Monday, December 18, 2006

Dr. Rice finds concern in "Pro-Life" Abortion Laws

If Roe is Overturned our Pro-Life Incremental Laws Will Keep Abortion Legal says Pro-Life Professor Dr. Charles E. Rice. "You'd have to get rid of the [pro-life] abortion laws."

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, will the hundreds of abortion regulations on the books have the unintended effect of keeping abortion legal?

On Denver radio yesterday, Notre Dame law professor Charles E. Rice addressed a post-Roe scenario that the pro-life movement has so far ignored. "If the [U.S. Supreme] Court says the states can regulate abortion, then to protect the right to life, you'd have to get rid of the [pro-life] abortion laws."

Dr. Rice, who teaches constitutional law, and morality and law, acknowledged that many pro-life laws across America, including Indiana's Informed Consent law, would keep abortion legal if Roe v. Wade simply fell. Indiana Code, Title 16, Section 34, Chapter 2. Requirements for Performance of Abortion... states:

"1. (a) Abortion shall in all instances be a criminal act, except when... (1) During the first trimester of pregnancy for reasons based upon the professional, medical judgment of the pregnant woman's physician if: (A) the abortion is performed by the physician; (B) the woman submitting to the abortion has filed her consent with her physician."

Dr. Rice further warned that the pro-life Supreme Court justices who have ruled or spoken on abortion have stated that the states can regulate abortion, which directly undermines the very personhood of the child and further promotes moral relativism.

Rice also questioned the wisdom of the recently failed Fetal Pain Act, which was promoted by National Right to Life. He indicated that of course anesthesia will actually encourage some women to get an abortion, and may make late-term abortion seem more humane to the public.

Colorado Right To Life president Brian Rohrbough stated that Dr. Rice is so obviously correct that pro-lifers need a strategy overhaul because our own laws may end up keeping most abortions legal decades after Roe. "Pro-lifers will then have to convince a hostile media, the courts, and the public, that our own laws were unjust and must be repealed. That could take a century to accomplish."

Friday, December 15, 2006

Is Jack a Heretic?

To my complete surprise, I received several similarly-themed emails in reaction to our offering of the Tridentine Catechism.

Without reproducing them all, here are some of the highlights of the accusations in these emails:

(1) That I am "not supporting our current popes"

(2) That I am "committing the sin of idolatry by worshipping a time in the past" and wishing to "move the Church backwards after all the progress it's made."

(3) That I am "arrogant and nostalgic"; attempting to have us "live in the past".

Wow. Ok. I'll address these.

First of all, I don't know of ANY pope (from Peter to Benedict XVI) who has ever said "don't read the historical documents of the Church or else you won't support me." In fact, I think it's just the opposite. Popes such as B16 and JP2 have ENCOURAGED the faithful to learn more about the Church and all of her historic riches.

Second, that I am idealizing the past to the point of sin and trying to force the Church to take steps backward. That's a pretty powerful accusation. I do love the Latin Mass. I attend it with my family every week and it still sends chills up my spine each and every time. But let's say I attended Mass in English (which I do sometimes). Am I still an idolater (sp?) because I find eternal truths of the Church in her historical documents? In all honesty, I don't believe I am.

Third, that I am "arrogant and nostalgic." Mom! I told you to stop emailing me at this address! Just kidding Mom. I guess I might be an arrogant person. I am a lawyer after all. And if I am nostalgic (I know the Silly Putty's gonna make it's big come back any day now), I'm not sure that's a sin. But I really can't see how appreciating the classics of the Catholic faith is any attempt to live in the past.

You all know how much I enjoy the Catholic Classics such as Imitation of Christ, Confessions, Story of a Soul, etc. They have all given me rich meaning and insight into my faith and at NO time have I ever felt that I needed to denounce modern Church documents in order to appreciate these classics. I believe in One Church . . . not a Church that existed before 1963, and another that existed after.

So that's really all I have to say on the matter. I appreciate your feedback. If you disagree with me on this, please let me know. However, if you are on the same faith journey as me and Joe and find beauty in the Catholic Classics, I believe you'll find just as much if not more beauty and meaning in the classic that is the Tridentine Catechism.

But don't take my word for it. Read it for yourself and make up your own minds. Here's the link to get your copy:

Thanks for your patience. May God bless us all this coming Christmas.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

FRC To Host Annual Conference Of Pro-Life Bloggers

Family Research Council, located at 801 G Street, NW, will host Blogs4Life, the second annual conference of pro-life bloggers.

Blogs4Life is scheduled to take place the day of the 34th annual March for Life, during which thousands of pro-life advocates gather in the Nation's capitol to celebrate life and demand the reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Ramesh Ponnuru, noted author of The Party of Death and senior editor at National Review. Blogs4Life is an excellent opportunity for individuals and organizations to network with pro-life bloggers and develop an understanding of how weblog technology can be used to strategically promote life and transform ideas into action as we move toward a post-Roe America.

The conference will also feature numerous other bloggers including Joe Carter, FRC's Director for Web Communications, whose blog Evangelical Outpost (, was voted "Best Religious Blog" in the 2005 Weblog Awards and included as one of the "Best Spiritual Blogs" by

Who: Pro-life bloggers

What: The second annual conference dedicated to advancing the pro-life message via weblog technology.

When: Monday, January 22, 20079:00 am

Where: Family Research Council
801 G. Street, NW * Washington, DC * 20001

RSVP: online at (click on "Register")