Entries for June, 2009

Quote of the Day, June 29, 2009

We cannot support any health care reform proposal unless it explicitly excludes abortion from the scope of any government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan. ~ A group of 19 pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined together to craft a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The letter contained a non-perfunctory request that […]

Sunday Funny 6-28-09

by John Cole of large contingent in the Iran uprising was women. Of course. They are unbearably oppressed. And they were abandoned back to their hell on earth by so-called feminist Barack Obama, as they were by so-called feminist groups like the National Organization for Women, from which we have heard nary a peep re: […]

Quote of the Day, June 28, 2009

Listen, you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong, but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil. You skin my people alive and tear the flesh off their bones. You eat my people’s flesh, cut away their skin, and break their bones. You chop them up like […]

Quote of the Day, June 27, 2009

When this government is in the red, red ink up to our eyeballs, we don’t have money to pay for the intentional murder of unborn children. ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann and her colleagues in the House Pro-Life Women’s Caucus railed against a proposal by President Obama to loosen restrictions put in place by the Dornan […]

Weekend question 6-27/28-09

Heather Corinna at

New and improved site!

Ok, the renovated site is obviously live! Now we’re looking for bugs to tweak, which we’ll be working on over the weekend. For instance, Kelli and I agree the font size on the posts is too large. Etc., etc., etc. Let me know what you think!

Lunch Break: 3-year-old sings “Titanic” theme

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

Stanek site to undergo major renovation today

After months of planning, I’m excited to announce the blog is getting a major facelift today. Around 12p EST we will shut down for several hours while the transformation is made. If you have signed up to receive my newsletter, I’ll send out a notice when work has been completed. Otherwise, give us at least […]

Quote of the Day, June 26, 2009

Women should be able to mourn the loss of an aborted fetus without having to confess anything. God, unlike what the liturgy states, also rejoices that women facing unplanned pregnancies have the freedom to carefully choose the best option – birth, adoption or abortion – for themselves and their families. ~ Episcopalian priest, Rev. Nina […]

Jackson kids potentially in custody contract quagmire

UPDATE, 10:15a: Good blog post, Ecclesiastes 9:12, “Man does not know his time.” This morning I watched a Fox News report explain that the custody of Jackson’s three children, Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., 12, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11 (both by ex-wife Debbie Rowe), and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II, 7 (born via unknown […]

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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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