A Republican Colorado lawmaker is to continue a family-planning initiative that provides IUDs to lower income women because he believes the birth control method is akin to abortion.
The Family Planning Initiative pilot program had been funded in 2009 by a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor and had been working so well that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) estimated that it helped reduce teen pregnancies by 40 percent, teen abortions by 35 percent AND resulted in $23 million in savings in Medicaid assistance to women and children. With an extra $5 million from the state’s general fund, the CDPHE projected that the program could save the state $40 million in Medicaid costs in the future. Fewer abortions? Fiscal conservatism? Sounds great, sign me up!
To keep the program going, a group of bipartisan lawmakers have been trying to push a bill through the Colorado Senate. But they’re running into one big problem: .
Kevin Lundberg, chair of Colorado’s Senate Health Committee, says that because an IUD in some cases can prevent fertilized eggs from embedding themselves in the uterus, this counts as abortion and thus disqualifies the measure from state funding.
Typically, an IUD prevents sperm from meeting an egg, and therefore prevents pregnancy. But if the egg and sperm do meet, the IUD keeps that embryo from planting itself in the uterus. Despite the fact that pregnancy begins at the implantation of the fertilized egg, Lundberg believes this crosses the abortion line.
“The state constitution says no direct or indirect funding from the state shall go towards abortion,” he said.
And apparently IUDs are the equivalent of abortions, ignoring the fact that IUDs work before pregnancy occurs and Kevin Lundberg has no idea what he’s talking about.
But if Kevin Lundberg IS right and abortions can happen before pregnancy even occurs, just think of all the abortions that are out there happening right now…
Can’t get it up? That’s an abortion!
On your period? That’s an abortion!
Giving oral sex? Well, that’s just mass cannibalism.
The King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, has died at the age of 90, weeks after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection.
His half brother and heir to the Saudi throne, Prince Salman, is 79 years old and is also in very poor health – meaning Saudi Arabia will be back in the same spot in a few years. Within hours of acceding to the throne, the newly appointed King Salman, vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” he said in a speech on state TV. So… intolerance of free speech, gender discrimination and multiple beheadings?
The US Senate passed an amendment on Wednesday saying climate change is real and not a hoax – because the only way to decide if something is a scientific fact is by having politicians vote on it. The measure, stating that “climate change is real and is not a hoax”, passed by a margin of 98-1. The lone dissenter was Senator Roger Wicker from Mississippi. Sigh… Although to Mississippi’s credit, their other state Senator, Thad Cochran, voted yes – possibly because he’s old enough to have witnessed all the cyclical trends since the last ice age. The whole climate science squabble broke out during debate over amendments to the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Democrats wanted Republicans to admit that climate change is real and that human activity plays a role. But while Republicans were willing to admit that climate change isn’t a hoax, many refused to admit that human activity is a factor. Two other amendments (which needed 60 votes to pass) failed: “human activity significantly contributes to climate change” failed 50-49 and “human activity contributes to climate change” failed 59-40. Still, progress…? The Hill
While some Texans are busy fearing an Ebola outbreak, others are out celebrating/cursing the which has blocked vital components of the strict antiabortion laws enacted in Texas last year by Gov. Rick Perry.
The Texas law, which Rick Perry and his fellow Lone Star conservatives say is designed to protect women’s health, required all abortion clinics in the state be “ambulatory surgical centers,” regulated under the same standards as hospitals and forced doctors performing abortions to first obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The new restrictions effectively shut down all but eight abortion clinics throughout the state – which are all clustered in metropolitan regions in the eastern part of Texas. And by abortion clinics, I mean family planning clinics, which provide a multitude of services to women who otherwise cannot afford them, of which abortions are only one part.
But now, in a 6-3 ruling (Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito opposed, obvs), the Supreme Court has ordered Texas not to enforce parts the law – at least until more appeals can be filed on the larger questions of the Texas law’s constitutionality. The Supreme Court blocked the surgical-center requirement entirely and the admitting-privileges requirement as it applied to clinics in McAllen and El Paso.
