“Abortion front and center as new U.S. Supreme Court term nears”

Here is a link to a Reuters story by Lawrence Hurley about the prospect that the US Supreme Court will review an abortion case during its 2019-2020 Term.

US Abortion rate is Declining

Here is a link to a good article by Melanie Israel (Heritage Foundation) on the recent report from the Guttmacher Institute about the declining rates of abortion in the US.

Here is a link to Michael New’s excellent analysis of the Guttmacher report. Here is New’s concluding paragraph–

“With state legislatures nationwide enacting increasingly stronger protections for mothers and babies, many are anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court may soon rule on an abortion case and could even soon restore legal protection to millions of unborn children. That said, it is impossible to say which cases the Supreme Court will decide to hear and how they will decide any given case.  That is why the long term decline in the U.S abortion rate is important.  The growing pro-life American majority has had a strong record of progress during the past 40 years and regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on any future case — we have plenty of reasons to stay the course.”

North Dakota judge blocks abortion reversal law

Here is a link to a LifeNews article on a recent decision by a federal trial judge in North Dakota. The decision blocks a North Dakota law that requires that woman be provided information about the abortion pill reversal procedure. The court found that the law likely violated the First Amendment rights of the abortion doctors. Seven other states have similar laws.

The decision will likely be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Summer 2019 issue of Pro Vita is now available

The summer 2019 issue of Pro Vita (the newsletter of University Faculty for Life) is now available at this link. Thanks to Margaret Hughes (Thomas Aquinas College) for her excellent editorial work.

The newsletter features a brief recap of the June 2019 annual conference and a preview of next year’s conference, which will be held on June 5-6, 2020 at the Manhattan campus of St. John’s University.  The newsletter also includes a summary of recent legal developments relating to pro-life issues and an essay by Chris Kaczor on conscientious objection.

Tennessee Bills to Restrict Abortion

Here is a link to a LifeNews story about recent developments in Tennessee. The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill to prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. Another bill would ban all abortions in the state. The story also reports on the split within the pro-life movement about the advisability of passing a law that is likely to be invalidated by the courts.

Excellent essay by Richard Doerflinger on Assisted Suicide

Here is a link to an excellent essay by Richard Doerflinger on assisted suicide.  Here is his concluding paragraph:

“The people most harmed by this agenda are seriously ill people hearing from society and physicians that death by overdose will end their problems; other patients suffering from a reduced commitment to care; people with disabilities who are next in line to be seen as a “burden” on others; and lonely and depressed people of any age, seduced by the message that suicide is a positive solution. They are not numerous or powerful enough to fight for their rights or make lawmakers treat them as having their own equal and innate dignity. That task, then, belongs to all of us.”