The anti-choice activists in Iowa are preparing to try and push for new, tighter restrictions after news that Dr. Leroy Carhart plans to open a clinic in Council Bluffs.
Via the Des Moines Register:
Iowa abortion opponents say they will work to block a Nebraska abortion provider from opening a clinic in Council Bluffs.
Dr. LeRoy Carhart has been the center of controversy for years because he performs late-term abortions. This week, he told reporters that he intends to open clinics in Council Bluffs, Indianapolis and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Nebraska has a new law banning abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Iowa law allows abortions after the second trimester if a doctor believes the procedure is needed to “preserve the life or health” of the woman.
“Obviously, Carhart sees that as a big loophole or he wouldn’t be planning to come here,” said Jenifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to Life.
Bowen and other abortion opponents say they will renew their push for tighter Iowa restrictions on late-term abortions. They note that Iowans voted last week to add more anti-abortion politicians to the Statehouse. Those include former Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican who was elected to resume his leadership of the state.
Current Gov. Chet Culver, a Democrat, supports abortion rights, as did his predecessor, Democrat Tom Vilsack.
“We have a real opportunity this session, as opposed to past years,” said Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for Life.
Also of note in the article is that Carhart says he is not actually closing his Bellevue clinic, but is simply opening new clinics because of the likelihood of a prolonged battle over the constitutionality of Nebraska’s “Fetal Pain” bill.
Many women have come to regret their abortion, a fact that even the Supreme Court has acknowledged. Why is it that the pro-abortion groups that claim to be the voice of the women in America and say “listen to the voices of women” won’t acknowledge the voices of the women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign? Those groups would like the Silent No More women to remain silent about their regret, but these women want to reach out to those considering abortion and say, “Listen to our stories.”
Experience trumps rhetoric. So many who now regret their abortion were once saying the same thing as the women who are tweeting that their abortion was a good decision. Eventually, one’s true feelings surface. Abortion is not an empowering decision for women. It causes the death of their child and – like it or not – a part of them also dies.
So there you go — if you don’t regret it, you will, someday. You just haven’t thought about it enough, apparently.
Police are aware of at least one threat against Phillip R. Greaves II that was posted on-line after the story about his book aired Wednesday.
The book, called “The Pedophile’s Guide To Love And Pleasure”, drew national attention– and outrage.
It was being sold on Amazon. But Amazon bowed to the pressure by people pushing for a boycott for distributing it.
The book had more than 2,000 “reviews,” virtually all of them negative.
There was also a Facebook page: “Boycott Amazon.com for Selling How-To Guide for Pedophile.” More than 2,200 people say they like that idea.
Amazon initially defended its sale of the book because it “believes it is censorship not to sell certain titles because we believe their message is objectionable.”
Greaves says the response to his book is a “knee-jerk reaction” to its title by people who have not read it. But also says he’s learned controversy sells books: prior to Wednesday, he’d sold one copy. After the story hit national news, CBS News reported he sold more than 3,000.
Greaves has now become the target of multiple threats online, according to the news report.
Mini-Roundup: “Daddy I Do” gets pulled from the filmmaker’s local theater, and “For Colored Girls” seems to be the movie least appropriate for those under 18 according to this reviewer, who appears to base that fact on the “explicit implications” of an abortion scene.
