Posts Tagged ‘ abortion ’

Numbers and sentiments, guns and abortions

April 18, 2016
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"I should obviously begin by assuring you, Dear Reader, that your stances on these issues are the correct ones. The topic here is not what stance you should take (since you've already taken the correct one) but rather how these things are discussed. Abortion is clearly an issue of moral priors: Start from a particular set of prior assumptions or sentiments, and you can get to a stance on abortion. The language around the issue reflects that: Pro-choice, pro-life .... Gun control, on the other hand, is an issue where everybody has their favorite statistics. Whether those statistics are accurate is irrelevant here (since your favorite statistics from Facebook are obviously the accurate ones, and the other side's numbers are just cherry-picked); what matters is that people act as though empiricism will be persuasive." (04/16/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/04/16/19183  

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Abort the GOP

April 11, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The Republican Party's unrelenting religious obsession with abortion leads me to the conclusion that the GOP should be aborted. When it comes to law and politics few things irritate me more than GOP lawmakers passing, and governors signing, laws that they know beyond all doubt are unconstitutional, and the GOP are experts at that when the laws pertain to abortion." (04/10/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/abort-gop.html  

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IN: Planned Parenthood files suit against abortion law

April 7, 2016
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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette    

"Just days after a tough new abortion law was signed by Gov. Mike Pence, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed suit Thursday alleging the restrictions violate a woman's right to choose. ... The challenge comes after national attention given to the law that bars women from having an abortion for the sole reason that the fetus has been diagnosed or there is a 'potential diagnosis' of a disability. Other prohibited reasons include the sex, race and national origin of the fetus. Planned Parenthood is seeking an injunction to stop the law from going into effect on July 1." (04/07/16)

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Lawsuit-filed-against-abortion-bill-12439557  

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Trump and Clinton trip on abortion taboos

April 6, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"When Donald Trump said women who obtain illegal abortions should face 'some form of punishment,' it was a rookie mistake. New to the anti-abortion movement, the Republican presidential front-runner did not realize he was supposed to view women who terminate their pregnancies as victims rather than perpetrators. By contrast, when Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee and a longtime champion of abortion rights, called a fetus an 'unborn person,' she really should have known better. Her stumble, like Trump's, exposed a taboo that facilitates blinkered thinking about abortion." (04/06/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/06/trump-and-clinton-trip-on-abortion-taboo  

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UT: State law extends frontier in abortion fight

April 3, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"This week, Utah's governor signed a first-of-its-kind antiabortion bill. It requires doctors to administer anesthesia to women seeking abortions at the 20th week of pregnancy or after. In some ways, however, the new law is just the most recent example of a kind of antiabortion legislation taking shape in red states across the country. The law adopts medical language to describe its goals, despite the fact that many physicians dispute the medical claims behind it. Similarly, Florida passed a law in March that, supporters say, intends to make abortions safer, but which abortion-rights advocates counter is essentially a backdoor attempt to restrict abortions." [editor's note: Regardless of where you stand on this issue, this is clearly an end-run to limit the procedure - SAT] (04/03/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0401/How-Utah-law-extends-frontier-in-the-abortion-fight  

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GOP abortion hypocrisy trap

April 2, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Donald Trump got caught in the GOP abortion hypocrisy trap this week when he chose to follow his natural intellectual instincts and be logically consistent regarding his pro-life stance on abortion. He found out the hard way that among the gaggle of GOP hypocrites in the Republican Party it doesn't pay to be logically consistent when the issue involves abortion." (04/02/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/gop-abortion-hypocrisy-trap.html  

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UT: Herbert signs bill requiring abortion anesthesia

March 29, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"The governor has signed a bill that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert Monday is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. 'The governor is adamantly pro-life. He believes in not only erring on the side of life, but also minimizing any pain that may be caused to an unborn child,' Herbert spokesman Jon Cox said." (03/29/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article68750647.html  

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When regulation is bad — except for abortion

March 27, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Bridgette Dunlap  

"Selling homemade baked goods without a license can get you six months in Wisconsin. In Iowa, braiding hair without a year of cosmetology school is punishable by up to a year in prison. So is the unlicensed practice of interior design in Florida. Conservatives have long argued that legislators use ridiculous licensing requirements to restrict market participation under the pretext of protecting health and safety. Such regulations are really intended to protect their cronies by limiting competition from newcomers. But protectionist business lobbies aren’t the only political powers serving their own interests by limiting consumer options: Abortion opponents have found that licensing requirements are an effective way to artificially deplete the market for abortion services as well." (03/26/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/fans-of-economic-liberty-shouldnt-be-so-quick-to-regulate-abortion/475566/  

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Bringing down the flowers: The controversial history of abortion

