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Governing the Womb

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected decades of precedent and the rights of women to satisfy an ideological agenda. Is it any wonder that those most eager to legislate the womb are the lawmakers and judges without one?

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Top Court’s Choice Not Pro-Choice

In a ruling that supports President Bush’s abortion politics, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of the ban on partial-birth abortions that Bush pushed and Congress approved in 2003.  The Court’s move struck some pro-choice proponents as the (further) politicization of a woman’s personal, and medical, decision.

 

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Joel Hunter
AP Photo / John Raoux

The Consistent Christian: Dr. Joel Hunter

Dr. Joel Hunter, author of “Right Wing, Wrong Bird,” joins the podcast this week to explain why things didn’t work out with the Christian Coalition and why global warming and poverty bother him as much as gay marriage and abortion.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Religious Conviction vs. Political Dogmatism

Evangelical Protestantism in the United States is going through a New Reformation that is disentangling a great religious movement from a partisan political machine. This historic change will require liberals and conservatives alike to abandon their sometimes narrow views of who evangelicals are.

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The Abortion Shuffle

Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign will put to the test the notion that a Republican candidate must be “pro-life” to attract a mainstream following.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Sanctity of Life

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Ellen Goodman: Fox in the Henhouse

President Bush has done it again, appointing a doctor who opposes family planning to run the nation’s family planning program.

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Phill Kline
nytimes.com

Kansas Abortion Doctor Gets Scrooged

A prominent Kansas abortion provider has been charged with 30 misdemeanor violations of state law by the outgoing state attorney general. Dr. George Tiller and his supporters believe that Attorney General Phill Kline (above), who lost the November election and has only three weeks left in office, issued the charges as a farewell act of malice.
Update: A judge dismissed all charges only hours after they were filed (h/t: Frank in comments).

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE


House GOP’ers Kick the Poor, Push Fringe Abortion Bill

In a cynical and mean-spirited attempt to reach out to their vaunted “base,” lame-duck conservative House Republicans plan on ignoring their duties to pass spending bills that would benefit the poor, and instead will put their energies into passing a “fetal pain” abortion bill based on “science” rejected by the American Medical Association.

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Christian Coalition Leader Quits in Doctrine Row

The Florida pastor tapped to lead the Christian Coalition has resigned because he was not able to get the organization to focus on anything aside from abortion and gay marriage.

  • He wanted to focus on things like poverty and the environment, “issues that Jesus would want us to care about,” the pastor said.

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    Marie Cocco: America Chose Choice

    From the defeat of South Dakota’s blanket ban on abortion to the victory of pro-choice candidates, the voters sent a strong message on Election Day: Choice is in the mainstream of American values.

    Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - McCain’s Campaign Promise

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    Nicaragua Abortion Law Leaves Women and Doctors With No Options

    Abortions were already illegal in Nicaragua, but today a law passed removing an exception in the previous law, which allowed a woman to obtain an abortion legally with the approval of three doctors who confirmed that the woman’s life was in danger.  Many conservatives in government advocated 30-year prison terms for women who terminate their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the abortions, but the stricter prison terms did not pass. Currently the punishment is a six-year prison term.  An estimated 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year.

    Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


    McCain

    McCain Marches to the Right

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Sunday on “ABC This Week,” contradicting his once moderate positions with pre-campaign right-wing pandering.  McCain said he would like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and noted his plan to send more troops to Iraq would “put a terrible strain on the Army,” but said it would be better than losing the war.

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    Ellen Goodman: The New ‘Values’ Voters

    This year, voters valued their ability to shoot down draconian abortion laws, to raise the minimum wage and to send an unequivocal message to the warmongers in the White House.

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    Bill O'Reilly
    From cbsnews.com

    Abortion Doctor Wants O’Reilly Probe

    A Kansas abortion doctor wants a special prosecutor to probe the means by which records about his patients ended up as fodder on the Bill O’Reilly show.

