Archive for June 2012

important decisions from the 4th Circuit in crisis pregnancy center cases

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 […]

more on infanticide

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 […]

Planned Parenthood v. Casey at 20

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 […]

“Abortion Proponents Admit Defeat at Rio Conference”

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 […]

Michael New’s commentary on the recent Gallup survey

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/ […]

Canadian decision invalidating a ban on assisted suicide

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.