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  • Lawyer Gloria Allred is apparently contacting television stations which are planning on airing Randall Terry’s Super Bowl ads and asking them for time to appear on the stations and react to the ad and “express the pro-choice right to safe and legal abortion position.” I don’t know if the stations should allow someone who can’t spell the name of her country properly (“United Sates”) the time of day.

  • Feministe’s Jill Filipovic is promoting the meme that won’t die:

    The United States has one of the highest abortion rates in the developed world — that is in large part because of lack of birth control access.

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. There are various reasons the United States’ abortion rate is higher than some other nations in the developed world. “Lack of access to birth control” is not one of them.

    Noticeably absent from Filipovic’s pronouncement is any evidence for it. Typical.

  • Newt Gingrich has announced he would ban all embryonic stem cell research and create a commission to study the ethics of in-vitro fertilization if elected president.

  • The New York Times published an article from the Texas Tribune on the state’s new ultrasound law. Here’s a boo-hoo part about the poor abortionists and the logistics nightmare it creates for traveling abortionists:

    For the clinics, however, it has been a bureaucratic nightmare. Now the physician performing the abortion — not an ultrasound technician, for example, or a secondary doctor — must conduct the sonogram on a separate day, a scheduling struggle when doctors providing elective abortions are in short supply and rotate between clinics.

    “They’ve had to set aside a whole other day doing ultrasounds, visits that in most parts of medicine would be dedicated to people with less training than a physician,” Ms. Hagstrom Miller said. “The effect on their travel schedule, on their reimbursement, on patients’ access to them has been tremendous.”

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