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    Case Will Point to Revised Court’s Abortion Approach

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week regarding the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed by Congress.  The case should indicate how the newly formed court will approach abortion rights without the presence of Sandra Day O’Connor.

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    The Lesser of Many Evils

    As part of its bid to recapture the Congress, the Democratic Party has backed a number of candidates who skew to the right on issues like abortion, gun control and gay rights.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Free Speech

    CBS’ Latest Crackpot Sounds Off

    On Monday’s “Free Speech” segment, CBS News featured a Columbine father who blamed school shootings on the teaching of evolution and the proliferation of abortion. (Video & Transcript)

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    Ellen Goodman: Taking ‘Choice’ Out of Pro-Choice

    The sad drama of a 19-year-old whose parents allegedly attempted to force her to have an abortion refocuses the question of what, exactly, constitutes “choice.”

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    California's Governor
    sciam.com

    GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

    Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

    Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    30 Days
    From FX

    So a Militant Feminist and a Pro-Lifer Walk Into a Bar…

    Well, not a bar, actually—a house. On this week’s episode of his FX network series “Thirty Days,” Morgan Spurlock, the documentarian behind “Super Size Me,” is putting two women with radically different worldviews in the same house for 30 days.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Fetal Horror in Punjab

    Authorities in the Indian state of Punjab recently made a grotesque discovery that has prompted public outrage and a government crackdown. Acting on a tip, police and health officials raided a private clinic and found a 30-foot well with over 50 female fetuses inside.

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    Ellen Goodman: Putting a Wedge Between the Right and Loony Right

    The columnist says Bush’s veto of the stem cell bill has set him apart from his colleagues in the GOP and put him squarely in the ranks of the loony right. She also takes on a range of other “wedge issues” that have proved so divisive as to end up dividing even the staunchest conservatives.

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    Pregnancy Centers Giving False Info on Abortion

    From the Wash Po: “Federally funded ‘pregnancy resource centers’ are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma….”
    Surprise, surprise.

    Posted on Jul 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Onion article
    From The Onion

    Antiabortion Blogger Mistakes Onion Column for Real Deal

    The proprietor of a pro-life blog railed with righteous indignation against a column from The Onion titled “I’m Totally Psyched About This Abortion!” Apparently lines from the column like “I seriously cannot wait for all the hemorrhaging and the uterine contractions” didn’t tip the blogger off to the column’s satirical intent—and he has since become the laughingstock of the blogosphere.

  • (Salon article; reg. req’d)
  • (Onion column)

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Operation Save America/Operation Rescue
    From Operation Save America/Operation Rescue

    Last Clinic Standing

    An extremist pro-life organization that helped make doctors the targets of deadly attacks in the 1990s is now mobilizing a protest to shutter the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. With reproductive rights under assault across the country, pro-choice activist Sunsara Taylor reports on the high-stakes battle about to take place in Jackson, Miss.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Ann Coulter
    From Raw Story

    More Plagiarism Charges Against Coulter

    Passages in Ann Coulter’s new book appear cribbed from material distributed by an anti-abortion group (according to Raw Story) and from a press conference by Alan Keyes, then a Republican Senate candidate (according to Rude Pundit).

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Abstinence documentary

    Abstinence War Room

    Check out this documentary about a faith-based abstinence program that religious-right forces installed in New Mexico public schools. Watch for the part about the covert “purity” war room.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and Ramesh Ponnuru

    Stewart Eviscerates Anti-Abortion Author

    “The Daily Show” host drops rhetorical bomb after bomb on Ramesh Ponnuru, whose book “The Party of Death” argues against abortion rights. Our favorite: Stewarts’ comparison of collateral damage in Iraq and in abortions.

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


    James Dobson
    AP / Patti Longmire

    Conservative Christians Warn Republicans Against Inaction

    Evangelical Christians, the president’s base, are warning that they may withhold their support in the midterm elections unless Congress does more to oppose same-sex marriage, obscenity and abortion.
    If you want to see where ideas like these take hold, check out Truthdig’s coverage of the Christian fundamentalist BattleCry concerts (part 1 and 2.)

