A Plea for Mercy for Kermit Gosnell

From First Thoughts

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is facing the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders for which he is being tried in Philadelphia. Surely, the heinous acts of which he stands accused are depraved. They probably meet the criteria for capital punishment under Pennsylvania law. However, in the . . . . Continue Reading »

NARAL Recycles Pre-Roe Myths

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Rick Garnett and others have taken note of the “media blackout” of the homidice trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Grassroot efforts to shame the journalistic establishment into at least mentioning the trial seem to be working, however. Now, in a rather transparently . . . . Continue Reading »

Ruling to Serve

From the April 2013 Print Edition

Those of us who are citizens of liberal democratic regimes do not refer to those who govern as “rulers.” It is our boast that we rule ourselves. We prefer to speak of those who govern as public servants, but the extraordinary prestige and trappings attached to public office, in just about . . . . Continue Reading »

Finnis Festshcrift

From First Thoughts

I’m pleased to announce the publication by Oxford University Press of Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis  (edited by John Keown and Robert P. George). This volume of original essays on the thought of the great Oxford (and Notre Dame) legal, political, and moral . . . . Continue Reading »

Preoccupied with Sex and Gender

From First Thoughts

Well, in case there was any doubt, we now have an  ex cathedra  announcement from the hierarchy of the  New York Times : “At some point, the church will accept contraception and female and non-celibate priests. Could it be in the next papacy?”  — Nicholas . . . . Continue Reading »

Fetishizing Drones

From First Thoughts

National Review , the flagship journal of the conservative movement, has published an editorial that is broadly sympathetic to the Justice Department’s “white paper” laying out the Obama administration’s legal argument for the targeted killings of individuals (including U.S. . . . . Continue Reading »

Fighting Against Sex Trafficking

From First Thoughts

Those of us who are fans of pro football don’t want to think about the subject of this article on sex trafficking  as we prepare to enjoy the Super Bowl, but we must. The scale of the trafficking of women—-often girls—-into sexual slavery and other forms of exploitation in . . . . Continue Reading »

Benghazi’s Blue Wall of Silence

From First Thoughts

Thomas Sowell tells it like it is on Benghazi-gate. But Professor Sowell is a conservative and a Republican. Where are the voices of our liberal and Democratic friends and fellow citizens? Why the lack of curiosity about critical questions of governmental responsibility and accountability? Why . . . . Continue Reading »

Roe and “Our Daughters”

From First Thoughts

I was struck yesterday, on the 40th memorial of Roe v. Wade, by several statements by those favoring legal abortion who stressed the “need to protect the right to choose for the sake of our daughters.” Our daughters. Hmmmm . . . . Every child (or, if you prefer, since it changes . . . . Continue Reading »