Margaret Somerville on “post-truth, euthanasia, and elder abuse”

Here is a very interesting essay by Margaret Somerville discussing post-truth, euthanasia, and elder abuse. Somerville’s work is always worth reading.

Ohio makes assisted suicide a felony

Here is a link to a blog post by Wesley Smith on developments in Ohio relating to assisted suicide. Smith makes the important point that there is not an inevitable current in favor of the legalization of assisted suicide.

Supreme Court of South Africa rejects lower court decision allowing assisted suicide/euthanasia

Here is a link to a blog post by Alex Schadenberg about the recent (December 6, 2016) decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa rejecting a lower court ruling that allowed assisted suicide/euthanasia.

Here  is a link to the opinion.






NY Times article on new efforts to restrict abortion

Here is a link to an article in today’s New York Times describing, in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, new efforts to restrict abortion. Here’s a bit from the article—

“The effects of Mr. Trump’s victory are only beginning to be felt. But one of the biggest changes is playing out in abortion politics. From the composition of the Supreme Court (Mr. Trump has promised to nominate staunchly anti-abortion justices), to efforts on Capitol Hill to enact a permanent ban on taxpayer-financed abortions, to emboldened Republican statehouses like the one in Ohio, combatants on both sides see legalized abortion imperiled as it has not been for decades.”





University Faculty for Life Essay Contest 2017

University Faculty for Life, a multidisciplinary association of scholars speaking out for human life, is now accepting submissions from college and university students for its Scholarly Achievement Award in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research.

Attached are guidelines for the contest and a one-page flyer.  Please distribute these documents to students, colleagues at your institution and other colleges and universities, and interested others.  These and related materials about the essay contest will eventually be posted at

Although the deadline for the contest is Saturday, 27 May 2017, please encourage college and university students to consider submitting their work now.  Reminders will be emailed at appropriate intervals during the balance of this academic year.

Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s UFL’s conference to be held 9-10 June 2017 at the University of St Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota)!



Ligia De Jesus Castaldi on Double Standards on Abortion and Human Rights

Here is a link to a very good essay by Ligia De Jesus Castaldi. The essay focuses on a recent book entitled “Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights” by Sherry Colb and Michael Dorf. Castaldi’s critique concludes with this passage:

“Ultimately, the authors do not make any new arguments for abortion rights, and they fail to make a logical or persuasive case for the compatibility of animal rights and abortion rights advocacy. What the book mostly does is expose the inherent contradictions of the pro-choice animal rights position. Sadly, the book also illustrates the extent to which abortion rights dogma can obscure human reason and harden the human heart to the point that the same person who feels empathy and sensitivity for animal suffering can utterly lack compassion for the lethal violence and excruciating pain that unborn children experience when their lives are ended in the womb.”