Kansas has banned late-term abortions that dismember the child. Other states are considering passing the same law. You have got to read the news story in the Washington Post, excerpted after the jump. You might notice some bias in the story. But notice to what extent the journalist has to twist her language–to the point of outlandish euphemism–to make this barbaric procedure palatable. [Read more…]
The only nations in the world that permit abortion after the fetus is viable are China, North Korea, Canada, and the United States. [Read more…]
As the abortion battles shift to the states, pro-abortionists are all fired up over Texas, which passed a bill banning the procedure after 20 weeks (that’s 5 months!). This despite a filibuster by Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis, who has become the new hero of the pro-abortion movement. But a writer for the Huffington Post, Vivian Norris, is proposing a new tactic. She is calling on women to refuse to have sex with husbands or boyfriends who do not believe in late-term abortions.
Maybe pro-lifers should stand in solidarity with their opponents and honor this picket line with a Lysistrata tactic of their own. Men should refuse to have sex with a woman who would take the life of the child they might conceive. And women should refuse to have sex with a man who would pressure her to have an abortion. [Read more…]
Fifteen states are considering banning abortions after five months of pregnancy. Nebraska and Kansas have passed it, and Iowa may be next:
The Iowa Senate will consider a bill that bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, following approval of the measure by the state House Thursday night, lawmakers said Friday.
State Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa, a Republican, said the bill is a priority because a Nebraska doctor has said he plans to open a clinic in Council Bluffs, Iowa where he would perform so-called “late term” abortions.
“There is a substantial and growing body of medical and scientific evidence that unborn babies at 20 weeks can feel intense pain when they are aborted,” Hanusa said during debate Thursday. “At 20 weeks, unborn children have pain receptors throughout their body and nerves link these to the brain.”
Iowa is one of 15 states considering a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, citing fetal pain research. The bills are modeled after a Nebraska law passed last year. A Kansas 20-week ban has already passed the state’s legislature, and Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign it.
Before the anti-Kagan bandwagon sets off, consider this:
As a White House adviser in 1997, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions, a political compromise that put the administration at odds with abortion rights groups.
Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the physical health of the mother was at risk. The documents from Clinton's presidential library are among the first to surface in which Kagan weighs in the thorny issue of abortion.
The abortion proposal was a compromise by Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle. Clinton supported it, but the proposal failed and Clinton vetoed a stricter Republican ban.
UPDATE: Today’s Washington Post has various articles that suggest that Elena Kagan may be the best candidate conservatives could hope for from President Obama:
–As Dean of Harvard Law, she integrated the faculty, bringing in notable conservative scholars.
–Hardcore leftists are angry at the nomination, wishing the president had chosen someone more ideological, less pragmatic, and of an intellectual heft to counter Justices Scalia and Roberts.