Moschella, Melissa
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Melissa Moschella recently earned her PhD in politics at Princeton University.


New! The COVID Vaccines Are Not "Morally Compromised"

The use of HEK 293 or similar cell lines in no way perpetuates the grave injustice of abortion or implies approval of abortion. To call a cell line, a vaccine, a railroad, a medication, or any other physical thing morally compromised is simply a category mistake, because good and evil are characteristics of the human will, not of physical things.

Date posted: 2021-01-13

Parental and Governmental Authority in Medical Decisions: The Tragic Case of Charlie Gard

By preventing Charlie Gard from receiving further medical treatment, the United Kingdom is exceeding its legitimate authority, and violating the right of Connie Yates and Chris Gard to make an intimate and important family decision about how best to care for their sick child.

Date posted: 2017-09-24

To Whom Do Children Belong? A Defense of Parental Authority

Parents have unique authority over their children because they bear non-transferable obligations toward their children. The state must respect the right of parents to fulfill their duties toward their children. The second in a two-part series.

Date posted: 2015-11-19

To Whom Do Children Belong? How Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Parental Rights

Same-sex marriage further encourages the state to encroach on the domain of that indispensable pre-political community, the family. The first in a two-part series.

Date posted: 2015-11-13

The Fundamental Case for Parental Rights

Do the right and the responsibility to educate children belong primarily to parents, or to the state? And who should win when parents and the state disagree over educational content, methods, and goals? (Parents have a fundamental right to raise and educate their children as they see fit. Their authority precedes that of the state.)

Date posted: 2015-01-03

To Whom Do Children Belong?

Children's relationship to the political community is fundamentally different from that of adults, because it is mediated through their belonging to a family and living under the authority of their parents.

Date posted: 2013-07-19

Religious Freedom's Legal and Moral Basis (Part 2)

The right to religious freedom was crucial to the Founders' vision of America. Religious freedom is a right to be protected because it enables us to fulfill our human obligation to seek the truth. The second in a two-part series.

Date posted: 2012-10-09

Religious Freedom Under Fire (Part I)

The threats to religious freedom in our nation are real, and they are serious. And things will get worse unless we defend our rights. The first in a two-part series.

Date posted: 2012-10-09

Taking (Conscience) Rights Seriously

As a pluralistic liberal democracy, we should craft our laws so that individuals will never be unnecessarily coerced into violating their consciences.

Date posted: 2012-10-09