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Austin Ruse on international law and the right to life

On September 24, 2010, I posted (http://uffl.org/blog/?p=154) a link  to John Keown’s review of Rita Joseph’s book “Human Rights and the Unborn Child.” Here is Austin Ruse’s comment on Rita Joseph’s position. http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/249555 Ruse’s comment is entitled “Sadly, No International Right to Life that includes the Unborn.” His commentary has some cautionary words about relying on customary international law […]

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University Faculty for Life chapter at Notre Dame

University Faculty for Life has had local chapters at Marquette and on Long Island for many years. Our newest local chapter is at the University of Notre Dame.  The Notre Dame chapter will be our local hosts for the 2011 University Faculty for Life annual conference on June 10-11, 2011.   Here is a report on this very […]

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Europe and conscience protection

At the Public Discourse website, here is a report by Matthew Schmitz on a very troubling conscience proposal that will be considered by the Council of Europe on October 7, 2010. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/10/1762 The report states: “The central feature of the resolution is a call for enforcement against conscientious objectors who refuse to perform or make referrals for abortion.” Update: […]

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Developments in Australia on euthanasia

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that there will be a conscience vote on a proposal to legalize euthanasia. Gillard, though, is conflicted on the issue and has voiced concerns about whether adequate safeguards can be crafted. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/julia-gillard-conflicted-on-euthanasia-but-open-to-debating-the-issue/story-fn59niix-1225929500111 Gillard’s concerns were addressed by Jan Bernheim, a Belgian professor and right to die advocate who think […]

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Virginia Ironside controversy

Virginia Ironside, a British journalist and novelist, has created a stir with her comments on a BBC program in which she advocates killing a child to end her suffering and also supports abortion as an act of kindness when the baby will be born with disabilities. Here is some background. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317400/Virginia-Ironside-sparks-BBC-outrage-Id-suffocate-child-end-suffering.html See also http://lifenews.com/int1661.html Here is Wesley […]

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Time magazine cover story on the first 9 months of life

I thought the recent Time magazine cover story on “How the first nine months shape the rest of your life” http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2020815,00.html was quite interesting. I don’t know anything about the field of fetal origins discussed in the article. I was struck, though, by the  assumption that the life of a human being begins ninth months prior to […]

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University Faculty for Life/2011 Conference

The Call for Papers for the 2011 University Faculty for Life annual meeting/conference was just issued. (See the ad on page 72 of the October 2010 issue of First Things.) The 2011 conference will be at the University of Notre Dame on June 10-11, 2011. The keynote speaker and the recipient of the Smith Award for […]

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International Law and the Right to Life

Here is a link to John Keown’s review of Rita Joseph’s book “Human Rights and the Unborn Child.” http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/247662/international-human-rights-law-and-unborn-child-john-keown Here is a link to the book.  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9004175601/ref=nosim/nationalreviewon As Professor Keown points out, advocates of abortion rights have been trying to develop a recognition of a right to abortion in international law. (See the article by Richard Wilkins and Jacob […]

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abortion and military facilities

Bill Saunders has a good analysis of this issue. See http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/pubid.1966/pub_detail.asp Richard M.

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prenatal testing and down syndrome

Wesley Smith has an interesting post entitled “Mothers Refusing Prenatal Testing to Protect Babies with Down.” http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2010/09/19/mothers-refusing-prenatal-testing-to-protect-babies-with-down/ Smith’s post focuses on a recent article in the New York Times by Amy Julia Becker on “Why Prenatal Testing Harms as Much as it Helps.” http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/deciding-not-to-screen-for-down-syndrome/ Becker’s reflection is particularly poignant. She talks about how prenatal testing is often […]