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4-19-18 Abortion and free speech: The Atlantic ’s firing of Williamson
“Well, that didn’t take very long,” said Warren Henry in TheFederalist.com. Two weeks after hiring conservative columnist Kevin Williamson to join The Atlantic, the venerable, left-leaning journal of culture and politics, editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg fired the pro-life writer for “callous and violent” comments he’s made about abortion. In a 2014 tweet, Williamson argued that abortion is murder and should be treated “like a regular homicide”—punishable by the death penalty, preferably by “hanging.” When he first hired the talented and provocative Williamson, Goldberg dismissed that tweet as a single bad moment until he discovered the writer had repeated the hanging comment in a podcast. Suddenly, Williamson’s views became “contrary to The Atlantic’s tradition of respectful, well-reasoned debate,” and Williamson was out of a job. This is “more than mere inside-baseball media drama,” said David French in NationalReview.com. “The cowardly firing of Kevin Williamson” came after an online mob of outraged leftists demanded that Goldberg purge this “unacceptable” voice from his roster of highly opinionated columnists. Liberals like to talk of tolerance and inclusion, but they continue their “steady, inexorable division of America into the tolerable and the intolerable.” “This is all nonsense,” said Osita Nwanevu in Slate.com. Williamson wasn’t fired for being pro-life—a position shared by many conservative writers at “centrist and center-left publications.” He was fired because he expressed enthusiasm for the notion that the 1 in 4 American women who’ve had an abortion deserve to die. Is it really “liberal bias” to feel that this sentiment has no place in a magazine dedicated to civil, reasoned discourse? The Atlantic knew it was hiring a pro-life conservative, said Kirsten Powers in USA Today. What got Williamson rightly fired were his “callous and violent” fantasies about making women suffer. Turning him into “a free speech martyr” is an affront to “the cause of intellectual diversity and free speech.”
4-19-18 Abortion ban has a huge loophole
The “sneering gladiators of point-and-shame Catholicism” who are battling to save Ireland’s abortion ban are hypocrites, said Gene Kerrigan. There’s a referendum next month on overturning the eighth amendment to the constitution, added in 1983, which outlaws abortion on Irish soil. But what about the 13th and 14th amendments? Those were added after a 1991 case when the eighth was used to stop a 14-year-old rape victim from traveling to England to seek an abortion. The world was aghast at the injunction, and an embarrassed Irish public quickly passed two more amendments, which protected the right to travel abroad for an abortion and the right to get infor mation about how to do so. Ireland is now the only country “in which the constitution has been amended to protect and ensure the outsourcing of abortion to a neighboring country.” But the anti-abortion camp isn’t seeking to overturn those amendments, because then we’d have to carry out pregnancy tests at the airport, which would kill tourism. The pro-life crowd merely wants to protect the eighth, so it can pretend that Ireland is a “beacon of Catholicism.” It makes no sense to “speak of the murder of children” while defending the right of women to take a two-hour ferry trip to England for that purpose. Why not just “face reality, like the rest of the world?”
4-9-18 World’s first over-the-phone abortion service hailed a success
An over-the-phone abortion service to end unwanted pregnancies in their early stages – operating in Australia - has been found to be safe and effective. An over-the-phone abortion service to end unwanted pregnancies in their early stages in Australia has been found to be safe, effective and convenient. Australia became the first country where women can legally access abortion pills without having to see a medical professional in person in 2015. Instead, women can order the pills over the phone from a private provider, called the Tabbot Foundation. A study of the first 1000 women who used the service shows that over 95 per cent had an abortion at home with no complications, and did not need to see a doctor afterwards. Over 97 per cent said they were highly satisfied with the service. Two-thirds of Tabbot’s clients were from rural areas, where abortions have traditionally been difficult to access. “It means they don’t have to travel long distances or face possible judgement from the one doctor or pharmacist in their town,” says Paul Hyland, the gynaecologist who set up the foundation. But Hyland says the service may benefit women in urban areas too, because it means they can avoid any protestors outside abortion clinics. Tabbot currently provides abortions to about 50 women a week and the demand is steadily increasing, he says. When a woman requests abortion pills, she is first called by a doctor from the Tabbot Foundation to rule out any medical conditions that might make the procedure unsafe. They also organise a blood test and ultrasound scan at a local provider to confirm she is less than nine weeks pregnant, because one of the drugs involved carries a higher risk of complications after this time. Once the doctor gives the go-ahead, a package is mailed to the woman with the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, as well as painkillers, antibiotics and anti-nausea medication. A nurse calls her after the package has arrived to explain how to take the drugs and calls her a set number of hours afterwards to check she is OK. A 24-hour hotline provides additional support if needed. The cost of the service is A$250, which is half that of the up-front cost of an equivalent abortion at a private bricks-and-mortar clinic in Australia.
