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  • The New York Times has a long article by Emily Bazelon on abortion providers and efforts to make abortion more mainstream in the medical community. Efforts to provide medical schools with seed money for abortion training are being funded by Warren Buffett:
  • … [M]ost of the foundation’s spending goes to abortion and contraception advocacy and research. According to Access Philanthropy… family planning is one of the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation’s main purposes….

    The foundation’s nonprofit 990 tax form shows that in 2008, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates in the U.S. received about $45M; the international arm of the organization got about $8M…. [T]he foundation paid out around $50M to universities with one or both of the programs.


  • MO Gov. Jay Nixon (pictured left) has allowed an ultrasound bill to become law without his signature:
  • MO abortion clinics will face new mandates to offer women ultrasound images and heartbeats of their fetuses….
    The Democratic governor, facing his first decision on an abortion bill, sidestepped a direct endorsement of the new requirements by citing a MO constitutional provision allowing bills to become law without the governor’s signature.

  • Police in Manila are investigating how abortion pills are being smuggled into the Philippines from another country.
  • Jesse Reynolds (a proponent of ESCR) comments on the ridiculousness that is Robert Klein’s boostering of CIRM:
  • But Klein’s arguments ring hollow. First, he cites an economic study that concludes the program has generated significant tax revenue. But that study’s conclusions were controversial, and in any case $100 million is far less than the billion dollars the CIRM has already spent. The program is certainly not paying for itself, as he suggests now and as he claimed before the vote on Proposition 71.
    Second, Klein cites reduced health care costs. He goes so far as to say, “First of all, we’re saving lives.” While I sincerely hope that embryonic stem cell research leads to therapies, that is not yet the case. Clinical trials are yet to begin. (Maybe next year? (1, 2)) Until there are genuine therapies, such savings remain hypothetical.

    [Nixon photo via Wikipedia]

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