Seventh Circuit Affirms Ruling Invalidating Indiana Abortion Law

Here is a link to an April 19, 2018 opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The court affirmed a decision from a federal district court judge invalidating provisions of Indiana’s abortion law. The provisions banned abortion when the person performing the abortion knows the woman is seeking an abortion due to disability, sex, or race, and also required that the remains of aborted babies be disposed of in a dignified manner.

Judge Manion wrote an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part. Judge Manion’s opinion is a must read. Here is a portion of his opinion–

“Indiana made a noble attempt to protect the most vulnerable members of an already vulnerable group. That it must fail is not due to lack of effort by the legislators who drafted it or the Solicitor General who ably argued before us. The Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence proved an insurmountable obstacle despite their best efforts. More than anything, this case illustrates the extent to which abortion has become the most favored right in American law. Without a significant recalibration, the States sadly cannot protect even unborn children targeted because of their race, sex, or diagnosis of Down syndrome. But this court is powerless to change that state of affairs. Only the Supreme Court or a constitutional amendment can do that.”

“The Future of the Pro-Life Movement Is in Africa”

Here is a link to good essay by Stefano Gennarini. The essay explains that “[a]side from the importance of fighting ideological neocolonialism, building up the pro-life movement in Africa is essential given how politically and economically influential Africa is likely to become over the next century. Obianuju Ekeocha [, a pro-life activist whose good work Gennarini describes,] is doing this admirably and effectively on a shoestring budget.”

“The Physician-Assisted Suicide Movement is Gaining Ground in Two Major Ways”

That is the title of a recent Public Discourse essay by Gerard T. Mundy. Here is his basic message—

“First, disturbingly, some of the state and district affiliates of the American Medical Association (AMA) are changing their oppositional stances on physician-assisted suicide. Second, proponents of physician-assisted suicide have been successfully inserting euphemisms into both physicians’ language and the popular language regarding assisted suicide terminology, masking the inhumane truth of the practice. The foundation is being laid for widespread legalization of physician-assisted suicide, and advances by the ideological movement behind the push for legalization must be resisted.”

Hawaii legalizes assisted suicide

Here is a link to a story on BioEdge about Hawaii’s legalization of assisted suicide.

Opposition to Assisted Suicide is Still Strong in the US

Here is a link to a helpful post by Alex Schadenberg on his Euthanasia Prevention Coalition blog. He makes the point that most efforts to  legalize assisted suicide have failed and that some states have recently strengthened their laws banning assisted suicide.

Winter/Spring 2018 issue of ProVita is available

The Winter/Spring issue of ProVita, the newsletter of University Faculty for Life, is available here. Thanks again to Margaret Hughes for her editorial work!!!