The Natural Consequences of Banning Abortion

Poland's controversial proposed new abortion ban hit the news this weekend: Thousands protested on Sunday against the Polish government after the ruling party’s powerful leader and the country’s prime minister said they backed a complete ban on abortion advocated by the Catholic Church. Abortion is already highly restricted in Poland. What would the new bill do? The proposed move would end a status quo reached in the 1990s under which abortion is allowed in three cases -- when the pregnancy is … [Read more...]


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Women Are Already Being Prosecuted for Having Abortions

This week presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stated that women who have abortions should receive some form of punishment. The Republican Party and conservatives across the nation reacted with surprise and anger and disavowed Trump's comments, arguing that abortion doctors, and not women who receive abortions, should be punished. This entire conversation misses a very important point---in our country today, women are already being jailed for having abortions.It's happening in Geo … [Read more...]


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Why We Need the EPA

In an era when the only question at a Republican debate is how far the candidates will go in their talk of gutting the Environmental Protection Agency---Trump has proposed eliminating it altogether---it may be worth taking some time to look back at the state of our environment before the creation of said agency. I'm going to look at specific products---namely, DDT and lead---and then turn to the quality of our air and water. I suspect that many of us today are less informed than we should be a … [Read more...]


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Whatever Happened to Small Government Conservatives?

I recently came upon this on the AP: RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina General Assembly is returning Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.Legislative leaders announced Monday night the decision to reconvene a little over a week before the ordinance gets implemented April 1. They say three-fifths of the House and Senate members made the nece … [Read more...]


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Do Western Lives Matter More? Let’s Talk Terrorism.

I'm incredibly saddened by the terrorist attacks in Brussels this week. There is way too much senseless death in our world. Political violence of this sort is difficult to grapple with, because the underlying causes are complicated enough to make it difficult to do more than damage control. We have to find ways to stop the violence at its root, which is much harder than simply tightening security. It's also complicated because we live in a world of increased technology, and identifying and … [Read more...]


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Kansas Lawmaker Equates Contraceptives with Eugenics

So, this happened: A member of the Kansas Senate compared long-term contraceptives to fascist eugenics during a debate Monday.Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, opposed an amendment that would have instructed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to contract with family planning providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives, similar to a Colorado initiative that reduced teen pregnancy rates.“I think it’s government treading on very dangerous territory,” Pilcher-Cook … [Read more...]


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How (Not) to Convince Someone to Have Kids

This week, Gavin McInnes posted a piece on The Federalist titled Why Your Top 10 Reasons For Not Having Kids Are Stupid. It would have been more aptly titled "10 Condescending Reasons This Parent Looks Down on People Who Don't Have Kids." McInnes does a terrible job making the case for having children---and I say this as a parent myself. But in making his (terrible) case, McInnes also illustrates some central problems in the way conservatives go about attempting to enact social change.Let's h … [Read more...]


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