3-23-18 Poland abortion: Protests against bill imposing new limits
Major street protests are expected across cities in Poland against plans to further tighten the abortion laws, already one of Europe's strictest. A bill in parliament seeks to ban abortions in cases of foetal abnormality, one of the few exceptions allowed under the current law. Anti-abortion groups say many terminations involve foetuses diagnosed with Down's Syndrome. Pro-choice groups say more women will be forced into illegal terminations. Abortion is already mostly banned. The only exceptions are a severe and irreversible damage to the foetus, a serious threat to the mother's health, or when pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Estimates say there are already far more illegal abortions than legal ones in Poland - between 10,000 and 150,000, compared with about 1,000 or 2,000 legal terminations. Access to contraception is also tight in this staunchly Catholic nation - the only over-the-counter contraception available is the condom. Opposition parties and pro-choice campaigners who say women's health and lives will be put at risk. "This bill would further hinder women, particularly those from low-income and rural communities, from accessing safe abortion care," a letter from more than 200 groups said. The Council of Europe has warned that the bill runs counter to Poland's human rights commitments and urged lawmakers to reject it. "Preventing women from accessing safe and legal abortion care jeopardises their human rights," the council's human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, said. Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of the capital, Warsaw, and other cities, against the bill, following smaller demonstrations earlier this week.
3-21-18 Mississippi's strict abortion law temporarily blocked
A US judge has temporarily blocked a Mississippi state law enacting the tightest restrictions on abortion in the country a day after it was signed. Judge Carlton Reeves delayed the bill, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks, from taking effect for 10 days while he hears more arguments. Critics say the ban, which makes no exceptions for rape or incest, is unconstitutional. Mississippi previously banned abortions from 20 weeks. Mr Reeves wrote that the new law "threatens immediate, irreparable harm to Mississippians' abilities to control their 'destiny and... body'". "A brief delay in enforcing a law of dubious constitutionality does not outweigh that harm, and in fact serves the public's interest in preserving the freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution," the judge wrote. The measure was enacted on Monday by Republican Governor Phil Bryant, who says he wants the southern state to be "the safest place in America for an unborn child". (Webmaster's comment: The safest place to rape women and to rape your children he means!) He said the judges' ruling to delay the new abortion law was disappointing. "House Bill 1510 protects maternal health and will further our efforts to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child," Mr Bryant said in a public statement. "We are confident in its constitutionality and look forward to vigorously defending it." The Center for Reproductive Rights said it had filed a lawsuit to block the new law on behalf of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women's Health Organization. The judge said the new 15-week law goes against the medical consensus about when the foetus becomes vital. The only exemptions to the 15-week rule are in cases where there is a foetal abnormality that is "incompatible with life", or the mother's life is in danger.In 2014 federal judges ruled that attempts for six- and 12-week bans in North Dakota and Arkansas were unconstitutional, and struck them down. President Donald Trump has supported a proposed federal ban on abortions for 20 weeks after fertilisation, but the bill was blocked in the US Senate in January.
