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Poll Finds Overlap Between Tea Party, Christian Right

Certain members and proponents of the tea-party movement may claim that diversity abounds among their ranks, but through the magic of polling, the Public Religion Research Institute has sketched out a shared belief system ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


Levi Johnston: ‘I Don’t Watch a Whole Lotta News’

Could this be the face of the future of politics? Let’s hope not. Alaskan pinup boy turned wannabe politico Levi Johnston has a bit of a tough time answering “The Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell’s fairly basic questions about evolution, abortion and global warming ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Berkman10_220 (CC-BY-SA)

Kagan Poised for Confirmation

Elena “Shorty” Kagan will step onto the national stage when her confirmation process to become a Supreme Court justice begins Monday. Undoubtedly the confirmation hearings will bring words like stare decisis into the public vernacular again, along with a whole lot of hoopla about abortion. Let the democracy commence.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / campusprogress_blog

The Five-Morning-After Pill?

A European contraceptive that works as a five-day alternative to the “morning-after” pill may be coming to American shores, but a thorny debate surrounding the drug’s chemical similarity to the RU-486 abortion pill raises some politically charged questions for the FDA.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Laura Bush

Laura Bush Disagreed With Dubya on Gay Marriage, Abortion

Who knew that while George W. Bush held office at the White House, a supporter of gay marriage and abortion rights lurked under the same roof? That would be his wife, Laura Bush, who told Larry King and his shiny suspenders ... (continued)

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / renfield

New Oklahoma Abortion Law Requires Sonogram

Even in cases of sexual abuse or rape, a strict abortion law enacted Tuesday in Oklahoma requires women to undergo a sonogram, during which the doctor has to turn the screen to face the patient and give her fetal development details.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP / Andrew Brownbill

Pope Threatens to Cancel U.K. Trip

It seems the pope can’t take a joke. The Vatican is threatening to cancel a visit to Britain by Benedict XVI after a leaked Foreign Office memo gave suggestions that included a “Benedict condom.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / the pragmatic

Democrat Stupak Won’t Run Again

Bart Stupak, the Michigan congressman who led the charge against President Obama’s health care bill on the grounds that it might allow tax money to pay for abortions, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2010.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


This Bill Is Pro-Life Enough Already

There are any number of good reasons for House Democrats to vote against health care reform. Abortion isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


Stupak
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE



Filckr / arizonaguardian

Racializing Abortion in Georgia

A Georgia anti-choice group has a “choice” strategy to cater to African-Americans in an effort to diversify its majority-white membership: launch a public outreach campaign that argues that abortion is a decades-old conspiracy to kill off black people.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


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The Super Bowl: Perfect Backdrop for the Abortion Debate

They’re not called the “culture wars” for nothing, but still, the fact that Focus on the Family spent precious seconds of prime Super Bowl advertising airtime (and lots of money) on the abortion debate is a telling reminder that America has some issues, and deeply divisive ones at that.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Pseudo-Reality Web Show Zooms In on Abortion Issue

Would any pregnant woman want American viewing audiences to decide whether she should keep or abort her baby? Luckily, even the producers of the new Web-based show “Bump” know that that kind of programming wouldn’t fly, but they did go so far as to dramatize that idea by using actors in various prenatal scenarios to stage their stories for an online voting audience.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE



Sedgwick County Jail

Abortion Doctor’s Killer Found Guilty

After just 37 minutes of deliberation, a Kansas jury found Scott Roeder, the man who admitted killing abortion doctor George Tiller, guilty of first-degree murder, rejecting his defense that the killing was justified to stop the death of the unborn.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Irish Abortion Law Is Targeted

Human rights organizations are on the offensive as groups mobilize pressure against Ireland’s ban on abortion, accusing the government of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and exposing women to undue risk by forcing them to travel abroad for abortions.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gregory Bull

Mexican State Legislatures Make Abortion Illegal

A disturbing trend is arising in Mexico, as state legislatures are banning abortion in a wave of individual state decisions. Abortion rights advocates say the trend will force women to more dangerous and clandestine forms of abortion.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Get Pregnant, Get Court-Martialed

Remember when protecting women’s rights was given as a justification for invading countries? Well, the U.S. general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the reasons why a soldier could be court-martialed—a list that includes selling weapons and taking drugs.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



Pro-Choice Public Education Project / Creative Commons

Oklahoma Abortion Law Stays on Hold

To the ire of anti-abortion supporters, a temporary restraining order has been extended on an Oklahoma law requiring doctors to report the personal information of women seeking abortions to a Web site. 

