DC City Council approves assisted suicide bill

Here are links to two articles discussing today’s vote by the DC City Council. The Council still must vote on the law in 2 weeks, and so this isn’t settled yet.



“Life Worthy of Life: Down Syndrome, Equality, and My Son Silas”

Here is a link to a very good essay by Robert McFarland written to mark National Down Syndrome Awareness month. Here’s his conclusion:

“Those of us blessed by the love of someone with an extra twenty-first chromosome look forward to October. It provides us with an opportunity to push beyond clinical diagnoses. Our message is simple: individuals with Down Syndrome enrich life. October invites me, along with all other parents of children with Down Syndrome, to proclaim loudly that our children live lives worthy of life.”


Belgium and euthanizing the mentally ill

Here’s a very good blog post from Alex Schadenberg on the welcome criticism of the all-too-common practice in Belgium of euthanizing the mentally ill.


Two good editorials opposing Colorado proposal to legalize “aid-in-dying”

In the National Right to Life News, Dave Andrusko reports on two recent editorials opposing Proposition 106.  Here’s the conclusion of one of the editorials:

“Death with Dignity” sounds like compassion. Evil is often disguised as good. Few among us want dying patients to suffer needlessly against their will. This ill-conceived proposal is not the answer. It stands to do far more harm than good.

Vote no on Proposition 106, a dangerous idea that can only endanger vulnerable patients and exacerbate Colorado’s suicide crisis.


9th Circuit upholds California law that forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion

On October 14, 2016 the 9th Circuit upheld a California law that forces pro-life resource centers to promote abortion.

Here’s a report from Lifesitenews, https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/court-rules-california-pregnancy-centers-must-promote-abortion

Here’s a quote from Matthew Bowman from Alliance Defending Freedom, who argued the case for the pro-life centers:

“It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’t say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous. In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women. Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government’s preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. That’s why other courts around the country have halted these kinds of measures and why we will be discussing the possibility of appeal with our clients.”

This issue is likely headed to the US Supreme Court.

Conference at BYU on Assisted Suicide

Here’s a link to an upcoming conference at BYU Law School. The conference is this Friday October 14, 2016. The conference, which will address “Assisted Suicide: Impacts Upon Families and Society,” is sponsored by the Marriage & Family Law Research Project of BYU’s law school and by the Ave Maria Law Review.  Selected papers will be published by the BYU Journal of Public Law and by the Ave Maria Law Review.

Participants include Lynn Wardle, Lee Strang, William Duncan, Margaret Somerville, James Ruble, Chris Kaczor, Angela Wentz Faulconer, Sean Murphy, and Richard Myers.