3-21-18 The Pink House: The last abortion clinic in Mississippi
The US state of Mississippi has introduced the toughest abortion laws in the country, banning abortions after 15 weeks. The Pink House is the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, and protests are held outside daily. Description
3-21-18 Down’s syndrome has become the newest front in the abortion wars
Abortions on the basis of disability are back in the spotlight thanks to a new test for Down's syndrome during pregnancy and law changes around the world. OFFERING a test for Down’s syndrome is a routine part of maternity care in much of the world. Most women who get a positive result choose to have an abortion, leading to growing objections to the tests over the past few years. Campaigners are using terms like eradication, eugenics and even genocide. “My life is worth living,” Frank Stephens, who has Down’s syndrome, told a US congressional hearing in October. “Is there really no place for us in the world?” Such emotive language lays bare the ethical minefield inherent in prenatal screening. In large parts of the West, a woman has a legal right to abortion up to certain time limits. And in all other fields of medicine, more information is normally seen as a good thing. Yet many recoil from the idea of erasing a group of people because of a disability. Is there any way to reconcile these opposing values? Down’s syndrome arises when a large chunk of DNA is duplicated, derailing fetal development. As well as the characteristic facial features, people with Down’s syndrome have some degree of learning disability and a higher chance of heart problems and other medical conditions. The ability to test for this extra DNA in pregnancy has meant that Down’s increasingly features in debates over abortion. In the US, North Dakota has made it illegal for doctors to end a pregnancy because of a Down’s diagnosis. Similar laws were passed in Louisiana and Indiana before being blocked by courts. Ohio’s version was set to come into force this week but has also been blocked, while lawmakers in Utah are considering a bill. (Webmaster's comment: Forcing women to have defective children. NO ONE has the right to do that!)
3-19-18 Mississippi passes strictest abortion law
Mississippi's governor has just signed into law the tightest abortion restrictions in the US. The bill bans most abortions after 15 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The only exemptions are in cases where there is a foetal abnormality that is "incompatible with life", or the mother's life is in danger. Mississippi previously banned abortions from 20 weeks. Critics say the new law is unconstitutional. The measure was enacted on Monday by Republican Governor Phil Bryant, who says he wants the southern state to be "the safest place in America for an unborn child". The Center for Reproductive Rights said it had filed a lawsuit to block the new law on behalf of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women's Health Organization. Diane Derzis, who runs that clinic, said earlier this month that anti-abortion activists were seeking to undermine Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case which legalised abortion. Trump vows abortion opposition. Trump: from pro-choice to pro-prison. (Webmaster's comment: Once impregnated a women is to be treated as breed stock who must surrender her rights to the will of others.)
3-15-18 Down syndrome: The abortion question
Down syndrome is now “front and center” in the national debate over abortion, said Ariana Eunjung Cha in WashingtonPost.com. Appalled by the 67 percent termination rate among women whose fetus has Down syndrome, pro-life activists have passed or introduced legislation to ban abortion for “solely” that reason in five states: Utah, North Dakota, Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana. The issue has become more fraught because of a new, noninvasive blood test on a pregnant woman that can detect the fetal chromosomal abnormality that causes the developmental disorder, making it easier to detect. It is “simply intolerable that so many joyous lives are being snuffed out,” said Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post. People with Down syndrome are often unusually happy, and their families rarely regret having them. Yet across the Western world, abortion rates for Down babies are climbing toward 100 percent. Iceland last year bragged it was on the verge of “eradicating” Down syndrome. In reality, Iceland “is not eliminating Down syndrome; it is eliminating people with Down syndrome.”
3-15-18 Abortion sentences commuted
Two Salvadoran women serving 30-year sentences for allegedly having abortions have been released from prison in recent weeks after the country’s supreme court ruled that their sentences were disproportionate. Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, 34, was freed in February after serving 11 years, while Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquín, 34, was released last week after serving 15 years. Both women said they had suffered stillbirths but were convicted of aggravated homicide despite a lack of witnesses and evidence. El Salvador is one of only six countries that ban abortion in all circumstances, including to save the mother’s life. Last year, a teenage rape survivor was sentenced to 30 years after having a stillbirth; the court ruled that her failure to seek prenatal care amounted to murder.
