Farewell to a President

I had to wait until this evening to watch the video coverage of the state funeral for the late President George H.W. Bush. It was worth the wait. If you haven't heard the eulogy delivered by George W., do yourself a favor and take twelve minutes to watch it. So often, President Trump's tweets leave … Continue reading Farewell to a President

Plan Now for January’s March for Life

Pro-lifers nationwide observe the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision every January, no matter who's in the White House and no matter which party holds a majority in Congress. Peaceful affirmation of the right to life is always in season. The next national March for Life in Washington will be Friday, January … Continue reading Plan Now for January’s March for Life

Downballot, Some Life-Issue News

I arrive at DTG Blog sheepishly, behind schedule, having been entirely too wrapped up in my own state's election (424 legislative seats, for starters). As I look at results past the state line, I see that voters in West Virginia and Alabama passed pro-life ballot measures that are essential but shouldn't have been needed. The … Continue reading Downballot, Some Life-Issue News

Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

(Adapted from my post at GraniteGrok.com.) In a statement released earlier this week, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced that she has been diagnosed with dementia possibly related to Alzheimer's disease. She is therefore stepping back from public life. I suspect she's all too familiar with what's ahead; as I recall, one … Continue reading Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Life goes on at the Supreme Court, vacancy or no. Last Monday, on the opening day of the term, the Court announced that it will not hear a challenge to a 2014 Tennessee ballot measure, Amendment 1, which stated "nothing in this [state] Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion." Or, if you prefer, … Continue reading A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Un-packing the Court, Etc.

Happy autumn! Herewith a few odds and ends from my notebook. Un-packing the Court As I write this, the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is still up in the air. Whatever my preferences and my views of the current uproar, I have my doubts about the ability of 51 Republicans to agree … Continue reading Un-packing the Court, Etc.

Will NHGOP Flip a Congressional Seat or Two?

Just in case you think Democrats are talking through their hats when they predict a "blue wave" in November, let me give you a peek at my state's 2018 recent Congressional primary.  I admit that New Hampshire is a small sample size. This is a cautionary tale, not a prediction of anyone's "wave." Our entire … Continue reading Will NHGOP Flip a Congressional Seat or Two?

Thoughts after Rome

When an opportunity for me to visit Rome came up unexpectedly not long ago, I dropped everything, including blogging assignments. I will probably never have another crack at a trip to Italy with my husband. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to go. I figured I might be able to … Continue reading Thoughts after Rome

Senator Collins and the Imaginary Roe Decision

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law....Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well established." Thus spake Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), according to a CNN report. But … Continue reading Senator Collins and the Imaginary Roe Decision

Exhortation from John Adams, 1777

Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.  (Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 26 April 1777 [electronic … Continue reading Exhortation from John Adams, 1777

Justice Kennedy Leaves With a Flourish

Anthony Kennedy has announced that he will step down from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31, after 30 years of service. He assured himself a place in history two years ago, for good or ill, with the Obergefell decision. Aside from that, he earned a reputation as a swing (i.e. unpredictable) vote on various issues. One … Continue reading Justice Kennedy Leaves With a Flourish

Public Comment Period Now Open on Proposed Title X Rules

I posted a couple of weeks ago about the Trump Administration's proposed rule to keep Title X (Ten) federal family planning money from being used to benefit abortion providers. The formal period for public comment is open now through July 31. h/t to Jeanneane Maxon, formerly of Americans United for Life, for this brief summary: … Continue reading Public Comment Period Now Open on Proposed Title X Rules

Thoughts on the President’s Title X Proposal

(Adapted from a post I wrote for Leaven for the Loaf.) The Trump Administration has announced a proposed Health and Human Services rule that would prevent federal Title X (Ten) family planning money from going to abortion providers. That’s “proposed.” It’s a long road from announcement to implementation. Some pro-lifers are cheering as though it’s … Continue reading Thoughts on the President’s Title X Proposal

Cecile’s Legacy

The Twitterverse murmured #ThankYouCecile the other day to mark the end of Cecile Richards's tenure leading the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Hats off to the Babylon Bee for skewering that bit of social media hashtagging: "Woman Celebrated for Killing 3.5 Million People." That satirical bull's eye came just a few days after another one from … Continue reading Cecile’s Legacy

Telling the story

I hate the terms “ableism” and “implicit bias.” They smack of linguistic and political trendiness. But now comes Britain’s National Health Service to show us what those words mean, and suddenly they’re menacing, not trendy.  As I write this, Alfie Evans still lives in spite of the best efforts of the NHS. I hope that … Continue reading Telling the story

Conscience Meets Access

In the days leading up to the adoption of the latest spending bill in Washington, my social media feeds were full of posts from a variety of pro-life groups addressing one topic: including protection of medical conscience rights in the spending bill. To anyone unfamiliar with the federal budget process, an appropriations bill would sound … Continue reading Conscience Meets Access

A pause for a priority

At the time this is published, I’ll be in an unassuming little church on a side street off a New England city’s millyard. Lent draws to a close tonight and what’s known in my faith tradition as the Triduum begins. I’ll listen to familiar Biblical psalms, canticles, and lamentations, chanted in unfamiliar Latin as I … Continue reading A pause for a priority

Gender Politics Update

As of midday today, my state is no longer the only one in New England without "gender identity" language in the state's anti-discrimination law. That's what's in the area's headlines tonight and it's what will lead the area's news stories tomorrow. What you probably won't hear is that my state representatives voted on two other … Continue reading Gender Politics Update

Pro-Life Speech Case Coming to SCOTUS March 20

Update to a November 2017 post: California's attorney general is on the U.S. Supreme Court's schedule for March 20, at which time he can  explain why he should be able to tell pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortions. That ought to elicit some searching questions from the Justices. The case is National Institute of … Continue reading Pro-Life Speech Case Coming to SCOTUS March 20

Plan now for March for Life 2019

I was in the midst of the March for Life in Washington a few days ago. No count was possible from my vantage point, but you can view this time-lapse image from Students for Life to get an idea of the crowd. Not many satellite trucks around, though, except for EWTN's. Other news outlets managed … Continue reading Plan now for March for Life 2019