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What if Dismemberment Abortion Bans are Ruled Unconstitutional? Another Pro-Life Strategy

Just recently, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban of Texas was struck down by the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The decision was immediately appealed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals where it awaits a hearing. Many other states have also faced similar challenges to their Dismemberment Abortion Bans as well. These challenges, of course, will likely lead to the US Supreme Court...

Applying Just Laws Unjustly: Undocumented Immigration and Abortion

Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote, “Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and...

Harvesting Human Eggs and Informed Consent Legislation

“Tacit qui consentire videtur” is the legal principle of “silence implies consent.” When the law is silent on a matter, the law considers the matter legal since the law does not prohibit the action. In many respects this principle is applicable when it comes to the subject of assisted reproductive technology and the law. Many refer to it as the “wild west” precisely because there is so little regulation and, seemingly, anything goes....

What Are Pro-Life Oregonians To Do? Moral Action and Unjust Public Funding

It is written by St. Thomas Aquinas that “A tyrannical law, though not being according to reason, is not a law, absolutely speaking, but rather a perversion of law…” (see Summa Theologica, I-II, Q. 92, A. 1). Recently, it has come to pass that the State of Oregon will oblige taxpayers and insurance companies to pay for free abortions. What makes the law so different than other pro-abortion “laws” is that it forces...

Pontius Pilate, Regnative Fortitude, and the Culture of Life

In many ways the story of Pontius Pilate is a narrative of the Culture of Death. His words embody the antithesis of the Culture of Life. Yet, this account of the Roman Governor still has much to say about the importance for standing up for truth and life. Many may ask what exactly ate Pilate has to teach us today? To answer this question the account of Christ’s trial before Pilate ought to be...

The Texas Mother’s Day Massacre: Ethical Questions in Pro-Life Politics

Recently, the Texas House of Representatives witnessed an extraordinary event that boggled the minds of many pro-life observers nationwide. On the night of May 11, 2017, twelve pro-life Texas state representatives decided to use specific House rules that killed roughly one hundred twenty bills, four of which were pro-life bills because they believed the leadership of the House was delaying their legislative agenda. The action created a flurry of commentary and essentially...

Embryo Jewelry, Vanity, and the Culture of Death

Since the dawn of the in vitro fertilization industry more and more morally problematic situations have arisen. Recently, a story has gone viral about an Australian company who makes jewelry out of “extra” embryos that the parents no longer want. As the world is still coming to the realization that so-called “leftover” embryos are being used for lethal research that serves no benefit to them, this is another example of vulnerable children...

Battling a Brave New World: Regnative Prudence and Pro-Life Legislation Part 3

On March 15, 2017, Wesley J. Smith published an excellent piece in The Human Life Review entitled “Brave New World is Closer Than You Think”. In his article, he details much of the history surrounding the beginning of life issues that are found within biotechnology. He further explains that while much of the biotechnology issues such as human cloning were hotly debated topics within the political realm ten to fifteen years ago,...