Texas Governor Signs Born Alive Act

Here is a link to an article from LifeNews about Governor Abbot signing the Born Alive Act, which provides protection to infants who survive abortions.

C-Fam Lauds US Decision to defund UNFPA

Here is a link to a press release from C-Fam praising the Trump Administration’s decision to defund UNFPA, which has a long record of promoting abortion around the world.

Trump Administration Continues Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

Here is a link to a LifeNews story on the latest developments in this continuing saga. Here is a link to a short piece by Ed Whelan on the continuing legal battles.

John Breen’s Critique of Linda Greenhouse’s Argument that Pro-Life Laws Violate the Establishment Clause

Here is a link to an excellent post by John Breen. Breen’s post critiques a recent piece in the New York Times by Linda Greenhouse arguing that pro-life laws violate the Establishment Clause. This argument was also made by the Justice Stevens, who passed away yesterday at the age of 99. Here is a link to a short article of mine critiquing Stevens’ view.

Here is the conclusion of Breen’s post–

“In the end, Greenhouse’s op-ed (like Stevens’ opinions in Thornburgh and Webster) is founded on the mere accusation of religious establishment.  She points to a policy position with which she disagrees (a position supported by some overtly religious people) and then cries “Establishment Clause!”  This is not the music of constitutional argument, but the shrill voice of someone desperate to hold on to power.

Archibald Cox once said of brief writing that “a good brief marches, and a great brief marches and sings.”  The claim that pro-life legal measures violate the Establishment Clause stumbles and wails because those who employ it never demonstrate the religiosity of the laws they would strike down.  This tired, old song should come to an end.”

Ohio’s Heartbeat Law held Unconstitutional

Here is a link to a LifeNews article on the litigation in Ohio. Here is a link to commentary by Walter Weber.

Commentary on the death of Vincent Lambert

Herehere, and here are links to commentary on the death of Vincent Lambert. Lambert died 9 days after doctors stopped providing him food and water. Lambert’s wife and a number of his siblings agreed with the doctors’ recommendation to withdraw food and water. Lambert’s parents and other siblings disagreed with the withdrawal. The case has been compared to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case in Florida. Here is a link to a short article of mine on the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case.

Here is the conclusion of Wesley Smith’s commentary–“Unless society collectively rejects the logic and moral premises of the ‘quality of life’ ethic, I see few impediments—other than the weak reed of emotional revulsion—to keep us from following a dark bioethical path.”