Posts tagged ‘abortion’

June 30, 2011

Fascism Rising in America: Kansas To Shut Down All Abortion Clinics Friday

by Ben Hoffman

It’s official. Every abortion provider in the state of Kansas has been denied a license to continue operating as of July 1. As we reported last week, strict new state laws put in place this month threatened to close the remaining three abortion clinics in Kansas. The staff of one of these facilities, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, initially thought their operation could survive the strict new standards. But on Thursday afternoon, Planned Parenthood announced that the Overland Park clinic have thus far been denied a license to continue operating—effectively cutting off access to legal abortion in the entire state. Read more…

The majority of abortions are performed on poor Blacks and Hispanics, so banning abortions will increase the poor Black and Hispanic populations, requiring more welfare, increasing crime, and accelerating the rate at which whites become a minority in the U.S. Read more…

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June 27, 2011

Planned Parenthood Fights Back Against Right-Wing Extremism

by Ben Hoffman

Four states have passed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood so far this year, but the family planning provider is not going down without a fight. A federal judge in Indiana sided with Planned Parenthood against the defunding law on Friday, blocking its implementation, and now the legal battle is moving to Kansas.

After a month of court hearings, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt decided to grant a preliminary injunction against a new law that blocks Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) from participating in the Medicaid program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services already denounced the defunding law in a letter issued earlier this month because the proposed change violates federal Medicaid rules by denying Medicaid patients the freedom to choose a qualified provider.

Pratt said the Health Department’s disapproval of the new law, which could jeopardize all $4 million of Indiana’s federal planning money, weighed heavily on her decision. Read more…

June 27, 2011

Several States Trash Constitution – Forbid Abortion After 20 Weeks

by Ben Hoffman

Dozens of new restrictions passed by states this year have chipped away at the right to abortion by requiring women to view ultrasounds, imposing waiting periods or cutting funds for clinics. But a new kind of law has gone beyond such restrictions, striking at the foundation of the abortion rules set out by the Supreme Court over the last four decades.

These laws, passed in six states in little more than a year, ban abortions at the 20th week after conception, based on the theory that the fetus can feel pain at that point — a notion disputed by mainstream medical organizations in the United States and Britain. Opponents of abortion say they expect that discussion of fetal pain — even in the face of scientific criticism — will alter public perception of abortion, and they have made support for the new laws a litmus test for Republicans seeking the presidency. Read more…

June 25, 2011

Indiana Law to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding Is Blocked

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Friday that the State of Indiana could not cut off money for Planned Parenthood clinics providing health care to low-income women on Medicaid.

The judge, Tanya Walton Pratt of the Federal District Court in Indianapolis, blocked provisions of a new state law that penalized Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics performed abortions. The law, she said, conflicts with the federal Medicaid statute, which generally allows Medicaid beneficiaries to choose their health care providers. Read more…

June 25, 2011

New Kansas Regulations Threaten Abortion Clinics

by Ben Hoffman

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — One in a series of abortion limits approved in Kansas since Republicans took full control of the state government this year — a new license law — is raising uncertainty about the future of all abortion providers in the state.

Opponents of abortion say that the licenses — which newly dictate requirements for the size of rooms at abortion clinics, the stocking of emergency equipment, medications and blood supplies, and ties to nearby hospitals — will ensure at least a modicum of safety standards in a state that Troy Newman, the leader of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, said “had been the Wild West for abortionists for as long as anyone can remember.”

But abortion rights supporters, here and nationally, say the rules, which take effect next week, are onerous, have been rushed into place too rapidly and are actually aimed at ending abortion services at the only three places in the state now providing them, perhaps as early as Friday.

“These requirements range from the impossible to the absurd,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “They’re not designed to protect patient safety; they’re designed to shut down abortion providers.” Read more…

June 22, 2011

New Indiana Law Forces Planned Parenthood Clinics To Close; Thousands To Lose Access To Health Care

by Ben Hoffman

Indiana passed a law that cuts state and Medicaid funding to the organization’s 28 clinics in the state (only four of which provide abortion services). Planned Parenthood’s services focus on contraception, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) testing and treatment, and cancer screening and prevention. Serving mostly adults who earn below 150 percent of the poverty line, Planned Parenthood “estimates it prevents more than 620,00 unintended pregnancies each year, and 220,000 abortions.” Only 3 percent of its services actually involve abortion procedures. Read more…

June 19, 2011

Banning Abortion Would Greatly Increase The Percentages of Black and Hispanics in America

by Ben Hoffman

Although abortion rates have declined among all racial and ethnic groups, large disparities persist, with Hispanic and black women having the procedure at rates three to five times the rate of white women.

In 2004, there were 10.5 abortions per 1,000 white women ages 15 to 44, compared with 28 per 1,000 Hispanic women of that age and 50 per 1,000 black women. That translates into approximately 1 percent of white women having an abortion in 2004, compared with 3 percent of Hispanic women and 5 percent of black women.

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With the current abortion laws, white people are expected to become a minority by 2042 (Source). Banning abortion would greatly increase the Hispanic and Black population percentages, thus, making white people an even smaller minority.

Just a little food for thought. 🙂

June 18, 2011

Alcoholics Who Are Unable To Have Abortions Are Likely To Have Alcoholic Children

by Ben Hoffman

The research reveals that a subject’s brain with low beta-endorphin levels becomes accustomed to the presence of an exogenous surplus, diminishing its own supply and triggering dependence on an external source–in this case, alcohol.
According to a study by the research group “Alcoholism and drug addiction”, of the University of Granada, although there are no specific reasons to become alcoholic, many social, family, environmental, and genetic factors may contribute to its development. Thanks to this study, researchers have shown that the lack of endorphin is hereditary, and thus that there is a genetic predisposition to become addicted to alcohol.


A total of 200 families of the province of Granada participated in the research. There was at least one chronic alcoholic parent in each family. From birth, each subject presented predetermined beta-endorphin levels. However, children of this population group aged between 6 months and 10 years old, registered lower beta-endorphin levels than other children of the same age. ”These levels were even lower in children whose both parents were alcohol abusers”, the researcher states.

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So what that means is, even if the child is put up for adaption, there is still a good chance he or she will become an alcoholic. If the child is raised by the alcoholic parent or parents, not only is the child likely to become an alcoholic, he or she is also likely to be abused and turn to a life of crime.

Banning abortion would have dire consequences.

April 6, 2010

Here We Go Again: Anti-Choice Group Pushes “Personhood” Initiative.

by Ben Hoffman

These religious nuts have once again succeeded in getting their “personhood” measures on the ballots for this fall’s election.

“We are defining the word ‘person’ as a human being & regardless of age, level of functioning, perceived ability or disability,” said Cal Zastrow, co-founder of Personhood USA, which formed in 2008. “When there is an innocent person, the law should protect them.”

Proponents in Colorado and Mississippi succeeded in getting these “personhood” measures on the ballots. In six other states, including Missouri, volunteers are collecting signatures.


Theirs is a purely religious movement. From their website: “The Primary Mission of Personhood USA is to serve Jesus by being an Advocate for those who can not speak for themselves, the pre-born child.” Once again, they’re trying to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else.

Funny how there’s nothing on their website about the right to life of a person AFTER birth. What about health care for the living? What about all the children who were molested by priests?

These people are only interested in life before birth and what happens after you die. They are religious fanatics, but they keep getting these damn initiatives on the ballots. There may be some good to come out of it, though. If it motivates rational people to get out and vote to defeat the measure, that will help keep the radical right-wingers out of office.

Apathy is democracy’s worst enemy.