Entries for February, 2008

Hi Steve

Well he knows I have to blog this. So, hi Steve. Yes, you’ll never guess who I sat next to on a plane to Dallas today. Steve Trombley! You know, CEO of Planned Parenthood Chicago and Aurora Steve Trombley. What a major hoot. I neared my seat and saw him and couldn’t believe it. He […]

Stanek site update

You are a bunch of troublemakers… You may have noticed a site slowdown at various times this week. My server tells me all the traffic and comments this site receives have created havoc for its entire system. (This month, we will experience another personal best – over 70,000 unique visitors and 2.5 million hits.) Tonight […]

Tale from the ‘hood

… Personhood, that is. So you think you have a handle on how the brain works? You’re sure, absolutely sure, the Terri Schiavos of the world are incapable of thought or feelings? Do you think you even know your own mind? We’ve discussed babies with no brains, people with “vegetables” for brains, and preborns who […]

Make my day: Left wingers try to defend Obama on infanticide

Blogger Impeach Philadelphia Inquirer op ed for his indefensible opposition to IL’s Born Alive Infant Protection Act Santorum was the U.S. Senate sponsor of the federal version. Impeach wrote: I also want to direct your attention to the text of the Illinois bill. Here it is. You’re free, of course, to peruse what Senator Santorum […]

Condom Man MIA

I Pro-Life Action League alerted me a little while ago that the video has been disabled. Sure enough, yes, which winter issue directly to the vice chancellor and other officials under the chancellor’s office. My suspicion is they contacted YouTube because our video reflected very poorly on them.” Lila said she wasn’t sure yet how […]

New Stanek WND column, “The slaughterhouse rules”

Due to a system problem at WorldNetDaily, my column wasn’t posted early yesterday as usual. WND ran it later and again today, which hey, I’ll take with no complaints. This column is an extension of a post I wrote last week. I kept thinking of more to add. You will recall those not understanding the […]

WND headlines Planned Parenthood bucks for blacks story

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China may scrap one-child policy

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New Planned Parenthood slogans

Moderator Bethany just forwarded me these Planned Parenthood slogans she found on the The Dawn Patrol via

American Right to Life response

Pastor Bob Enyart of post yesterday in part lamenting ARTL’s corporate – seemingly sole – strategy of denegrating fellow pro-lifers. I welcome the opportunity this forum presents to dialogue. Here is Pastor Enyart’s response in its entirety. I have only broken up paragraphs for easier reading. American RTL Reply to Jill Stanek, re: Judging Motives […]

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hyde-anniversary-2013-final_smallby Kelli

Abortions are expensive. A first trimester abortion costs an average of $470. A second trimester abortion at 20 weeks costs an average of $1,500.

So what do you do if you can’t afford an abortion and you definitely can’t afford a baby?

If you happen to be one of the 12 million women who depend on Medicaid and other federal insurance programs, you are pretty screwed, thanks to the Hyde Amendment….

In the name of abortion rights, human rights and reproductive justice, it is time to repeal Hyde. Reproductive rights activists often focus on abortion’s legality and physical accessibility — where women can receive abortion care and how far along into a pregnancy the procedure is legal; but the fight for safe and legal abortion means nothing if it isn’t accessible to everyone.

I shouldn’t have to mention that providing coverage for abortion care leads to better economic outcomes for both the women who have abortions and for the institutions that would otherwise have to provide childcare service.

But, for some readers and most politicians, these nuances are what matter most for their public support of repealing Hyde. Sadly, the value of a woman’s life, autonomy and dignity aren’t always enough to influence policy. Often in a political context we see financial outcomes superseding socially just policy. Hyde is neither a socially just policy nor an economically sound one.

I currently have $342 in my savings account. If I didn’t admit that having less than $470 makes me nervous, I would be lying.

Like I said, abortions are expensive. But so is the cost of injustice.

So, happy anniversary, Hyde. Here’s to another year of classism, sexism, and broad-based discrimination lovingly provided by the United States government.

*This article refers to abortion care patients solely as women, but not all people who have abortions identify as women.

~ Carly Manes, discussing why she believes every woman deserves to have a “free” abortion, The Michigan Daily, September 29

[Graphic via NARAL Pro-Choice America]

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