Posts Tagged ‘ abortion ’

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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Ireland: Thousands march for easing of restrictive abortion laws

September 27, 2015
posted by

Raw Story Raw Story    

"Thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday calling for an overhaul of Ireland’s strict abortion laws, as a campaign for change gathers momentum ahead of the upcoming general election. Ireland has some of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. Termination is allowed only when there is risk to the life of the mother, rather than just her health. Campaigners and politicians are calling for a referendum to be held to repeal the eighth amendment of the constitution, which grants equal rights to the foetus and the mother." (09/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ob6kbo9  

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The coat hanger lobby

September 8, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"By the way, have you ever noticed how extremely careful most anti-abortionists are to avoid accurately defining the word 'human?' They want to talk about souls and gods, things that no one believes in any more. Or the way that they deliberately conflate the phenomenon of biological life (especially mammalian life) with human life? That's because in any arguments that begin with proper definitions, they lose." [editor's note: Oddly, my own problem with the abortion argument is similar, but I end up poxing both houses; the definition of "human being" clearly and unambiguously applies biologically from conception; too many "pro-choice" advocates deny that because they find it inconvenient; too many "pro-life" advocates conclude more from the premise than it warrants - TLK] (09/06/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle837-20150906-02.html  

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The Tom Woods Show, 09/07/15

September 7, 2015
posted by

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"The issue of abortion has divided libertarians from the very beginning. Stephen Wagner joins me to think through the issue as dispassionately as possible." [various formats] (09/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ou93lj7  

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Pope Francis says priests can forgive women who’ve had abortions

September 2, 2015
posted by

CNN CNN    

"Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world -- again -- on Tuesday by announcing that contrite women who have had an abortion can seek forgiveness from priests during the church's upcoming 'Year of Mercy.' Under church rules, women who have had abortions, considered a grave sin by the church, were considered automatically excommunicated, and only a bishop could lift the ban. The Pope's new policy, which does not change church doctrine, technically applies only to Year of Mercy, a centuries-old Catholic practice during which believers may receive special indulgences for their sins." (09/01/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/01/europe/pope-francis-abortion/  

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Safe, legal, and rare, part 2: Legal?

August 31, 2015
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Virtually all arguments around abortion involve consideration of when life begins. The Roe v. Wade ruling attempted to balance a right to abortion against the protection of potential human life, by affirming the state’s right to regulate abortion in the third trimester. Subsequent medical advances and evidence that a fetus is human earlier than the third trimester resulted in the Supreme Court replacing the 'third trimester' guideline with 'viability' in its Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey ruling. Ironically, the result in many states has been that the previous prohibition against third trimester abortion has been dropped, with 'viability' left to interpretation by abortion providers. We know from the Gosnell and numerous other examples that this has resulted in the active killing of babies born alive during abortions. And while Gosnell himself was ultimately convicted of murder, his abortion crimes were discovered only because of a drug investigation." (08/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohuoacs  

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Planned Parenthood launches legal battle to keep its corporate welfare flowing

August 26, 2015
posted by

The Hill The Hill    

"Planned Parenthood has fired the opening salvo in its war against the Republican-led defunding campaign that threatens to stretch into the fall. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood announced a lawsuit Tuesday against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, claiming he acted illegally by blocking Medicaid funding to the healthcare provider. ... The group receives roughly $500 million from the government each year -- about 40 percent of its annual budget." (08/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvg426v  

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Republican hypocrisy on Planned Parenthood

August 25, 2015
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"Abortion is an emotionally charged issue. But the real issue here has everything to do with principle and nothing to do with abortion, fetal tissue, medical research, or whether someone is pro-life or pro-choice. The Republican outrage over Planned Parenthood's practices and its attempt to defund the organization clearly show how utterly devoid they are of the very principles they claim to stand for. Things such as the Constitution, limited government, fiscal conservatism, and free enterprise." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3f4sw5  

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An Singerian argument against abortion

August 24, 2015
posted by

Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"I'm pro-choice. But here's an argument against the moral permissibility of abortion I haven't seen: Recall Singer's thought experiment about the drowning toddler." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj569wg  

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Demagoguery or logic?

August 24, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Mike Huckabee is a religious extremist. Of course, this is the position of every anti-abortion religious extremist. They reason that an unfertilized egg automatically becomes a 'person' entitled to all the legal and constitutional rights enjoyed by you and me and every other 'person.' A 'person' comes into existence at the moment of conception, therefore all abortions are murder. Thus no abortions should be allowed by law, period. As a libertarian I find this position appalling, extremely illogical, and profoundly anti-liberty. Yet when I point this out as a valid argument against the extreme anti-abortion position, my friend, Thomas Knapp, accuses me of demagoguery." (08/23/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/08/demagoguery-or-logic.html  

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The death of pro-choice Republicans

August 19, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"The GOP once prided itself on being the big-tent party on abortion that -- unlike Democratic fanatics -- didn't have a litmus test on its candidates. Those days are long gone. Today, the GOP is growing so shrill on the issue, it risks riling its base and creating a Manichean conflict that it cannot control -- just as happened on immigration." (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q25el2b  

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Abortion: The “rape and incest exception” is demagoguery

August 19, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Whenever abortion comes up in a political context, pro-choice advocates highlight pro-life candidates' refusal to support a 'rape and incest exception' to any proposed ban on, or regulation of, abortion. The 2016 presidential campaign is no exception. This week CNN anchor Dana Bash handed the hot potato to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee." (08/18/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2656  

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Three reasons to stop saying “abortion is only 3% of Planned Parenthood”

August 18, 2015
posted by

The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier  

"The 3% figure is unbelievably contrived. It relies on counting every pregnancy test, STD test, contraceptive, and abortion as an equivalent 'service' -- even if they were all for the same person and at the same visit. In its 2013-14 annual report, PP claimed it provided 10.6 million 'services,' defined as 'a discrete clinical interaction, such as the administration of a physical exam or STI test or the provision of a birth control method.' One category of service was providing 2.1 million contraceptives to women, including 302,724 non-prescription barriers -- i.e., condoms or spermicides. Abortion was another service, with 327,653 procedures. According to this contrivance, condoms and abortion count the same in figuring out what PP 'does.' If abortion wasn’t stigmatized, and if downplaying it wasn't a politically savvy PR move, no one would pretend a number like this is meaningful. By this reasoning, most of what heart surgery centers do is run blood tests and dispense aspirin." (08/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxeffdx  

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