1. That’s the problem with current thinking about abortion: A culture of life — one that is truly hospitable not only to the birth of children, but to pregnancy, motherhood, and family life — must be outfitted with legislation that protects pregnancy and mothers as strenuously as it does infants.
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    How Tennessee incentivizes abortions

    We need legislation that protects pregnancy and mothers, not just unborn infants

     


  2. All of this reinforces the fact that abortion opponents will have to make the procedure all but illegal before the legal abortion rate will fall dramatically. In economic terms, abortion is inelastic — unaffected by price. Unfortunately, what’s about to happen in Texas won’t just increase the cost, it will make abortions nearly impossible to obtain.
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    Why Texas’ abortion rates aren’t falling as quickly as everyone expected

    It’s not the first time a barrage of anti-abortion legislation hasn’t had the desired effect

     


  3. Robespierre, who is also the primary screenwriter of her directorial debut, makes the wise choice of not turning Donna’s pregnancy into some kind of special case that might justify abortion to people who are wishy-washy on the issue… The message is clear: Women should be able to experiment sexually without having to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
     

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  5. Abortions are as much the result of a culture inhospitable to life as they are to the weak sources of support that arise out of that culture and the decisions of individual mothers.
    — Elizabeth Stoker, Why I’m a pro-life liberal
     

  6. States enacted more restrictions on abortions in the last three years than in the previous 10 combined.

    How abortion emerged as the GOP’s favorite wedge issue

     

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  9. Can fetuses masturbate?

    Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas): 

    Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?

     

  10. 40 years later, Roe v. Wade is still under siege. The pro-abortion-rights Americans who fought to win the landmarkdecision might not recognize today’s bruised-and-battered version of the law. 

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    (Source: theweek.com)

     


  11. If undecided voters tune into the Democratic convention and hear all about abortion, and tune into the Republican convention and hear all about the economy, Romney will win in a landslide.
     


  12. Tell McCaskill your standing with Todd Akin.
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    Rep. Todd Akin, struggling to revive his battered campaign, launched a page on his website asking supports to rally behind him. “I made a mistake,” he said, referring to his preposterous claim that victims of “legitimate rape” can’t get pregnant. “I used the wrong words in the wrong way.” Above the quote, the campaign asked fans to “tell McCaskill your standing with Todd Akin.” Giddy critics immediately spotted the error and tweeted their glee to the world, ribbing Akin for “using the wrong word” to “apologize for using the wrong words.” The campaign quickly corrected the error, or tried to, spelling it “your’re,” before trying a third time and getting it right. 

    11 embarrassing political typos

     

  13. "Most East Coast journalists and politicos I’ve spoken with cannot fathom how Todd Akin could possibly remain a candidate" in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, says former Missouri lawmaker Jeffrey Smith at Salon. After all, every Republican official from presidential aspirant Mitt Romney on down has urged him to drop out following his infamous comments about the pregnancy-stifling powers of “legitimate rape.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and GOP super PAC Crossroads GPS have even said they’ll pull their millions in funding from the race if he remains the candidate.

    But looking at the situation from Akin’s point of view, and knowing his history, his decision to defy his party and keep on challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) makes more sense. Here, six reasons Akin is still in the race:

    1. This is Akin’s last hurrah
      Todd Akin is 65, he has given up his safe House seat to run for the Senate, and he has burned any and all bridges within his party, so this is clearly his last chance “to grab the brass ring,” says Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo. Why would he care what Karl Rove or Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus wants him to do, or even what might be best for his party? Akin “just isn’t going to give up what he’s been hungering for for a lifetime because of one bad news cycle.”
       
    2. And he thinks he can still win
      Unlike Republican officials and strategists — and, for that matter, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report — Akin doesn’t think he’s doomed. As he explained to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday, this whole flap over “one word and one sentence on one day” seems “like a little bit of an overreaction.” Akin might be right about his chances, too, says Markos Moulitsas at The Daily Kos. Missouri is an increasingly Republican state, and McCaskill has by far “the worst poll numbers of any incumbent this cycle,” so trying to ride out the storm “wouldn’t be irrational in the least.” Besides, “if he quits now, he’s a punch line forever,” says Salon’s Smith. If he stays in, “he has a 50 percent chance of being a U.S. senator as well as a punch line.” What would you choose?
       
    3. Akin doesn’t owe his party anything
      Republicans are pulling out all the stops to push Akin aside, but the six-term back-bencher is “totally unbeholden to the GOP establishment that needs him to drop out,” says Aaron Blake at The Washington Post. He has never been a team player, and most GOP leaders and Tea Party groups backed his opponents in the ugly three-way primary he won just two weeks ago. “In other words, nobody who is telling Akin to drop out is a dear friend of his.” Right, what does he have to lose by staying in the race, says Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly, “other than the opportunistic support of people who don’t know or like him and would probably have taken credit for his victory had he won without this latest incident?”

    More reasons…