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Fetal Development Fetal pain Human embryos Philosophy

What biologists affirm

As I was preparing for the upcoming issue of ProVita, I ran across this book on Amazon: Embryos Under the Microscope: Ths Diverging Meanings of Life, by Jane Maienschein. The author claims to be giving a history of the human knowledge of embryology so that ethical decisions can be based on accurate scientific information. What I found […]

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Abortion Fetal pain Legislation

Fetal pain laws and the moral imagination

O. Carter Snead of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture recently gave a talk at the National Right to Life Convention in which he discussed the way fetal pain laws can help citizens develop a moral imagination that sees the unborn as persons.

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Abortion Constitutionality Fetal pain

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Arizona abortion case

Here is a link to a National Right to Life News story discussing the Court’s refusal to hear a case involving the constitutionality of Arizona’s statute that prohibited abortion after 18 weeks. The Ninth Circuit had invalidated the law and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2014/01/supreme-court-declines-to-review-lower-court-decision-on-arizona-law-which-differs-from-nrlcs-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act/ Richard M.

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Abortion Fetal anomolies and disabilities Fetal pain Late-term abortion Politics

That Albuquerque vote

As far as I know, this is the only time in the modern world that there has been a popular vote precisely to let kids of this age (20+ weeks) be killed on request. (America made a judicial decision to this effect. China & North Korea are the only two bodies to have made a […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Fetal pain

NY Times article on fetal pain legislation

  Here is a link to a National Right to Life News story commenting on today’s NY Times article on fetal pain legislation. Here is the conclusion of the National Right to Life News story: “This is an important story that gives credit where credit is due; helps the reader understand why legislation that makes people […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Fetal pain

Careter Snead on the constitutionality of laws banning abortion after 20 weeks

Here is a link to a good piece by Carter Snead on the constitutionality of laws (such as the recent Texas law)  banning abortion after 20 weeks to prevent fetal pain. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/07/10524/ Here is his conclusion:  “In summary, the Constitution does not prevent Texas from taking this very modest step to protect unborn children. There are […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Fetal pain

US House passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!!!

Here is the LifeNews story on this development. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/06/18/congress-passes-bill-banning-late-term-abortions-after-20-weeks/ Richard M.

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Abortion Constitutionality Fetal pain Uncategorized

NY Times article on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Here is a link to an interesting article in today’s New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/us/politics/undaunted-by-2012-elections-republicans-embrace-anti-abortion-agenda.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 The article discusses the pending House consideration of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, although the article available on-line doesn’t manage to mention the title of the proposed bill until the 24th paragraph. The article is all about what the Times can only understand […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Fetal pain

House Committee passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2013/06/u-s-house-judiciary-committee-approves-nationwide-protection-for-pain-capable-unborn-children-20-to-12/ The Act would provide protection for unborn children capable of feeling pain, beginning at 20 weeks after fertilization. The full House is expected to take up the bill next week. Richard M.

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Guttmacher Institute Updates Summary of US Abortion Laws

The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization started by Planned Parenthood, has updated its annual survey of abortion laws in the United States.  You can view it here.  I occasionally dispute the characterization of a law, but find it to be a good starting point for research.