Entries for June, 2009

Jivin J’s Life Links 6-30-09

by Dan Gilgoff reports that there is a growing schism among common ground advocates regarding legislation on abortion. One side wants the two segments of the common ground package (preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion) introduced in one bill while another side wants them introduced separately.

Lunch Break: Man sings puppies to sleep

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Breaking News: Lila Rose exposes 7th Planned Parenthood in undercover sting

UPDATE, 7/1, 6:30p: Do you trust ‘em? Surrrre. According to LifeNews.com] _______________ Lila Rose and

Sarah Palin smeared again… and again

The inner [David] Letterman yesterday. The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre” tale of how SC Gov. Mark Sanford had “disappeared for 4 days” and claimed to be hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but no one was really certain of his […]

Quote of the Day, June 30, 2009

Do you think that Republicans now should sort of shift the emphasis, though, from stressing social and family values and shift to more – to economic issues and be a party of economic conservatives rather than putting so much emphasis on these social issues? ~ CBS’s Bob Schieffer, showing his bias, as quoted by NewsBusters, […]

Obama promotes euthanasia in healthcare plan

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PETA’s lack of tact

by intern Heather B. Recently, was shot to death May 31 while working as an usher at his church in Wichita. The

Jivin J’s Life Links 6-29-09

by The Mirror notes that recent research presented at the annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam has found that having an abortion (especially multiple abortions) is associated with giving birth to premature child later in life: Women who have had an abortion or miscarriage are more likely to give birth to […]

Lunch Break: Man gets mad at copier

by Bethany Kerr, to give us a break from the daily grind… Email Bethany with your Lunch Break suggestions! [HT: Jasper]

Swedish parents keep child’s gender secret

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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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