Entries for August, 2009

Did you know the World Health Organization ranks The Pill as a Group I carcinogen?

by intern Anne Marie Perhaps the best-kept secret of modern medicine is the link between oral contraceptives and increased breast cancer risk. While combined oral contraceptives, better known as The Pill, rank as Group I carcinogens according to a 2005 report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Preamble here), an arm of […]

Jivin J’s Life Links 8-31-09

by compares Senator Kennedy with his sister Eunice, who also recently passed away: What the siblings shared – in addition to the grace, rare among Kennedys, of a ripe old age and a peaceful death – was a passionate liberalism and an abiding Roman Catholic faith. These 2 commitments were intertwined: Ted Kennedy’s tireless efforts […]

Lunch Break: Prepare ye the way

Jill’s most recent worship song obsession, from Michael W. Smith’s latest cd,

Quote of the Day 8-31-09

No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when a champion of the Culture of Death, who repeatedly betrayed the Faith of his baptism, is lauded and extolled by priests and prelates in a Marian basilica. ~ C. J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of MA, […]

Ted Kennedy’s letter to the Pope

I watched Senator Ted Kennedy’s burial service at Arlington National Cemetery on t.v. last night and was saddened when hearing the contents of his letter to Pope Benedict XVI. Nowhere in his letter did Kennedy profess a belief that Jesus Christ died to give him the free gift of eternal life. Instead Kennedy’s letter read […]

Sunday funnies

Many clever political cartoons related to our issues this week… by Henry Payne of Townhall.com…

Quote of the Day 8-30-09

No longer will you hear about violence in your land or desolation and destruction within your borders. You will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun will no longer be your light during the day, nor will the brightness of the moon give you light, But the LORD will be your everlasting […]

Weekend question

I received this email: America is becoming very divided over abortion. Dialogue at message boards, etc., becomes very antagonistic and heated. I have always been fiercely pro-life, and I don’t hesitate in telling family members and friends who are pro-choice why their decision is WRONG….

Patriarch Bob Schindler has passed away

UPDATE, 12:05p:

Quote of the Day 8-29-09

My uterus is really flattered that everyone cares, but sorry, no occupants. Actress Anna Paquin, as quoted in US magazine, August 25 HT: Proofreader Laura Loo; photo via US]

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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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