FDA Updates Abortion Drug Guidelines To Be More Scientifically Accurate, Angering “Pro-Lifers”

Last year in May, Danco Laboratories, which makes the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex (mifepristone), filed paperwork with the FDA to update the guidelines for use of the drug. Give further research on how it works, they wanted to loosen the restrictions on who could use it and when.

The political implications were certainly not lacking — anti-abortion lawmakers throughout the country have passed laws to enforce strict adherence to the guidelines (which in this case were simply not accurate anymore) rather than deferring to medical experts. But to the surprise of many, the guidelines were indeed updated. Politics had nothing to do with it. Instead, the basis for the change was — wait for it — scientific progress.

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Louisiana Politicians Refuse to Repeal the State’s Illegal Pro-Creationism Law

As I posted a couple of weeks ago, there’s a law still on the books in Louisiana that says if evolution is taught in public schools, then Creationism can be taught as well.

It’s obviously illegal, but unless the state legislature takes action to remove it, it’s going to stay there.

Removing that law is what Republican State Senator Dan Claitor tried to do with Senate Bill 156.

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California School Closes Temporarily After Unvaccinated Student with Measles Exposes Classmates

In one of those stories that no one could possibly have predicted, a California charter school had to temporarily close down because an unvaccinated student contracted measles overseas and returned to the classroom. In the process, other students — including some whose parents also chose to forgo immunization for their children — were exposed.

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Animated Video Recalls Carl Sagan on Religion: “A Literal Reading of the Bible Simply is a Mistake”

Taking a clip from a 1985 interview with Studs Terkel, the folks at Blank on Blank animated Carl Sagan talking about extraterrestrials. The conversation also included a discussion about religion and whether its claims are based in reality.

Money line: “A literal reading of the Bible simply is a mistake; I mean it’s just wrong.”

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Hospital Fundraising Group Will Host Psychic Medium, Using Pseudoscience to Fund Science

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre in Alberta, Canada, like any hospital, relies on volunteers and donations to make life better for patients. And the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital is a non-profit group that works to raise money for that very cause.

Which is why it’s more than a little strange that the Friends group is holding a fundraising event featuring a “psychic medium”:

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