It's embarassing to come back to you all two weeks after my last post and have so little to show for it. I just, you know, have this job. And blogging isn't quite as convenient as it once was. Not that I'm going to stop, but when things get hectic here, the blog is one of the first things to get cut back. In any case, I'm still scanning the news for relevant stories, like these:
Today's NYT says that young Americans are just as anti-choice as the rest of the country: 24 percent said it should not be permitted at all, while 38 percent said it should be made available but with greater restrictions. Thirty-seven percent said it should be generally available.
Louisiana is jumping on the "partial birth" bandwagon (via KFF). Thank you, again, SCOTUS. Connecticut is still debating emergency contraceptives - Catholics are arguing that forcing hospitals to dispense EC is an encroachment of religious freedom. Getting EC is hard enough in some places (like North Carolina).
The new Senator from Wyoming has a pro-choice past. And when you combine Catholic + politics, you get Rudy Giuliani, who, um, I guess is still pissing off the Catholics by his long-standing pro-choice stance. Oh, and speaking of Presidential candidates, y'all know that I like Richardson, right? You should too: he's willing to come out and say that he's going to use choice as a litmus test for SCOTUS nominees if he's elected President. Meanwhile, Romney thinks he's awesome for switching to the anti-choice side. Brownback says even rape victims shouldn't have access to abortions.
I still love those marriage cases - who has to give what back, who deserves what, etc.
I don't have the link, but the ab-only funding the Senate Labor-HHS bill is lower than what the President asked for, which is a good thing. It got more than $113m last year, the President asked for more than $140m, and the Senate has offered more than $84m.
Fewer babies are being circumcised in the US. Both moms and dads want more time with their families. Big to-do over the fact that at-risk kids were told they could get support at a Planned Parenthood.
Y'all know I'm all over this wedding thing, right? And not like I'm getting married or planning a wedding, but I love to hate on all that stuff. Thankfully, other people do too. Like, engagement rings, which I have been yelling about for years (even before my big research project into diamond pricing).
Brazil is expanding access to emergency contraception. Abortions for everyone in Portugal! Actually, only up to 10 weeks, after July 15, with a 3 day waiting period. Britians are very confused about sex, but they are recommending that girls get the HPV vaccine.
German red light district row over broken condom. Police involvement. Speaking of police involvement in condoms: are vibrating condoms sex toys or contraceptives? India wants to know. This is the same country that has a condom bar. Other weird news: a man was sentenced to be single until 2010.
Sextuplets aren't really the healthiest way to go. I'm so sorry for their loss. Having twins decreases a woman's fertility. And I guess that inter-species clone thing isn't really that far off, at least for research. Crazy.