There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. They do not have the vaguest notion of what it is like to be pregnant as a result of abuse, incest, assault or a multitude of other wrongs, or simply what it is like to be a woman denied control of her own body.
Of course, under the Constitution the pregnant woman is the sole arbiter of what happens to the potential life inside of her. But religiously, in my tradition, it is a mitzvah, a commandment, to save a human life. And if the remnants of a potential life can help save an actual one, then God bless all those who make it possible to do so.
What has the right-wing Media Research Center's "media research" been reduced to these days? Complaining that a story is accurately reported in the media.
In their attempts to prove the cerebral cortex as unnecessary for pain perception and consciousness, Republicans have lazily attempted to simplify the very nature of how we perceive the world to half-explored "science." With their cowardly simplification of the situation, they will be left behind on the scientific and philosophical journey to the discovery of our deepest truths.
Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women's health care provider in this country. We will always fight for our patients and our staff, and we will continue to provide care in a safe, trusting, confidential environment, no matter what.
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All moral debate aside, women have a strict legal right to abortion that states have been using their regulatory power to encroach upon. Perhaps the Supreme Court should take up this Mississippi case and set clear protections for women once and for all.
The Republican attempts to legislate lies into the science of prenatal consciousness demonstrate GOP's political ineptitude, not its principles. Even with the Republicans' pseudoscientific notions aside, they have refused to adequately consider the impact of their ideology on complex and real families.
Apparently, the GOP is under the impression that since the party was able to score a victory in 2014 without reigning in its anti-choice, anti-birth-control, anti-woman agenda, they have a free hand to play to their radical base. That's the wrong strategy for several reasons.
Just last year, during his re-election campaign, Rep. Mike Coffman was apparently so enamored with Planned Parenthood that he featured the organization's logo in an advertisement.
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.