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  • A Daily Kos diarist has posted a transcript of late-term abortionist Warren Hern blaming Tiller’s death on the anti-abortion movement and comparing it to the Taliban during an MSNBC interview:

    This was not an act of a lone deranged gunman, this is a result of 35 years of relentless and merciless anti -abortion harassment, violence, and intimidation, hate speech, and violent rhetoric and this is the absolutely predictable consequence of that kind of mindless harassment and fanaticism….
    The main difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Taliban is about 8k miles….

    The Denver Post and Colorado Independent have posted by statements by Hern which echo comments he made in the MSNBC interview.

  • The Washington Post reports abortion advocates are getting reassurances that Judge Sotomayor shares their feelings about abortion:

    But White House officials appeared eager to send a message that abortion rights groups do not need to worry about how she might rule in a challenge to Roe v. Wade.
    “He did not specifically ask, as we’ve stated for the past several days,” Gibbs said. “But as I just said, I think he feels — I know he feels — comfortable, generally, with her interpretation of the Constitution being similar to that of his….”
    In the few days since Sotomayor’s nomination, no record of her personal feelings on the issue have emerged; some former clerks say they do not remember discussing it with her. George Pavia, senior partner in the law firm that hired Sotomayor as a corporate litigator before her days on the bench, said he thinks that support of abortion rights would be in line with her generally liberal instincts.
    “I can guarantee she’ll be for abortion rights,” Pavia said.

  • A strong majority of Spaniards are opposed to the government’s plan to allow minors to have abortions without parental consent.
  • The blog of the Center for Genetics and Society quotes Alta Charo, a pro-choice bioethicist and proponent of ESCR as saying, “there’s almost been a conspiracy of hype in (the stem cell) field”:

    Frankly, the scientific community wasn’t innocent in this either as the journals have started sending out media alerts and press releases about papers they think are important which also tend to overhype the significant of each paper. How can there be a groundbreaking, a pathbreaking paper every other week from Nature? It’s not possible, unless you’re going to redefine those terms. And so all of us collectively have been moved into a state of near hysteria around this topic, pro and con, for all sorts of reasons having very little to do with actually making some scientific progress.

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