#587 - Peace & Life: Peace & Life: Dobbs / Hyde / Gymnasts - November 12, 2021
December 1: Arguments in Dobbs
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health will have oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 1. The law’s protection of unborn children starting at 15 weeks is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, as argued in Mississippi’s brief by its attorney general Lynn Fitch (pictured) and dozens of other briefs. By far, most amicus briefs are from pro-life groups.
Many of our member groups, naturally, will be rallying on the steps of the Court in support of overturning this horrific court ruling. We already have the plan for Feminists for Life, and we expect to cover others as information comes in.
For more information on the damage Roe has done to peace and justice movement goals, see our website The Price of Roe.
Because of the extreme importance of keeping the Hyde amendment, we’ve written a letter to several national legislators to support or hold steady on it. An excerpt:
We at the Consistent Life Network are opposed to all violence, including the violence of abortion as well as the violence of war and the death penalty. We take these stands not only out of compassion for the victims of violence but also out of the realization that violence does not solve problems, it just makes them worse.
Publicly funded abortion involves a kind of scapegoating, a blaming of the unborn child for problems that originate in the systemic subjugation of women and the poor, problems that do not go away with the elimination of the child. Like the oppressive boyfriend offering to pay for another abortion for his girlfriend, abortion subsidies are too often just cover up cures for despairing women. In her desperation, a woman may indeed accept a boyfriend’s offer to pay, but that doesn’t remedy her situation.
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From Last Meals to Last Words, What Can Death Row Prisoners Request Before They Die?
September 7, 2021
The vast majority of American executions over the last half-century have been carried out through lethal injection, but several states have directed death row prisoners to pick how they will die. The exact laws vary, but in a handful of states, including Florida, Tennessee and Utah, prisoners have opted for electrocution or the firing squad.
Though this ‘choice’ appears to be a service to the prisoners, it can hinder their ability to fight execution in court. The Supreme Court ruled in 1999 that by picking a method of execution, Arizona prisoner Walter LaGrand had waived his ability to argue that the method violates the Constitution.
It’s really macabre,” said Kelley Henry, an attorney who has represented numerous men on Tennessee death row, and said she counsels them not to pick, so they can continue to fight the methods in court. But she still walks them through the grisly details of what happens when either method goes awry."