“Protecting Prenatal Persons: Does the Fourteenth Amendment Prohibit Abortion?”

Here is a link to a good essay (with the title noted above) in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy by Joshua Craddock that considers whether the Fourteenth Amendment protects prenatal persons. Craddock concludes: “Based on the historical evidence, this Note presents an originalist argument that all prenatal life is included within the Fourteenth Amendment’s existing guarantees of Due Process and Equal Protection.”

Stefano Gennarini on the Mexico City Policy

Here is a link to a good essay by Stefano Gennarini from C-Fam. The essay is entitled “The Genius of the Mexico City Policy and the Pro-Life Legacy of President Trump.” Here is the conclusion:

“Ronald Reagan was a visionary pro-life president. He saw the need to stop the global abortion industry and played his part in trying to silence and thwart it. But that was over thirty years ago. President Trump has an opportunity to forge his own legacy as a pro-life president. To do that, he must continue to update, reinforce, and apply the principles underlying the Mexico City Policy in a way that is consistent with Reagan’s original vision.”

Richard Doerflinger’s essay on John Noonan

Here is a link to a very good essay by Richard Doerflinger on Judge John Noonan; the essay is entitled “A Life Well Spent: Learning from John Noonan.” .

Tentative schedule for 2017 University Faculty for Life conference is now available

Here is a link to the tentative schedule for the upcoming University Faculty for Life conference on June 9-10, 2017 at St. Thomas Law in Minneapolis. The schedule includes  a rich collection of papers on various pro-life topics. Father Robert Spitzer S.J. will receive the Smith Award and the conference features plenary talks by Dr. David Prentice, Patrick Lee, and Father Kevin Fitzgerald S.J..

Here is a link for other information about the conference.


The legalization of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide is a sideshow in end-of-life care

Here is a good piece by Paul Russell discussing an article by Ezekiel Emanuel. Emanuel’s article notes that “legalising euthanasia and [physician assisted suicide] is really a side-show in end-of-life care–championed by the few, extensively covered by the media, but not targeted to improve the care for most dying patients who still suffer.”

John Noonan, R.I.P.

Here is an obituary for Judge John Noonan Jr. from the New York Times. John Noonan was a great advocate for the pro-life cause. In an article I wrote some years ago, I noted that Noonan had written with eloquence about the dignity of the human person and about the need for natural law to be part of the enterprise of human law. He closed one of his articles on abortion with the hope that the Supreme Court “might …perceive the reality of the extraordinary beauty of each human being put to death in the name of the abortion liberty and concealed from legal recognition by a jurisprudence that substitutes a judge’s fiat for the truth.”

Here is a link to my earlier article on Judge Noonan.