University of Scranton President Wants to Eliminate Abortion Coverage for Life-Threatening Pregnancies

Scranton, Pennsylvania doesn’t always come off well in the public eye. It was the hometown of the fictional Dunder Mifflin and Michael Scott; it’s where chronically-embarrassed Vice-President Joe Biden is from. It’s also the location of the aptly-named University of Scranton, whose president, Father Kevin P. Quinn (below), is so opposed to abortion that he wants to cut insurance coverage even for women whose lives are depending on that access.



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South Dakota Republican Thinks Planned Parenthood is Worse Than ISIS

South Dakota Republican State Rep. Isaac Latterell (below) has an important message for the people of his state. Dilation and evacuation abortions are basically “beheading unborn children” — and since you don’t like when ISIS beheads other people, you should be outraged that Planned Parenthood offers abortion.

To that end, he has put forth House Bill 1230, the Preborn Infant Beheading Ban of 2015, which would outlaw the procedures and jail violators.

Yes, really.

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The Party of Fiscal Responsibility Doesn’t Mind Ramping Up Costly Attacks on Abortion

Apparently, when it comes to prioritizing fiscal responsibility or legislating conservative religious morality, the Republican party is less fiscally conservative than one might hope.

Writing for Think Progress, Tara Culp-Ressler notes that states have introduced more than one hundred bills so far this year to further regulate abortion, with more coming every day. (And that number was as of last week.)



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West Virginia Legislator Defends Abortion Restrictions Since Children Born of Rape Are “Beautiful”

When you have to defend your stance against legal abortion, it inevitably forces you to say really stupid things, because there’s just no decent way to explain why a woman who’s been raped should be forced to give birth to the child.

That didn’t stop West Virginia Delegate Brian Kurcaba (below) from giving it a shot, though.

Yesterday, while debating a bill that would ban legal abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Kurcaba (a Republican, of course) waded in with this stunning line, according to Charleston Gazette reporter David Gutman:



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GOP Congresswoman Doesn’t Support Anti-Abortion Bill, so Conservative Writer Wonders if She’s “Worthy of Life”

You may have heard that Republicans were aiming to vote for a 20-week abortion ban on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Some Republican Congresswomen took issue with the bill, particularly with the limited rape exception. The political repercussions, they feared, would be damaging to the party. Congressional leadership abandoned plans for the vote, and focused instead on H.R. 7, which

would prohibit insurance plans sold in the new health care exchanges from covering abortion, and it would eliminate tax benefits for small businesses that purchase insurance plans covering abortion. The bill would also prevent the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised funds to subsidize abortion care for low-income women.

That bill passed. Some pro-life and conservative voices are not at all happy, however, that the 20-week abortion ban was shelved. Their ire (and vitriol) has come to focus on the Republican congresswomen who voiced concerns with the bill. One of those targets is North Carolina congresswoman Renee Ellmers (below). Which is strange since, as Joan Walsh at Salon notes, Ellmers is hardly the archetype of a woman’s rights activist.



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