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Abortion Constitutionality

Federal Court of Appeals Allows Texas to Restrict Abortions due to Coronavirus Crisis

Here is a link to a LifeNews story with the developments. Other states have also restricted abortions during the crisis, but some courts have allowed the abortion clinics to continue to operate. The LifeNews story has reports on the developments in other states.

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Assisted suicide Death and dying Euthanasia

Margaret Somerville on withdrawing food and water

Here is a link to a good essay by Margaret Somerville on the complex ethical issues involved in withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration.

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Abortion Constitutionality Down Syndrome abortions Fetal anomolies and disabilities

Sixth Circuit Hears Arguments in Down Syndrome Abortion Case

On March 11, 2020, the full Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act. That law prohibits abortions when the women is seeking abortion due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome. By a 2-1 vote, a 3-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit held the law unconstitutional […]

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Abortion Late-term abortion Legislation

Hadley Arkes on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Here is a link to a good column by Hadley Arkes on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

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Abortion Constitutionality

Supreme Court to hear Oral Arguments in Louisiana Abortion Case

Here is preview of the upcoming oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, which involves the constitutionality of a Louisiana law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday March 4, 2020. A decision isn’t expected until late June.

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Assisted suicide Constitutionality Euthanasia International

Germany and Assisted Suicide

Here is a link to a good article by Michael Cook on a decision by the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany. The decision endorses the legality of assisted suicide. As Cook states, the court “ruled that a law banning suicide with professional assistance was unconstitutional, as it deprived terminally ill patients of ‘the right to […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Free Speech

En banc Ninth Circuit Allows HHS Title X Regulations to Take Effect

Here is a link to a recent (February 24, 2020) 7-4 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejecting a challenge to HHS Regulations implementing Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Title X prohibits grant funds from being used in programs where abortion is a method of family […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

Federal Appeals Court blocks Mississippi Heartbeat Law

Here is a link to an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirming a lower court opinion enjoining Mississippi’s law banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. The court’s brief per curiam relied on existing precedent.

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Assisted suicide Death and dying Euthanasia Suicide

“Truth, Euphemism, and Physician-Assisted Suicide”

Here is a link to a good essay by Professor Thomas Cavanaugh. The essay was published in Public Discourse. Cavanaugh’s essay explores the great danger of the use of euphemisms in the assisted suicide debate. He concludes with these thoughts: “we should “not be afraid of words that speak the truth.” Rather, we should find […]

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infanticide

Infanticide Impunity in the Name of Abortion Rights

Here is a link to a good article by Ligia De Jesus Castaldi about the 17+ Women in El Salvador. The women have been imprisoned for criminal homicide of their own biological children shortly after birth. As Castaldi demonstrates and the abstract of her article summarizes, “American pro-abortion supporters, Western embassies and international human-rights bodies […]