“The U.S. Supreme Court gave Texas women a tremendous victory today,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Tomorrow, 13 clinics across the state will be allowed to reopen and provide women with safe and legal abortion care in their own communities.”
“This fight against Texas’ sham abortion law is not over. HB2 was designed to gut the constitutional protections of Roe v. Wade and half of the state’s clinics remain closed,” she added.
“We’re seeing the terrible impact these restrictions have on thousands of Texas women who effectively no longer have access to safe and legal abortion,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “We’re relieved that the court stepped in to stop this, and we hope this dangerous law is ultimately overturned completely.”
Although it’s only temporary, Tuesday’s ruling could lead to access by the millions of women unable to reach the major cities where the few remaining facilities are still open.
But the court’s ruling won’t stop Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite in next month’s governor’s race, from defending Rick Perry’s restrictive abortion bill to the death – because it’s not like there are more pressing medical crises happening in Texas right now…
Need an abortion in a hurry? Don’t count on one in Missouri.
Conservative lawmakers in Missouri have increased the state’s required waiting period for getting an abortion from one day to three days – no exceptions, not even for rape or incest. The Republican-controlled legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto to enact a 72-hour delay. The governor denounced the measure as “extreme and disrespectful” toward women. About half the states already have abortion waiting periods of 24 hours. Once Missouri’s new requirement takes effect, the state will be the second most-stringent behind South Dakota, where the waiting period does not count weekends or holidays. I would imagine most women have already thought long and hard about their decision by the time they get to the clinic, so I’m not sure what an extra 48 hours of soul-searching will accomplish. Maybe just some undue hardship? According to Planned Parenthood, which operates Missouri’s only licensed abortion clinic in St. Louis, its patients travel an average of nearly 100 miles for an abortion, so the extra delay could force them to either make two trips or spend additional money on hotels. ABC News
that states teachers “will not publicly engage in actions, or endorse actions or beliefs contrary to the teachings and standards of the Roman Catholic faith and morality.” So teachers of the Detroit, please stick to getting pregnant “the Catholic way”: no birth control, millions of unintended pregnancies, quick spreading STDs, pedophilia welcome, and pregnancy through rape is fine. HuffPo
Goodbye rabies, hello thousands of dog corpses! Authorities in China体彩手机在线怎么下载 have killed almost 5,000 dogs after rabies was blamed for the death of five people. Four people died in June and one in July, and multiple dog bites were reported. As a result, municipal authorities in Baoshan, in the southwestern province of Yunnan, killed 4,900 dogs and vaccinated 100,000 more as part of its anti-rabies campaign. Mass dog killings are nothing new in China体彩手机在线怎么下载. The Chinese government often orders stray dogs to be culled in order to prevent outbreaks of rabies. In 2009, officials in the northern city of Hanzhong reportedly killed 37,000 in an effort to rein in the rabies. CNN
to overturn Canada’s prostitution laws, engaged in some disorderly conduct during the hearing. Bedford was expelled after she argued and interrupted another senator, became increasingly combative, and tried to go over her allotted time. How rude! But before the self-proclaimed “most famous dominatrix in Canada” was kicked out, she threatened to expose politicians who supposedly avail themselves of the world’s oldest profession. “If this law passes I’m going to make you guys forget about Mike Duffy, because I’ve got more information and more proof on politicians in this country体彩手机在线怎么下载 than you can shake a stick at, I promise,” she said. I wonder if Rob Ford is on that list? Toronto Star
Speaking of Rob Ford, how’s that guy doing? Not too well apparently. The Toronto mayor was admitted to the hospital Wednesday after doctors found what they believe to be a tumour in his abdomen. “Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor,” according to a statement from Humber River Hospital on Wednesday. “The mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis.” No word yet on what impact the tumour will have on his rampant alcoholism and crack-addiction, but there is already speculation on what it will do to his mayoral campaign, which (for some reason) has seen a resurgence in recent polls. If his health deteriorates, Ford may be forced to withdraw his name from the Oct. 27 mayoralty ballot… or even worse, his brother Coun. Doug Ford may be tempted to take his place. Noooooo!! CBC News
A Pennsylvania woman has been for obtaining European abortion pills online and providing them to her teenage daughter who wanted to end her pregnancy.
Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, pleaded guilty to violating a Pennsylvania state law that abortions must be performed by a physician. The single mother and nursing 体彩手机在线怎么下载 aide claimed she did not have insurance to cover a hospital abortion and the closest clinic was 74 miles away in Harrisburg. So she turned to the next best thing: miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe.
The only problem with ordering medicine online is… well, it’s pretty dangerous. Whalen’s 16-year-old daughter ended up experiencing severe cramping and bleeding after taking the pills. Two weeks after administering the abortion pills, Whalen rushed her daughter to the Geisinger Medical Center where she was treated for an . After doctors figured out her self-prescribed abortion plan, the authorities were alerted and two years later, the single mother was officially charged with brewing Pennsylvania state law.
Whalen was sentenced on Friday to 9-18 months in prison for providing her daughter with a DIY abortion. In addition to her jail sentence, Whalen will also be forced to pay a fine of $1,000 and perform 40 hours of community service.
While Whalen undoubtedly put her daughter in danger by ordering medicine online instead of seeing a physician for a “proper abortion”, the case highlights what pro-choicers have been saying all along: legislation passed to restrict a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy disproportionately impacts poorer, rural women. Turns out the Republicans’ plans to close down clinics and place restrictions on abortions may be leading people to back alley abortions … or, in this case, sketchy European websites.
There seems to be only one solution – and it doesn’t involve providing access to safe, legal abortions and affordable health insurance to cover the cost. Next time a woman experiences severe cramping and bleeding from pills purchased online, she should just avoid the hospital and bleed out in bed. Problem solved, no jail time involved.
Detroit: come for the abortions, stay for the decaying houses.
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Obama makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan. And the surprise is… we’re not going anywhere! After Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field on Sunday night, Obama addressed the troops and reassured them that “America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end” – although he left his big announcement for later. Obama did not meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during the surprise visit because… they hate each other. But Obama did bring along country体彩手机在线怎么下载 singer Brad Paisley – presumably as some kind of torture device. Once Obama got out of the country体彩手机在线怎么下载 and safely away from the exhausted soldiers, he made his big announcement from Washington: the US will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after they conclude their combat mission at the end of this year. The plan is to begin a massive draw-down of troops in Afghanistan from 32,000 to 9,800 by the beginning of next year—if the Afghan government signs a bilateral security deal—and then work on a complete withdrawal for the end of 2016. But even though the troops will be sticking around a bit longer, Obama said he hopes that by the time he leaves office the longest war in American history will finally be over. CBC News
Long live xenophobia! The results of the European Parliament election revealed big some gains for anti-EU groups and far-right parties. Marine Le Pen in particular delivered a major victory for the far-right Front National party, which is both anti-immigration and anti-European Union. Marine Le Pen’s party topped the poll in the nationwide election, with 25 per cent of the vote. Le Pen declared the results a “massive rejection of the European Union” and a massive rejection of all immigrants. Le Pen said she would use her electoral mandate to “defend France” and fight “crazy measures like votes for immigrants.” The UK Independence Party also contributed to the “political earthquake” by winning first place with 27 per cent of the vote. UKIP, who define themselves as a “libertarian, non-racist party seeking Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union” are also known for their anti-immigration stance. BBC News
The Nigerian military has found the kidnapped schoolgirls! But they can’t tell you where they are and they definitely won’t attempt a rescue. Air Marshal Alex Badeh said the government has now located the missing girls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram six weeks ago, but they could not take the risk of using force to rescue them. “Where they are held, can we go there with force? We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said. The missing girls are believed to be somewhere in the forests of northeastern Borneo state, near Chad and Cameroon and while the military won’t risk going there with force, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents.” If that’s his definition of good news, I’d hate to be in Nigeria on a bad news day. CNN
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Times are tough for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his Ford Nation.