3-8-18 Planned Parenthood’s absolutism
“Planned Parenthood is the NRA of the Democratic Party,” said Michael Graham. “Only worse.” As the largest abortion provider in the country, the women’s health organization spearheads the pro-choice lobby. Its political action committee spent $45 million on the 2016 election, all to support Democrats, and $175 million last year on things like “movement building” and “engaging communities.” These sums make the organization a powerful and unyielding force, and the Democratic Party more absolutist on abortion than Republicans are on guns. When moderate Democrats suggested last year that being pro-choice shouldn’t be a “litmus test” for party candidates, Planned Parenthood denounced the proposal as “shocking” and “totally wrong.” In Congress, there are now only three openly pro-life Democrats, down from more than 60 in 2008; the few Democratic candidates who dare admit to being pro-life “personally” generally feel a need to say that they’d still vote with their party on the issue over their conscience. The parallels to the NRA are clear. Planned Parenthood refuses to let Democrats from more conservative regions of the country support any limitations on the procedure whatsoever—proof that “you don’t need a gun to be a bully.” (Webmaster's comment: A woman must be the sole owner of her body and what's in or not in it!)
3-7-18 Mississippi lawmakers approve earliest US abortion ban
The Mississippi state Senate has passed a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks - a move that would give it the strictest limits in the US. The Gestational Age Act still has to go back to the House for second approval. If it passes, Governor Phil Bryant has said he will sign the measure into law, adding that he wants Mississippi to be "the safest place in America for an unborn child." Similar moves in other states have been blocked by legal challenges. Currently, Mississippi prohibits abortions from 20 weeks, unless her life is in danger or in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. The new proposal would move that forward five weeks, and makes no allowances for rape or incest for later terminations. It has already passed in the state House of Representatives, but has to return for secondary approval before being approved by Governor Bryant. Diane Derzis, who runs the only abortion clinic in the state, has said that she believes the bill is unconstitutional. She has said the clinic would consider a legal challenge if the bill is signed into law. (Webmaster's comment: It's not a child, it's a fetus, and it's just a ball of protoplasm. And a woman has all rights to what's in her own body!)
3-4-18 The fight for abortion rights in Brazil
As Brazil's lawmakers face a bill that could outlaw all abortions, activists worry about the consequences. Sabrina has had several abortions, but it's her most recent that still makes her uneasy. Sabrina isn't her real name — she agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity since abortion in her country, Brazil, is illegal, except in cases of rape, life-threatening pregnancy, or a fatal brain defect in the fetus. Previously, Sabrina went to a clandestine clinic that had been an open secret among Rio de Janeiro's middle- and upper-class women. When she needed help again in August 2014, the place had been shut down amid police crackdowns on illegal abortions. So, one afternoon, Sabrina turned to a last-resort option — she was collected from a supermarket parking lot by gang members in Rio's militia-laced peripheries and taken to a residential home. "It was obvious that no one there was a doctor. It seemed like a trick. Like something dirty," said Sabrina. She still struggles to articulate the niggling feeling in the back of her mind that day, but shaking her head she added, "It felt like a butcher shop." Despite the dangers, experiences like Sabrina's might soon become more common here, if Brazil passes a controversial amendment to the country's constitution that could completely outlaw abortion. The proposed amendment, known as PEC 181, was originally intended to extend maternity leave for mothers of premature newborns. It included a clause to "protect life from conception," however — banning abortion altogether — which has sparked numerous protests in the country's biggest cities. Human rights groups, including several U.N. agencies, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch, say the measure could pose significant dangers to pregnant women. The amendment is due to be debated again by a special committee in early 2018, before going to a vote in Congress. Complications following illegal abortions kill one woman every two days in Brazil, according to official Ministry of Health data. More recent media reports show that it could be considerably higher, up to as many as four women a day. Meanwhile, Brazil's race and social class disparities mean that black and working-class women are 2.5 times likelier to die than white women.
2-15-18 Rural Catholics won’t be patronized
Progressives in Ireland are pushing too far, too fast, especially on abortion, said Jody Corcoran. Supporters of “Repeal the Eighth”—the movement to overturn the eighth amendment of the constitution, which recognizes equal rights to life for mother and unborn child—have been “loud, even aggressive” and have succeeded in getting a referendum on legalizing abortion scheduled for this spring. So strident, so self-righteous have they been in advocating for the rights of women over the rights of fetuses that they have succeeded “in cowing the middle ground, where I unashamedly stand.” They risk a backlash. Many people who are willing to allow abortion in some cases also believe that the constitution should retain some form of protection for the unborn. Yet when two male politicians advocated such a compromise, they were “dismissed as rural-Ireland backwoodsmen.” Take a lesson from the U.S.: The smug attitude of our pro-abortion crowd recalls the sniffy way Hillary Clinton maligned the supporters of Donald Trump as “deplorables,” beneath contempt. The insult may well have spurred those voters to show up in greater numbers, and they ultimately proved victorious. Clinton “took the rednecks for granted until the rednecks struck back.” Rural Ireland “may similarly upend the onward march of progressive Ireland.”
2-14-18 Some women don't want reproductive rights. I'm one of them.
Many women are disgusted with the Republican Party, for not-so-mysterious reasons. That has left many liberals hoping for landslide victories in 2018 and beyond. They should moderate their expectations. As much as Republicans' behavior offends many women, there will always be some women who find the Democrats more unpalatable still. And abortion is the biggest reason why. Some women simply won't consider supporting a party that trumpets its commitment to "abortion rights." I should know. I'm one of them. Pro-life women are not especially rare. About 38 percent of American women believe that abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. Women have long been central to pro-life activism, marching in rallies and running crisis pregnancy centers. This can all be quite difficult for progressives to understand. Why would anyone want to be forced to bear children against her will? Why aren't pro-life women interested in retaining control of their own bodies? Too often, the left simply dismisses pro-life women as pawns of the patriarchy, lazy elitists, or victims of internalized misogyny. It's tough to gain insight into anyone's perspective if you begin from such unflattering starting points. So let's approach the issue another way and ask: What do pro-life women actually value? Virtually everyone appreciates that pregnant women have needs that must be considered when we're crafting policy on abortion. There are significant differences, however, between a stance that looks to balance those needs against the interests of the developing child, and one that prioritizes the mother's autonomy absolutely. However much they soft-pedal the gorier details, defenders of abortion rights are mostly committed to the second. That becomes pretty evident when they oppose any and all restrictions on abortion, and regularly decry the injustice of denying a woman her "right to choose." (Webmaster's comment: A woman's body is her own, COMPLETELY. So take your desire to control others lives and leave the country.)
2-8-18 Abortion: Are Democrats too extreme?
How many elections are Democrats willing to lose to protect late-term abortions? asked David Brooks in The New York Times. A bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks recently went down to defeat in the Senate, with Republicans unable to overcome the Democrats’ filibuster. All but three Democratic senators voted against the ban, despite the fact that the politics of abortion are “fundamentally bad for Democrats.” Most Americans support at least some restrictions on abortion, which makes sense in a world where scientific advances now allow babies to survive outside the womb as early as 22 weeks. Nevertheless, liberals continue to support the unfettered right to an abortion throughout pregnancy; that absolutist position alienates millions of voters. Democrats maintain that late-term procedures are just 1 percent of all abortions. If that’s the case, why prioritize them over all other issues? Democrats should stand up for what is right, “even when it makes ‘winning’ harder,” said obstetrician Cheryl Axelrod in Slate.com. Most women who choose to have second-term abortions do so “due to grave health concerns for either mother or fetus” that are discovered later in pregnancy. Should a woman be forced to carry a baby to term who will be born without a brain? Or give birth to a child who would suffocate upon delivery because of undeveloped lungs—a choice I faced myself? Yes, second-term abortions make some people uncomfortable. But there is nothing progressive about “throwing away the needs of a minority for the comfort of the majority.”
