Archive for July 2011

Interview with Father Miscamble CSC

The Mirror of Justice blog highlights an interview with Father Miscamble here. In the interview, Father Miscamble discusses (among other things) various pro-life initiatives at Notre Dame. The actual interview can be found here. Richard M.

Sex-selective abortions American style

The San Francisco Chronicle has an op-ed about sex-selective abortion arguing that such abortions are a violation of human rights. (The author does not attempt explain what distinguishes sex-selective abortion from all abortions in terms of human rights.) The column relies in part on an April 2011 article appearing in the journal, Social Science and […]

Series of articles on the “viability rule”

Just discovered a series of articles exploring the Supreme Court’s position allowing post-viability abortion bans by Randy Beck. You can find Randy Beck’s articles at The Essential Holding of Casey: Rethinking Viability, Where’s the Syllogism?: Gonzales, Casey and the Viability Rule, and Self-Conscious Dicta: The Origins of Roe v. Wade’s Trimester Framework. These articles are […]

Peer review and life issues

Many pieces of legislation related to life are attacked as based on “junk science” or politicized science. One response to these attacks has been a Presidental Memorandum by President Obama on scientific integrity. One “proof” often offered in defense of a piece of research is that it has been published in a “peer reviewed journal.” […]

Requirements of Informed Consent Limit Autonomy?

Arthur Kaplan argues that opposing telemedicine abortion is irresponsible here. He argues that abortion providers have a right to determine the information that a patient needs with no “interference” by state legislatures. Curiously he justifies this return to a paternalistic notion of medical cares by a demand for patient autonomy. It appears he has little […]

Constitutionality of banning off-label use of drugs

When the FDA approved the sale of RU-486 in this country, the agency used a little known process historically reserved for life-saving drugs. Lars Noah described the process in his article, A Miscarriage in the Drug Approval Process?: Mifepristone Embroils the FDA in Abortion Politics. Since the approval of the drug, abortion providers have continued […]