Devastating Critique of Kansas Supreme Court decision on abortion

Here is a link to a very good essay by Adam MacLeod critiquing the recent decision of the Kansas Supreme Court that found a natural right to abortion. Here is a paragraph from the essay–

“This essay considers the humorous incompetence of the opinion, not for amusement but to learn an important lesson. American constitutions contain terms of art taken from common law, including terms that refer to peculiarly Anglo-American doctrines of natural rights. If we want judges to understand and apply those terms correctly, then we must recover that tradition. Otherwise, judges will make things up, as they did in Kansas. “

AMA retains opposition to assisted suicide

Here is a story in the National Right to Life News on the vote by the AMA to retain its opposition to assisted suicide. This is a significant decision because the views of major medical associations often have an important impact when states consider legalizing assisted suicide.  The AMA’s position is that physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.

“Eugenics and Other Evils”

Here is a link to a good essay in Public Discourse by Justin Dyer. The essay discusses the history of the eugenics movement and comments on Justice Thomas’s recent opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood arguing that the state has a compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.

Recent material on assisted suicide abuses

A June 7, 2019 email from Not Dead Yet, titled “An Open Letter to Maine Governor Mills: Veto Assisted Suicide Law LD 1313”, contained a pdf commentary on assisted suicide abuses which will interest all pro-lifers.

Please see “Some Oregon and Washington State Assisted Suicide Abuses and Complications”, which can be found here:

“Pro-life Laws Don’t Establish Christianity and Religious Liberty is not a License to Kill”

That is the title of an excellent essay by Mitchell Rocklin and Howard Slugh addressing the arguments of pro-choice advocates who contend that pro-life laws violate the religion clauses of the First Amendment.

Supreme Court Upholds Indiana’s Fetal Remains law

Here is a link to today’s decision from the US Supreme Court. The Court upheld the constitutionality of Indiana’s law requiring the humane disposal of fetal remains. The court declined to review another provision of Indiana law prohibiting abortions due to the race, sex, or disability of the unborn child. The Court explained that the Seventh Circuit (which had invalidated the Indiana law) was the first federal court of appeals to review such a law. Accordingly, the Court explained that it would “follow [its] ordinary practice of denying petitions insofar as they raise legal issues that have not been considered by additional Courts of Appeals.”

Justice Thomas concurred and wrote a lengthy opinion exploring Indiana’s “compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.” Justice Thomas emphasized that the “decision to allow further percolation should not be interpreted as agreement with the decisions below. Enshrining a constitutional right to an abortion based solely on the race, sex, or disability of an unborn child, as Planned Parenthood advocates, would constitutionalize the views if the 20th-century eugenics movement. In other contexts, the Court has been zealous in vindicating the rights of people even potentially subjected to race, sex, and disability discrimination.”