Planned Parenthood harvests fetal organs for medical research. Whether they donate them or sell them matters but not nearly as much as the cold indifference with which they do so.
The trick of a carnival huckster is to distract you with the right hand so you don't see what the left hand is doing. The firestorm over the latest attack on healthcare provider Planned Parenthood is a classic example of how you can manufacture outlandish claims hidden by a mirage of genuine care and concern.
Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and "nurture stable families." But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn't over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can't win.
I've personally witnessed dozens of doctors speak with legislators to explain that the medical evidence doesn't support the arguments for restricting abortion at 20 weeks, or that the life and health of Wisconsin women will be threatened by bills like Senate Bill 179.
In a week that saw landmark decisions for both health care and gay marriage, the Supreme Court, in another hotly contested issue amongst the justices, voted 5-4 to legally recognize fans of the Canadian supergroup, Rush.
Despite the importance of sexual health, many Latino parents, often weighed down by outdated notions of shame and propriety, are failing to provide their sons and daughters with the information to make smart decisions about their sexual lives. The consequences of this silence are crippling.
Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.
Abortion has been with us as long as has pregnancy. It will not go away. Should safe, legal abortion become inaccessible (the goal of Republicans), women in large numbers will choose other options.
So, which states didn't make the grade? These are the places where women's reproductive rights are the most at risk.
What are Republicans afraid of? What is so threatening or wrong about giving women the ability to space or limit their pregnancies? Why is it that a party that has pushed so hard to defend privacy and personal liberties in so many other realms is so dead-set on depriving women of their reproductive choice?
Jeb! is secular sometimes, and faithful and devout at other times. It all depends on where he is and who he is talking to. 50 states allows for 50 shades of Jeb!'s religious conviction.
The NRA and many gun advocates argue that background checks and registering guns won't work because criminals will still get their guns. Yet it is many of these same conservatives that support voter ID laws despite the fact that criminals will still find ways to commit voter fraud.
Ethan Cox had started doing what my liberal friends and I mostly only talk about. He had started changing things, even if only on his farm, tinkering with what he planted, and altering how and when he planted it.
It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.
Abortion is both a tricky and a touchy subject. In the midst of fervent pro-choice and pro-life debates today, we can lose sight of the fact that abortion actually has a long medical history.
Some of the sharpest drops in abortion rates occurred in states that are supportive of women's reproductive rights, such as Washington State, New York and Oregon. These states do not restrict access to abortion, and they do prioritize improving access to health care more broadly.