Two good editorials opposing Colorado proposal to legalize “aid-in-dying”

In the National Right to Life News, Dave Andrusko reports on two recent editorials opposing Proposition 106.  Here’s the conclusion of one of the editorials:

“Death with Dignity” sounds like compassion. Evil is often disguised as good. Few among us want dying patients to suffer needlessly against their will. This ill-conceived proposal is not the answer. It stands to do far more harm than good.

Vote no on Proposition 106, a dangerous idea that can only endanger vulnerable patients and exacerbate Colorado’s suicide crisis.

9th Circuit upholds California law that forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion

On October 14, 2016 the 9th Circuit upheld a California law that forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion.

Here’s a report from Lifesitenews,

Here’s a quote from Matthew Bowman from Alliance Defending Freedom, who argued the case for the pro-life centers:

“It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’t say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous. In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women. Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government’s preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. That’s why other courts around the country have halted these kinds of measures and why we will be discussing the possibility of appeal with our clients.”

This issue is likely headed to the US Supreme Court.

Conference at BYU on Assisted Suicide

Here’s a link to an upcoming conference at BYU Law School. The conference is this Friday October 14, 2016. The conference, which will address “Assisted Suicide: Impacts Upon Families and Society,” is sponsored by the Marriage & Family Law Research Project of BYU’s law school and by the Ave Maria Law Review.  Selected papers will be published by the BYU Journal of Public Law and by the Ave Maria Law Review.

Participants include Lynn Wardle, Lee Strang, William Duncan, Margaret Somerville, James Ruble, Chris Kaczor, Angela Wentz Faulconer, Sean Murphy, and Richard Myers.



Great profile of Teresa Collett!!!

Here’s a link to a great profile of Teresa Collett.

“Assisted Suicide in D.C.”

Here’s a link to a very good commentary by Elyse Smith on a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in DC.

Here’s Smith’s conclusion:

“Once a society buys into the lie that our dignity and value are expendable at will, determined by a utilitarian ethic, measured in terms of our economic productivity and ability to do what we want—when we want, and how we want—we forfeit the truth that our dignity and value are rooted in our very nature as human beings and not in any external achievement, ability, or material thing. If that lie takes root and if assisted suicide is legalized, we can expect euthanasia, both voluntary and involuntary, to soon follow, just as we have seen in Belgium, where the first child was euthanized just over a week ago.

As we close out Suicide Prevention Month, let’s remember that the lives of all persons are worth protecting, including the lives of those suffering from debilitating and terminal illnesses who, rather than lethal drugs, need effective pain management, psychological counseling and community support. Life, in any stage, is too great a gift to be thrown away.”

Euthanasia for children in Belgium

From, here is a story marking a deplorable development–the first reported instance of euthanasia of a minor in Belgium. The details are sketchy, but you can be sure that this won’t be the last.

Here’s additional commentary on this from Michael Cook.