How Low Will They Go?

There's a Planned Parenthood facility just a couple of blocks from where I work. One of the local right-to-life groups tries to picket it every hour that it is open, and then some. The long hours mean that there's never many of them, and there constant presences makes them just another part of the cluttered urban landscape. I'm probably one of the few drivers who sees them as anything other than background scenery by this point, and I only pay attention because I'm hoping they do something … [Read more...]

Abortion Leads to Murder?

I always hate the way the media and the lobbyists behave after a shooting. About 15 minutes after a shooting you can expect that a gun control lobby will hold a press conference pushing for stronger regulations. About 7.5 minutes after that, the NRA will have a rebuttal. A little while later some right wing Christian group will show up to explain that this is all because we took prayer out of schools.I know the lobbies pretty much have to do this. It's their job after all. And the media … [Read more...]

Harrasment Suit against FRC

Via HuffPo:The former director of women’s and reproductive health at the Family Research Council, a prominent Christian conservative advocacy group, is suing the organization, claiming it retaliated against her and fired her after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against her boss.According to court documents first obtained and reported by journalist Evan Gahr, former FRC employee Moira Gaul, 42, filed a complaint in 2009 with the District of Columbia Human Rights Commission in w … [Read more...]

“Pro Life” = Preventable death.

I've long been of the opinion that "Pro Life" and "Pro Choice" are entirely inaccurate labels for the positions they purport to describe. In fact, the suspicious bastard that lurks very close to the surface of my mind thinks that both labels were probably invented by those who want to deny women reproductive rights. Think about it. "Choice" versus "life"? Which one sounds like it should have priority? Exactly. Hence my extreme distaste for both labels; I really believe that facile people (and … [Read more...]

GoP discovers Time Travel, limits abortions.

In a move which might be the most mind-bending placement of law over reality I've ever heard of, Republicans in Arizona have declared that pregnancy begins up to two weeks before conception. Specifically, they say that if you become pregnant, the law will now hold that you have in fact been pregnant since the end of your last menstrual cycle. Even though you haven't. Perhaps Jan Brewer ought to go to her Ob/Gyn and tell him she's pregnant because she's planning to have unprotected sex next week, … [Read more...]