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We’re now seeing all of the civility trolls coming out of the woodwork. If by civility, one means “not engaging in violent eliminationist rhetoric”, well, then I’m all for it. But what I’m concerned about is that honest criticism will be silenced. While I’m not as sanguine about political rhetoric as, let’s say, Jack Shafer,…

Because that’s how Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was able to kill a provision that would have helped the State Department prevent child rape. No, really: Non-governmental organizations, women’s rights advocates, and lawmakers from both parties spent years developing and lobbying for the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010,” which the House…

…the money. Over at Pandagon, Jesse Taylor, on the subject of the Focus on the Family anti-legal and safe abortion ad, asks (italics mine): The question is instead this: if the anti-choice position is so true, so mainstream and so critical to the future of our nation, why did Focus on the Family spend $2.5…

As someone who is Jewish, and thus at an elevated risk for Tay-Sachs disease, a degenerative disease that inevitably kills small children, and does so miserably, I appreciate the need for genetic screening. So, while it’s not perfect, I think companies like Counsyl that are selling screening for harmful genetic diseases are providing a useful…

I have no doubt that the Catholic ecclesiarchy supports the Stupak-Mills amendment out of a genuine desire to regulate vaginaspreserve the fetus, which they believe is a person. But the financial incentives for Catholic Church-owned hospital systems are enormous:

So to speak. One of the many loathsome things about the Stupak-Mills amendment is that insurance would not be able to cover abortions for the following reasons (italics mine): Cases that are excluded: where the health but not the life of the woman is threatened by the pregnancy, severe fetal abnormalities, mental illness or anguish…

Is Healthcare Worth a Mass?

(from here) ScienceBlogling Ed Brayton finds this little tidbit from the coverage of the Stupak amendment (italics mine): I’m bothered by something said in an earlier article on the CNN website about this: Several Democrats, including Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, said they are in touch with their Catholic bishops back home. Altmire said he must…

(from here) Needless to say, I’m disgusted by the amendment introduced by Democratic Congressvermin Bart Stupak which would effectively make most abortions not covered by health insurance, even though many are now. Given the tremendous numbers of women who have had an abortion, it’s not like he’s going to put a dent in the ‘problem’–women…

Congressman Bart Stupak has helped tank the Medicare +5% reimbursement plan and single payer (italics mine): The problem with an amendment strategy [for Medicare +5% and single-payer] is that the House leadership will likely not allow many, if any, amendments to be offered on the House floor. The reason is because of Bart Stupak, who…

Because nothing says freedom like government shaming regarding a private healthcare decision: