“New Abortion Bills Are So Tough That Some Conservatives Have Qualms”

That’s the title of an article in the New York Times discussing a new wave of pro-life legislative proposals. The article discusses rifts in the pro-life movement about the best way to challenge Roe v. Wade. Some pro-life groups have long advocated an incremental approach. These newer legislative proposals would challenge Roe more directly by banning all or most abortions.

“Health Care: The Greatest Pro-Life Political Battle of Our Time”

Here is a link to a good essay by Louis Brown, Executive Director of the Christ Medicus Foundation, on the importance of the health care debate.  As Brown explains, “Patient freedom would not survive a single-payer federally controlled health care system. The right to life would not survive a single-payer health care system. The right of religious freedom and faithfully Catholic health care would not survive such a federally controlled single-payer system.”

Here is Brown’s conclusion: “the greatest pro-life battle of our time is the struggle to define health care and the kind of health care system we should have in the United States. It has never been more urgent to join this great struggle to build a culture of love and justice.”

Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act

In late October 2019, US Senator Jim Inhofe introduced the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act. The Act would prohibit abortion based on an unborn child having Down Syndrome. (Here is a link to press release from Senator Inhofe.)  Companion legislation was also introduced in the House.

A number of states have passed similar laws, although several laws have been struck down by the courts. The Pennsylvania legislature recently passed a similar law but Pennsylvania’s Governor vetoed the law on Thursday November 21, 2019.


Tom Cavanaugh on the Hippocratic Oath and Assisted Suicide

Here is a link to an excellent essay in Public Discourse by Tom Cavanaugh. The title of the essay is “Why the Hippocratic Oath Prohibits Physician-Assisted Suicide.”   Here is a brief excerpt:

“By respecting this venerable boundary [between killing and healing], physicians can resist society’s chronic tendency to conflate the roles of healer and wounder. Moreover, by rejecting PAS, doctors ensure both that death will not become a therapy for grim diseases more generally, and that today’s PAS will not become tomorrow’s euthanasia. This honorable “No” to giving a deadly drug permits many “Yeses” to therapeutic progress and shields vulnerable others. Finally, doctors would do wisely to avoid the temptation to medicalize mortality by answering questions outside their competence….”

“DOJ sidesteps Supreme Court battle over illegal immigrant teen abortions”

Here is a link to story in the Washington Times about the DOJ decision. A decision by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit requires the government to facilitate abortions for undocumented minors in federal custody. The Department of Justice has decided not to appeal the ruling. It seemed likely that Justice Kavanaugh would not participate in any appeal because he had participated in the case as a judge on the DC Circuit before he was nominated to the US Supreme Court. It seems likely that the DOJ did not want to ask the Supreme Court to hear the case without Kavanaugh’s participation.

“Globally, opposition to euthanasia dwarfs end-of-life movements”

That’s the title of a good article by Michael Cook. Cook notes the good news that assisted suicide and euthanasia are still illegal in most of the world, and that the World Medical Association has recently reaffirmed its opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.