Recent US Commentary

Encouraging arguments at Supreme Court in abortion clinic bubble zone case

Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, the Massachusetts “bubble zone” case. In 2007, the state enacted a law prohibiting speech within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortion facility, making sidewalk counseling at these facilities far more difficult. Sidewalk counselor Eleanor McCullen, a 77-year old grandmother who has saved hundreds of babies with her peaceful outreach to women entering Massachusetts abortion clinics, challenged the law, saying it unfairly restricts her freedom of speech. Justices Challenge Assistant A.G. Miller The transcript [PDF] from Wednesday’s hearing suggests that the Court is […]
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Slapped with $36,000 fine, judge willing to let abortion clinic pay $77 to get off the hook

Imagine you run a shoddy abortion clinic that amasses a $36,000 fine by your state’s health department.  You file for bankruptcy, but your case is dismissed.  Then, you close out your bank account, dissolve your old company, change your name, and move to a different location. When the state comes calling, you say the old company doesn’t exist anymore, so the state’s out of luck. You couldn’t get away with that, could you? Believe it or not, a judge in Chicago is about to let an Illinois abortion clinic do just that by requiring the owner to pay a mere […]
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Media misleads on recent ultrasound study

Earlier this month, the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study which has the media swooning. It analyzed over 15,000 abortion-minded women in California in 2011 — some of whom decided to view an ultrasound image of their unborn child. The study purportedly found that these ultrasound images did very little to dissuade women from obtaining an abortion. This study has received significant attention from a number of media outlets including Slate, Time magazine’s Health and Family blog, and RhRealityCheck. The spin is that this study debunks pro-life claims that ultrasound images are effective in persuading abortion-minded women to choose life for their […]
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MRC plans ‘March for Life’ documentary

Each year, the March for Life is by far the largest annual rally in Washington, D.C., and each year, it’s met with a near-black-out from major media. But for 2014, there’s a way for the pro-life movement to change that. In a new initiative to combat media censorship on abortion, the Media Research Center (MRC) is inviting marchers to donate video for a documentary on the movement the media hide.  In 2013, the networks spent a mere 17 seconds on the half million participants at the 40th March for Life (in comparison, they spent 521 times more on the Manti Te’o football scandal). The life censorship […]
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Court imposes assisted suicide in New Mexico

If you ever wonder why there are so many radical and extreme lawsuits, wonder no more. As I have often said about a variety of issues, it only takes one judge to break down the walls of democratic governance and impose an ideological view. That has now happened in New Mexico where Compassion and Choices brought a lawsuit claiming that a doctor assisting the suicide of a terminally ill patient isn’t breaking the assisted suicide law, but merely providing the state constitutionally protected medical treatment of “aid in dying.” That redefinition gambit did not work a few years ago in Connecticut. […]
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