Archive for July 2012

HHS Mandate

There are other examples of members contributing to the discussion of the HHS mandate that didn’t make it into ProVita. For example, theologian Peter Colosi from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia wrote these pieces: July 2, 2012 Crisis Magazine The HHS Mandate: What Now, In Light of the Supreme Court Ruling? (Part 3 of 3) […]

July ProVita Newsletter now available

A new edition of the ProVita Online Newsletter for UFL is now available on the UFL web page. Also available are past issues of ProVita. ProVita not only has news about UFL and its members, but also scholarly resources and opportunities for pro-life faculty. Note, some of the scholarly opportunities have a deadline in the […]

“Dutch Doctors Use ‘Deep Sedation’ to Hide Assisted Suicides”

Here is a link to a good piece by Dr. Peter Saunders addressing this issue.  http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/11/dutch-doctors-use-deep-sedation-to-hide-assisted-suicides/ The use of “terminal sedation” to advance the euthanasia movement is worth careful attention. The use of “deep sedation” or “terminal sedation” needs to be distinguished from a legitimate technique–the use of sedation for symptom relief (so-called “palliative sedation”).     There is a careful treatment of […]

dangerous developments with regard to the Swiss law on assisted suicide

Here is a link to a good post by Wesley Smith noting that the Swiss law allowing assisted suicide is being extended to an increasingly larger number of “target groups.” Here’s the opening of the post: “Once a society accepts the fundamental premises of assisted suicide–e.g., radical individualism and killing as an acceptable answer to suffering–there really are […]

pro-life gains since the Casey decision

It has been 20 years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. On the 20th anniversary of this landmark decision, there has been much recent reflection about the impact of Casey. In LifeNews, Dr. Michael New notes Clarke Forsythe’s recent National Review commentary on Casey and offers some comments of his own.  http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/02/prolife-movement-has-made-big-gains-since-the-casey-decision/ Here […]

Mississippi abortion law enjoined

Here is a link to a LifeNews story on a decision from a federal judge enjoining Mississippi’a abortion law.http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/02/judge-blocks-mississippi-law-to-make-it-abortion-free/?pr=1 The new Mississippi law required abortion practioners to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The effect of the new law would likely have been to make Mississippi the only state in the country without an abortion clinic. Richard M.