Catholic World News reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposed law that would ban federally-licensed doctors from prescribing drugs for assisted suicide. The measure is targeted at Oregon’s first-in-the-nation law legalizing doctor-assisted suicide by preventing doctors from administering federally-controlled drugs. Instead, the bill promotes better pain management for terminally-ill patients.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) which is representing the Scouts warns that the Supreme Court hearing into the Boy Scouts homosexual case is of utmost importance to Christians. ACLJ says the Boy Scouts are a private not-for-profit organization, not a public tax-funded organization so the issue is not a “civil rights” matter as is claimed by the homosexual lobby and its supporters. If the court rules against the Boy Scouts, churches may also lose power to exclude homosexuals from church ministerial positions.
Family News In Focus reports that an Illinois Department of Health report into “therapeutic abortion” (premature delivery of babies then allowed to die without sustenance) reveals that it is more widespread than previously thought. Christ Hospital in Chicago performs on average two such infanticidal abortions per month. (Pro-Life E-News)
The Florida Senate on Wednesday voted to ban partial-birth abortion. In a 30-10 vote, the Senate sent the bill to the House, which is expected to follow suit before the legislative session ends on May 5. Gov. Jeb Bush has previously supported the ban.