09 November 2006

I've been busy reading, writing, and grading papers (if there is a Purgatory for writers, it consists of grading undergraduate students' essays: misplaced commas, misused semicolons, absent apostrophes, fragments galore--everywhere, the abuse of grammar). Instead of boring you with the details, I'll provide a link here to the oral arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court on the two partial-birth abortion cases under review: Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood. As Fr. Frank Pavone noted, Justice Scalia's unusual silence during oral argument spoke volumes; any sane person recognizes the barbarity of partial-birth abortion without the need to enter into debate over its so-called merits.