Just one day after having his mayoral powers stripped by the Toronto City Council, Sun News Network cancelled his reality show Ford Nation after just one episode. Ford Nation’s debut episode (and I guess the series finale) aired on Monday night and featured the crack-smoking mayor and his brother Doug, who sits on the city council. The hour long show was basically just the Fords going back and forth about the media’s obsession with the mayor and his crack-smoking, p*ssy eating, drunk-driving ways. But even that was not enough to draw more than 155,000 viewers and Ford Nation was quickly sacked.
I’ll take one taxi full of kittens! The car service Uber is delivering kittens to customers in celebration of National Cat Day.
Uber teamed up with Cheezburger to allow users to order some much needed kittens snuggles. Customers who live in San Francisco, New York, or Seattle can order 15 minutes worth of kitten snuggletime for the low cost of $20!
While Texas Governor Rick Perry is pulling out all the stops to get his , Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is praising his country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s even more restrictive abortion laws.
Chile’s president, Sebastian Pinera, praised a pregnant 11-year-old rape victim for her “depth and maturity” after she said in a recent TV interview that she was happy to have the child. The young girl also said in the interview that having the child would be “like having a doll” so I’m not quite sure how high her maturity level really is…
“I’m going to love the baby very much, even though it comes from that man who hurt me… It will be like having a doll in my arms,” the 11-year-old said in the TV interview.
Maturity level aside, the 11-year-old, who was raped repeatedly over a two-year period by her mother’s boyfriend, has now become President Pinera’s poster child for Chile’s abortion laws. Chile is one of seven Latin American countries where abortion is completely banned and Pinera wants to keep it that way.
“I’ve asked the health minister to personally look after the (girl’s) health,” Pinera said. “She’s 14 weeks pregnant, and yesterday she surprised us all with words showing depth and maturity, when she said that, despite the pain caused by the man who raped her, she wanted to have and take care of her baby.”
Pinera’s comments have caused some outrage among his critics, who say that abortion should be legalized in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is in danger. Experts have also criticized Pinera’s comments, saying the girl would not have the mental or emotional capacity to understand her situation.
“At that age the girl doesn’t have a capacity of discernment, not even at age 14 would she have the mental and emotional capacity to discern this,” said Giorgio Agostini, a forensic psychologist, “What the president is saying doesn’t get close to the psychological truth of an 11-year-old-girl. It’s a subjective view that is not based on any scientific reasoning to support it.”
Considering it took Chile until 2004 to legalize divorce, I’d say they have a long road ahead of them in terms of abortion rights…
Rick Perry – what a buzz kill!
After Senator Wendy Davis’s famous filibuster marathon to stop a restrictive abortion bill from passing, Texas Governor Rick Perry, aka Buzz McKillington, called for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session July 1 to try for a second time to pass the abortion restrictions. The Rick Perry desired restrictions include reducing the abortion deadline to 20 weeks and imposing restrictions on clinics, which would effectively close down all but 5 abortion clinics in the state of Texas.
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas,” Rick Perry said in a statement. “Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn.”
His decision to call another special session gives lawmakers 30 more days to push the bill through. Which basically means Davis’s 12-hour speech (with no bathroom breaks, food breaks, sitting breaks, going off topic breaks) may be purely symbolic.
) are trapped in some kind of My Little Pony fetish, Singaporeans are freaking out over McDonald’s Hello Kitty toys. All over the city-state, long lines are forming outside of McDonald’s restaurants as customers push and shove for the chance to get their paws on the infamous black Hello Kitty, the last in a series of six limited-edition Hello Kitty characters dressed in different outfits from popular fairy tales. If there are two things Singaporeans are known for it’s impoliteness and the inability to form a line – so it’s no surprise that a few fights broke out along the way. Perhaps instead of selling the Hello Kitty toys, McDonald’s should hand out face masks instead – they might be a bit more effective at
It’s Canada Day Weekend!!! Time to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday by heading north to a cottage, getting drunk by the water, and maybe lighting a sparkler or two in John A. MacDonald’s honour. Reagan (and the cats!) will be back July 2nd, hungover and ready to go!