Roe Fatigue

THE NEW YORK POST, Jan. 25 — Talk of “Roe fatigue” is spreading among pro-abortionists, says Catholic columnist Maggie Gallagher. “Abortion rights stalwarts like law professor and author Susan Estrich and columnist Katha Pollitt feel obliged to ask … “Should Roe Go?”

The New York Times and The Washington Post have recently run op-ed pieces by normally pro-abortion analysts calling for Democrats to abandon their devotion to Roe v. Wade.

In the Post, Richard Cohen said it was time to “untether abortion rights from Roe,” admitting that abortion ought to be decided by the states. “This is another way of saying abortion is not a constitutional right,” countered columnist Anne Coulter.

In The New York Times, William Saletan counseled feminists to admit: “It’s bad to kill a fetus.” And former President Jimmy Carter told the New York Review of Books: “I don’t believe that Christ would approve of abortions.”

Blogging for Life

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL, Jan. 24 — A growing number of weblogs are promoting pro-life views and playing watchdog to abortion-rights activists, legislation and abortion clinics, reported the wire service.

But better communication is needed, agreed prominent pro-life bloggers at their first annual conference prior to the 33rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Blogging “will help turn the tide, raising awareness about the dignity of human life and protecting it,” said Joseph Gillin, 50, of the blog Life at the Frontier (lifeatthefrontier.blogspot.com). “And it’s a healthy progress, finding more sources of information than the few networks I grew up with.”

Mary Worthington, 23, of The Revolution (myheartsrevolution.blogspot.com), said “we need to communicate with the general public who really needs to hear our message.” She said this is necessary because “the mainstream media portrays us as extremists.”

Consent in Kansas

THE WICHITA EAGLE, Jan. 28 — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a court order that prohibited Kansas from enforcing a law that requires healthcare providers to report consensual underage sex to authorities.

In a 2-1 decision, the panel reversed a lower-court ruling against a 1982 law requiring doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and others who work with minors to report suspected instances of underage sex, even if it involves willing partners of similar ages.

The state has argued that all sex is inherently harmful to children.