Tuesday, August 28, 2012


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Elephant and the Human Baby
By Judie Brown
What do elephants have to do with human babies? Do elephants and other animals deserve as much concern as a human being? Today's commentary addresses a recent article in which some people seem to think so. Read on for Judie Brown's insights.

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HHS revises mandate third time, foes say it misses the point
A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court. Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that for the third time in seven months, the federal government has rewritten the guidelines for the "safe harbor" that offers a one-year reprieve from the mandate to some non-profit religious organizations that object to its demands. "They're making it up as they go along," she said. "They haven't really thought through these issues carefully."  

Women who cried wolf----the illegitimate rape claim 
behind Roe v. Wade
Rebecca Kiessling
This past week, Congressman Akin was publicly chastised for his comments on abortion in the case of rape, employing the controversial term "legitimate rape." There was outcry from the liberal left, and from moderate Republicans - an indignation that a candidate for U.S. Senate would dare imply that a woman's claim of rape might not be legitimate, making him out to be a misogynist. Though I've previously written that the comment was a faux pas and unnecessarily uttered, I'd like to address the underlying implications of such a statement, which was very similar to Ron Paul's phraseology about an "honest rape" when he too was asked about abortion in the case of rape. Are legislators really to blame for implying that there are false claims of rape? Is there a history of illegitimate rape claims, particularly as it relates to this issue of pregnancy and rape? Do some women fabricate these claims? If so, who is to blame for any tendency in our society to question the veracity of rape victims' accounts? Skeptical lawmakers, judges, juries, media, and the public, or the women who have cried wolf?
Mother of woman who died after abortion suing Planned Parenthood, hospital
The mother of a 24-year-old woman who died after an abortion in July filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Tonya Reaves died at Northwestern July 20 after she began to hemorrhage at a Planned Parenthood clinic located at 18 S. Michigan Ave., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. An autopsy found she died of a hemorrhage following a cervical dilation and evacuation performed during an intrauterine pregnancy, according to the medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled an accident.