At which week are abortions banned in your state? Click here for the full interactive from The Washington Post: http://propub.ca/11h0tPa
Clearly the experts on contraceptives: these guys.
Let’s get down to brass tacks: Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Personhood Pledge-signing, Griswold vs. Connecticut-opposing, Mr. Ban Abortion in All Circumstances With No Exception for the Life of the Mother, believes that the actions of his own wife should be treated as criminal. Why? Because, back in 1996, his wife had a procedure that resulted in the deliberate death of her fetus, even though it was a matter of saving her own life.
Karen Santorum’s difficult pregnancy and resultant life-saving, induced early delivery is no secret; in a 2004 interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, her husband characterized the 1996 procedure as a harrowing but necessary. Karen, in her 19th week of pregnancy, received a risky surgery to save a pregnancy that doctors thought had little chance of survival. After the surgery, she came down with an infection, and doctors told Rick that unless the source of the infection — the fetus — was removed, his wife would die and his already-born children would be motherless. The doctor also told Santorum that his wife’s fetus would not survive outside of the womb. According to Santorum, Karen went into labor as a result of the antibiotics, and then doctors gave her a drug that further induced labor. She delivered, and unfortunately the doctors were right.
Shortly after Santorum first talked to the press about his wife’s pregnancy and their subsequent loss, rumors began circulating that Karen had actually had an abortion rather than induced delivery. Our Silver Ribbon goes so far as to assert that Karen Santorum did, in fact, have a second-trimester abortion.
But whether or not Karen Santorum had an abortion or medically induced the birth of a non-viable fetus shouldn’t matter in the eyes of someone with views as extreme as Santorum, as he is one of a disturbingly large group of politicians who believe that women should not be allowed to abort under any circumstances. Santorum’s even against abortion if there were no hope of the fetus surviving to full term, or even if the woman carrying the fetus risked death doing so. Karen Santorum would have died if the fetus were not removed, and labor was induced and not halted knowing that the fetus would not survive. How is this not technically “abortion?” In Santorum’s world, it would probably qualify as infanticide.
Komen for the Cure’s statement. HT Dallas News:We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.
The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.
I think I posted this a long time ago (in Internet “years”), but since this happened, figured it was worth another look.
In a decision that is inflaming passions on both sides of the abortion debate, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is cutting off its financing of breast cancer screening and education programs run by Planned Parenthood affiliates.
The women who are reporting this think it clearly shows that there’s something in Siri’s programming that is against abortion and day-after contraception. Looking at the evidence, it’s hard not to believe they are right.
The coincidences are too many, and the information is readily available all over the web. It seems impossible that Siri can’t provide these answers while it can happily tell you where to find hospitals for any illness or how to get to the closest strip club.
Mississippi last night rejected Initiative 26, known as the “personhood amendment” that would have defined life as beginning with conception. It failed by vote of 58% to 42%… and based on interviews, there were some anti-abortion voters who still voted against it either because they felt the legislation was vague, strategically poor, or intrusive into what they felt should be a decision between husband and wife.
While we’re on the subject of things Mitt Romney wishes weren’t on the Internet, do we all remember this? You know, when Mitt Romney was pro-choice? Back in 2002, when he wanted Massachusetts to vote for him.
“…I’ve been very clear on that. I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and I’m devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts’ pro-choice laws.”
Well then. That makes this piece he wrote in June for the National Review seem super awkward.
Yeah, a diamond-studded tour of Spain would put us in a pretty accommodating mood, too.
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Friday he will sign restrictive abortion legislation and make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood, a move likely to boost his credentials among social conservatives as he considers whether to run for president.
Planned Parenthood Spending Breakdown According to Sen. John Kyl
In case you were unaware, Senator Kyl did release a statement suggesting that his claim that abortion was “90% of what they [Planned Parenthood] do” at last week’s pitched budget battle was “not intended to be a factual statement.” So he is in the clear.