So far, protests at the Texas capitol aren’t exactly getting crazy.
Editor’s note: Our very own SFB writer Seth Millstein is on the scene in Texas this morning; he’ll be sending along photo updates throughout the day. — Ernie @ SFB
In case you are unaware, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is in the middle of a 13-hour filibuster (with pretty strict rules) of very regressive anti-abortion legislation. The special session of the legislature ends at midnight.
The National Review ran a magazine cover in which they Photoshopped signs at an Obama rally to read “ABORTION” instead of “FORWARD” as they originally did.
The top image shows the October 1, 2012 cover of “National Review” magazine.
The image at the bottom shows another photo taken at the same rally.
When Photoshop is used for evil.
Dr Willke, a prominent anti-abortion campaigner, claims to be an authority on the theory espoused by Mr Akin that victims of what the Republican congressman called “legitimate rape” do not become pregnant because their bodies “shut down” due to the trauma. …
Dr Willke told The Daily Telegraph that he did meet Mr Romney during a presidential primary campaign stop in the doctor’s home city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in October last year. Local news reports at the time noted that the candidate held “private meetings” during the visit.
Read: The Telegraph
“Looking in her eyes, I couldn’t come up with an answer to defend the exemptions for rape and incest…And over the course of the last few weeks, the Christmas holidays and reflecting on that…all I can say is that God was working on my heart.”
Twins at 12 weeks.
In The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Ruth Padawer reports on the rise of a procedure known as “twin reduction,” or the selective abortion of one of two fetuses. Advances in reproductive medicine and fertility treatments have created a strange paradox, Padawer explains: “In creating life where none seemed possible, doctors often generate more fetuses than they intend.” Now, women who are pregnant with twins and only want one baby are seeking out the procedure, too, stirring a heated ethical debate…
“[NBC’s Savannah] Guthrie asked if there was a “right to privacy” in the Constitution, to which Trump responded, “I guess there is, I guess there is. And why, just out of curiosity, why do you ask this question?” Apparently he failed to pick up on Guthrie’s reference to the legal principle that was key in the decision to legalize abortion in Roe v. Wade, and her pointed way of asking where he stood on the matter. “Well, that’s a pretty strange way of getting to pro-life,” Donald mused before adding, “What does that have to do with privacy?””
Mitt Romney on abortion - 1994
“The Social Security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends. We don’t have enough workers to support the retirees … . A third of the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion.”
I still need to read the book, but one thing I found incredibly interesting and timely was the “Donohue-Levitt hypothesis (pdf)”.
This hypothesis states that the SCOTUS decision in 1973 on Roe V Wade legalizing abortion is a big part of why crime rates began falling around 20 years later. Now they go to great lengths to explain that abortion is not a crime fighting technique, but rather that when women can legally control when they have children this leads to better home environments for the children they do have, which leads to these children growing up less likely to commit crime. The data they found during their study was obviously strong enough for them to make this assertion and propose this theory, and after reading up on it myself I am inclined to agree.