March 3, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan  

"The modern abortion debate can feel like trench warfare, with diametrically opposed camps and very few defectors. Surprisingly, though, even the history of abortion is contentious. It's widely known that there was a legal crackdown on abortion in the U.S. in the 19th century, and clandestine abortions persisted until the practice was legalized with Roe v. Wade in 1973. But scholars don't agree on whether, before the 1800s, abortion was relatively common and legally accepted, or whether it was considered a grave crime, when it happened at all. This is no idle academic spat. English common law provides the basis for much of the legal precedent in the U.S. (and elsewhere in the former British empire.) More importantly, in his majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun cited the historic acceptability of abortion." (03/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/bringing-down-the-flowers-the-controversial-history-of-abortion/471762/  

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SCOTUS hears challenge to Texas abortion law

March 2, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Nearly three years after Texas lawmakers approved a far-reaching set of abortion restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court was set to examine the controversial law Wednesday in a hearing that could affect women's health across the country for years to come. ... The law's contested regulations require abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and abortion facilities to comply with the expensive standards of hospital-style surgical centers.
The case is seen as the most significant abortion-related dispute to come before the Supreme Court since the justices ruled in 1992 that governments could not place an 'undue burden' on women seeking the procedure." (03/02/16)

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Supreme-Court-hears-challenge-to-Texas-abortion-6865252.php  

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Appeals court allows law that would shut three of Louisiana’s four abortion clinics

February 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday issued an emergency order that abortion rights groups say will result in the closure of three of the state's four existing abortion clinics. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a 2014 state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have special relationships with local hospitals may go into effect as a legal challenge against it works its way through the courts. In January, a lower court had temporarily blocked the law." (02/24/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/24/appeals-court-allows-law-that-would-shut-three-of-louisianas-four-abortion-clinics/  

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Several US states seek to block second trimester abortion method

February 11, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion providers in legal fights, says banning the dilation and evacuation method of abortion -- commonly called 'D&E' -- is unconstitutional because it interferes with private medical decisions." (02/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/states-seek-block-2nd-trimester-abortion-method-36856413  

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Killing babies

January 21, 2016
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"In one week during January 1973, President Richard M. Nixon was inaugurated to his second term, former President Lyndon B. Johnson died, the United States and North Vietnam entered into the Paris Peace Accords, and the Supreme Court legalized abortion. Only the last of these events continues to affect and haunt the moral and constitutional order every minute of every day. The Court's decision in Roe vs. Wade is arguably its most controversial in the post-World War II era. Its effect has been as pernicious to human life as was its 19th century intellectual progenitor, Dred Scott vs. Sanford, in which the Supreme Court ruled that African-Americans are not persons." (01/21/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/andrew-p-napolitano/supreme-killing/  

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Utah can cut off federal funds to Planned Parenthood, judge rules

December 23, 2015
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Washington Post    

"A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Utah can cut off federal funds to the state's Planned Parenthood organization, a move the Republican governor ordered after the release of secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups reversed an earlier decision temporarily ordering the money to keep flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. ... The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah sued the state in October, arguing that Gov. Gary Herbert's move to block the money violated the group's First Amendment right to advocate for or perform abortions." (12/23/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/utah-can-cut-off-federal-funds-to-planned-parenthood-judge-rules/2015/12/22/368ed914-a8ef-11e5-9b92-dea7cd4b1a4d_story.html  

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The futility of anti-abortion terrorism

December 2, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan  

"Anti-abortion terrorism, like all terrorism, spreads fear among far more people than it kills. (This is, alas, the point of terrorism.) Very few people will actually be gunned down on a Tunisian beach, but tourism there is plummeting anyway. Similarly, for people who attack abortion clinics, sowing fear is part of the plan. But does it work? Attacks on abortion clinics are ghastly and take a harsh toll on the communities where they occur -- but do they actually discourage abortion?" (12/02/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/the-futility-of-anti-abortion-terrorism/418278/  

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Abortion again goes to the Supreme Court

December 2, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow The American Spectator
by Doug Bandow  

"Abortion is again headed to the Supreme Court. At issue is a Texas law setting medical standards for abortionists. Clinics must maintain the standards of 'ambulatory surgical centers' and doctors must have 'admitting privileges' at local hospitals. The rules would close three-fourths of existing clinics, so abortion advocates filed suit. The case has national implications since six states mandate the former while ten impose the latter. ... Flagrant hypocrisy afflicts virtually everyone involved in the debate. Pro-life conservatives, who tend to be skeptical of government mandates, wax eloquent about the importance of ensuring the safety of abortion patients. Pro-abortion liberals, normally enthralled when government substitutes its judgment for that of anyone and everyone else for most any purpose, suddenly reject measures that make abortion safer. It's a form of American Kabuki Theater, bound to entertain if not enlighten." (11/30/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/64797/abortion-again-goes-supreme-court  

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Abortion and killing in defense of others

December 1, 2015
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Many people believe abortion is baby murder. (Here, I use the term 'murder' to signify the morally wrongful killing of an being that possess significant rights.) I don't agree that abortion (or, at least early abortion) is baby murder. But, suppose for the sake of argument the anti-abortion crowd were correct. Suppose that having an abortion is murder, on par with killing an innocent adult. If so, then abortion doctors are mass serial killers. If so, then wouldn't abortion doctors obviously be permissible targets for defensive killing?" (11/30/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/11/abortion-and-killing-in-defense-of-others/  

