Entries for May, 2011

Salon writer admits embellishing abortion story

UPDATE, 7:20p: Don’t look now, Mikki, but my NewsBusters cross post on your embellished abortion story just made Drudge… 4:34p: Last week for our Quote of the Day Carder posted an excerpt from the Salon piece, “Abortion saved my life.” The writer, a blogger named Mikki Kendall (pictured right), was relaying her 1st person account […]

(Prolifer)ations 5-31-11

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli As always, we welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com. Abortion State turns the tables on proponents of “choice” and comprehensive sex ed, pointing out NARAL’s and Planned Parenthood’s interference in […]

Lunch Break: Brad & Angelina reconsider remarriage?

by LauraLoo Having long held the position that “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” could Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie be having a change of heart? “The kids ask about marriage. It’s meaning more and more to them,” the Tree […]

Rosie O’Donnell’s producer’s childhood plan: Murder baby if unable to abort

When I was a kid, I thought, ‘If we lose this right, I’m leaving this country.’ I had plans [in the event of pregnancy]… I’m gonna wear a tent dress while I don’t eat so I can get big and I can go in the woods, have it, kill it, and bury it, ’cause I […]

Lunch Break Memorial Day Special: Our heroes

by LauraLoo Brought to you this Memorial Day by The Skit Guys – as we remember those who sacrificed their lives to purchase our freedoms and liberties. Email LauraLoo with your Lunch Break suggestions. [HT: The Skit Guys & GodTube]

Human life begins with personhood?

I mentioned a couple weeks ago an abortion clinic escort had asked to interview me, to which I agreed, and I asked her to reciprocate. Jessica posted all my responses on May 27. But I thought I’d break up her responses here in order to flesh them out (although if you’d like to read ahead, […]

They did not sacrifice their lives to allow 50 million abortions

Memorial Day is the ultimate insult to those Americans who died in our previous wars, because it so clearly juxtaposes the values of an earlier time and the sacrifices of those veterans who died in defense of America, with the America which exists today. The men who put on the uniform did not do so […]

Stanek Sunday funnies 5-29-11

My top 5 favorite political cartoons for the week… By Steve Benson at GoComics.com…   by Eric Allie at Townhall.com…

Stanek Memorial Day Bible verse: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13, New American Standard translation (Click photo to enlarge.)

Stanek weekend question: Is it morally acceptable to picket the homes of abortionists and abortion clinic workers?

UPDATE 5/29, 9:05a: Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life tweeted this thought, which I think is a good one to also probe: “I think it’s more of a question of effectiveness/strategy rather than morality.” Commenters yor bro ken, CC, and ninek all pondered the same. Thoughts? 5/28, 2:32: I mentioned a couple weeks ago […]

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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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