Examining the Missing Anti-Abortion Footnote

As I noted in my article earlier today, I was able to find the text for three of the four studies cited in an article cited by an anti-abortion amicus brief as proof that medical abortions are ten times more dangerous than surgical abortions and fifty times more dangerous than childbirth, but I could note find the fourth study. If that sounded confusing, it's because it is---the amicus brief was extremely sloppy in citing an internet article on a pro-life website rather than citing the studies th … [Read more...]


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Matt Walsh: We Need to Stop People from Voting

I thought I was beyond the point where conservative blogger Matt Walsh could surprise me, I really did. But apparently I'm not. Matt Walsh just wrote an article arguing for voter suppression, headlining the issue on Facebook as follows: It's very simple. When masses of oblivious, clueless, noncontributing people are allowed and actively encouraged to vote, the results are and have been disastrous. There is virtually no chance of anything positive happening when the people steering the ship are … [Read more...]


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The Devil’s in the Anti-Abortion Footnotes (part 2)

As you may remember, during arguments before the Supreme Court last week, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is more dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and yesterday I wrote my first post examining this brief. Today I'll look at some of the studies in the brief's footnotes, and … [Read more...]


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Dissecting Grandiose Anti-Abortion Claims (part 1)

During arguments before the Supreme Court last week, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is etaore dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and what I found was illuminating. I'll be writing a series of three posts looking at the rhetoric and statistics used in this amicus brief to a … [Read more...]


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A Look at Yesterday’s Supreme Court Abortion Hearings

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, an abortion case that will likely be far-reaching in its effects. At issue is the question of just how far states can go with TRAP laws---or, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), the court upheld Roe v. Wade while also upholding restrictions on abortion. The ruling asked whether a regulation had the purpose or effect of creating an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions, and foun … [Read more...]


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Watching a Demagogue Rise

I've been struggling to understand Trump's rise for months now. On the one hand, I get it. People are fed up. There's a lot of anger in this country right now, and Trump is feeding on it. On the other hand, I don't get it. While I get the anger part, surely this is a bridge too far? Trump does more than promise to make America great again, he also says some of the most racist, sexist, xenophobic things I've ever heard a presidential candidate say. And the violence he tolerates among his … [Read more...]


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Guest Post: A Call for Constitutionality

Tyler contacted me several weeks ago and asked to write a guest post about the words "In God We Trust" on our currency and the words "under god" in our pledge of allegiance. While his post focuses on the history and constitutionality of the issue, I want to note that these phrases "other" those Americans who do not believe in god, who believe in more than one god, or who believe in a god other than the Christian God, the divine being clearly being referred to with these phrases. You can read my p … [Read more...]


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