I have some exciting news coming out this week, but I'll probably wait until tomorrow or Wednesday to post it, because my inbox is so dang full.
Here's what I've got:
Hillary Clinton has released a plan to expand maternity leave, among other things, as she insists on addressing the issue that she, like so many others in this country, is a woman. (Women, by the way, are different than men. And not just in terms of genitalia.) Values Voter summit has Republicans coming out in droves to denounce abortion. Rudy Guiliani says that "values voters" have nothing to fear from him. Many are upset that childcare isn't receiving much attention from the Candidates. Ron Paul doesn't want abortion to be a federal issue.
Birth Control and Abortion:
Maria says that Lake of Fire is great, and I don't know anything about it, but here are some excerpts of reviews. It's currently playing, at least by me. FOX also has a documentary on abortion.
The Economist only sometimes lets me access this article on abortion in Britain. We've already talked about the debate in the UK about access to late term abortions, which is part of this article. Also, "The committee is also looking at ways to make it easier for women who want an abortion to get one as soon as possible. One possibility is to relax the requirement for two doctors' signatures. Another is to allow nurses as well as doctors to carry out abortions in the first three months of pregnancy."
Man gets 40 years imprisonment for bombing abortion clinic.
Internationally, women still die in childbirth, which is just tragic. So many of these deaths could be prevented with a simple birth kit, provided by the UNFPA, which the US no longer funds (I've seen these kits - there's a plastic sheet so a woman can give birth on a sterile place, a razor blade, a string to tie the umbilical cord, and a bar of soap. Really, is this controversial?).
Even though the President vetoed SCHIP (as he said he would) and there weren't enough votes to override the veto, Democrats still sacrificed by increasing funding for ab-only education in order to get Republican votes on the bill. Which went nowhere. So this was either a smart move, or a dumb move, depending on whether the nod to ab-only funds means anything to you. I'm under the impression, of course, that the ab-only funding was part of the SCHIP bill, not the Labor-H bill, which I believe the House is in no position to negotiate on as it's already passed the House. Correct me if I'm wrong.
A woman has two babies, from two eggs, in overlapping, but not identical, intervals. A better womb for IVF? And I know it's only moderately related, but hearing loss risk increased from use of impotence drugs.
An argument that abortion in Kenya is legal and easily accessible. I don't know, it looks illegal to me. Indian laws on reproduction mean that some folks are making money off of the need for tubal ligations and vasectomies. An article on EU abortion policies. A poorly written (or introduced) article about abortion in the Philippines. Basically: women have abortions because a) they are young, b) kids are expensive, c) want to move forward with their educations or careers.
Also, I am not changing my last name. Are you?