Fact: Every person on this earth comes here by the same means. We are conceived, and we are born. If those two steps didn't happen, we wouldn't be he...
Demonstrators on both sides of the Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court. (vpickering/Flickr) The Supreme Court just started hearing a major an...
I am a busy parish priest half-way through Lent -- so I quite frankly did not have time this week to write about what it means to be prayerfully pro-choice... again. But the orchestrated efforts to turn back the clock on women's reproductive freedom left me no other principled choice.
A majority of my peers see Hillary as too untrustworthy and "establishment," Sanders as the candidate of conscience and authenticity. I understand why they feel that way. I felt the same until quite recently.
In November, when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, abortion-rights advocates across the country agonized that the death knell had sounded for Roe v. Wade.
Legalizing abortion is not a question of beliefs, taboos or religion -- all that should not even be part of the conversation. Abortion is a question of public health, and it must be dealt with as such.
Actress Amy Brenneman has been a pro-choice advocate for many years, and underwent an abortion when she was a 21 year-old college student. "It's important for women who have had abortions to speak out and not be ashamed."
In Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt...
Amy Hagstrom Miller will face the Supreme Court Tuesday in defense of her group of abortion clinics, Whole Woman's Health. Hagstrom Miller is a mission-driven small business owner, inspired, she says, by her commitment to human rights and justice.
Today, the nation's highest court will hear Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that will determine whether the state of Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state, placing countless women at risk of serious harm and forcing health professionals to provide substandard care.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has coincided with a schedule of arguments before the Supreme Court that will have an enduring impact on women's access to reproductive health care. The first of these cases, Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, is being argued today.
"Read the small print" is sound advice before buying car insurance or signing for a reverse mortgage touted in a late-night infomercial. It is also the right approach for making sense of Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, the momentous abortion rights case from Texas now before the Supreme Court. The outcome will help determine whether safe and legal abortion care will be available to poor and disadvantaged women in large swathes of the country and could shape the real world contours of women's reproductive freedom for years to come. But it is apparent from the background of this legal clash (pertinent small print, if you will) that the case implicates a principle that transcends the immediate abortion controversy, one central to the rule of law -- namely, the truth and integrity of judicial decision-making. Including, I'd add, by the Supreme Court itself.
There are many more dangerous medical procedures that men undergo, and no one is "protecting" them with laws that replace their judgment. For the sake of women around the country, I hope Justice Kennedy can be convinced to change his mind, and trust women to make our own best decisions in the way it's taken for granted that men will.
I do think the Pope's message was progressive, even for an American audience. As a result, he deserves any accolades he receives and none of the internal criticism because for the first time, the Catholic Church is actually respecting a woman's right to make broader decisions about her own body.
Choice issues will continue to impregnate political debate as we head toward November for the simple reason that women, a huge swing voting bloc in Colorado, care about candidates' positions on abortion. Of course they do. That's common sense.
As a person of faith, I believe that abortion is always a moral decision, and we cannot allow those who would deny people their reproductive rights to claim that theirs is the moral response.