Yesterday, the 4th Circuit ruled (in 2-1 decisions) on 2 cases involving laws that compelled crisis pregnancy centers to engage in certain speech. Here are links to the decisions. http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/111111.P.pdf and http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/111314.P.pdf The court held that the compelled speech ordinances violated the First Amendement rights of the centers. Among other things, the ordinances required the centers to […]
Here is a link to an interesting essay in the Washington Post by Charles C. Camosy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/is-infanticide-madness/2012/06/14/gJQAnT8RcV_blog.html (Here is Wesley Smith commenting on Camosy’s essay.http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2012/06/25/treating-infanticide-respectfully-makes-it-respectable/) Camosy begins by noting the controversy over the article on “after-birth abortion.” He mentions that the Journal of Medical Ethics, where the original article appeared, is going to publish an issue devoted to infanticide […]
Here is a good essay by Michael New reflecting on the 20th anniversary of Planned Parenthood v. Casey. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/25/casey-decision-at-20-pro-lifers-make-progress-on-abortion/ As New points out, the decision was a mixed blessing. The Court failed to take the anticipated step of overruling Roe v. Wade. But the Court did open the door to further incremental restrictions on abortion […]
That’s the title of a welcome report from Timothy Hermann on C-FAM’s website. http://www.c-fam.org/fridayfax/volume-15/abortion-proponents-admit-defeat-at-rio-conference.html According to the story: “In an astounding show of solidarity, a diverse group of countries rallied together with the Holy See to successfully remove any mention of reproductive rights or population control from the final outcome document produced during the last round of […]
Here is a link to a good piece by Dr. Michael New discussing the recent Gallup survey showing a decrease in pro-choice sentiment. Here is his conclusion: “Men, women, all regions, all age groups, and people of all educational levels all became more pro-life. That might be the best news of all for pro-life activists.” http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/14/additional-gallup-data-proves-america-trending-strongly-pro-life/ […]
Here is a LifeNews.com story about a decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court holding a ban on assisted suicide unconstitutional. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/15/canadas-assisted-suicide-ban-struck-down-in-court/ Here’s critical commentary from Wesley Smith. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2012/06/15/bc-judge-creates-right-to-suicide/ Richard M.
After the House failed to pass the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, here is a story from LifeNews.com about a new effort to ban sex-selection abortions. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/13/u-s-senator-introduces-sex-selection-abortion-ban/ Richard M.
“Back to the Future of Regulating Abortion in the First Term” Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Vol. 16, 2012 U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-11 TRACY A. THOMAS, University of Akron School of Law Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In 2011, more abortion bills were passed to restrict abortion than ever before. The proliferation […]
From the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, here is a review of Jane Gilroy’s book, A Shared Vision: The 1976 Ellen McCormack Presidential Campaign. The review is by Clara Sarrocco. http://www.hprweb.com/2012/05/the-latest-book-reviews-2/ Richard M.
Here is a post from Richard Stith– Freedom of conscience is not a Republican issue. We used to have strong bi-partisan support for religious liberty. Tragically, that consensus for conscience has been shattered by the Obama Administration. Before Obama, when members of either party voted to support contraception, for example, they included an exemption […]