Anti-abstinence bigotry

Hello from DC again. I had just returned home from a weeklong business/pleasure trip when I got a call 2 days ago to replace a cancelled speaker at a pro-life event, and here I am again, happily. Get to visit my daughter Daena as well as connect with pro-life policy friends. So I’ll be blogging from DC another week.
At the event tonight someone told me about the following video. It was taken at the Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA) sham of a hearing against abstinence education last week. He called 6 witnesses to testify against and 1 for.
Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC) asked the stacked deck a simple, telling question: Would they support abstinence funding if it were proven to be as or more effective than comprehensive sex ed?

No words.
UPDATE, 5/1, 6:45a: I have found words. These liberal ideologues are so zealous they’re willing to be openly irrational.

Murderer of twins cannot be charged with murder

shuffield 5.jpgLast week I reported on preborn twins who were killed during an IN bank robbery. Their mother, Katherin Shuffield, is pictured right with their father Jason.
News reports indicated the gunman (not yet caught) could not be charged with murder because the babies weren’t viable, as IN law stipulates. I questioned this, since the doctors decided to deliver the babies, meaning they thought the babies stood a better chance of surviving outside their mother’s uterus than inside… meaning they were potentially viable.
Mike Fichter, president of IN Right to Life, has emailed details…

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Egan vs. Giuliani

Robert Novak wrote in his syndicated column April 28:

Did pro-choice politicians receiving Communion at the papal Masses indicate the pope had softened on the abortion question? The answer is no. On the contrary, it reflected disobedience to Benedict by the archbishops of New York and Washington.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sens. John Kerry, Christopher Dodd and Edward M. Kennedy received Communion at Nationals Park in DC, as did former mayor Rudolph Giuliani at Yankee Stadium in NY. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington and Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop of NY, invited them. Given choice seats, they took Communion as a matter of course….

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“We reject abortion because we are left-wing”

Well, here is an interesting view, an op ed written by the SAIn Political Party (Internationalist Self-Management and Solidarity) in Spain, as quoted from, May 2 (bold highlights theirs):

In the last eight years under the Popular Party’s administration, abortion has risen by 37%, reaching almost 80.000 abortions per year…. [due to a] policy… result[ing] in free abortion practice during the first 3 months of pregnancy….
With such a “pseudo-progressive” measure as abortion advocacy a so-called socialist party… has explicitly put forward a neoliberal political and economic capitalist program.
We strongly disapprove of abortion because we are left-wing. Likewise, we are against any assault on life, such as death penalty, torture, hunger, armament, war, destruction of the environment… We therefore proclaim that these are values the Left must vindicate….

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Pills or dinner?

“Pills or dinner?” was the subject heading of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ email alert yesterday.
The premise is ridiculous: that due to rising prices of artificial female steroids, i.e., birth control pills, college nyphomaniacs are being forced to choose between illicit sex and eating.
bc pp.jpgHere’s what happened. Legislators passed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 to save $40 billion over 5 years. A consequence, according to U.S. News & World Report:

A quirk in a new federal law, designed to save taxpayers money on Medicaid reimbursements for drugs, has effectively persuaded pharmaceutical companies to stop selling their products to these [university] pharmacies at deeply discounted rates. (If companies continue to offer such discounts, the law stipulates, they will also receive lower payments from Medicaid.)

Shock: the government isn’t buying the whining. In response to one request to restore the loophole, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid wrote, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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South Dakota abortion ban redux

I commend SD pro-lifers for their diligence.
In 2006 they introduced a referendum outlawing all abortions except to save a mother’s life. It lost 56-44%. Exit polls showed it would have won had it included exceptions.
(As an aside, it was during this time Oglala Sioux president Cecelia Fire Thunder infamously threatened to open a mill on her reservation should the ban pass, inspiring me to write one of my more controversially received columns, “Sioux tribe plans to scalp its own.”)
Well, prepare for a redux. On April 18 the SD Secretary of State certified 3x the number of petition signatures needed to put a new abortion ban referendum on November’s ballot. This ban will include very tightly worded exceptions for rape, incest, and health.
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Bear in mind SD abortionists are currently not obligated to report rape/incest….

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(Prolifer)ations 4/28/08

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  • Peter Augustine Lawler reviews Robert George and Christopher Tollefsen’s Embryo in the City Journal.
  • Indian Prime Minister calls his nation’s practice of sex-selection abortions “a national shame”:

    No nation, no society, no community can hold its head high and claim to be part of the civilised world if it condones the practice of discriminating against one half of humanity represented by women.

  • Baylor philosophy professor Alexander Pruss provides an argument against abortion (Don Marquis’ future-like-ours), a standard pro-choice response and then his response to that response.