Silver lining appears for pro-lifers in court ruling
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned Aug. 7 a federal judgeâ€™s ruling that had blocked enforcement of four pro-life laws in Arkansas. In doing so, the three-judge panel based its decision on a concurring opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts in the high courtâ€™s June 29 ruling that struck down a Louisiana law designed to protect the lives and health of women by requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions.
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said the Eighth Circuitâ€™s decision â€śshould encourage all of us to continue to advocate for the most vulnerable among us and to continue to minister to children in peril and women in crisis.â€ť
â€śStates should not be prevented by courts from protecting the lives and health of all persons, including preborn children and their mothers,â€ť said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in...
"When the life of the mother is truly threatened by her pregnancy, if both lives cannot simultaneously be saved, then saving the motherâ€™s life must be the primary aim. If through our careful treatment of the motherâ€™s illness the pre-born patient inadvertently dies or is injured, this is tragic and, if unintentional, is not unethical and is consistent with the pro-life ethic. But the intentional killing of an unborn baby by abortion is never necessary."