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  • Democratic leaders say the Republicans’ proposed one-week Continuing Resolution will be rejected because of the prohibition to DC abortion funding and the budget cuts.
  • Here’s a new one: “Diseased goo” is how Darrell Dawsey describes human embryos with genetic diseases who were recently killed at the University of Michigan for their stem cells:

    Discarding diseased goo isn’t murder. And what could possibly be nobler than turning that discarded goo into a tool for studying and curing debilitating diseases and injuries?

  • Michael J. New discusses the important findings of a new study on the effectiveness of pro-life legislation:

    A range of statistical tests provide robust evidence that public-funding restrictions and informed-consent laws reduce state abortion rates, and that parental-involvement laws reduce the incidence of abortion among minors….

    The recent gains that the pro-life movement has made in the court of public opinion have put the Democratic party in a difficult position…. They often state that they would like to see fewer abortions and claim the best path to abortion reduction is through more generous welfare benefits or greater contraception funding.

    However, pro-lifers should not be fooled by this gambit. No peer-reviewed research supports the idea that increased funding for welfare benefits or public health care have any impact on the abortion rate. Additionally, no analysis of actual abortion data has found that more spending on contraception programs reduces the incidence of abortion.

  • At Slate, Taffy Brodesser-Atkins has an interesting piece in which she discusses how her best friend is a pro-life Republican

    When you live, say, on a coast or in a very blue state, you grow accustomed to being surrounded by people who believe like you do. You get to thinking that the only people who would dare contradict you are ignoramuses….

    And yet, I think having a Republican friend is making me a better liberal. We need friends who differ from us. It’s easy to watch Republican extremism and think, “Wow, they’re crazy.” But when someone is sitting face to face with us, when someone we admire and respect is telling us they believe differently, it is at this fine point that we find nuance, and we begin to understand exactly how we got to this point in history. We lose something critical when we surround ourselves with people who agree with us all the time. We lose out on the wisdom of seeing the other side.

    I read something like this and I understand why the arguments of many feminist pro-choice bloggers don’t seem to be very well thought out.

  • Michael Lisk (pictured left) has been sentenced to 21-41 years in prison after raping a 12-year-old girl and then burying the body of the child she aborted via lead pencil:

    The diabetic girl was at home and on the phone with Lisk when she risked her life by using a lead pencil to abort the baby, which fell into the toilet, authorities said.

    The girl was rushed to the hospital after the abortion in June 2010 and told hospital staff and then police what happened.

    Police later found the aborted fetus buried in a wooded area in Polk Township and charged Lisk.

    Police said Lisk initially lied, claiming to be just a neighbor helping the girl get rid of a baby that wasn’t his.

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