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Abortion Constitutionality

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Mississippi Abortion Case

The US Supreme Court today agreed to decide Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. For background on Dobbs, see this link. The Court limited its consideration to the first question presented by Mississippi’s cert petition: “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” The cert petition was filed almost a year ago and there […]

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“Artificial Wombs and the Right to Life”

Here is a link to an excellent article in Public Discourse. In the article, Phillip Wozniak and Ashley Fernandes discuss the important ethical issues surrounding the development of artificial wombs. The development of this technology has the potential to reshape the date about abortion rights. As Wozniak and Fernandes note, “if stopping gestation no longer […]

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En Banc Sixth Circuit Upholds Ohio’s Down Syndrome Abortion Law

Here is a link to the Sixth Circuit’s decision upholding Ohio’s law  that “prohibits a doctor from performing an abortion if that doctor knows that the woman’s reason for having the abortion is that she does not want a child with Down syndrome.” The court explained that the law does not prohibit a woman from […]

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Abortion Constitutionality

More from John Finnis on Constitutional Personhood

Here is a link to another essay by John Finnis on constitutional personhood. In this essay, Finnis responds to an essay by Ed Whelan.The most recent essay  by Finnis (dated April 9, 2021) contains links to the relevant essays in this important dialogue.

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Abortion

“Moral Repugnance, Abortion, and COVID Vaccines: A Dialogue”

Here is a link to an interesting dialogue recently published in First Things. Richard Stith and Melissa Moschella discuss moral issues relating to the COVID vaccines.

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Abortion Legislation

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Kentucky AG Can Defend Pro-Life Law

Here is a link to a LifeNews story on the Court’s decision to grant review in Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center. This case involves a Kentucky statute banning dismemberment abortions. The State of Kentucky initially defended the constitutionality of the law but abandoned its defense after a federal court of appeals invalidated the law. […]

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“Abortion is Unconstitutional”

That is the title of this recent essay by John Finnis in the April 2021 issue of First Things. Here is his concluding paragraph in support of constitutional personhood and the unconstitutionality of laws permitting abortion: “A break in the nearly half-century silence on the Court about all these matters would enhance respect for law, […]

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Divided Seventh Circuit Affirms Ruling Enjoining Indiana’s Parental Notice Law

Here is a link to a divided opinion of the Seventh Circuit affirming a lower court ruling enjoining an Indiana law requiring parental notice before a minor may obtain an abortion. In contrast to the views of several federal circuits, the majority did not follow Chief Justice Robert’s concurrence in the June Medical case. Judge […]

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“Anti-abortion bills abound; their fate in court is unknown”

Here is  story from the Associated Press about the many pro-life laws that have recently been passed by state legislatures. The article also discusses how the courts might respond to suits challenging the constitutionality of these laws.

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Abortion Constitutionality

“Arkansas Bans Most Abortions in Bid to Challenge Roe v. Wade”

Here is link to a story in the National Catholic Register describing developments in Arkansas. According to the article: “Governor Asa Hutchinson on March 9 signed Senate Bill 6, also known as the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions except when medically necessary to save the life of the mother. “