Could Women with IUDs Be Charged with Murder?

Idaho state senator Dan Foreman has introduced a bill that would ban abortion, and clear the way for charging both abortion providers and women who receive abortions with first degree murder. Prominent evangelical pastor Doug Wilson posted this week in hearty approval, but with a word of warning: But the first thing necessary is careful wording. We need to note that in order for the charge of first degree murder to stick, a prosecutor would have to show intent. In some cases, doing that would … [Read more...]


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DeVos on Accountability and the Right to an Education

DeVos's confirmation hearings are this week. DeVos, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, has come in for a lot of criticism given her lack of experience with public schools (she has never attended, sent a child to, or worked at a public school) and her commitment to public charter schools and voucher programs. DeVos has refused to say that she supports public schools, and is a strong advocate of diverting public monies away from the public schools. She has also suggested that public s … [Read more...]


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Martin Luther King, Jr., Shape-Shifter

According to the Washington Post: Ohio’s governor says Americans shouldn’t focus so much on the highest-level people when there are ways to tackle many societal problems at the local and individual levels.Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) spoke Monday in Atlanta at the King Center on the holiday honoring its namesake, Martin Luther King Jr.Kasich says King got the attention of people in power through a “bottom-up” approach worth emulating. Kasich says efforts such as addressing drug … [Read more...]


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Abortion in the Public Imagination

Have a look at the above screenshot from a World Magazine article. "Do we value life as God does?" the headline asks. The image shows a pregnant woman, likely in her eighth month, holding a book to her belly. My first thought, on seeing the headline and the image, was of maternity leave, of childcare costs, and of the high financial cost of prenatal care and childbirth. I thought of funding cuts for education and for social services. What world will that child be born to? One that values life? Or … [Read more...]


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How I’ve Benefited from the ACA

Given the threat the Affordable Care Act faces today, I thought I'd start a thread for commenters to share how the ACA benefited them personally. I know from what I'm seeing on Facebook that that will likely be a large number of you. In the spirit of sharing, I'll start.When my children were very small, they were on Medicaid. Then our income rose, and we no longer qualified. The problem was that just before this happened my son was diagnosed with a condition that required surgery---to the … [Read more...]


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Protestants and Catholics Overrepresented in Congress

I've seen some chatter about the underrepresentation of religiously unaffiliated Americans in Congress, but I want to phrase the issue a slightly different way---both Protestants and, especially, Catholics are overrepresented in the House and the Senate.As you can see, while 48% of the U.S. population is Protestant, 55.9% of the U.S. Congress is Protestant. Similarly, 21% of the U.S. population is Catholic while 31.4% of the U.S. Congress is Catholic. Those are some pretty serious … [Read more...]


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Why Can’t DeVos Support the School I Chose?

I was reading through an article on Mother Jones when I came upon this: Education historian Diane Ravitch, who founded the advocacy group Network for Public Education in 2013, described unions as "shocked and worried" by the DeVos selection in an email to Mother Jones. "The previous Republican administrations did not threaten the very existence of public education and teachers unions," she added. "This coming four years is an existential threat to a basic Democratic institution: public schools. … [Read more...]


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