeted for intentional killing at the moment of birth.”