The first case, Zubik vs. Burwell, which included Priests for Life vs. HHS and five other cases consolidated with it, was one in which I am a petitioner, and which turned on the question of whether the government has gone too far in expanding abortion. At issue is an HHS mandate that would force me and my organization to be complicit in that expansion. The Court did not resolve the issue but hopes the petitioners and the government can come to a resolution in the lower courts.
The second case, Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, reviewed a Texas law (HB2) and the question of whether the government has gone too far in restricting abortion. Our organization filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the State of Texas and of women harmed by abortion. The high court struck down the Texas law by a 5-3 decision that said the law posed an undue burden on women seeking an abortion.
The resolution of both cases, actually, should have been rather simple, and neither affects the legality of abortion. In the first case, the pro-life side has argued that the legality of abortion doesn’t mean the government can force someone to participate in it. That would seem to be reasonable. In the second case, the pro-life side has argued that the legality of abortion doesn’t mean the government can’t regulate it to increase the safety of the woman undergoing the procedure. That too, seems reasonable.
Read the entire Op-ed in Townhall: http://townhall.com/columnists/frankpavone/2016/06/29/draft-n2185119
The Supreme Court is now the Supreme Medical Board, setting its own standards for patient care in the United States. This decision is an outrageous usurpation of legislative power and it only underscores the critical importance of electing a President who will nominate — and Senators who will confirm — justices to the Supreme Court who will adjudicate, not write the law.
Read the entire article in Church Militant: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/supreme-court-strikes-down-tx-pro-life-law
“The Supreme Court is now the Supreme Medical Board, setting its own standards for patient care in the United States.”
Read the entire article: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/2016/06/donald_trump_mum_on_abortion_hillary_clinton_fires_away
The law resulted in the closure of over half Texas’s abortion clinics and was, of course, met with fierce opposition from such groups as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the ACLU. In response to the law, the group Whole Woman’s Health filed a lawsuit in opposition to the law, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
The case, Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, was opened in March, killing HB2 slowly, far from its home state and people.
Read the entire Article: http://www.mrctv.org/blog/scotus-overturns-texass-pro-life-hb2-legislation
“A core issue in the Supreme Court’s case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which challenges a Texas law that set health and safety standards for abortion clinics, is the deference that the Courts need to give to legislatures, particularly when those legislatures make particular determinations in matters of medical dispute.”
Read the entire article in Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/27/supreme-court-not-supreme-medical-board/
This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11)
Reflection: Studies have shown that those who aborted their first pregnancy were four times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than those who never had an abortion. Sometimes this behavior is aimed at dulling the pain abortion brings, or it is done because the mother feels unworthy of living any more, unworthy of being protected, safe, and healthy.
Prayer: Lord, I pray today for those who are in pain and who feel unworthy of life. Reach down from heaven, heal their spirits, and give them new hope. Amen!