1-30-18 Irish abortion referendum: Debate rages after vote announced
The decision by the Irish government to hold a referendum at the end of May on whether to reform the country's near-total ban on abortion has prompted reaction on both sides of the debate. After the announcement, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone said: "As an independent woman sitting at the cabinet table, I believe we have reached a significant moment and I am full of emotion at this time. "As we continue our preparation for a referendum, it is my firm hope we will have a respectful debate based on the facts. I hope we will live together in an Ireland someday soon where abortion is safe, legal and rare." The May vote will decide whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans terminations. The ballot will not be on specific terms of any new law, but on whether to retain or repeal article 40.3.3 of the constitution, known as the Eighth Amendment. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland on Tuesday, Minister for Health Simon Harris said: "Whether the Eighth Amendment is in our Constitution, or indeed not in our Constitution, abortion is a reality for Irish women. "I cannot close my eyes and block my ears to the fact that 3,265 of our citizens travelled to the UK in 2016 from every county in Ireland. "I cannot stand over a situation where the abortion pill is illegally accessed in this country and women, perhaps in the privacy of their own bedroom, in a lonely isolated place, [are] taking a pill without any medical supervision." Using the hashtags #repealthe8th or #savethe8th, people have welcomed or condemned the decision. Ailbhe Smyth, who has campaigned to have the amendment repealed, welcomed it with open arms.
1-27-18 Irish abortion referendum: PM Varadkar to campaign for change
The prime minister of Ireland has told the BBC he will campaign for the country's near-total ban on abortion to be liberalised. Leo Varadkar had previously said the laws were "too restrictive". A referendum will take place this summer on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans pregnancy terminations. The wording of the referendum question is yet to be decided. Ireland's eighth amendment places the right to life of an unborn child on a par with that of a mother, meaning abortion is banned even when the pregnancy is the result of rape or when the foetus has a fatal abnormality. Campaigners have long called for the laws to be changed, and last year a Citizens' Assembly and a cross-party parliamentary committee both recommended removing the ban. The committee recommended that abortions should be allowed without restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. The Republic of Ireland has a near total ban on abortion. In 2013, abortion was permitted for the first time in the country under certain conditions - when doctors deem that a woman is at risk of taking her life, or that her life is at risk due to medical complications. The law does not allow for terminations in cases of rape or incest, or when there is a foetal abnormality. The law was introduced in the wake of the case of an Indian woman, Savita Halappanavar, who died in a Galway hospital in 2012 after she was refused an abortion. The eighth amendment to the Republic's constitution, introduced in 1983, "acknowledges the right to life of the unborn". In what was known as the X Case of 1992, a 14-year-old rape victim was initially prevented from travelling to England to terminate her pregnancy. This ruling was overturned by the Irish Supreme Court and a referendum approved a further update to the constitution, stating that the eighth amendment did not restrict the freedom to travel to another state.
1-19-18 Trump vows abortion opposition in speech to March for Life
US President Donald Trump has become the first sitting president to speak live via video to the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush delivered remarks at the march at least twice during their tenure, speaking via telephone broadcast. In a speech at the White House, Mr Trump criticised US abortion laws and vowed to defend "the right to life". Decades before becoming president, Mr Trump said he supported abortion. Vice-President Mike Pence, who introduced Mr Trump, called him "the most pro-life president in American history" and added that he would "restore the sanctity of life to the centre of American law". Mr Trump told the thousands of marchers who gathered on Washington's National Mall on Friday that "under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence and that is the right to life". In his speech, the president touted anti-abortion policies that he has enacted in his first year in office, including this week's Department of Health and Human Services announcement that it would reverse Obama-era legal guidance discouraging states from defunding organisations that provide abortion services. He attacked Roe v Wade, the 1973 court decision that legalised abortion in the US, saying it "has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world". (Webmaster's comment: An absolute lie! But we should expect that of Trump.)
In Blue it is Legal on Requst, In Green it is legal but with some restrictions, In all the rest it is basically illlegal.