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Ireland: Occupation court declares abortion law against human rights

November 30, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"[Occupied] Ireland's restrictive abortion legislation is in breach of human rights law, the Belfast High Court found today in a judgement hailed as 'historic.' The case was taken by the Northern [sic] Ireland Human Rights Commission in a bid to allow women and girls to access abortion in cases of rape, incest, or where their baby has no chance of survival, without facing criminal charges." (11/30/15)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/court-declares-north-ireland-abortion-law-against-human-rights-1249355  

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TX: Planned Parenthood sues regime over blocked corporate welfare dollars

November 23, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas .... Planned Parenthood has also sued over similar efforts in Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. Federal courts have so far blocked those states from cutting off the funding." (11/23/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/planned-parenthood-sues-texas-blocked-medicaid-dollars-35374909  

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Little Sisters of the Poor vs. government almighty

November 17, 2015
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The American Spectator
by David Catron  

"The Supreme Court's decision to hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell means that another group of Christians bedeviled by Beltway bureaucrats must beg permission from nine unelected government officials to practice their faith unmolested. This isn't about women’s health or reproductive rights. It's just another battle in the war on religious liberty waged by various manifestations of the state for two millennia. Whether it's President Obama ordering his HHS secretary to bring intransigent nuns to heel or the Emperor Trajan advising a provincial governor on the proper punishment of unrepentant Christians, it's all about worshipping the state gods." (11/16/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/64664/little-sisters-poor-vs-government-almighty  

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SCOTUS to hear Texas case on abortion clinic rules

November 15, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to key parts of Texas'[s] 2013 abortion law that supporters of abortion rights say is one of the strictest in the nation. The court has not heard a major abortion case since 2007, and its decision will likely come down sometime next spring or early summer in the heat of the presidential campaign. ... While supporters of the law argue it's meant to protect women's health, opponents say it has nothing to do with health and safety, but instead is a disguised attempt to put an end to abortion. Other states have similar legislation percolating through the lower courts. One provision at issue requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The other mandates that clinics upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards." (11/13/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/politics/supreme-court-to-hear-major-abortion-case/  

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TX: State ends Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare checks

October 20, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Texas officials lobbed another salvo in the ongoing battle to restrict or close abortion clinics in the state, announcing Monday it was cutting off Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood clinics in the wake of the controversial video of group officials discussing fetal tissue. The move is the latest in a series of budget cuts and legislative restrictions against the women's clinics and could lead to a legal fight like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. In a letter to Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General told the group their enrollment in the joint state-federal Medicaid program was in the process of being terminated because they were potentially 'liable, directly or by affiliation, for a series of serious Medicaid program violations.' Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas receive a total of about $3 million to $4 million a year in Medicaid reimbursements through the state, according to commission figures." (10/19/15)

http://usat.ly/1Xhpsxy  

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Why the fight for women’s choice must go on

October 19, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ann Furedi  

"To stay with reproductive health in the UK: compared to the US, much of what we have in Britain is good. We benefit from a National Health Service that pays for abortion for almost all British residents. And those abortion services are safe and regulated. But, here's the rub: no woman can freely decide of her own volition to end her pregnancy. Two doctors must certify that she meets the legal grounds for abortion, which are that the abortion will be better for her health than having a child would be, or that there is a substantial risk of serious birth defects. The law is interpreted liberally, but still, granting an abortion is in the doctor's gift. In effect, women can only obtain an abortion by claiming that they can't cope with a child. It's degrading and demeaning, and it denies the woman control over her body. There is no recognition in the law that women are competent to decide by themselves if they wish to be pregnant." (10/19/15)

http://bit.ly/1ODJ6Cu  

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Safe, legal, and rare, part 3: Rare

October 7, 2015
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Watch the Planned Parenthood videos (and, no, they have not been 'doctored'). Read about Kermit Gosnell, and the many, many other clinics operating under dirty, not to say brutal, conditions. Read the many blog posts of women traumatized by abortions they did not want or tragically regret. This alone ought incent us to call for abortion to be 'Rare.' However, abortion rates continue to run extremely high: more than a million per year in the U.S., cumulatively about 53 million since Roe v. Wade." (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1JSFvsa  

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Planned Parenthood, social peace, and the libertarian approach

October 2, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Conservatives want the government to defund Planned Parenthood for allegedly selling fetal tissue. Progressives counter 1) that Planned Parenthood did nothing illegal and 2) that defunding the organization would deprive low-income women of needed medical services that have nothing to do with abortion, such as contraception, cancer screenings, and STD testing. Witnessing the hostility -- the sheer lack of civility -- in this controversy reinforces the fact that the libertarian approach holds the key to civil peace. Putting aside the abortion question (which conservatives say is not their reason for wanting to defund Planned Parenthood, since tax money cannot pay for abortion except in extreme cases), reasonable people should see that the immediate conflict could be ended by not giving the organization any taxpayer money." (10/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1PQETIN  

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