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University Faculty for Life chapter at Notre Dame

University Faculty for Life has had local chapters at Marquette and on Long Island for many years. Our newest local chapter is at the University of Notre Dame.  The Notre Dame chapter will be our local hosts for the 2011 University Faculty for Life annual conference on June 10-11, 2011.   Here is a report on this very […]

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Gilroy’s “Shared Vision”: Highly recommended for students and scholars of American political history

Dr. Jane Gilroy documents a significant episode in American political history: the rise of Ellen McCormack, the pro-life feminist candidate for president in 1976.  McCormack received 22 delegate votes in the 1976 Democratic presidential campaign and over 200,000 votes in Democratic primaries across the nation.  The campaign reached nearly 200,000,000 persons through paid television commercials. […]

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Europe and conscience protection

At the Public Discourse website, here is a report by Matthew Schmitz on a very troubling conscience proposal that will be considered by the Council of Europe on October 7, 2010. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/10/1762 The report states: “The central feature of the resolution is a call for enforcement against conscientious objectors who refuse to perform or make referrals for abortion.” Update: […]

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Developments in Australia on euthanasia

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated that there will be a conscience vote on a proposal to legalize euthanasia. Gillard, though, is conflicted on the issue and has voiced concerns about whether adequate safeguards can be crafted. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/julia-gillard-conflicted-on-euthanasia-but-open-to-debating-the-issue/story-fn59niix-1225929500111 Gillard’s concerns were addressed by Jan Bernheim, a Belgian professor and right to die advocate who think […]

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Virginia Ironside controversy

Virginia Ironside, a British journalist and novelist, has created a stir with her comments on a BBC program in which she advocates killing a child to end her suffering and also supports abortion as an act of kindness when the baby will be born with disabilities. Here is some background. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317400/Virginia-Ironside-sparks-BBC-outrage-Id-suffocate-child-end-suffering.html See also http://lifenews.com/int1661.html Here is Wesley […]

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National Association of African-American Studies conference

The National Association of African-American Studies will conduct its annual conference in Baton Rouge in February 2011. The conference is an excellent opportunity for young scholars and students not only to present research on the life issues, but also to connect with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines and to have their work considered […]

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Scholarly Achievement Award in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research

Attention, colleagues! The “University Faculty for Life Scholarly Achievement Award in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research” is now seeking submissions to be evaluated for next year’s award. Complete guidelines are available on the UFL website (clik on the “Student Awards” link). An abbreviated format of the award flyer is available.UFL Scholarly Achievement Award flyer

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Time magazine cover story on the first 9 months of life

I thought the recent Time magazine cover story on “How the first nine months shape the rest of your life” http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2020815,00.html was quite interesting. I don’t know anything about the field of fetal origins discussed in the article. I was struck, though, by the  assumption that the life of a human being begins ninth months prior to […]

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University Faculty for Life/2011 Conference

The Call for Papers for the 2011 University Faculty for Life annual meeting/conference was just issued. (See the ad on page 72 of the October 2010 issue of First Things.) The 2011 conference will be at the University of Notre Dame on June 10-11, 2011. The keynote speaker and the recipient of the Smith Award for […]

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International Law and the Right to Life

Here is a link to John Keown’s review of Rita Joseph’s book “Human Rights and the Unborn Child.” http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/247662/international-human-rights-law-and-unborn-child-john-keown Here is a link to the book.  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9004175601/ref=nosim/nationalreviewon As Professor Keown points out, advocates of abortion rights have been trying to develop a recognition of a right to abortion in international law. (See the article by Richard Wilkins and Jacob […]