1. 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
     

  2. 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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  5. 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?

     

  6. 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)

     


  7. 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.
     


  8. 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

     

  9. "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?”

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  10. At a time when part of the Democratic message is that the GOP is conducting a ‘war on women,’ Akin has provided Democrats with a limitless supply of ammunition for use against GOP candidates.
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    — Charlie Mahtesian at Politico outlines one reason why the GOP desperately wants Todd Akin to drop out. "Akin has provided Democrats with an opportunity to drive the wedge deeper."

    4 reasons the GOP desperately wants Todd Akin to drop out

     


  11. Arizona’s severe new abortion law is set to go into effect this week, thanks to a federal judge who ruled it constitutional. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer earlier this year, forbids doctors from aborting fetuses with a gestational age of 20 weeks or older, which is before the 23- to 24-week milestone when a doctor can confirm that a pregnancy will likely not result in a miscarriage, a stillborn, or an infant who will die soon after being born. That means some women could have to give birth to stillborn babies.

    The law has been assailed by abortion-rights advocates and civil-rights groups, who say it violates Supreme Court precedent and will cause wanton emotional damage to mothers.

    Here, a guide to what has been described as the "most extreme" abortion ban in America

     

  12. A South Dakota appeals court ruled this week that doctors must tell women seeking abortions that they could be more prone to kill themselves if they have the procedure — even though the supposed link between abortion and suicide is based on arguably bogus evidence.

    Anti-abortion groups cite two studies that found an increased suicide risk among women who had abortions. But the studies did not determine that abortion caused the increased risk. In fact, the American Psychological Association called the link “misleading,” stating that “the best scientific evidence indicates that the relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy is no greater if they have an elective first-trimester abortion than if they deliver [the baby].”

    So why are doctors being required to tell women otherwise? 

     


  13. Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic?

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked a law that would shut down Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic. But after that, it’s anyone’s guess what Judge Daniel P. Jordan will decide.

    Is Mississippi about to make any woman who wants an abortion drive 200 miles to a different state, or to an unsafe back-alley type abortionist?

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