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The 5-4 Supreme Court June v. Russo decision to strike down a Louisiana law mandating basic medical safeguards in the event of abortion complications was utterly predictable. This column could have been written months ago when Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio and a host of other states passed laws severely curtailing and even completely outlawing abortion. Borrowing a page from the absurd and childish 1992 Casey decision, the court under Chief Justice John Roberts declared itself an...

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Properly understanding constitutions and charters is not hard. They are kept simple because the people ought to be able to comprehend them and, at least in a virtuous culture, sound the alarm if and when they might be violated. The trouble is we have permitted the prostitution of our constitutions because we have bought into the lie that “The constitution means whatever the courts say it means.” In the absence of a Natural Law arbiter,...

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The first line of attack for those who wish to keep us inside a Control Cocoon is to use social pressure. This is much better than coercive government pressure. While I meet few bureaucrats, I meet my friends and neighbors every day. We like them, they like us. I wouldn’t spit in their face nor they in mine. With that in mind, I don’t use the term “conspiracy theory” when I want to think for...

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As a boy I enjoyed a good hoax. The best one involved thawing out frozen game fish we had kept from a northwoods vacation, putting them on a stringer and then going down to our muddy, carp-infested prairie lake, sitting on the dock and announcing, “Boy are they hitting today!” Yes, many “took the bait” and the laugh belonged silently to our family, greatly enhanced by parental approval. A Bigfoot hoax, usually involving large footprints,...

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Alaska’s pot stores and abortion clinics remain open, but our churches are closed. While we are told that we can’t risk spreading this disease with more than 10 people in a room, this apparently doesn’t apply to getting high or pulling unborn children apart as a “fundamental constitutional right.” In the First Amendment we can find religious freedom and peaceful assemblies alright, and in the Second Amendment self-defense. But abortion? Credit the courts for finding...

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Catholics are now experiencing an unprecedented event in their 2,000-year history: the suspension of Mass, imposed not by government health orders or by dictators but by their own timorous bishops and pope. Interdicts had been wielded over entire kingdoms in the Middle Ages when disobedient monarchs defied church authority, closing parishes and suspending the sacraments. This is different. Catholic and non-Catholics alike have already been repeatedly shocked by the actions of the current Catholic hierarchy....

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In 1980 Ronald Reagan got my vote and that of many Alaskans because he was pro-life. His sweeping victory had Democrats, feminists and abortionists figuring it was all over for them. Reagan Democrats were essentially pro-life anti-communists. Both enemies and friends of Reagan expected – something. North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms introduced a Human Life Bill, in essence exercising the Congressional prerogative found in Article III, Sec. 2 of the Constitution. Then in 1982...

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Almost 40 years ago, when beginning involvement with the prolife movement, I recalled what a national leader said: “The only way to overturn a Supreme Court decision is with a constitutional amendment.” He was a physician, not an historian nor constitutional scholar. It says reams about the ignorance of basic citizenship regarding the Constitution, and our history, that such statements could pass with unquestioned acceptance then – as it did with me – and are...

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How extreme is Roe v. Wade? To understand we must unmask the seldom-studied companion case, Doe v. Bolton, and also examine the false narrative that abortion activists crafted to gain sympathy for their movement. When “Jane Roe,” whose real name was Norma McCorvey, converted to Christianity and the pro-life cause in 1995, she explained how she was coached into lies for this purpose. She had become pregnant as a promiscuous and bi-sexual carnival worker. But...

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In part I of this series on Roe v Wade we explored the false notion that the supreme court – on either the federal or state level – has the constitutional power to negate or cancel statutory laws that are passed by the legislature and signed into law by the executive branch. While the courts might have an opinion, the executive possesses the power of enforcement, and is not obliged, according to his own constitutional discretion,...