Health

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Court avoids free exercise minefield of Washington pharmacy case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a Washington state requirement that all pharmacies must fill contraceptives regardless of the religious objections of the owners.

 
 

Moot: Federal judge dismisses ACLU suit to force Catholic hospitals to provide abortion services

Moot: Federal judge dismisses ACLU suit to force Catholic hospitals to provide abortion services

Federal court rules ACLU lacks standing to sue Catholic hospitals that refuse to provide abortion and contraceptive services

 
 

Abortion doctor testifies to Senate – "The difference was whether the baby was wanted or unwanted"

Abortion doctor testifies to Senate – "The difference was whether the baby was wanted or unwanted"

Doctor to U.S. Senate – "The only time I experienced any qualms about what I was doing was when I had my neonatal care rotation and I realized that I was trying to save babies in the NICU that were the same age as babies I was aborting, but I rationalized it, and was able to push the feelings to the back of my mind."

 
 

Seeking Peaceful Solutions When Accommodating You Doesn't Accommodate Me

Seeking Peaceful Solutions When Accommodating You Doesn't Accommodate Me

By recognizing the sincerity of opposing positions on the issues and deriving specific areas of accommodation, the conversation moves from ideology and conflict to one of mutual and practical problem-solving.

 
 

California to Implement Assisted Suicide on June 9

California to Implement Assisted Suicide on June 9

On June 9, 2016, California's "End of Life Option Act," signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last October, will go into effect. Under the law, patients who are at least 18 years old who have been diagnosed by a treating and a consulting physician with a terminal disease expected to result in death within 6 months may request aid-in-dying drugs. Verbal requests must be made 15 days apart and one must be signed, dated, and witnessed by two adults. A mental health assessment is not required unless the physician feels that there may be a mental disorder.

 
 

Abortionists deny the humanity of the preborn

Abortionists deny the humanity of the preborn

Since the pro-life movement is usually the one accused of always using religious arguments, it seems surprising that some abortionists use such a religious, even metaphysical argument when faced with a pro-lifer’s questions.

 
 

New Supreme Court Case Could Stretch RFRA to Breaking Point

New Supreme Court Case Could Stretch RFRA to Breaking Point

If Congress, which passed both RFRA and Obamacare, believes RFRA's application goes too far, Congress could decide to repeal all or part of RFRA.

 
 

Shawn Boonstra on Elective Abortions

Planned Parenthood | VOP Blog http://vopblog.com/2015/07/28/planned-parenthood/ Excerpt:  The abortion debate really boils down to one question: does a fetus possess personhood?  We know the fetus is alive, but is it truly human? If the fetus is merely tissue, then the termination of a pregnancy is not fraught with nearly as many ethical and moral questions. But if the fetus does have personhood–if it can be […]

 
 

California Eliminates Religious Exemption to Mandatory Vaccination

California Eliminates Religious Exemption to Mandatory Vaccination

In passing SB 277, the legislature appears to presume either that the religious exemption requests were pretextual and therefore should not be taken seriously, or that religious beliefs are subordinate to uniformity of adherence to health and safety codes.

 
 

Assisted Suicide Legislation Would Leave Elderly, Disabled, and Depressed Vulnerable

Assisted Suicide Legislation Would Leave Elderly, Disabled, and Depressed Vulnerable

California's proposed assisted-suicide bill does not require psychiatric evaluations which would rule-out depression, fear or anxiety as a primary motive for requesting assisted suicide, and does not provide adequate checks and balances to ensure that the disabled and elderly are protected. It could also lead to an increase in non-therapeutic suicides as it becomes socially acceptable. It costs only $35-50 for life-ending "medication" as opposed to hundreds of thousands of dollars for terminal healthcare, thus the cost-saving incentive is significant.