Posted on Dec 19, 2009 READ MORE


Senate Debate to Focus on Abortion

The health care reform bill that made it through the House of Representatives last month didn’t exactly win rave reviews from the pro-choice camp, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to have it out over whether government-subsidized health care should ever include coverage for abortions and, if so, under what circumstances that should be allowed.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



Coptic Icon / Wikimedia Commons

Catholic Bishops Put Sex Obsession Ahead of the Sick and the Poor

First they threatened to take down health care reform over abortion coverage. Now they’re threatening services to the sick and poor of Washington, D.C., over same-sex marriage.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Let Abortion Destroy Health Care Reform

Pro-choice Democrats need to accept that their House majority depends on a large cadre of anti-abortion colleagues. They can denounce that reality, or they can learn to live with it.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Where Does the Caving End?

If pro-choice Democrats turn back reproductive rights, it proves that they can be rolled by intransigent opposition. And once rolled, it’s all downhill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Photo Mojo

Bill Clinton Urges Senate Dems to Support Health Care Reform

Arguing that “the worst thing to do is nothing,” former President Bill Clinton rounded up Senate Democrats for a talking-to about their upcoming vote on the health care reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives last weekend. Clinton emphasized the need for action and reminded his audience that “there is no perfect bill.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



thefrisky.com

Oklahoma’s New Abortion Law Not OK, Say Critics

A new Oklahoma law, effective Nov. 1, will require women seeking abortions to reveal personal information such as marital status, number of children and race—all of which will be posted online. Critics say that the intent is intimidation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Hellgasms!

Condoms, Not Laws, Help Cut Abortions

This isn’t going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


Baucus
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Senate Panel Votes Down Abortion Amendment in Baucus Bill

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch tried, and ultimately failed, to add an amendment to the health care hydra that Max Baucus’ reform bill has become. This one would have required women to buy separate policies for abortion-related services. Even the formerly reticent Sen. Olympia Snowe cast a “no” vote on this one.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


Tea-Baggers March on Washington, Have No Idea Why

If these anti-Obama marchers are to be believed, fascism and socialism are the same thing, abortion caused 9/11 and “Glenn Beck is such a logical thinker.” There’s a whole pile of crazy where that came from.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


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YouTube / BarackObamadotcom

Fact-Checking Obama’s Health Care Speech

When emotions run high about certain hot-button issues, good judgment can fall by the wayside, and facts can get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, the helpful researchers at FactCheck.org are around to round them up again, as they’ve done here with President Obama’s health care speech.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


Owosso
AP / Daymon J. Hartley

Anti-Abortion Protester Shot Dead Near Michigan School

A 63-year-old anti-abortion activist who had been staging a protest, reportedly involving graphic images of fetuses, in front of a Michigan high school was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE



womenonwaves.org

Abortion Ships Sail Into Troubled Water

After 10 years, the Dutch government may end the voyages of Women on Waves, a flotilla of abortion ambassadors who sail information and pills to countries that ban the practice. Originally designed as a floating clinic, “The ship is [now] a symbol, more than anything,” the group’s founder told Global Post.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


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AP

‘Death Panel’ Déjà Vu

Public memory often has a short shelf life, and it doesn’t preclude the potential for rapid recycling, according to The New York Times’ take on the current “death panel” controversy, considering that a prototypical version of this particular argument made the rounds during the (Internet-enabled) Clinton era.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


RU486
thawstudio.com

Italy Approves Abortion Pill

In the face of strong conservative Catholic opposition, Italy has approved use of the RU486 abortion drug. Italian authorities decided to allow the drug to be administered by a doctor up to the seventh week of pregnancy.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ECohen and White House / Eric Draper

