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  • Hadley Arkes has ideas on what could occur when President Obama visits Notre Dame:

    The President of Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins, has offered his own words to put the matter in a more defensible light, and those words have been echoed by members of the faculty. Let me…offer a proposal.
    President Jenkins…said that he doesn’t condone President Obama’s policies, and yet he thinks it important…”to engage in conversation.” Press secretary Robert Gibbs noted that the president had met recently with Francis Cardinal George to discuss matters of interest to the Church. And with that background, he said, the president “looks forward to continuing that dialogue in the lead-up to the commencement” at Notre Dame….

    As H.L. Mencken used to say, people ought to get what they want “good and hard.” If the university excuses itself in this instance with the claim that the president is coming…to have a serious conversation, well, let’s have that serious conversation. Notre Dame is amply supplied with people who can articulate the Catholic position on abortion and the taking of innocent life. Why not have a debate/discussion?

  • What happens when pro-choicers have no good arguments against legislation which gives women the option to see ultrasounds and hear their children’s heartbeats before an abortion? They, like Melvina Young, write ignorant, assertion-filled tirades.
    ultrasound.jpgYoung begins by claiming those opposed to abortion think women are stupid and goes downhill from there. On one hand, she claims women seeking abortions have already seen ultrasounds/heard the heartbeats and then claims the legislation’s goal is “to elicit doubt, pain and guilt. Period.”
    If women have already seen their ultrasounds, how could giving them the option of a second viewing elicit doubt, pain and guilt?

  • Vanessa at Feministing celebrates Tiller‘s acquittal, and also erroneously believes he was recently shot. Amanda Marcotte writes in the comments section, claiming Tiller does abortions to save women’s lives and that it’s “repugnant” for people to think that some women wait so long into pregnancy before deciding to have an abortion.
    It would be nice if Marcotte spent a few minutes doing research instead of relying on her less-than-common sense. She might discover that the KS Board of Healing Arts‘ investigation into Tiller focuses on 11 abortions performed on girls, most aged 13-15, who had abortions after 24 weeks.

  • The Houston Chronicle reports that TX researchers are using adult stem cells to help treat stroke patients.
  • Holland, MI‘s Tulip Time Festival has denied the local RTL group’s application for a float.
    According to the Holland Sentinel, some residents in the conservative Christian city aren’t happy about this. An online petition to save the float already has several thousand signatures.

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