Michigan Cuts Child Tax Credit, Suggests One for Fetuses

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Remember how I wrote about the Pennsylvania legislators who want to deny increased benefits to women who have an additional child while on welfare? Well, I recently read about something similar going on in Michigan. Republican representatives in Michigan have proposed to offer a $160 tax credit to any woman who was at least 12 weeks pregnant at the end of the year.  I’m sure that the basic idea behind the proposal is to assist soon-t0-be-mothers with their upcoming financial burden.  However, I … [Read more...]

Social safety net? Heck no! Women must pay for sex!

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Some responses to my post on losing faith in the pro-life movement have been thoughtful. Others have not. "No, Pro-Lifers Are Not Making Children Too Expensive to Let Live," written by Calvin Freiburger and published on Life Action News, is one of the latter. I’ll be addressing Anne’s argument that pro-lifers actually encourage abortion because the other policies of pro-life politicians make it more expensive to have children. That's not actually a bad summary of what I said in my post. My poi … [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...]

Seven Recent Articles on Abortion Worth Reading

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I have been impressed over the last week at the outpouring of interesting and thought-provoking articles being put out regarding the abortion issue. With the election approaching and the increasing role abortion has played in politics recently, I suppose this outpouring only makes sense. Below I post links to the seven articles I have found most interesting, and offer a representative quotation from each. I hope this sort of writing keeps up! Feel free to add additional articles you may have … [Read more...]

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

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UPDATE: Welcome readers from facebook and elsewhere! Please subscribe through the buttons at the right if you enjoy this post.The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university's Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in that movement. This is my story.I was raised in the sort of evangelical family where abortion is the number one … [Read more...]

Richard Mourdock on Rape and God’s Plan

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The internet is abuzz about statements made by Indiana's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Richard Mourdock, in last night's debate: Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate running to represent Indiana in the Senate, has caused a great deal of controversy with a remark he made in the context of a discussion of whether abortion should be allowed for rape victims. His reply included the following: I know that there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that li … [Read more...]

I Care about a Candidate’s Values, Not Faith

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Does a candidate's faith matter? This is a question I have been pondering ever since the question "would you vote for a conservative atheist or a liberal Christian?" went around the atheist blogosphere a few weeks ago. My thoughts? I personally feel that no, a candidates faith does not matter, but his or her values do. In other words, I don't care whether a candidate is a Mormon or a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or an Atheist or a pagan but I do care whether a candidate values secularism, … [Read more...]


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