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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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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.

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Abortion Constitutionality

49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, 2022

This Saturday is the 49th anniversary of the Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. Perhaps this will be the last year when Roe (1973)and Casey (1992) protect a nearly unlimited right to abortion. Here is a link to my article entitled “Re-Reading Roe v. Wade,” which was presented at Washington & Lee Law School at a […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Texas Heartbeat Law

Fifth Circuit Sends Heartbeat Case to Texas Supreme Court

Here is a link to the Fifth Circuit’s order. The divided panel sent the Texas Heartbeat case to the Texas Supreme Court. This order was issued after the case was remanded to the 5th Circuit by the US Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court, which refused a request to enjoin the law pending the challenges […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Alexandra DeSanctis on the new New Jersey Law on Abortion

Here is a good article by Alexandra DeSanctis on the new New Jersey law protecting access to abortion. The article makes it clear that if the Supreme Court overrules Roe and Casey the battle over abortion will switch to the states. And states such as New Jersey have moved to aggressively protect access to abortion. […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Texas Heartbeat Law

Texas Heartbeat Case Argued Before the Fifth Circuit

Here is a link to a story in Bloomberg about the latest developments in the Texas Hearbeat case. The US Supreme Court, which refused a request to enjoin the law pending the challenges to the constitutionality of the statute, suggested that Texas licensing authorities might be proper defendants in the suits challenging the constitutionality of […]

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Pro Vita

Fall 2021 Issue of Pro Vita is Now Available

Here is a link to the latest issue of Pro Vita, the University Faculty for Life (UFL) newsletter. The Fall 2021 issue includes a touching letter from Mary Lemmons, UFL President, columns from Chris Kaczor and Richard Myers, and information about UFL’s upcoming annual conference, which will be held at Notre Dame on June 10-11, […]

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“The Religious Question and Abortion”

Here is a link to a good post by Teresa Collett addressing “The Religious Question and Abortion.” Collett addresses the line of questioning during the recent oral arguments in the Dobbs case by Justice Sotomayor who suggested that opposition to abortion is necessarily based on religion. I have addressed this issue in this article. Sotomayor’s […]

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Abortion Constitutionality Down Syndrome abortions Fetal anomolies and disabilities

Arizona Asks Supreme Court to Allow Down Syndrome Ban to go into Effect

Here is link to a report on Scotusblog discussing the State of Arizona’s effort to enforce its law prohibiting abortions when the sole reason for the abortion is the genetic abnormality of the unborn child. The law was enjoined by a lower court. Arizona filed a emergency motion with the United States Supreme Court asking […]