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

The Art of Conversation

I am typing at top speed with a deadline looming, and I'm sure to be late (sorry, Pete). The workday ran long. My day job's current assignment has me watching state legislative action, and today kicked off the 2018 season. The State House hallways were full of citizens sporting buttons and scarves emblazoned with symbols … Continue reading The Art of Conversation

On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

Merry Christmas, I say, since I stubbornly hold that the Christmas season begins on December 25. Happy New Year as well, keeping in mind that each day begins a new year. I'm grateful to readers, fellow writers, and DTG himself for this spot on the blog. To all, I commend these words from Pope Francis, spoken … Continue reading On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

A Gutsy Person Takes on “Gender Identity” Policies

I met Rene Jax last week, and I'm lucky I did. Not many people could be full of good humor after a 24-hour cross-country plane/train/bus trip, but Rene was. That's all the more remarkable considering that she was in town to talk about "gender identity." Not from any academic viewpoint, either: Rene is a transsexual, … Continue reading A Gutsy Person Takes on “Gender Identity” Policies