“Pro-Lifers” Play Fast and Loose with the “Life of the Mother” Exemption

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This morning I wrote about Savita, a woman who died because she was denied the abortion that would have saved her life. Well, I just found this and now I'm even more outraged. AN INTERNATIONAL symposium on maternal healthcare in Dublin at the weekend has concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organiser, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confi … [Read more...]

Savita Halappanavar: When “Pro-Life” Means Death

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I am completely and totally appalled right now. “This is a Catholic country” was what Irish doctors told Savita Halappanavar after she learned she was miscarrying her pregnancy and asked for an abortion to avoid further complications. She spent three days in agonizing pain, eventually shaking, vomiting and passing out. She again asked for an abortion and was refused, because the fetus still had a heartbeat.Then she died.She died of septicaemia and E.Coli. She died after three and a half … [Read more...]

How Dan Fincke Deconverted

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Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers has been writing an ongoing series about his deconversion from evangelical Christianity to atheism. While it's long, it's quite good, because Dan takes the time to really analyze what challenged his faith, how he fought to keep it, and how and why he eventually found he could not hold onto it. Dan explains why he writes about his deconversion as follows:As with other evangelicals, my story of deconversion is in part about proving the sincerity of my … [Read more...]

My Local Atheist Group Didn’t Meet My Needs

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For two full years, I didn't go to church. I enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday mornings and I enjoyed not feeling obligated to go to church each Sunday and guilty if I did not. But at the end of this past August I began attending the local Unitarian Universalist church. Why, you ask? The question is a good one.You see, my town is quite liberal, and there is a regular atheist gathering. The group meets at a local pub and the talk is all of how ridiculous religion is and of encroachments on the … [Read more...]

The Battle over Contraception in the Pro-Life Movement

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In poking around the website of the National Association of Evangelicals looking for a statement of beliefs for another post, I stumbled upon a booklet and video they had posted regarding abortion. In addition to embracing waiting periods and parental consent laws, the video also embraces contraception as a means of reducing the number of abortions that take place, even if that means young unmarried evangelicals using contraception. I was momentarily taken completely aback, but then I remembered … [Read more...]

Five Things I Love about My Local UU Church

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1. After having veterans stand for appreciation (it's Veterans' Day), the minister asked those with family members currently in the military stand, those who had any relatives or ancestors dead or alive who served in military stand, and, finally, those who had been conscientious objectors stand. There was talk of peace and of objections to war without any dishonor of either current soldiers or veterans. (We were encouraged to avoid stereotypes and instead listen to their stories.)2. The m … [Read more...]

The Conservative Media Bubble

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In the run up to the election, conservatives and the conservative media rejected the dominant narrative regarding who would win the presidential election. While New York Times blogger Nate Silver analyzed polls and consistently predicted an Obama win, Fox News and the rest of the conservative media insisted that Silver and the polls were skewed and predicted that Romney would win handily. And then Obama won. What happened, exactly? Barack Obama just trounced a Republican opponent for the second … [Read more...]


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