Roundup: The Obama Administration: For the Public Option Before They Were Against It… Sort Of?


Who stole the Change-Agents?

Can someone on the Obama Administration please make a decision about whether they are for or against the public option?  While the public wants a public option, and while the President-as-candidate campaigned on the promise of at least something akin to a public option, the Administration has, from day one of the health care reform process, done just about everything it could to say they are "for" a public option "kinda sorta" but "it’s not the defining piece" of health reform (so….it’s not important???  To me this is like saying that water is not the defining factor in putting out a fire).  This weekend, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel (as reported by Alternet) as well as other notables took the weekend talk shows to say so. 

Is this leadership?  I thought smart negotiators kept their cards close, pushed as hard as they could for what they wanted and only made the deal after they got as far as they could.  Instead, the Administration keeps signaling to everyone and their great-grandmother that they won’t stand firm on a public option cause it really ain’t that important.  I want to play poker with these guys cause it appears it might be easy to clean up.

Lawmakers in Michigan Push for Sex Education in Schools

Some form of leadership is evident today in Michigan at least, where lawmakers are pushing to require sex education in schools.

MLive.com reports today that:

Proposed legislation from the state would require districts to set up a sex education advisory board and train employees.

Districts
would have to provide factual and medically accurate information that
is age-appropriate at all grade levels. Topics would include family
planning, human sexuality and the emotional, physical, psychological,
hygienic, economic and socials aspects of family life.

Currently, sex education is optional curriculum that any district can choose to offer.

The push for sex ed comes in response to high rates of unintended pregnancy among teens. Since 2006, Michigan has had four percent increase in births for 15 to 19 year olds, according to Michigan NOW.

Parents who advocate abstinence-only curriculum would be able to opt out of any sex education classes under the proposed law.

 

October 19th, 2009

Another view on Belmont Abbey Baltimore Sun

Unveiling the evils of contraception The Cincinnati Enquirer

NYT Environment Reporter Floats Idea: Give Carbon Credits to Couples

That Limit Themselves to One Child CNSNews

Abortion rates falling Jamaica Observer

The Nobel Prize for Good Intentions Catholic Exchange

Going Green Means Having Fewer Kids AlterNet

Speaker addresses population concerns St. Cloud Times 

Inmate-abortion fight continues Arizona Republic

Lawsuit challenges Illinois’ parental notification law for abortions Chicago Tribune

Abortion, Health Care, Biden, Stem Cell Research, 40 Days for Life, More Pro-Life News

Peruvians oppose abortion for rape, fetal deformity: poll Asia One

China calls for efforts to resolve reproductive health issues Daily Times

 


October 18th, 2009

Tablet off its trolley: now it attacks government support for marriage Telegraph Blogs

Marriage not just a private matter, bishops say in proposed pastoral The Catholic Review Online

Quiet protest: Pro-Life teens to participate in Day of Silent Solidarity The Hickory Daily Record

Oklahoma’s New Abortion Law Not OK, Say Critics
Truthdig

Spain protesters oppose relaxation of abortion law
Jurist

Will Catholic Bishops Try to Block Reform? Time

We are the real pro-Americans Telegraph Blogs

China calls for more efforts in reproductive health China Daily

Pro-life leader calls health care proposals a ‘radical departure’ from current abortion policy Catholic News Agency

Liberals frustrated with President Obama; angry their issues took back seat to health care reform
Daily News

Does taking control mean taking life? News Journal

Bill of health for the pill Sunday Times

Stepping Up the Pressure: The Archbishop Comes to the Abortion Clinic
HuffPo

Catholics and Muslims defend life against abortion law in Indonesia
Catholic News Agency

A teen perspective on abstinence-only education
Feminists for Choice

Confidentiality fear over late abortion data Guardian UK

October 17th, 2009

The Pill helps women Bakersfield Californian

Can you imagine a pro-life crowd like this in the U.S.? The Deacon’s Bench

Anti-abortion spokesman: Arrival of abortion pill should not be taken lightly The State Journal-Register

Abstinence-only still being taught despite high pregnancy rates The Monitor

Marchers in Spain Protest Effort to Ease Abortion Law New York Times

There must be a public debate on late abortions Telegraph UK

October 16th, 2009

Latest anti-choice ad: A talking fetus Sacramento News & Review

Hispanic Pro-lifer Assaulted in Fresno, California NewsBusters

Abortion and Health Care Reform Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Abortion Practitioner Writes of Doing Abortions While Pregnant With Unborn Baby Life News

Abortion groups fight Catholic hospital expansion Baltimoresun.com

UC Gets Grant To Improve Female Condom WLWT Cincinnati

Guttmacher Wrong: Legalizing Abortions Yields More, Doesn’t Make Them Safer Life News

October 15th, 2009

Calling The Pro-Lifers’ Bluff On Contraception The Atlantic

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