No fewer than three readers tracked down and sent me the Gary and Harrison article, the sole article that I was not able to access through my university’s library. Thanks guys, you’re awesome! Seriously. The best. So anyway, I’ve now read it, and guess what? It doesn’t even pretend to compare fatality rates between medical abortions and surgical abortions or childbirth! Read more

The truly ironic thing is that Walsh’s anger is not a result of anything on the Democratic side of this year’s primarily elections. His anger is motivated by Donald Trump’s runaway success in the Republican primary. Walsh has written deeply critical posts of anyone who would vote for Trump, and appears to genuinely believe Trump voters are destroying the country. This is why he wants to prevent “the lazy and the ignorant” from voting. I share Walsh’s distaste for Trump, but I don’t share his distaste for the democratic process. Read more

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 tomorrow I’ll be looking at some new directions anti-abortion activists have taken in their efforts to exaggerate the purported risks abortion poses to women. Read more

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 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 argue that abortion is more dangerous than is generally understood. Read more

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

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The other thing is that no one is considering Gwen’s wellbeing here at all. Did Aaron stop to consider that Gwen might not want Peter thrust in her face while spending the day with Lynn? That perhaps Gwen is looking for a safe place to relax, and that Peter is not a safe person for Gwen at this point? Nope. Nada. And that makes Aaron’s shit job at being an accountability partner only worse. Read more

Still, I can wait more patiently for the decision knowing that Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsberg, and Breyer are not going to go down without a fight. They all four appear to be well-read and knowledgeable in this subject, and to understand the importance of the issue before them. They have my hearty appreciation for all of those things! Read more

I wish I could leave you with some sort of neat tied-up-in-a-bow resolution to all of the above, but I can’t. We live in a country full of anger. Some are directing that anger at the system, but others are directing it at immigrants and minorities. That much of this anger is understandable does not who is being targeted in the process any less horrific. If nothing else, I have a lot more sympathy and understanding for those people around the world who have watched as dictators and demagogues rise, unable to stop what is taking place before their eyes. Read more

The first sentence of the first amendment of the US Constitution begins with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” However, the United States of America continues to do just that. Through the use of the phrase “under god” in the pledge of allegiance, as well as the presence of “In God We Trust” on all national currency, the U.S. government has tied itself with religion. Read more

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