Canada Court cases International

The Canadian Supreme Court and Abortion

Canada’s path to an unlimited legal right to abortion has  features which Americans may find of interest. A brief  account can be found in The National Post at

Colleges and Universities Conferences University Faculty for Life

US Catholic article on University Faculty for Life conference

Here is an article in U.S. Catholic about the recent University Faculty for Life (UFL) conference at Notre Dame. The article notes that pro-life faculty members are often isolated at their home institutions and mentions the importance of UFL in fostering fellowship among its members and in fostering pro-life scholarship. Richard M.

International United Nations

Jeanne Head’s comment on UN procedures

Here is a link to commentary by Jeanne Head of National Right to Life on the UN procedures that have been used in recent years. These procedures, which depart significantly from procedures used in the past, undermine national sovereignty and transparency. The new procedures are quite troublesome to the pro-life/pro-family coalition. Richard M.

Colleges and Universities

Life Matters at Notre Dame

Father Miscamble CSC gave an excellent talk a few weeks ago in which he discussed the status of the life issues at Notre Dame. Here is a link to the Project Sycamore website where Father Miscamble’s talk can be found. Richard M.

Assisted suicide Euthanasia Religious views

“To Live Each Day with Dignity”

This is a quick follow up to my post of June 6, 2011. On June 16, 2011, the US Bishops approved a statement on physician-assisted suicide. Here is the link. The statement provides a useful summary of the problems posed by the campaign to legalize assisted suicide. The Bishops advocate “the way of love […]

Fetal pain Late-term abortion

forthcoming article of interest

Two pro-choice advocates are publishing an article of interest in The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics: Glenn Cohen and Sadath Sayeed, Fetal Pain, Abortion, Viability and the Constitution (forthcoming April/May 2011). One significant point is that the authors implicitly corroborate the irrelevance of viability to the personhood of an infant born alive in an […]


The Pro-Life Spring in America

14 June 2011 The New York Times recently carried a lengthy article by Emily Bazelon entitled “The Reincarnation of Pro-Life,” N.Y. Times May 27, 2011.  It is available at  .  While a bit sensational  in parts (just a hint of “To the ramparts!  The barbaric hordes are coming!”) much of it is quite encouraging.  […]

Court cases Legislation Ultrasound

Texas sonogram law challenged

Texas recently enacted a law that requires that women considering abortion to be able to view a sonogram. The law, which went into effect on May 20, 2011, has just been challenged in federal court. See There has been a recent trend for pro-abortion groups not to challenge pro-life legislation. This case will be an important test […]

Colleges and Universities Conferences University Faculty for Life

Successful UFL conference at Notre Dame

Here is a link to my post on the recent, successful conference at Notre Dame. Many thanks to Our Sunday Visitor Institute for its generous support of the conference and to everyone at Notre Dame (in particular Angela Pfister) for their organizational efforts and hospitality. By all accounts, this was one of UFL’s best conferences and […]

Abortion Politics

Greenhouse/Siegel article on Roe v. Wade

Here is a link to my post on the Mirror of Justice blog on a recent article by Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel on Roe v. Wade. The Greenhouse/Siegel article critiques what the authors describe as a “court-centered backlash narrative.” Although there is much that I disagree with in the authors’ account, I think the […]