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    War on Contraception
    From the N.Y. Times

    The War on Contraception

    The N.Y. Times Magazine delivers a devastating, in-depth report on Christian conservatives who “believe that having sex without the intent to procreate is a very, very bad thing”—and on their efforts to make all forms of contraceptives much harder to obtain.
    These biblical literalists are truly frightening; their Iron Age views on sexual morality are actually helping to increase the numbers of unwanted pregnancies and abortions in America.

    Posted on May 7, 2006 READ MORE


    In the Vanguard of Criminalizing Abortion

    What happens when abortion is a felony offense in any circumstance? Jack Hitt provides chilling answers in his brilliant investigative piece on abortion in El Salvador.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


    prudish Victorian courtship
    From victoriana.com

    Senate Dems Find Wedge Issue on Abortion

    The Senate Democratic leadership will push for expanded access to contraceptives and sex education—a nationally popular move, but a bitter pill for the prudish right-wingers who are desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying a sexual act.

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Good Riddance to DeLay’s Crucifix-Shaped Hammer

    “DeLay’s professions of Christianity make me sick…. He chose to walk with the powerful and do real harm to the very people Jesus mandated we especially care for.”

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Sioux Leader to Thwart S.D. Abortion Ban

    She says she will open a Planned Parenthood clinic on tribal land—where the South Dakota abortion ban doesn’t apply. (Hat tip: Salon.com)

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Grant Money Flowing to Conservatives on Social Issues

    Bush has funneled over $157 million to ideological allies via faith-based initiatives and other programs.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

    Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Norman Lear
    Zuade Kaufman

    Norman Lear: ‘Bring Them to Their Knees’

    The legendary TV producer discusses our threatened Constitution, the hypocrisy of the Christian right, the strange ethics of “The Sopranos,” and why he still sees himself as an “unaffiliated groper.”

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    The Anatomy Lesson

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    Tenn. Backs Anti-Abortion Step

    Right on the heels of South Dakota, the Tennessee Legislature is moving to ban abortion.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    The Towering Solons of Abortion

    When you think “enlightenment,” the first thing that comes to your mind is “the South Dakota Legislature,” right?

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    South Dakota Abortion Law to Challenge Roe

    In signing a bill intended to ban almost all abortions in the state, Gov. Mike Rounds is directly challenging the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, hoping that a more conservative court will revisit the issue. (The South Dakota bill is particularly draconian: It makes no exceptions for rape or incest.)

  • The N.Y. Times reports that parental-notification laws do little to discourage abortions or pregnancies.
  • Watch a related report on PBS Online NewsHour or read the transcript.
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    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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    avemaria.com

    Pizza Magnate Plans Catholic-Governed Town

    The founder of Domino’s Pizza is planning on spending $250 million to create a Florida town with no abortions, no porn and no birth control.
    Civil libertarians are threatening to sue, and liberal Catholics are likening the idea to Islamic fundamentalism.
    Couldn’t the guy put his money where it’s really needed, like toward schools in Darfur? Or a pizza crust that doesn’t resemble a sponge full of grease? (Hat tip: Huff Post)

    Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Sides With Abortion Protesters

    The Supreme Court ruling had nothing to do with the underlying issue of abortion. Rather, the court ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations. (Alito, by the way, sat this one out.)

    Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


    New York Times Roundup

    The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Halfhearted Filibuster Attempt Ends Predictably

    The Senate confirms Alito as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice after the hastily conceived filibuster attempt of Sens. Kerry and Kennedy. | story
    Buzzflash: “There is no ‘center’ support for Alito’s actual positions…. There’s just support for an image the Republicans created…of a harmless guy with a wife driven to tears.” | editorial

    Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


    New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is seen Tuesday, Jan. 17,  at the Statehouse in Concord.
    Jim Cole / AP

    Justices Reaffirm Emergency Access to Abortion

    It’s the first abortion ruling in six years, but the real action comes Friday, when the court takes up the so-called partial birth ban. | story

    Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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