With the Nelson "compromise" language still filling
the today’s newspapers with editorials and columns debating the pros and cons, the
consequences of the vitriolic nature of the abortion debate will be on display today in
a Kansas court room.
Scott Roeder, charged with the murder of Dr. George
Tiller, wants to use the "necessity
Since the killing,
Roeder has confessed to reporters that he shot Tiller, while his anti-abortion
allies have urged Roeder to present the so-called "necessity defense"
in hopes that an acquittal could turn the larger debate over abortion in their
Courts have never
allowed defendants to use justifiable homicide when they are charged with
murdering abortion doctors. Despite the fact he has admitted to killing Dr.
Tiller, Roeder’s lawyers may have
another defense they want to use.
Legal experts and
others close to the case have suggested his public defenders may actually be
aiming at a conviction on a lesser offense such as voluntary manslaughter -
defined in Kansas as "an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances
existed that justified deadly force."
That would be an easier
argument to make to jurors than a necessity defense, which is unlikely to win,
said Melanie Wilson, a University of Kansas law professor. A necessity defense,
also known as the "choice of evils defense," requires proof that the
defendant reacted to an immediate danger, an argument that is undermined by
Judge Warren Wilbert will
hear arguments today on whether to bar Roeder’s lawyers from using this
Of course the Roundup isn’t complete without some
news about our favorite senator, Ben Nelson.
It seems that despite all his work to make sure
women won’t have access to abortion services if health care reform bill passes, neither the Republican governor of Nebraska nor its other senator appreciate
his efforts to give special treatment to the state.
[Gov. Dave] Heineman
joined Republican Sen. Mike Johanns in criticizing special advantages inserted
in the legislation after Nebraska was granted full federal funding of expanded
Medicaid coverage in lieu of federal-state cost-sharing…
On Monday, Heineman
wrote Nelson: "It is imperative that every state is treated fairly and
equally or all special deals must be removed" from the bill.
Meanwhile Congressman Bart Stupak still
isn’t happy with the bill.
Kenyan women are more afraid of getting
pregnant than contracting HIV. Research shows Kenyan women are using emergency contraception as a regular form of birth control because they are afraid of asking their partners to use condoms. Kenyan women are far more worried about preventing pregnancy, which is harder to hide, than contracting an STD.
"Unlike a sexually
transmitted disease, pregnancy cannot be hidden; it is a visible consequence
and demonstration of a sexual act and for the unmarried girl in our society,
the shame that accompanies it is heavy," says [Dr. Marsden Solomon, the Reproductive Health Regional Medical Advisor for Family
In better news Mexico City’s legislative assembly voted
same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Also Ireland is considering passing reforms that
would allow 16
and 17 year olds "to
ask for or refuse medical and life-sustaining treatment, including surgery and
Item: Cynthia Nixon of "Sex in the City" is speaking
out against the Stupak-Pitts language being included in the final health
care reform bill, relating that her mother had an illegal abortion prior to Roe v. Wade.
December 22, 2009
sides question health bill’s abortion compromise Washington Post
blasts abortion language The Detroit News
the deal on healthcare? Los Angeles Times
rights taken for a ride Ithaca Journal
Planned Parenthood CEO teaches at Georgetown’s nursing school Catholic Culture
on the Verge Huffington
Nelson ‘betrayed’ pro-lifers back home
December 21, 2009
loses Catholic pro-life
Ontario Town to Reconsider Approval of Pro-Life Monument … Catholic Exchange
charges filed against clinic guard
abortion morality on the dollars of pro-life Americans The North Star National
Values Forum Wall
Hero: The Real Kelly Ayotte RedState
education for 20-somethings Baltimore Sun
Nelson Sell His Vote? FOXNews
biggest issue for some priests Chicago Sun-Times
bishops oppose Senate health care legislation in current form Catholic Culture
compromise that’s fair Washington Post
deal may be hard to keep in health bill The Associated Press
‘Yes’ to health reform bill, even with abortion limits Christian Science Monitor
Insurance companies may stop covering abortion Seattle Post Intelligencer
Sheet: Who’s Opposing Senate’s Healthcare Abortion Compromise–and Why U.S. News & World Report
Face Challenge in Merging Health Bills
New York Times
Abortion Deal That Saved Health Care (for Now) Politics Daily
just pop the pill Mumbai
future for adoption
City legalizes same-sex marriage, adoptions
gone mad Globe