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Abortion Constitutionality

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Texas Heartbeat Case

Here is a link a story from Scotusblog about the Court’s new orders in the Texas Heartbeat case. The Court will hear oral argument in the Texas case on November 1, 2021. The Court did not grant the petition asking the Court to decide whether to overrule Roe and Casey, an issue that is certainly […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

Richard Stith on the Dobbs case

Here is a link to a good essay in Public Discourse by Richard Stith on the Dobbs case. Stith argues that in overruling Roe the Court ought not to rely on the personhood argument. Rather, he argues, “the Court could say that it need not reach and decide the question whether the unborn child actually […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

Supreme Court Arguments in Kentucky Abortion Case

Here is a link to a Scotusblog report on yesterday’s argument in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center. The Kentucky statute bans dismemberment abortions but the Supreme Court arguments were focused on a narrow, albeit important procedural issue. The issue before the Court is–“Whether a state attorney general vested with the power to defend state […]

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Charles Camosy on the Texas Heartbeat Law

Here is a link to a good essay in Public Discourse by Charles Camosy. Here’s a bit— “Texas’s refusal to choose between the mother and her prenatal child constitutes a blueprint for the pro-life movement. If Roe and Casey fall, many more vulnerable women across the country will be without the access to abortion our throwaway culture […]

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New Issue of Pro Vita Released

Here is a link to the latest issue of Pro Vita, the newsletter of University Faculty for Life. Thanks as always to Margaret Hughes for her editorial work in putting together the newsletter. The issue contains, among other items, reflections by University Faculty for Life President Mary Lemmons on the passing of Father Joe Koterski, […]

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Abortion Constitutionality History

Justin Dyer on the Fake Abortion History of Roe v. Wade

Here is a link to a good essay in Public Discourse by Justin Dyer. Pro-lifers know that Justice Blackmun’s opinion in Roe v. Wade relied upon a terribly mistaken history of abortion. Blackmun’s historical account has been refuted so many times that it is somewhat surprising that the same arguments are being made on the […]

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Abortion Constitutionality History

Finnis and George Response to Aaron Tang

Here is a link to a recent essay by John Finnis and Robert George. The essay is a response to a paper by Aaron Tang. In a recent paper, Tang argued that pro-life advocates (such as Finnis and George) have inaccurately described the historical record about the number of states that prohibited abortion in 1868 […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

Mary Ann Glendon and Carter Snead and “The Case for Overturning Roe”

Here is a link to a good essay by Mary Ann Glendon and Carter Snead entitled “The Case for Overturning Roe.” The essay is in National affairs. Here is their conclusion: “Nothing in the Constitution or the Court’s role requires such a deleterious framing of the complex human relationships at stake. The Court has no […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

Stephen Gilles on Dobbs

Here is a link to an amicus brief filed by Professor Stephen Gilles. Gilles argues that the Court ought to overrule Roe and Casey. Gilles notes that this outcome would be clear under the Glucksberg Court’s approach to identifying fundamental rights. Glucksberg emphasized  “history and tradition” and under such an approach there is no way […]

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Judge Thapar on Roe and Casey

Here  is a link to recent (September 10, 2021) opinion of the Sixth Circuit enjoining two provisions of Tennessee law. One provision banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected and the other banned abortions when the doctor performing the abortion knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion because of the race or […]