Entries for July, 2008

JivinJ’s Life Links 7-31-08

by are whining about not being able to buy human eggs for human cloning experiments: But researchers argue that a shortage of eggs fueled by the payment ban is what’s kept them from making the advances that prove their technique’s real potential. “You need to have enough eggs to make this thing work, and when […]

Abortion, the peacemaker?

Abortion in India is illegal after 20 weeks, in large part to stop female feticide. Today’s

Joni’s Wheels for the World

Most in the Evangelical world are familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada’s story. Not sure if she’s so well known in Catholic circles. Joni was left a teen quadriplegic in 1967 after a diving accident. Her 1976 book, KSLR Take A Stand radio show is raising sponsorship for 75 wheelchairs for Joni’s Cuba, Peru.

Pregnant prostitution ring

Ok… wellll… um… hm. I guess I can’t formulate words to add to this one… Read more

(Prolifer)ations 7-30-08

by Colleen W. From the blogs and elsewhere today… takecaredownthere.org [JLS warning: vile], arguing it is important that people know just how disturbing and graphic this new kid-targeted website is. Dawn says: But, because TakeCareDownThere is a taxpayer-funded site that targets children, I believe it is important to have an idea of just what Planned […]

Status of abortions in South Dakota

I reported yesterday: In an interview with CNA on Monday, July 28, Dr. [Allen] Unruh said there were still indications that no abortions were being performed at the Sioux Falls clinic. Sidewalk counselors had told him that none of the women who were apparently scheduled for abortions had showed at the clinic by 9:30 am. […]

JivinJ’s Life Links 7-30-08

by trying to deal with numerous illegal abortionists: Dr. Kato, who at first said he did not do abortions and referred The Herald to other “doctors,” later admitted to offering the service, saying it would cost R600 for someone who was 5 months pregnant. He promised the procedure was safe and quick. “They call it […]

Senator attacked for delivering babies free

Senator Tom Coburn is the bane of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s existence for relentlessly and fiercely opposing wasteful spending. For example, as FRC reported yesterday: Repeatedly… Reid… has decided to ramrod legislation through the chamber…. He attempted this – unsuccessfully – with a massive $11 billion spending bill last week. Mockingly called the “Coburn Omnibus” […]

Kline trounces Howe in fundraising

Many here have helped Phill Kline financially in his primary race against Steve Howe for Johnson County, KS, District Attorney. The election is one week from today! Kline, of course, is the stalwart trying against all odds to enforce KS’s late-term and underage abortion laws. There is still time to Associated Press…

British Columbia’s most prolific mother gives birth to #18

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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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