Christopher Tollefsen’s essay with that title was posted on The Public Discourse blog earlier today. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/08/1485 Only a small portion of the essay deals with abortion but the essay is well worth reading for its timely reflections on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Richard M.
The Pontifical Academy for Life is preparing a new document on the the impact of abortion on women. http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=16589 There has been greater awareness of this issue in recent years. The Supreme Court addressed this issue in Gonzales v. Carhart, and this caused a huge uproar. (I discussed this briefly in my paper at the 2007 […]
Here is the Amazon link to Jane Gilroy’s new book entitled “A Shared Vision: The 1976 Ellen McCormack Presidential Campaign.” http://www.amazon.com/Shared-Vision-McCormack-Presidential-Campaign/dp/1432755064/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280603411&sr=8-3 Jane presented some of this story at the 2005 UFL conference. Here is a link to her paper from the 2005 conference. http://www.uffl.org/vol15/gilroy05.pdf Jane, who was the vice-chair of McCormack’s campaign committee, is uniquely […]
Clarke Forsythe’s book “Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square” is worth reading. Here is the Amazon link. http://www.amazon.com/Politics-Greatest-Good-Prudence-Public/dp/0830829229 Clarke makes the case for pursuing incremental change, an approach that he has helped to implement in his role at Americans United for Life. A recent review of Clarke’s book by Michael New is […]
The controversy about health care reform and abortion continues. See Richard Doerflinger’s analysis, “Abortion returns to the health care reform debate.” http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com/2010/07/abortion-returns-to-health-care-reform.html His analysis deals with the recent discovery that certain statewide insurance plans (funding by federal money) covered elective abortions. After an outcry, the Obama Administration eventually made clear that abortion would not be […]
I highly recommend Bob Destro’s article on the Terri Schiavo case. “Learning Neuroscience the Hard Way: The Terri Schiavo Case and the Ethics of Effective Representatation,” at 78 Miss. L. J. 833-903 (2009). There have been scores of articles on various aspects of the Schiavo controversy. (My own short paper on the Schiavo case is […]
The July 18, 2010 New York Times Sunday Magazine has a long article by Emily Bazelon entitled “The New Abortion Providers.” See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/magazine/18abortion-t.html The article describes the efforts of abortion rights supporters to bring abortion from the fringes of medical practice into the mainstream of medicine. The effort, with generous funding from the Buffett Foundation, seems to be having […]
I think there is a perception that the issue of assisted suicide has receded in importance. The issue does not seem to have the high profile it did in the mid-1990s when Jack Kevorkian was on the loose and when it appeared that the US Supreme Court might create a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide. But […]
There has been a lot of controversy about Elena Kagan’s testimony in her Supreme Court confirmation hearings as it relates to the issue of partial birth abortion. Americans United for Life has just released a powerful analysis of the whole matter. See http://www.aul.org/featured-images/Kagan-Ethics-Report.pdf Richard M.
Albert Mohler has a very good essay on an op-ed (published in the Times of London on June 30, 2010) by Antonia Senior. See http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/07/01/when-feminism-kills-abortion-as-the-lesser-evil/ Senior acknowledges that abortion is the taking of a human life but argues that killing is necessary for women’s rights. The Senior essay is stirring reaction, and Mohler’s response is well worth reading. […]