Posts Tagged: Abortion
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Ask Polly: Should I Have This Baby?

Dear Polly,

I feel like at this point I really need the perspective of someone not at all attached to my situation, who has a 'no bullshit' attitude that I'm desperately in need of right now. I'm having a really hard time making an incredibly serious decision. I will try to make this as short as possible.

I broke off a long term (6+ year) relationship about 18 months ago. Shortly thereafter I began dating a guy I knew through mutual friends and a intramural sporting group. We started out just as friends; texting, happy hour, group hangouts, etc. But the texts eventually took a flirty turn and I asked [...]

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Two-Headed Shark Fetus Killed By Shark Abortionist

This delightful creature was inside the mommy shark when a shark fisherman killed them both. Or all three of them.

Experts who examined the two-headed shark say it's the first ever bull shark to be found with two heads—somebody put the dead fetus in the MRI machine because why not, and found that it wasn't "conjoined twins" but an actual two-headed shark and the first two-headed bull shark ever to be put inside the MRI machine.

Researchers also claim the baby monster would not live long in the wild, but this sounds like eugenics. Wouldn't the baby two-headed shark have twice the chance at survival?

Anyway, shark abortion [...]

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How Christian Terrorists Keep Wichita Abortion-Free

"A letter arrived from an antiabortion activist who befriended Scott Roeder, the man convicted of killing Dr. Tiller, after he went to prison. That letter, now in federal hands, warned Dr. Mila Means to check under her yellow Mini Cooper for explosives before turning the key." —Terrorism is why you still can't get an abortion in Wichita.

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South Dakota By The Hours

"South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation." Should, however, you be in the market for a handgun, the wait is a more manageable two days.

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For Your Own Good: Chipping Away at 'Roe'

The Supreme Court’s historic Roe v. Wade decision turned 38 last week, and regardless of one’s ultimate view of the issue, the legal right to abortion on demand is clearly in the throes an awkward middle age.

This year’s Roe anniversary coincides with the indictment of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell on eight counts of murder. Gosnell appears to have been the sort of unscrupulous abortion mill operator you’d find in a Jack Chick comic—an answer to the many fervid prayers of pro-life activists keen to make the public abortion understand as murder in the most brutal and forceful terms. When state inspectors suspended his license and closed [...]

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Women Find a Way to Actually Set the Internet on Fire

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#ihadanabortion and I've never regreted it. #prochoiceThu Nov 04 03:01:03 via Twitter for iPhoneVictorianaVictorianaaa

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1992, 1998. #ihadanabortionThu Nov 04 14:34:42 via Tweetie for MacAnna HolmesAnnaHolmes

This is meeting with some predictable fuss.

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Future Criminals Of America, Beware The Accidental Pregnancies Of Today

"The goal of this legislation is just to make a statement for the sanctity of human life. Maybe someday these babies will grow up to be police officers and arrest bad people, or will find a cure for cancer." -Oklahoma State Senator Todd Lamb discusses two new laws which the legislature enacted by overriding Gov. Brad Henry's vetoes. The first forces a woman seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of her fetus while listening to a description of its developing organs, while the second "prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the [...]

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It's Tough To Get Those Abortion Laffs

"How do you make abortion funny?"

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Ross Douthat on Abortion: A Case of Op-Ed Malpractice

I feel for Times op-ed contributor Ross Douthat—at times. He has to work extra-hard to communicate ideas about religion to atheists and Christians alike, and also to lock down his cases against hedonism and "pre-marital sex" and abortion, consulting as he does for a liberal paper in a liberal town. And as a religious person, he has to both obey and articulate his faith's professed principles of empathy, even while being a polemicist. This is a sticky situation! So it's reasonable that he sometimes succeeds at one but fails at the other.

This weekend, however, he's gone too far. He's mangled and misrepresented a major study to his own [...]

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Is 'Roe v. Wade' Effectively Dead?

"Supporters and opponents of abortion agree on nothing. One side says this is a conversation about fertilized eggs; the other says it's about fetuses. One side says the debate is about personal autonomy; the other says it's about murder. One side sees exceptions to abortion restrictions for reasons of maternal life or health as necessary to protect life; the other sees them as cunning 'loopholes.' Increasingly, however, there is a fundamental assumption both sides seem to share, even if they don't say so, and it may well shape the future of abortion rights in America: Opponents and supporters of abortion appear to have taken the position that Roe v. [...]

