Archive for late-term abortions

Wait. Rick Santorum ran as a pro-choice candidate?


Our pal Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed found a 1990 article from The Pittsburgh Press. And guess what? Only a few years ago, Rick Santorum saw himself as a ‚Äúprogressive conservative‚ÄĚ who was anti-late term abortion, period.

Since then, he must have decided to make up for lost time by inflicting his Christianer-Than-Thou views on as many Americans as he can, as often as he can, while he still can. Ricky must have forgotten that his way isn't necessarily the right way for everyone else, because I'm sure he wouldn't make such demands had he realized that.

Like on abortion rights and religion and Satan and stuff. YOU know.

I'm sure he'll see the error of his ways before we know it.

I'm also sure you know this post is dripping with sarcasm.

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Guardian: Human fetus feels no pain before 24 weeks, study says


Pfft, what do scientists and doctors know? It's belief that counts, not facts and findings! Just ask anyone on ClusterFox:

Finding in major review of scientific evidence strikes blow to those seeking to reduce upper time limit for abortion.

The human foetus feels no pain before 24 weeks, according to a major review of scientific evidence published today.

The connections in the foetal brain are not fully formed in that time, nor is the foetus conscious, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The findings of two reports commissioned by the Department of Health strike a blow to those seeking to reduce the upper time limit for having an abortion, currently at 24 weeks.

The studies suggest that late abortions, permitted for serious abnormalities or risks to a woman's health, do not result in foetal suffering because of increasing evidence that the chemical environment in the uterus induces "a continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation".

It often feels like extremists are also in a continuous sleep-like unconsciousness or sedation. This is a touchy subject, and it should go without saying that many with opposing views are not extremists. By extremists, I'm referring to the Scott Roeders of the world, those who call themselves "pro-life" when they're clearly not.

When there is evidence on one side and belief on the other, one would think that actual evidence would make a difference in altering even long-held attitudes when it comes to cases in which the mother's health and/or life are factors

Of course the argument is that a human life is being terminated. That is a debate that will continue, but at least the pain argument seems to have been knocked down.

By the way, assassinations terminate life, too, and we don't need scientific evidence to prove that.

H/t: physiologyprof


VIDEO: Dylan Ratigan, Eliot Spitzer, Marcy Wheeler On Elena Kagan & The Supreme Court


My Twitter pal 1Kecko linked me to this:

As a White House adviser in 1997, Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama's new Supreme Court nominee, urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions. [...]

Kagan [encouraged] Clinton to support a compromise bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the health of the mother was at risk.

The compromise failed. Just one more piece of information to consider.

This should come out in the confirmation hearings. Let's hope they are informative and not just a waste of air time and yet another excuse to be combative and preachy. Political grandstanding is so last hearing ago.

No, I'm not that naive. Just expressing my frustration and being a little hopeful. The moment is over now.