Archive for June 2016

Supreme Court invalidates Texas abortion law (H.B. 2)

By a 5-3 vote, the US Supreme Court today invalidated two key features of Texas’s H.B. 2. In an opinion by Justice Breyer, the Court invalidated the requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals and the requirement that abortion clinics meet the standards Texas sets for ambulatory surgical centers. Here is a link […]

Bachiochi on Dignity and Autonomy

Erika Bachiochi, visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently wrote an article, “Abortion and the Supreme Court’s Misguided Notions of ‘Autonomy’,” for National Review about the relationship of “dignity” to “autonomy” in Supreme Court abortion jurisprudence. In it she contrasts the American version of “dignity” influenced by Kant and Mill with the European version, […]

British Medical Association rejects move to change position on assisted suicide

Here is a link to a blog post by Dr. Peter Saunders reporting on this positive development. http://pjsaunders.blogspot.com/2016/06/bma-rejects-attempt-to-push-it-neutral.html This news from England comes at the same time as the American Medical Association’s unfortunate decision to approve a resolution to study the question of assisted suicide. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/american-medical-association-approves-resolution-to-study-assisted-suicide Richard M.

The Scholarly Achievement Award

The University Faculty for Life Scholarly Achievement Award in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research has encouraged students since 2004 to submit their best academic work for the cause of life.  The five essays and literary contributions received in the Creative Writing and Research categories total 24,054 mellifluous words, 94 lugubrious footnotes, and 773 scholarly […]

2016 UFL Life and Learning Conference

The University Faculty for Life held its annual Life and Learning Conference at Marquette University in Milwaukee from June 10-11. The focus this year’s conference was on end-of-life issues. The conference featured three plenary sessions, several break-out sessions, and a panel discussion of brain death as a criterion for determining when death occurs. Plenary speakers […]

Beckwith on 21st century arguments for life

Frank Beckwith was interviewed by Reformed pro-life activist Jonathon Van Maren in “Pro-Life Arguments for the 21st Century: Dr. Francis J. Beckwith & Jonathon Van Maren.” He talks about the popular and academic arguments that are effective in the 21st century.