1-19-18 Confessions of an abortion opponent
The annual anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, D.C., is both inspiring and depressing. Perennially ignored despite drawing crowds larger than last year's much-lauded D.C. Women's March, it has become, journalistically speaking, a quaint sideshow, its existence acknowledged, if at all, only by avowedly right-wing publications. Without demeaning the sacrifice of good-natured participants, I would like to confess that I find myself baffled by the march. What are those of us who oppose what we consider judicially sponsored infanticide hoping to accomplish by busing in church youth groups by the thousands in order to wave signs in front of locals who regard them with undisguised contempt? Do marchers think that Anthony Kennedy is going to change his mind the next time an abortion case comes before the Supreme Court because he read a profile of a march organizer on LifeSiteNews.com? Are demonstrators simply "raising awareness," as if any living American were unaware of their position? And what does it cost the anti-abortion movement when it throws in its lot with someone like President Trump, who is addressing today's march via a television feed? The pro-choice crowd by and large does not believe that pro-lifers are arguing in good faith. It's not hard to see why. If we claim that abortion is murder, how can we live with ourselves? How can we go about our business, raising our families and watching sports and ordering take-out, voting and contributing to GDP growth, in such a country? How can we possibly affect concern for any other issue, from prudential questions about marginal tax rates to foreign policy? Why are we not monomaniacally shouting our lungs off about this and nothing else 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
1-18-18 'I miscarried and now am serving a 30 year sentence'
Evelyn Hernandez, a Salvadorean teenager, was raped by a gang member and then jailed for 30 years for what her supporters say was a miscarriage. Opponents say she killed her child. El Salvador has some of the harshest abortion laws in the world and cases of miscarriages and still births often being considered abortions.
1-17-18 Guinea healer held over faking hundreds of pregnancies
Police in Guinea say they have arrested a healer for conning hundreds of women into believing they were pregnant. N'na Fanta Camara gave women who had been unable to conceive a mixture of leaves, herbs and other medicines that caused them to bloat and look pregnant. For her services, patients paid $33 (£24), in a country where the average monthly wage is around $48 (£35). Police believe Ms Camara made thousands of dollars a month, though she says she was only trying to help. On Tuesday, more than 200 women protested outside the police station in the Guinean capital of Conakry where Ms Camara was held. Over 700 women aged 17 to 45 are believed to have been affected by Ms Camara's pregnancy "cure". The high numbers reflect Guinea, and the rest of Africa's, dependence on traditional healers. In 2006, the World Health Organization said that 80% of Africans used traditional medical treatments.
1-17-18 America's broken childbirth system
How can we allow giving birth to bankrupt new families? Now that the Republicans have shaken the dust from their feet following all 497 of their failed attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act, we are probably due for one of those long spells where we pretend that all the issues that were so urgent last year until the GOP lighted upon "tax reform" are worth ignoring for a while. This would be a mistake. It is the perennial folly of columnists to allow politicians to decide what is and is not worthy of our readers' attention, to whip ourselves into fits of spasmodic rage whenever they propose something bad and sink back into indifference as soon as it looks as if they have changed their minds. The provision of medical care in this country was an important issue in 2017 and it is an important issue now. Just how far we have to go before we can think of ourselves as a civilized people is made clear by two recent pieces in The Guardian's excellent parenting section, "The Mother Load." Few issues demonstrate the callousness and absurdity of our current public-private system as the way we "finance" the birth of children. The cost of the average birth in the United States is more than $32,000 for a standard delivery with no complications. This is higher than any other country in the world, and it has nothing to do with the quality of care we provide to mothers and children. Parents such as Stella Apo Osae-Cwum and her husband who find themselves in difficult and unpredictable circumstances end up footing the bill for amounts that are even more unimaginable — $877,000 for the premature birth of their triplets. (Webmaster's comment: $32,000, a year's salary for many, for what used to be done at home without assistance except from a midwife. THAT'S NUTS!)
1-16-18 Evidence grows that normal childbirth takes longer than we thought
The insight could lead to fewer unnecessary C-sections being performed. A long-standing “rule” for women in labor has been challenged again. During labor, the cervix – the narrow, lower part of the uterus – dilates, or opens, to allow for a baby’s birth. For decades, the guidance has been that the cervix should dilate by at least 1 centimeter per hour. But a study in two African countries found a slower rate of dilation for many women who went on to have healthy, vaginal births, researchers report online January 16 in PLOS Medicine. The new study reinforces findings from recent research on pregnant women in the United States, Japan and other countries. Nevertheless, some doctors still wrongly classify slower labor as abnormal, researchers say, leading to unnecessary, potentially risky interventions such as cesarean delivery.
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