Posts Tagged ‘ abortion ’

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

September 1, 2015
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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)

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Planned Parenthood launches legal battle to keep its corporate welfare flowing

August 26, 2015
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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)

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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)

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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)

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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
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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)

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Abortion: The “rape and incest exception” is demagoguery

August 19, 2015
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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
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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)

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Safe, legal, and rare, part 1: Safe?

August 17, 2015
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"The first thing to be aware of is that there is literally no way of knowing how safe abortion is in America, because -- unbelievably -- even where they exist, reporting requirements are not enforced, and no source has established any meaningful method of tracking abortion. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains an 'Abortion Surveillance Unit,' it in fact has no systematic means of collecting data on abortion-related statistics -- including deaths. Abortion practitioners are thus, basically, just assumed to be safe." (08/14/15)

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Abort the subsidy

August 12, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Let's be pro-choice and abort the taxpayer subsidy to Planned Parenthood. Those who continue to approve of Planned Parenthood's work would remain free to support it. Personally. Voluntarily. Likewise, if you revile the organization, you should also be free to not fund it." (08/11/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/08/11/abort-the-subsidy/  

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Presidential Parenthood politics

August 5, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Make no mistake about it; these candidates think that it's their solemn job as President of the United States to end abortion as we know it in America, and they're more than willing to employ any means possible to accomplish that agenda. Its pure presidential parenthood politics founded upon their evangelical religious beliefs, and one of the big reasons why the average American is afraid to vote for any GOP presidential candidate. The reality of the matter is that in the United States of America women enjoy a constitutional right to seek and undergo an abortion. The abortion procedures that Planned Parenthood provide to women are legal. The disposition of embryonic and fetal tissue from such procedures to scientific entities on a not for profit basis is entirely legal." (08/05/15)

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Without Planned Parenthood, the state still grows

August 5, 2015
posted by

Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel  

"I'm all for murder (abortion) being considered a crime. And like all other murders, it should be criminalized at the state level (no self-respecting conservative or libertarian would call for the UN to declare murder a crime at the global level -- we'd obviously recognize the centralized power-grab). And Planned Parenthood itself, being built upon taxation and the immoral means of political decision making, is not only unconstitutional, but is also an unethical breach of property rights. Thus, it should simply not exist to fund abortions in the first place. But the fact of the matter is, that in cheering for various GOP politicians to defund Planned Parenthood, it is easy to forget that these folks don't actually have much of a problem with the Federal Government spending the money or increasing in its size and scope." (08/03/15)

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Government failure compounds denial in abortion policy

August 4, 2015
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Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"According to high school civics classes, government functions to protect us from bad meat, bad medicine, bad buildings, and bad guys in general. In the real world, we find that this is mostly not true. Yes, there are lots of regulations and agencies whose purported function is to protect us from such dangers, but in practice we find that the various agencies get captured by the big players in the industries they are supposed to be regulating, and thus function primarily as protection rackets, keeping new entrants from competing with established special interests. As has been eminently clear in the aftermath of the grisly Gosnell case, and the now-unfolding expose of Planned Parenthood's mining fetal body parts, the regulation and oversight of abortion clinics has functioned even more perversely -- that is to say, there is virtually none." (08/03/15)

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US Senate blocks legislation to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare

August 3, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural vote. Sixty votes were needed to advance it in the 100-person chamber, but it received only 53 votes. Planned Parenthood, which provides healthcare services to women at hundreds of centers nationwide [from which it brings in more than a billion dollars in annual revenue, half that in corporate welfare from the US government], has come under attack with the online posting of hidden-camera videos produced by an anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress." (08/03/15)

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Politics is not the path to pro-life victory

August 3, 2015
posted by

Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"During my time in Congress, I regularly introduced legislation forbidding organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding. The US Government should not force taxpayers to subsidize an activity they believe is murder. Thus, while I was horrified by the recently released videos showing Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing selling the organs of aborted babies, I am glad that the reaction to these videos has renewed efforts to end federal funding of abortion. My experience in Congress does not leave me optimistic that federal funding of Planned Parenthood will be ended this year, however." (08/03/15)

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Where do we draw the line? Abortions and other forms of murder

August 3, 2015
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"In a real, moral human society, as a number of people have pointed out over the millennia, the major factor governing human behavior and discouraging things like murdering baby in or partially in the womb, killing anyone, stealing anything, would be a combination of tradition, teaching and acceptance of personal responsibility and accountability, and withdrawal of contact from those who violate the accepted standards of behavior, based at least mostly on the idea of 'no aggression' or as I prefer, the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yeah, it wouldn't be a perfect world anymore than this one is, but a darn sight better one. We'd still have people killing and beating others and stealing from them and enslaving them, but we wouldn't be making the rest of us support it and tolerate or even endorse it." (08/02/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7623  

