A Seamless Garment that Fits

David Paul Deaval writes, “A Seamless Garment that Fits,” for Crisis Magazine. In it Deaval talks about the inadequacies of the various pro-abortion arguments that pro-lifers don’t care about the born. He also asks what would be the “threads” ina genuine seamless garment.  HT Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas

Another Life Issue: The Death Penalty

A former student of mine works for the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. He asked me to write a guest column for the diocesan newspaper clarifying what the teaching of the Catholic Church is regarding the death penalty. Since this is a topic of interest to many people, both Catholics and non-Catholics – in the few days since I wrote the column, there has been local and national media coverage of a statement by the Massachusetts Catholic bishops opposing the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber – and since along the way I commented on the relationship between the death penalty on the one hand and abortion and euthanasia on the other, I thought I’d share the column here.

University Faculty for Life conference at St. Thomas in late May 2015

The annual meeting of University Faculty for Life will be held at the University of St. Thomas Law School on May 29-31, 2015. We have had two successful conferences at St. Thomas (2004 and 2009) and I hope many of you will return for this year’s conference. See here for registration information.

I just received this note from Professor Barbara Freres who is organizing the conference program:

It is not too late to propose a scholarly presentation of your own prolife work. Paper proposals should be one page (maximum) and should include the working title of the proposed paper, author’s name, affiliation, full contact information, and a brief abstract or outline. Proposals should be sent by April 20th, 2015, to Professor Barbara Freres at bjfreres@stritch.edu.



Interesting Michael Paulsen essay

Here is a link to an interesting essay by Michael Paulsen entitled, “Passover, Abortion, and Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”


Ryan Anderson on assisted suicide

Here is a link to an excellent paper on assisted suicide by Ryan Anderson.  The title explains his basic message: “Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality.”



Randy Beck on “Fetal Viability and Twenty-Week Abortion Statutes”

Professor Randy Beck (University of Georgia School of Law) has written a series of terrific articles exploring the “viability” line created in Roe. Wade.  Here is a link to his recent article entitled “Fetal Viability and Twenty-Week Abortion Statutes.” The article is well worth a careful read.

Here is his conclusion:

“For over four decades, the Supreme Court has enforced a rule concerning the duration of abortion rights that has never been justified in constitutional terms. By the standards of Casey, in the absence of a principled justification, the viability rule is ‘no judicial act at all.’ The Court should take the opportunity afforded by the new wave of 20-week abortion statutes to revisit the duration of abortion rights. Moving away from viability as the controlling line in pregnancy would further legitimate state interests and begin to address the most extreme element of the Court’s abortion jurisprudence.”