SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch – A Look ahead

Last night, President Trump nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A graduate of Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford, Gorsuch studied under the preeminent moral philosopher John Finnis. His firm grounding in sound legal reasoning and the natural law means he will not concern himself with the outcome of a case but rather with the reasoning and logic behind it. That won’t be popular with those who like to use the courts to achieve their desired ends. Let the circus begin. Read

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Why We March

After 8 years of pro-abortion policies, political persecution and media denial, we now have an administration, the Senate and the House not only listening to our voices, but supporting what we say and know to be true: Human life is sacred, and the state, by its very nature, bears the great responsibility of protecting the right to life. Read

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Understanding the Three-Parent Baby

While most (99.9%) of the human genome (DNA) is found in chromosomes in the cell nucleus, a small percentage (0.1%) of our DNA is found in the mitochondria—small bean-shaped structures which float around within the cell. Among other things, mitochondria use oxygen to convert the energy from food into a form cells can use. Mutations in this mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which can cause metabolic and degenerative diseases, and forms of cancer, are the driving force behind three-parent babies. Read

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Assisted Suicide in D.C.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. To celebrate, the D.C. Council is considering a measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide with a bill which surrealistically claims “actions taken in accordance with this act do not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing, or homicide under the law.” We are reminded of Humpty Dumpty who tells Alice that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Read

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What is the Legal Meaning of “Maternal Health?”

In Roe v. Wade (1973), the Supreme Court established that the government may regulate and even prohibit abortion, as long as an exception is made “where it is necessary, in the appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.” This exception to abortion laws for maternal health is called the “maternal health exception.” But what does “health of the mother” mean? Read

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End of Life Decision Making

You check into a hospital for a routine procedure. They ask you if you have a living will. You say no. They slide a form in front of you with simplistic questions such as: Do you want to be resuscitated if you go into cardiac arrest? Do you want mechanical ventilation if you are unable to breath? Do you want nutrients and fluids supplied to your body if you’re unconscious? Your gut tells you the questions are superficial. What should you do? Read

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Should Sperm Donation Be Anonymous?

A couple made up of two women chose a ‘qualified,’ though anonymous, semen donor, profiled as being an eloquent, mature, healthy, intelligent man, to be the father of their child. Almost seven years later, they found that the donor was schizophrenic, left university before graduating and had just been accused of robbery. Furthermore, his picture had been modified to remove a large mole from his face. This donor is the biological father of at least three dozen children… Read

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Partly-Human Chimeras: Fearfully And Wonderfully Made?

Historically, the distinction between “man” and all other creatures has been relatively unchallenged, being established in religious texts as well as borne out in science and experience. Though cultural changes and legal perspectives are making this less obvious than heretofore, the truth remains intact—our own self-image is attacked when humanity is approached without due dignity. Read

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Abortion, The Mother’s Life, And The Principle of Double Effect

Imagine a pregnant woman diagnosed with uterine cancer and the only treatment alternative is a hysterectomy which would likely save her life, but surely end in the death of the child. Absent any action, both are expected to die. In such an instance, is the loss of the child permissible? The answer is simple, but the logic is worth understanding well. Read

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NIH Debates Allowing Human-Animal Chimeras

Chimeras are formed by combining genetically-distinct cells, in this case human cells and animal cells. In 2005, the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine recommended limits on such research, but 10 years later, they have reopened the debate. Where objections are rightfully raised, language is twisted and manipulated to disguise the truth of what is taking place, making an ethical analysis of a complex situation even more complex. Read

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