Nov 12, 2010
- Forget Carbon Caps, Alarmists Should Fight For Free Birth Control! – Stop the ACLU
- Palin Attacks Obama’s Abortion-Rights Position In Texas Speech – Medical News Today (press release)
- What Will The GOP Cut? Ctd – The Atlantic
- Abortion opponents will target new Iowa clinic – DesMoinesRegister.com
- ‘Subjectified’ documentary encourages sex talk – Bowdoin Orient
- Contraception or Abortion? – Manila Bulletin
- Women’s Health Advocates Argue For Birth Control Coverage Under Health Reform – Medical News Today (press release)
- Key National Health Care Groups File Motion In Federal Suit – Medical News Today (press release)
- UN to women: ‘You don’t matter’ – Montreal Gazette
- A campaign for life: Planned Parenthood demonstrators have ended 40-day protest – Rocky Mountain Collegian
- Family-Planning Debate Revived in Philippines – Wall Street Journal
- Tracking $40 billion in commitments for maternal and child health – Bioscience Technology
- Freedom of speech vs. reproductive rights – Ottawa Citizen
- Lark Theater pulls its support of documentary on teen sex – Marin Independent-Journal
- Reproductive Rights: Politics and Ethics in the Abortion Debate – Chicago Public Radio
- RH bill opponents told: stop bullying people – The Philippine Online Chronicles
- Family Filmgoer: ‘Megamind,’ ‘Unstoppable,’ ‘Morning Glory’ – Washington Post
November 11, 2010
- Proposed Free Birth Control Under New Health Care Law – KGNS
- Brit women more at risk of cancer death – The Sun
- Cindy McCain Speaks Out Against DADT While John McCain Defends It (VIDEO) – Huffington Post
- Reproductive Justice: Black Church Denounces Anti-Abortion ‘Genocide’ Lies (VIDEO) – Capitol Hill Blue
- Philippines’ Sex Ed Future? – The Diplomat
- Bone loss more common in HIV – Reuters
- Oklahoma and Arizona Opt-Out of ObamaCare Insurance Mandate – Lifesite
- GEORGE KENNEDY: Some real facts about health care reform – Columbia Missourian
- Study: Half of women unable to get tubes tied pregnant again within year – San Antonio Express
- African Governments urged to give priority to health needs of women – Ghana News Agency
- Indonesia’s democratic Islam: What the world can learn – TODAYonline
- SENATE LEADERS SAY RH BILL NOT A PRIORITY MEASURE IN SENATE – Philippine Headline News
- Disgraceful war against women – Mail & Guardian Online
- HIV threat to unborn – Times LIVE
- Women and HIV: A Nuanced Epidemic – TheBody.com
- UNFPA Helps Prevent Cholera Among Pregnant Women and People Living With HIV … – San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
- Bring abortion out of the shadows – New Vision
- ‘Hush Hush’ E-Mail Reveals Back-Room Deal to Ignore Illegal Abortions in North … – Christian News Wire (press release)
- A Vaccine that Prevents Cervical Cancer – Chicago Defender
- Most Recent Stories – Change.org
- Women of Aotearoa, Philippines Share Wisdom – Scoop.co.nz (press release)
- Climate hawks should fight for free birth control – Grist Magazine
- The government’s waning support of breast cancer? – Reuters Blogs (blog)
- Health Minister Petitioned By Parents Of “Killed” Twins – Peace FM Online
- Antichoicers on the March – The Nation.
- Pope Benedict Calls Worldwide Prayer Against Abortion – LifeNews.com
- Carlos Celdran and Asia’s Sinkhole Demographics – Forbes (blog)
- I Had an Abortion Campaign Ignores Women’s Regret – LifeNews.com
- Women Begin Day 4 of White House Hunger Strike – In These Times
- Researchers find mutation that helps prevent HIV from becoming AIDS – Michigan Messenger
- Mobile phone messages improve adherence and HIV control in Kenyan trial22 … – Aidsmap
- Reaction to More Abortion Clinics – KHAS-TV
- Health Care Reform Will Lead To More Abortions, Sarah Palin Says – ABC News (blog)
- Nancy Pelosi Facing More Opposition in Bid to Lead Democrats – LifeNews.com
- Indonesia urged to block discriminatory pregnancy tests for schoolgirls – Amnesty International
- Detection HIV by Phone – Gmtennis – Techno News
- FDA Cigarette Pictures Opening Abortion Warning Issue? – American Spectator (blog)
- Next five year plan to focus on maternal, child health – Sify
- Make the pill free – Boulder Weekly
- Sex education from next year – The Sun Daily
- New drive to cut growth in Kenyan population – Daily Nation
- Doctor backs our campaign for cervical cancer screening – Buckinghamshire Advertiser
- Antiabortion-Rights Activist Convicted In ‘Wanted’ Posters Case – Medical News Today (press release)
- The Importance of Being Pro-Choice – Santa Barbara Independent