Abortion Constitutionality

48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 2021

The 48th anniversary of the Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade is later this week.  Here is a link to my article entitled “Re-Reading Roe v. Wade,” which was presented at Washington & Lee Law School at a 2013 conference organized by Sam Calhoun. Here is a link to Clarke Forsythe’s book on Roe.


Richard Doerflinger on the Equality Act and Abortion

Here is a link to a good article by Richard Doerflinger on the Equality Act and abortion. Here is his conclusion: The “abortion as health care” campaign advanced by the Equality Act effectively defines the unborn child out of existence. It treats the child as merely a “physical condition” of the mother that health professionals […]

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“Arkansas Case Shows Path Forward for Banning Down Syndrome Abortions”

Here is link to a good article by Michael Cook discussing a recent Eighth Circuit case, which I noted a few days ago. Cook highlights the concurring opinion by Judge Erickson who highlighted the link between abortion and modern-day eugenics. That link has been made forcefully by Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Gerry Bradley on President Biden and Abortion

Here is a good article by Gerry Bradley from First Things entitled “Biden’s Promise to Codify Roe.” Bradley explains that the codification of Roe would mean that the reversal of Roe by the US Supreme Court would have very little impact. That’s because the conservatives on the Court are likely to continue to take the […]

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Supreme Court Upholds FDA Regulation Requiring In-person Visits to Obtain Abortion Pill

Here is Scotusblog’s account of the Court’s 6-3 ruling: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from the Food and Drug Administration to reinstate a federal requirement that a pill used to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy be picked up in person from a health care provider. A federal district judge […]

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The Euthanasia Cancer Spreads”

Here is a link to a good piece by Wesley Smith documenting some of the disturbing trends concerning the legalization of euthanasia. Here is his conclusion: “Resisting assisted suicide and euthanasia isn’t about “winning,” but saving lives. So regardless of how things ultimately turn out, those of us who understand that hastening death corrupts medicine […]

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Eighth Circuit Affirms Injunction Prohibiting Enforcement of Arkansas Abortion Law; Two Judges Call for Reexamination of Casey

Here is link to today’s decision by the Eighth Circuit affirming an injunction prohibiting enforcement of two provisions of Arkansas law restricting abortion. One provision prohibits abortion after 18 weeks and the other provision prohibits abortion after a Down Syndrome diagnosis if the abortion is sought due to that reason. Two judges (Judges Shepherd and […]

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Nina Totenberg on the Future of Roe v. Wade

Here is a link to an interesting article by NPR’s Nina Totenberg  about the fate of Roe v. Wade now that there is, in her estimation, a new six-justice conservative supermajority on the US Supreme Court. The article includes speculation that the Court might rely on the eugenics argument forcefully expressed by Justice Thomas.

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Carter Snead’s New Book on Public Bioethics

Carter Snead’s new book should be of interest to anyone interested in the life issues.  Here is a link to a press release describing the book. The book, which was published in October 2020 by Harvard University Press, is entitled “What it Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics.” The […]

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Fifth Circuit Allows States to End Funding of Planned Parenthood

Here is a link to an AP story on today’s decision by the en banc Fifth Circuit. The court ruled that Texas and Louisiana can refuse to provide Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics. Because the ruling conflicts with rulings by other federal courts of appeals, the case is likely headed for the US Supreme […]