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Planned Parenthood: If you have to ask why, the answer is usually “money”

July 31, 2015
posted by

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

"I'm not interested in re-litigating the issue of abortion per se here (that argument will never end), but I do think it's important for all of us -- 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life' alike -- to understand what Planned Parenthood is and how it operates. ... Planned Parenthood boasts more than 800 local franchises and knocks down a billion dollars a year. Its CEO's salary and benefits top half a million dollars annually; other executives and franchise managers also earn low- to mid-six-figure salaries. It IS a business, full stop. More to the point, Planned Parenthood is a 'politically connected' enterprise which games government to subsidize it and protect its business turf." (07/30/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2416  

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Court gags anti-abortion group, bans release of new Planned Parenthood videos

July 31, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The Los Angeles Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video from a sting investigation of the company StemExpress, which provides fetal tissues for research in conjunction with Planned Parenthood. Videos from a similar undercover investigation conducted by same organization has sparked recent controversy around Planned Parenthood's tissue donation practices. ... The order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of surreptitiously recorded conversations with three high-ranking StemExpress officials. The temporary restraining order will remain in place until a hearing on Aug. 19." (07/30/15)

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Why the GOP will never defund Planned Parenthood

July 30, 2015
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Across America, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to demand Congress stop giving upwards of $540 million of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood each year. The rallies came just as the Center for Medical Progress released the third of what is likely to be many videos showing the morbid practice the corporation engages in, of selling baby parts to medical research companies. Following that, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assigned Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to come up with a plan to defund the abortion clinic. The vote will fail, everybody who is paying attention knows that, and like so many other things which go on in Congress, this is little more than a publicity stunt." (07/29/15)

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Is denial a good basis for abortion policy?

July 28, 2015
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Once again, a political sideshow is likely to be the sole outcome from the revelations in the recent Planned Parenthood videos, drowning out what could have been an important conversation around another perennially politicized issue. As could have been a good starting point, the videos show definitely that abortion involves far more than the suctioning of a formless glob of cells. The procedure discussed in detail throughout the videos is the forceable, fatal extraction of human bodies from their protective environment. Bodies with lungs, livers, hearts, heads, and 'lower extremities' -- all clearly identifiable, differentiable -- with abortions performed systematically to avoid crushing the body parts to be 'supplied.'" (07/27/15)

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Urgent! Planned Parenthood funding vote may happen this week

July 27, 2015
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis  

"Senator Rand Paul wants to deny tax funding to Planned Parenthood. You should favor this, no matter where you stand on the abortion question. Why? Because it's a matter of conscience. Those who oppose abortions should NOT be required to fund them. It's that simple." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfhmulu  

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Quote of the Week: Cantwell on Planned Parenthood

July 23, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The abortion industry IS an industry. It's a heavily government-subsidized industry. Planned Parenthood poses as a 'non-profit,' but all that means is that it doesn't have stockholders who receive dividends. It's a billion dollar per year business (with half that money coming from taxpayer subsidies) with 820 local franchises. Its CEO knocks down half a million a year, and other Planned Parenthood executives and franchise managers earn $100-250k. Planned Parenthood is a business. More to the point, its operations fit the profile of the way 'Big Business' uses government to pad and protect its profits." (07/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvbj56x  

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Planned Parenthood and unfettered congressional spending

July 23, 2015
posted by

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Zack Pruitt  

"Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million each year from American taxpayers, which comprises over 40 percent of its budget. It was recently shown on video ostensibly seeking to profit from the sale of aborted baby parts (as opposed to being reimbursed for tissue donation), perhaps in violation of federal law. Make no mistake, the big picture story here is not congressional overspending; it is the Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood graphically describing her efforts to 'not crush' vital organs when performing abortions in an effort to preserve them and recoup 'between $30 and $100 per specimen.'" (07/22/15)

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Murdering infants for a Lamborghini

July 22, 2015
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"In 2013 Planned Parenthood got $540.6 million in funding from the United States Federal Government, approximately 45% of its $1.21 billion in revenue for that year. Planned Parenthood claims that federal funds are not used for abortions, that would be illegal, of course. They say only 3% of the services it provides are abortions, but roughly 92% of pregnant women who walk into Planned Parenthood end up having an abortion. These explanations might as well read 'We do not sell baby parts or use federal funds for abortions because unicorn, frisbee, hologram.' By this I mean, it is complete nonsense. When 92% of the pregnant women who walk into your clinic get an abortion, you are an abortion clinic. When you accept payment in exchange for provision of goods and services, you are selling things. When the bulk of your funding comes out of the pockets of taxpayers, you are a government agency." (07/21/15)

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