good column by John Conley in America magazine

Here is a link to a good column by Father John Conley SJ. The column is entitled “Can a Pro-Life Scholar Survive in Academia?” Conley discusses philosopher Stephane Mercier’s treatment by a Catholic university (Louvain) in Belgium after Mercier gave a lecture entitled “Against an Alleged Right to Choose Abortion.” Please read Father Conley’s column for the details. Here is Conley’s conclusion: “Once upon a time, academic freedom was a sacred professional privilege. It protected the right of university professors to discuss controversial matters within their field of expertise in the classroom and in print without fear of retribution. No longer, especially if you are a scholar unmasking the culture of death.”

Indiana asks Supreme Court to hear abortion case

Here is a link to a LifeNews.com story about the state of Indiana’s filing with the United States Supreme Court asking the Court to review a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decision striking down Indiana’s abortion statute. The statute prohibits abortion due to the sex, race, or disability of the unborn baby.  The Indiana statute also requires the humane disposal of fetal remains.

There has been widespread speculation that the newly-constituted Court might agree to hear an abortion case in the near future. We won’t know for several months whether the Court will agree to hear the Indiana case.

Clarke Forsythe on Overruling Roe v. Wade

Here is a link to an excellent article by Clarke Forsythe (Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life) entitled “A Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade.”

Louisiana Law on Admitting Privileges Upheld by Federal Appellate Court

Here is a link to a story in the National Right to Life News on the recent decision (2-1) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of Louisiana’s law requiring a doctor performing abortions to have active admitting privileges at a local hospital. As quoted in the article, here is a comment by Dorinda Bordlee from the Bioethics Defense Fund:

“In light of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion that unjustly struck down a similar Texas admitting privileges law, today’s 5th Circuit ruling is a huge win. The abortion industry has failed in its attempt to use the federal courts to undermine customary health standards for women who are physically injured by the known medical risks of abortion, such as uterine puncture or cervical tearing. This pro-woman, pro-life legislation recognizes the reality that abortion endangers the lives of both women and children.”

 

 

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 reporting on 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.