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  • ABC News has a report from Elizabeth Vargas on sex-selection abortion and infanticide in India.
  • Hilarious Amanda Marcottequote of the week (my emphasis):

    But don’t take my word for it. David Dayen at Firedoglake quoted respected and non-ideological pollster Celinda Lake on the issue:

    Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said she could “not even remotely” understand the political calculus of the decision, saying it “alienates the base, causes conflict with women in the base, [is] bad for key groups of women like younger women and unmarried women, and doesn’t win the swing independent women.”

    It’s one thing to ignorantly claim Celinda Lake is non-ideological. It’s another to say she’s non-ideological and then post a quote in which the author identifies Lake as being a Democratic pollster.

  • Newsweek’s The Daily Beast has a long story on Jennie McCormack (pictured left), the woman in Idaho who aborted a later-term pregnancy using RU-486 and then put her dead child in a box on the back porch:

McCormack, who thought she was about 12 weeks along, took the pills (the protocol involves two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol) the afternoon they arrived. The drugs are FDA-approved only for ending early-stage pregnancies; McCormack had no complications, but the pregnancy turned out to be more advanced than she thought — perhaps between 18 and 21 weeks, experts later speculated — and the size of the fetus scared her. She didn’t know what to do — “I was paralyzed,” she says — so she put it in a box on her porch, and, terrified, called a friend. That friend then called his sister, who reported McCormack to the police.

The author, Nancy Hess, includes this absurd claim about fetal pain with no source given:

(Virtually all research on the subject shows that fetuses cannot distinguish pain until as late as the 30th week of gestation.)

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