Euthanasia keeps expanding

The Netherlands and Belgium legalized euthanasia a number of years ago.  Originally, the idea was to let terminally ill patients put themselves out of their misery.  But once the basic taboo against physicians killing their patients was surmounted, euthanasia in those countries has expanded to the mentally ill, to the depressed, to children, and to those who are just “tired of living.”  Belgium would not dream of carrying out capital punishment, but it approved of euthanasia for a convicted murderer who asked for it, though he later backed out.

Charles Lane gives the details about how euthanasia keeps expanding to include more and more people, including those who cannot give meaningful consent, such as children and the mentally handicapped.  Read his whole article for the details.  I excerpt his conclusion after the jump. [Read more…]

Obama could still implement the Iran deal

Even if Congress votes down the agreement with Iran to drop sanctions in return for modest nuclear restrictions, and even if Congress over-rides a presidential veto of their resolution of non-support, President Obama could still implement much of the arrangement by Executive Orders.  See how after the jump. [Read more…]

Legalizing “sex work” as “a profession like any other”

Amnesty International, the respected human rights group, has taken up a new cause:  the legalization of prostitution world-wide.

Libertarians have long supported this, for, well, libertarian reasons.  Now expect liberals to embrace this goal as a way of empowering women (which is how Amnesty International frames it).  But would it really empower women?  Wouldn’t this also, in effect, legalize human trafficking?

But this  would be yet another step in our hypersexualized culture’s quest for total, unrestricted sexual license. [Read more…]

The abortion empire strikes back

Planned Parenthood is rallying, attempting to prosecute the filmmakers and getting lots of support from other liberal judges, state Attorney Generals, and Democratic lawmakers.  That’s like in Ben Jonson’s Volpone, when the villain, though caught red-handed, plays the legal system so that the good guys who caught him are the ones who go jail!

Also the Obama administration is threatening states who cut off funding for the organization, saying this would violate federal law.  (See this  for those threats, other legal action, and some latest developments in the Planned Parenthood scandal.)

That group that made the Planned Parenthood videos has another one  showing the goings on at an annual meeting of abortion providers.  It must be very incriminating, since the abortionist activists went to a federal court to prevent its release.  The judge who issued the restraining order is himself a big fund-raising bundler for President Obama, and his wife is a pro-abortion activist.   Mollie Hemingway tells the tale after the jump. . . .

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The new moralism of the Supreme Court

Stanley Fish is a postmodernist scholar of the highest rank, but his conclusions are not always what his fellow academics expect.  A professor both of literature and of law, Fish explains how, in previous rulings about homosexuality, the Supreme Court arrived at the principle that just because something is immoral, that doesn’t mean it should necessarily be illegal.  But in the Obergefell ruling that legalized gay marriage, the court went back to a moral standard–the new morality of tolerance, affirmation of all, personal autonomy, etc.–with hardly any reference to law. [Read more…]

IRS won’t revoke tax-exempt status over gay marriage

When the Supreme Court was hearing arguments about gay marriage, the solicitor general made some ominous comments about religious schools that don’t believe in gay marriage possibly losing their tax exemption, just as Bob Jones University did for not accepting inter-racial marriage.  (That policy has since changed.)

But the IRS commissioner told a Senate committee that  schools and other non-profits would not lose their tax exemption for opposing gay marriage.  At least for now, unless Congress or the courts rule otherwise. [Read more…]