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  • A new study claims that the 9/11 attacks may have led to an increase in the number of males being miscarried:
  • The death rate for male fetuses rose by 12% above the levels predicted for September of 2001, according to the findings published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The phenomenon was attributed to what lead author Tim Bruckner, an assistant professor of public health at the University of CA Irvine, characterized as “communal bereavement.”…

    The miscarriage rate was calculated among male rather than female unborn babies because males are believed to be more sensitive to stress in utero.
    “The theory of ‘communal bereavement’ holds that societies may react adversely to unsettling national events, despite having no direct connection to persons involved in these events,” Bruckner said in a statement. “Our results appear to demonstrate this, as the shocks of 9/11 may have threatened the lives of male fetuses across the U.S.”

    Here’s the study abstract.

  • Mona Charen (pictured below) responds to pro-choice remarks about Sarah Palin’s position on abortion in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog. Pro-choice statements include an especially foolish argument by Chicago Theological Seminary professor Susan Thistlethwaite:
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    This is fatuous moral reasoning. Thistlethwaite suggests that to oppose abortion on moral grounds is to “deny women the right to moral autonomy.” Rights talk, as Mary Ann Glendon has observed, has invaded every arena of American life and impoverished civic discourse.
    Of course women are moral actors. But what is “moral autonomy”? Is it a new right to make immoral choices without being criticized? Does it apply in areas beyond abortion? Do laws against prostitution or baby selling compromise women’s “moral autonomy”? Do all laws?

    Here are all the blog posts on Palin, abortion and feminism.

  • Gov. Brad Henry has vetoed another abortion related bill in OK, this time to ban abortion coverage in government-subsidized insurance exchanges. There are enough votes to override the veto but the session ends today.
  • The NY Times has an editorial a rather one-sided article on ultrasound legislation:
  • Staff members interviewed at 3 of the 7 abortion clinics in the state estimated that 30% to 70% of women chose to see ultrasound images. But they said it was uncommon for women to be dissuaded.
    It had happened occasionally, they said, when a sonogram revealed a multiple pregnancy or when a woman was already deeply unsure about her choice.
    But a number of women at the Birmingham clinic, which was the site of a fatal bombing in 1998, said they simply did not want to subject themselves to images that might haunt them. “You almost have to think of it as an alien,” said Carmen, 28, who was there for her 2nd abortion in 3 years.

  • 2 self-described “pro-choice feminists” warn about the untold risks of egg donations and fertility treatments.
  • A court in South Korea has ruled that frozen human embryos aren’t life forms and therefore can continued to be killed for research or disposed of if they are no longer wanted.
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