The Bush Baby Boom

Yet another report confirms, as The Guardian explains, “that rates of teen pregnancy and STDs are, after more than a decade of decline, once again on the rise.” Thanks to President Bush’s abstinence-only sex education agenda, black, Hispanic and poor women are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


Two Standards of Detention

Nonviolent activists and Muslims are held in draconian conditions, while the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller trumpets from jail the extreme anti-abortion movement’s campaign of intimidation, vandalism, arson and murder.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Talking Abortion With Jon and Mike

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joins Jon Stewart to discuss abortion, and the two actually manage to have a civil conversation and get their points across. Here’s a clip from the interview on Thursday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


Tiller Killer
Reuters

Tiller’s Clinic to Close

Was the murder of Kansas doctor George Tiller an act of terrorism? In a move sparked by fear, Tiller’s family has decided to close the clinic, one of the few remaining places in the U.S. that performed late-term abortions.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


What Rhetoric Won’t Cure

The murder of Dr. George Tiller cannot be smoothed over with a speech. This is the lesson the Obama administration must learn from it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


O’Reilly: ‘If I Could Get My Hands on Tiller ... ’

Back in 2006, here’s what Bill O’Reilly had to say about the recently murdered Dr. George Tiller: “[I]f I could get my hands on Tiller—well, you know. Can’t be vigilantes. Can’t do that. It’s just a figure of speech. But despicable? Oh, my God. It doesn’t get worse. Does it get worse? No.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


Myth of the Lone Shooter

It is believed that the shooter acted alone. But Michael Griffin also acted alone when he killed David Gunn in 1993. Paul Hill acted alone in 1994. John Salvi acted alone and so did Eric Rudolph and James Kopp. This suspect is hardly lonely in this murderous cast of lone actors.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die

He was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through enforcement of existing laws.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE



reformation-lutheran.org

Abortion Doctor Murdered in Church

Dr. George Tiller was volunteering at his Kansas church Sunday when a gunman shot him dead. Republicans in Congress recently made a villain of Tiller when they stalled the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Posted on May 31, 2009 READ MORE


Moses at ND
Flickr / Paul J Everett

Obama Scores at Notre Dame

There were many messages sent from South Bend on Sunday. Obama’s opponents seek to reignite the culture wars. He doesn’t. They would reduce religious faith to a narrow set of issues. He refused to join them.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Obama Sparks Abortion Protests at Notre Dame

President Barack Obama attempted the impossible during his commencement speech at Notre Dame University in Indiana on Sunday: He asked those on both sides of the abortion debate to “join hands in common effort.”

Posted on May 17, 2009 READ MORE


Notre Dame basilica
UND / Ben Franske

The Stakes at Notre Dame

You have heard the expression “more Catholic than the pope.” We now know that the reaction of right-wing Catholics to Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama falls into this category.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Sebelius at Last

Just in time for swine flu, the Senate has confirmed Barack Obama’s pick to head the massive Health and Human Services Department, Kathleen Sebelius. Democrats were able to use the health scare to shake the upper chamber out of abortion-obsessed confirmation gridlock.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 READ MORE


Boycotting Obama at Notre Dame Is Vulgar Zealotry

In respect to tradition, one would expect Obama to deliver Notre Dame’s commencement address in May, but a crowd of Fighting Irish have decided to try to keep the new president away from the hallowed campus for fear that some of his thinking might rub off on them.

Posted on Mar 31, 2009 READ MORE



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Steele Reassures Base With Goofy Tirade

Michael Steele recently irritated his party by taking a tolerant view of abortion, but the RNC chairman is here to let everyone know that there’s plenty of crazy where that came from. While guest-hosting a talk show, Steele compared President Obama to Richard Nixon and argued that, science be damned, the Earth isn’t getting warmer—it’s getting colder.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


Finding Peace in the Culture Wars

If President Obama’s primary task is to restore economic growth, he has also been waging a quiet, long-term campaign to ease the nation’s divisions around religious and moral questions.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Sebelius
governor.ks.gov

Obama Taps Sebelius for Top Health Post

Let’s try this again, shall we? Tom Daschle didn’t make the cut, but President Obama has a new contender for secretary of health and human services. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who may be vulnerable to attacks on the abortion issue, faces a potentially challenging confirmation process.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE


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