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Abortion Constitutionality

Iowa Supreme Court Says There is No Fundamental Right to Abortion

Here is a link to a story from the National Right to Life News about today’s decision from the Iowa Supreme Court. In a 2018 case, the Iowa Supreme Court found a fundamental right to an abortion in its state constitution. The Court has saw overruled that decision. If the US Supreme Court overrules Roe […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Paulsen on the Dobbs Draft

Here is an excellent piece by Michael Stokes Paulsen on the Dobbs draft. Here us his conclusion: “the Dobbs draft deserves three cheers — even if the cheering must remain tentative. The decision, if it turns out to resemble the draft, will join the pantheon of greatest Supreme Court decisions of all time.”

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Abortion Constitutionality Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Draft Opinion Overruling Roe and Casey

Here is link to the Politico report. The report includes a draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The draft opinion was purportedly written by Justice Alito and allegedly reflects the views of five Justices (Alito, Thomas, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, and Barrett). The opinion is, of course, not final and opinions and […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

Good Essay by Michael Paulsen On the Essential Pro-Life Argument

Here is a link to a powerful essay in Public Discourse by Michael Stokes Paulsen on the fundamental pro-life argument. As Paulsen states: “it is important to keep one’s eye on the ball: the singular focus of the pro-life position should be on the unique, vulnerable, precious, living human being in the womb who is […]

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Assisted suicide Death and dying Euthanasia

John Keown on the Link between Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia

Here is a link to an excellent paper by John Keown, which was recently published in the Cambridge Law Journal. The paper is entitled “The Logical Link Between Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia.” Here is the abstract– “The logical “slippery slope” argument is of key relevance to the ongoing debate about “assisted dying”. The argument runs […]

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Life & Learning University Faculty for Life

Life & Learning XXXI is Now Available!!!

Due to the great editing work of Don Flanagan, the new edition of Life & Learning is now available at this link. Life & Learning is University Faculty for Life’s annual scholarly publication. The volume largely includes papers from our annual conferences. Father Joe Koterski S.J. edited these volumes for three decades. After Father Joe’s […]

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Abortion Texas Heartbeat Law

Texas Supreme Court Decision in Heartbeat Case

Here is a short article by Ed Whelan reporting on a decision by the Texas Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had asked the Texas Supreme Court to decide whether the Texas Heartbeat law could be enforced by Texas licensing officials. The Texas Supreme Court said no–and that decision […]

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Assisted suicide Constitutionality Court Cases Death and dying Euthanasia Suicide

Massachusetts Court Considers Right to Assisted Suicide

Here is a link to a Reuters story on the oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. The Court is considering whether there is a state constitutional right to assisted suicide. In 1997, the US Supreme Court rejected a federal constitutional challenge to laws banning assisted suicide.

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Abortion Constitutionality

Supreme Court Allows Kentucky AG to Intervene to Defend Pro-Life Law

Here is a link to a Scotusblog report on the Court’s decision in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, P.S.C. On March 3, 2022, the Court reversed a Sixth Circuit decision that had refused to allow Daniel Cameron, the Attorney General of Kentucky, to intervene in a suit involving the constitutionality of a Kentucky statute […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Down Syndrome abortions

6th Circuit Allows Tennessee’s Ban on Down Syndrome Abortions to go into Effect

Here is an AP story on the Sixth Circuit’s oder allowing Tennessee’s ban on Down syndrome abortions to go into effect. The court is apparently allowing the statute to go into effect pending the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case.