Jivin J's Life Links 3-5-10

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  • There are a couple of articles about the role abortion is playing in the health care debate - one from the Associated Press and another in the Washington Post.

  • A local FOX News station interviewed embattled Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. In the comments, Gosnell's nephew and a fellow physician attempt to defend him.
  • It's amazing what some feminist bloggers can blame on abstinence education. According to Jill at Feministe, abstinence education is to blame for the results of this survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
  • nationalcampaign.jpgThe survey found that an overwhelming majority of young adults have sex, think using contraception is important, have used contraception in the past (yet many fail to do so consistently), say they have little knowledge about contraceptives and even plan on having sex without contraception in the future. This is all apparently somehow the fault of abstinence education.

    However, if you go to the National Campaign's website, you find this.

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  • Weirdest pro-choice posters ever? I'm wondering if the AP has the photo caption in this article wrong. The article is about a pro-choice protest in South Korea and shows a picture of women holding yellow posters with some text and what appears to be a drawing of a child in the womb. The caption then reads, "South Korean women hold up placards reading 'Stop a crackdown on abortion that violates women's rights.'"

  • At the Americans United for Life blog, Mailee Smith details a study which shows that making abortion illegal in Chile didn't raise maternal mortality:
  • ... [U]nlike many nations - including the US - Chile has maternal health data dating back to the beginning of the 1900s.

    The study, which examined maternal deaths form 1960 to 2007, reveals that maternal mortality peaked in 1961, right in the midst of legalized abortion. During that year, abortion caused 34% of maternal deaths. But by 2007 (and 8 years of an operative abortion ban), maternal mortality rates had been reduced 97.9%.


    Comments:

    For what it's worth, the two girls with identical haircuts -- the haircuts are a dead giveaway that they're still in school. The identical haircuts are mandated when the girls start middle school as a way to keep them from passing themselves off as adults to get into bars and nightclubs.

    Posted by: Christina at March 5, 2010 5:05 PM


    Re: People defending Kermit Gosnell. A woman married Ted Bundy in the middle of one of his trials because he'd convinced her of his innocence. Some people gravitate toward people who present themselves as misunderstood and persecuted underdogs.

    If they yanked his license on the spot, the place must have been deplorable. Usually they're allowed to keep practicing while the medical board investigates.

    Posted by: Christina at March 5, 2010 5:13 PM


    I just asked a co-worker who's Korean, and he confirmed that the signs in that picture are indeed pro-choice.

    Posted by: J. Todd Leffar at March 8, 2010 12:27 PM