Entries for November, 2006

New Stanek WND column: “Abortion and the end of the world”

The U.S. did not legalize abortion in a vacuum in 1973. The Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research division, states abortion laws worldwide were undone “rapidly” between 1950 and 1985. Guttmacher estimates 46 million babies are aborted worldwide each year. This means almost 1 billion babies have been aborted worldwide just during the past 20 years. […]

New Stanek WND column, “GOP + Gays = Anti-Life”

I wrote in my previous column that revelations during the final weeks of the autumn 2006 election season shifted my thinking on why national Republican Party leaders have been reticent to advance the life issue. It may be too easy to dismiss them as cowards. It may well be they are compromised. The revelations were […]

New Stanek WND column: “11/7: Day of disaster for pro-lifers?”

The election news could not have appeared grimmer in the immediate aftermath. South Dakota’s abortion ban went down. Parental notification lost in California and Oregon. Missourians approved the embryonic stem cell initiative. Kansans condoned child rape and illegal late-term abortions by ousting Attorney General Phill Kline. Add to that the loss of the GOP Senate […]

Abortion quotes of the week

How quickly she forgets From oral arguments during the Partial Birth Abortion Ban hearing, November 8: Justice Ginsberg: “But up until now, all regulation on access to abortion has been state regulation and this measure is saying to the states, like it or not, the Federal Government is going to ban a particular practice and […]

New Stanek WND column: “Legitimizing partial-birth abortion”

On November 6, the Chicago Tribune nicely advanced the abortion industry’s talking points regarding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Those talking points, which I was in court to hear Wednesday, were that Congress “absolutely betrayed” a 2000 Supreme Court ruling against Nebraska’s partial-birth abortion ban by basically resubmitting the same ban in 2003 that the […]

Aftermath of GOP loss of Senate majority

I received this note from an Albert Bryson on election day: Sorry, Jill. Santorum has to go. I will vote for Casey. Santorum backing of Spector in 2004 primary is a betrayal to us pro-life voters. I can not vote for him period. I know it may harm the pro-life cause. Principle is more important […]

PBA ban hearing: outside the Supreme Court today

The rumor about John Paul Stevens

From Human Events, November 4: For weeks, commentators have speculated that significant numbers of conservatives, alienated by over-spending, the Iraq War, and other perceived GOP disappointments, will stay home on Election Day, giving one or both Houses of Congress to Democrats. But for those who care about reforming the Supreme Court, sitting this one out […]

Embryonic stem cells = hair follicles

The Michael J. Fox/embryonic stem cell-cloning flak has apparently renewed interest in a column I wrote two years ago entitled, “Michael J. Fox is a cannibal.” One person even advised I remove it post haste before Fox sued me for defamation. It’s a little late for that. On page two is a fun exchange I […]

New Stanek WND column, “Product of rape Jesse Jackson on SD abortion ban”

Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson was born Jesse Louis Burns on Oct. 8, 1941, to 16-year-old and unmarried Helen Burns. Helen had herself been born to teenage and unmarried Matilda Burns. Helen became pregnant with Jesse by next-door neighbor Noah Robinson, a prosperous married man in his 30s with other children. According to laws on the […]

  
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by Kelli

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Ryan identifies as Catholic and previously described himself as pro-life. He has supported several pieces of anti-abortion legislation during his time in Congress — including restrictions on minors seeking abortions, a ban on embryonic stem cell research, and a ban on so-called “partial birth” abortions.

But, according to his new op-ed, Ryan has since “come to believe that we must trust women and families — not politicians — to make the best decision for their lives.”

The congressman says he has listened to women across the country talk about their personal experiences with abortion. Some told him they became pregnant from abusive relationships or from sexual assaults. Others said they couldn’t afford to have another child.

Ryan heard from women who developed serious health issues during their pregnancies, and from underage girls are were afraid their parents would kick them out for getting pregnant.

“These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families,” Ryan writes. “No federal or state law banning abortion can honestly and fairly take into account the various circumstances that make each decision unique.”…

Ryan’s change of heart may signal a potential path forward for reproductive rights supporters eager to shift the political landscape around abortion, which has remained largely unchanged for the past several decades.

~ Tara Culp-Ressler, writing on Rep. Tim Ryan’s (D-OH; pictured) gradual “evolution” from pro-life to pro-choice, Think Progress, January 28

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