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By Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report, May 23, 2024

Russell Shaw was secretary for public affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1969 to 1987. He is the author of 20 books, including Nothing to Hide, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, Eight Popes and the Crisis of Modernity, and, most recently, The Life of Jesus Christ (Our Sunday Visitor, 2021).


Two pending cases could provide opportunity for it to move in that direction.

Is the Supreme Court seeking a judicial middle ground in the abortion wars—a stance that pleases and displeases prolifers and prochoicers alike, although for opposite reasons? If so, two pending cases could provide opportunity for it to move in that direction.

In one, the court is being asked to reverse a decision by the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals approving restrictions on the abortion drug Mifepristone. The controversy originated with a group of prolife doctors who challenged Food and Drug Administration actions making Mifepristone easier to obtain. The case is Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine. …

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