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  • Issue Brief posted March 30, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Four Problems with Physician-Assisted Suicide

    The Hippocratic Oath proclaims: “I will keep [the sick] from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”[1] This is an essential precept for a flourishing civil society. No one, especially a doctor, should be permitted to kill intentionally, or assist in killing intentionally, an innocent…

  • Backgrounder posted March 24, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

    The Hippocratic Oath proclaims: “I will keep [the sick] from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”[1] This is an essential precept for a flourishing civil society. No one, especially a doctor, should be permitted to kill intentionally, or assist in killing intentionally, an innocent…

  • Legal Memorandum posted March 10, 2015 by Gene Schaerr, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Memo to Supreme Court: State Marriage Laws Are Constitutional

    Over the past year, four federal circuit courts—the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits—have ruled that the states and their people lack the ability under the federal Constitution to define marriage as it has always been defined: as the legal union of a man and a woman.[1] In their breathtaking sweep, those four rulings are reminiscent of the U.S. Supreme Court’s…

  • Issue Brief posted March 9, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre Congress Should Protect Religious Freedom in the District of Columbia

    On March 6, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has transmitted to Congress two pieces of legislation that will seriously infringe on conscience rights and religious freedom in our nation’s capital. Congress now has 30 legislative days to pass a resolution of disapproval, which, if signed by the President, would effectively veto these bad laws and protect the rights…

  • Commentary posted March 9, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Leslie Ford A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic

    San Franciscans are currently debating a simple question: Should the government respect the right of Catholic schools to be authentically Catholic? San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone thinks so. But eight California senators and assemblymen sent the archbishop a letter last month, saying that his actions in issuing new faculty guidelines “foment a…

  • Commentary posted December 11, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre The Right to Life and a Culture of Marriage

    The abortion rate keeps dropping. The latest numbers from the CDC, released last week, show that the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1973, the year the Supreme Court manufactured a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade. This raises two important questions: What is the cause of the decline in abortion? And how can we build on this success to protect…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Ignore Your Conscience -- or Go to Jail

    It's hard to imagine a more bedrock American right than being free to live according to your religious convictions. The very idea of being forced to violate your beliefs seems unthinkable. Unless you happen to believe that marriage refers exclusively to the union of a man and a woman. Because more and more often, the government is penalizing and coercing those who…

  • Commentary posted September 30, 2014 by Edwin Meese III, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Let States, Not Courts, Decide Marriage Policy

    On June 26 of last year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, and since then lower courts have issued a string of decisions redefining marriage in the states. This month, in a widely celebrated opinion written by Judge Richard Posner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit declared that it had…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Marriage policy should be worked out in states

    News about court cases that involve same-sex marriages usually travels fast. But when a judge in Tennessee recently upheld that state's constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, it went almost unnoticed. The case involved a same-sex couple married in Iowa that sought a divorce in Tennessee. Because Tennessee does not recognize…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Four Problems and a Response to Obama’s LGBT Executive Order

    Earlier Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers should respect the intrinsic dignity of all of their employees, but as I explain in greater detail at the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal, today’s executive order undermines…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. The Right to Be Wrong

    One of the hallmarks of religious liberty protections is that they protect people of all faiths, even if their beliefs seem unfounded, flawed, implausible, or downright silly. Recognition of a right to religious freedom does not, however, depend on religious skepticism, relativism, or indifferentism. Rather, it rests on the intelligible value of the religious quest—the…

  • Commentary posted June 19, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Sarah Torre Bear Witness to the Truth about Unborn Human Life

    While it is a self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, what is self-evident in the technical philosophical sense is not always readily assented to, or immediately obvious. In many ways this is the story of debates throughout American history, and it is true today in the…

  • Commentary posted May 22, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Six Things You Can Do to Support Marriage and Freedom

    In the media's portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June - if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public opinion polling, especially of my peers in the Millennial generation. Many also point to the forced…

  • Commentary posted May 22, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

    In the media’s portrayal, people defending marriage as the union of a man and woman have been getting routed ever since the Supreme Court decision last June — if not before. They point to a string of lower-court rulings striking down state marriage amendments and to public-opinion polling, especially of my peers in the Millennial generation. Many also point to the forced…

  • Commentary posted May 17, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. The Evolution of Marriage

    ‘A girl for every boy, a boy for every girl”: That’s the main thesis of William Tucker’s engaging new book. With polygamy, you see, there isn’t a girl for every boy, and the leftover boys must find some other — usually disruptive and frequently violent — way to pass their time. But the “unique social contract of monogamy — a male for every female, a female for every male…