Eighth Circuit Cites Supreme Court as It Upholds Abortion Restrictions

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Last week the Eighth Circuit Court ruled that Arkansas could increase abortion restrictions, including banning certain procedures and adding notification laws for minors.  That’s good news. Surprising, however, was why. The Eighth Circuit cited the recent Supreme Court ruling in June Medical Services vs. Russo—where Chief Justice Roberts wrote that states couldn’t impose a “substantial obstacle” to women seeking abortions. 

Many pro-lifers—including me—were quite dismayed when Roberts sided with liberal justices. But it may be that Roberts, intentionally or unintentionally, actually gave states significant room to define what counts and doesn’t count as a “substantial obstacle” to them.

Writing at the Washington Post, Mary Ziegler predicts that “the court is well on its way to dismantling abortion rights… without saying a word about Roe itself.

I hope she’s right. I hope we all misjudged Justice Roberts. But, what I know for sure, we all need to know how to make the case for life.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

From Abortion to Assisted Suicide to Infanticide

According to a recent survey, an astounding majority of Belgian doctors favor “after-birth abortion” for kids born with disability. In plain English, that would be called “infanticide.”

When asked whether it is morally permissible to “administer drugs” to end the life of a baby born with a “serious (but non-lethal) neonatal condition,” 94% of Belgian doctors surveyed said “yes.”

While the survey didn’t define “non-lethal condition,” it’s already permissible in Britain to abort babies with Down Syndrome, cleft lip, or club foot.

To be clear, we are not talking about Nazi doctors, or North Korea or Chinese party officials. Belgium is a Western, highly educated, democratic, modern nation which, not not coincidentally, has the world’s most liberal assisted suicide laws.

Certain ideas make other ideas thinkable. It’s how the unimaginable become acceptable. The slope from abortion to infanticide by way of doctor-assisted-suicide is a slippery one indeed.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.

How Marriage Is Helping Us Through COVID

John Stonestreet, Radio Host and President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

National Review recently pointed to new research that suggests married couples are best positioned to weather the emotional and financial storms of the COVID-19 pandemic. It sounds like common sense: Married people are much less likely to report feeling lonely or isolated (despite the social distancing) and are also more financially stable than those living on their own. They also tend to have wider family networks to rely on in times of trouble.

Of course, none of this suggests that married people are morally superior to single people, or that marriage is a guarantee for success. What it does reinforce, yet again, is the truth that marriage is a good thing, not a tool of patriarchal oppression or a loss of freedom, as we so often hear. And it suggests that the decline of marriage is not a healthy trend.

And, this study should remind us married folks to look out for friends, neighbors and family who live alone.

Copyright 2020 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from BreakPoint.org with permission.