Archive for December 2010

increasing challenges to Roe v. Wade

Here is a link (below) to a Washington Post story about the increasing number of laws that states have passed restricting abortion. The article focuses on Nebraska’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy to prevent fetal pain. The article notes that the US Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, in which […]

Obamacare and death panels

There has been a lot of discussion about a new federal regulation that allegedly will bring  death panels into federal health care. Wesley Smith has several good posts on the controversy. He concludes that the death panel charge is an overreaction but that health care rationing is still a “clear and present danger.” Here are links […]

Review of Cornwell’s book on Newman

Anne Barbeau Gardiner’s review of John Cornwell’s Newman’s Unquiet Grave (Continuum, 2010) is now available.  Please email me for the full text.

Linguistic use of Ngram

Colleagues involved in linguistic study may find Google’s Ngram feature helpful as a starting point for discussion about the use of words over the centuries.  A word of caution, though: entering the words “abortion,” “infanticide,” and “euthanasia” results in a graph which may be misleading. As pro-life scholars know, “abortion” was often called “infanticide” by British […]

Transfer of copyright agreements

A colleague has been asked to submit a paper to the US-China Education Review.  A stipulation of the editor is that a “transfer of copyright agreement” should accompany the article.  If anyone has experience with such agreements, please contact me at; I will forward your comments as appropriate.

selective reduction

Here is a link to a recent story in the Canadian press about the increase in selective reductions. The article focuses on an Ontario couple. The wife was pregnant with twins but she found a doctor who was willing to “reduce” the pregnancy “from twins to a singleton.” As the article described this trend: “The […]