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240 Politicians Come Together In Support of Teens Having STDs

240 members of the House of Representatives voted to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Because you know what we should all be against? Healthcare, unbiased information and STD prevention. Enjoy your uneducated and pregnant kiddos, Republican America! Should anyone have any money left after the politician-induced recession, perhaps they could give some to Planned Parenthood.

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New York City Has Healthier Babies, Because They Want Them

In 2009, according to the numbers just released by the City at the end of 2010, New York City had 126,774 live births! And 90,000 pregnancies—that were reported, at least!—ended in chosen termination. So of course the Archbishop is weeping and freaking out.

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The Way We Note The Declining Standards Of Society Now

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There is seriously something wrong with our society when we are trending #AbortionClinicPlaylistSongs ..I thought ScoobyDoo was bad but FUCKless than a minute ago via web$eth Moneysethmoney

Everything about this.

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Let's Hear It For Restrictions Based On Assertions

"Nebraska lawmakers have approved a bill outlawing abortions at 20 weeks based on the assertion that fetuses feel pain then…. The law will be the first of its kind in the nation and is almost certain to be challenged in court. If upheld, it could give a new legal foundation to abortion restrictions nationwide."

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Amazing New Poll Says Only 10% of U.S. Thinks Abortion Should Be Totally Illegal

NBC/WSJ poll: Most Americans favor gay marriage. Most oppose abortion. nbcnews.to/12QbxWB

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 12, 2013

One problem with Twitter as a news-and-churn source is that it's hard to summarize things! So here is a telephone poll, of a whopping 1000 people, that finds that… well what does it find?

"According to the survey, a combined 52 percent say that abortion should be illegal either with exceptions or without them, versus a combined 45 percent who say it should be legal either 'always' or 'most of the time.'" What does that actually mean? We already know from far more thorough studies that 63% [...]

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Just Wow

"I’m not making anybody watch, OK. Because you just have to close your eyes." —Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett discusses a proposed law that would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound procedure.

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Only 14 More Hours of Family Planning Hostage-Taking

You know what would help solve the fake "deadlock" that may shut down the government at midnight? If Planned Parenthood could save money by not having to go state by state to defend legal abortion in courts from Arizona to Ohio to Missouri to Connecticut to Iowa. Since their public policy expenditures are something like $55 million, and Planned Parenthood's government contracts and grants are only something like $363 million, none of which is used to pay for abortion services, they could get closer to not needing your government money if half the states in the country would stop pushing stupid laws. (Though the best part is, Planned [...]

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The Personhood Movement is Quietly Rolling Along (Over Your Rights)

South Dakota is going to vote on a bill that amends its justifiable homicide law! They want to make sure that you can kill people with justification if someone is going to harm your unborn child "or the unborn child of that person's spouse, partner, parent, or child." The amendment passed out of committee with a handy 9-3 vote. So you can see where this is going. (Fun fact: the law as written already allows you to kill to prevent a felony being performed upon your master or your servant.) The personhood movement is achieving success state by state (just like the gay marriage movement, sort of!) [...]

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Happy New Year, Ross Douthat, Let's Talk About Abortion

"Since 1973, countless lives that might have been welcomed into families like Thernstrom’s—which looked into adoption, and gave it up as hopeless—have been cut short in utero instead. And lives are what they are. On the MTV special, the people around Durham swaddle abortion in euphemism. The being inside her is just 'pregnancy tissue.' After the abortion, she recalls being warned not to humanize it: 'If you think of it like [a person], you’re going to make yourself depressed.' Instead, 'think of it as what it is: nothing but a little ball of cells.' It’s left to Durham herself to cut through the evasion. Sitting with her boyfriend afterward, she [...]

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Sarah Palin, 75% Off

Attention Dallas-area residents: Tickets to Friday's gala fundraiser for the Uptown Women's Center are now much more affordable! For just $250-marked down from $1000-you can attend the event, which features former Alaska governor Sarah Palin! And there won't be any pesky press around to get in the way, because they're barred. The gala's main sponsor is the Downtown Pregnancy Center, an organization dedicated to giving pregnant women choices.