Roundup: One Star Is For Alaska, One Star Is For Nebraska


Why yes!  It’s another “Round the Country” roundup, followed by a healthy dose of “I told you so’s!”

Alaska is in the process of putting a parental notification law on the ballot for the next election.  A court order challenging it was a right to privacy violation was overruled, although the ballot initiative summary will state that it is a limitation of current freedoms.

Nebraska made big headlines yesterday for passing the Abortion Fetal Pain Act through judiciary committee, despite the possible unconstitutional nature of the act.  Less noticed was the other bill passed, stating that a woman must undergo a mental health evaluation before having an abortion. Interestingly enough, it appears that the evaluator gets to decide if the woman should have the abortion or not.

LB594 would require that women seeking abortions be screened for factors that could increase the risk of a negative reaction to the procedure. Those would include a perception the mother was coerced to have an abortion or that she has negative moral beliefs about abortion.

I can’t help but wonder who is doing the evaluations, what their perceptions on abortion are, and how they get to determine “risk factors,” especially the “negative moral beliefs about abortion.”  Many women are pro-life until they are faced with her own unintended or non-viable pregnancy.

In Kentucky, anti-choice politicians have now killed three bills that would have provided additional healthcare or financial support for the poor, elderly, sick, or children.  Each bill was voted down because anti-choice legislators attached a mandatory ultrasound bill onto it.  Once again, politicians put their desire to control women’s bodies over the need to care for real people. 

South Carolina faces the same issue, where zealous politicians are have actually held up the state budget to try to remove funds for abortion in the case of incest, rape or mother’s health.  There were six abortions that fell into that category last year.

Finally, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will likely learn what the phrase “pennywise, pound foolish” means, as he dramatically reduces the budget for family planning services in his state.

In this instance, it seems Christie’s socially and fiscally conservative views may have come together as the governor, who opposes abortion, cut state expenses and eliminated a program long criticized by antiabortion groups.

Michele Jaker, executive director of the Family Planning Association of New Jersey, said the cut could cost clinics federal dollars and would result in more unwanted pregnancies. She said studies had shown that every $1 spent on family planning saved taxpayers $4 in other costs.

“It makes absolutely no sense fiscally,” Jaker said. “Because of that, I can only think that it’s a social-policy decision, and it’s clearly out of line with what most New Jerseyans want or expect.”

The family-planning agencies provide gynecological care, screenings for breast and cervical cancer, contraception, care for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV tests, sometimes at no cost to needy patients, Jaker said. Some provide abortions, but he said state and federal funding had not been used for that procedure.

Mini Roundup:  Go figure!  Universal healthcare DOES reduce abortions, and having available access to contraception does NOT make you more likely to get pregnant, have STI’s, etc (although you’d never know it from the article’s headline).

March 17, 2010

Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed twin fetuses – Brattleboro Reformer

California candidate for governor aims to reduce abortions, thinks Prop. 8 … – Catholic News Agency

Scientologists reject claims they forced abortions – Sydney Morning Herald

abortion a racist plot? -Atlanta Journal Constitution

SC legislators reject rape, incest abortion ban – BusinessWeek

Abortion ballot initiative survives challenge – Alaska Dispatch

Pro-Choice Caucus Pretending To Study Senate Bill – Firedoglake

Stupak Ally in House Approves Senate Abortion Restrictions – New York Times

SKorean women caught in abortion limbo – The Associated Press

Don’t Be Fooled — Senate Health Bill Includes Taxpayer Funding of Abortion – FOXNews

SC Legislature Overturns Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban – Ms. Magazine

Pro-Life Catholics For Health Insurance Reform – Atlantic Online

Democrats Cite 2 New Pledges as They Press Health Bill – New York Times

Fr. Pavone Mobilizes Clergy to Oppose Obamacare – DFW Catholic

Senators will debate abortion bill – Lincoln Journal Star

SC Legislature Overturns Proposed Abortion Coverage Ban -Ms. Magazine

NJ Governor Chris Christie Proposes Elimination of Funding for Family Planning- Christian News Wire

ACLU could sue Virginia over Pro-choice license plate – WSLS.com

Dems Move Forward With ‘Deem And Pass’ Strategy; Some Dem. Holdouts Express … – Kaiser Health News

NOW backs Stupak challenger – Politico

Why is Senate hiding from Hyde? – Washington Post

A Second-Rate Health Care Bill – Progressive.org

GOP still pushing anti-abortion efforts – Louisville Courier-Journal

Pregnant male fish can choose abortion – msnbc.com

Missing abortion services causes Columbia controversy – KRCG

Anti-abortion Democrat Kildee says he will vote yes on health care bill – Washington Post

Nuns, pro-life congressman come out for health care – Seattle Post Intelligencer

Harper’s G8 “maternal health” plan: 0 for 3 and counting – Macleans.ca

Is Stupak Backing Off of ‘Abortion Economics-Eugenics’ Charge? – Politics Daily

State Budget Could Be Held Up Over Abortion Amendment – WOLO

A Broader View of Health Care – New York Times

March 18, 2010

Anti-abortion Rep. Kildee backs health bill – The Detroit News

FRCA Asks: ‘What did Representatives Perriello, Kildee and Oberstar Receive in … -PR Newswire

New sex-ed bill in England draws ire of Catholic leader- Catholic News Agency

Lipinski says he’ll flip health vote over abortion – Southtown Star

Massachusetts Study: Health Care Reform Reduced Abortions – Politics Daily

Lawmakers return to abortion debate – Jacksonville Daily News

Facebook Is the Best Thing to Happen to Marriage Since Birth Control – Gawker

Put family planning on agenda – Edmonton Journal

Family planning a big loser in N.J. budget | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/18/2010 – Philadelphia Inquirer

Easy supply of “morning-after pill” does not cut pregnancy rate–study – TheMedGuru

Every 9½ minutes, someone in the US is infected with HIV – The Xavier Herald

U of M researchers zero in on HIV vaccine – Winnipeg Free Press

HIV Infections on a Rampant Rise While Fresh AIDS Cases Decline – TopNews United States

Midwives, doctors achieve same results – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Prenatal care for some in Neb. nixed – North Platte Telegraph

Liberty Times: Can a slogan boost childbirth? – Focus Taiwan News Channel

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