The Nazi Anatomists.
"How the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics."
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Amnesty International urges Chile to allow an 11-year old to abort a pregnancy due to rape
after President Sebastián Piñera, who has a strong anti-abortion position, congratulates the girl's "mature and profound" decision to continue with her pregnancy (CNN.cl video)*
. The Association*
of Chilean Physicians also speaks in support of making an exception as well as liberalizing existing laws.
This case highlights the discrepancies between the political elite's conservative ideals and reality in a country of extreme
and highly institutionalized inequality
. [more inside]
When a single politician says something insane
, we tend to write it off
as the mutterings of a feeble mind
. But when there
is a long
history of anti-abortion politicians
saying that women can't be impregnated
when raped, then perhaps it's not just a new tactic in the War on Women
, but a renewed attack
on science-based reality
45 years ago yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut
that birth control (for married women) was legal and that the US Constitution guaranteed privacy to women seeking reproductive services. That privacy ruling was instrumental in subsequent cases
[pdf]regarding the legality of birth control and pregnancy termination.
And while many states are pushing through new termination restrictions
; some states are now pushing through "Personhood" laws
that grant constitutional rights to zygotes and fetuses
. These laws ban abortion without exception
, ban certain forms of birth control
, ban in-vitro fertilization, and forbid the treatment
of pregnancy complications such as ectopic pregnancies. The legislations are being marketed by a "Conceived by Rape
" bus tour. [more inside]
It's Only Rape if They Say So
House Republicans decide to fight abortion access by redefining rape.
Provoking pro-choice advocates,
Oklahoma passed two highly restrictive abortion laws
on Tuesday. One (rtf file)
requires doctors to show women an ultrasound of their fetus and point out its physical characteristics — even if the patient was impregnated through rape or incest. The second (rtf file)
stipulates that doctors cannot be sued if they decide to lie to an expectant mother regarding her baby's birth defects. A third requires clinics to post signs
telling patients they cannot be forced to have an abortion. The first law prompted
an immediate lawsuit
from Tulsa's only abortion clinic
. [more inside]
defending the rights of rapists to sue since 2005.
Did you just impregnate your 13 year old daughter
? Never fear, the GOP is here
! They'll defend your right to keep your "little secret" from crossing state lines.
What Jeb Bush is up to these days.
A followup to a dreadful situation in the state of Florida.