August 28, 2012
Republicans Approve GOP Abortion Plank
Coverage from the Associated Press here.
The Hill: Gov. McDonnell: GOP abortion plank won’t cost Romney voters, by Meghashyam Mali:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican convention platform committee, dismissed concerns that the GOP’s anti-abortion rights plank would cost Romney independent voters in November. . . .
The New York Times - Taking Note blog: What’s Left of the Big Tent, by Juliet Lapidos:
The word “abortion” first appeared in a Republican platform in 1976, when the Party hadn’t yet made up its mind on reproductive freedom. The platform acknowledged that “the question of abortion is one of the most difficult and controversial of our time.” The 1976 G.O.P. favored “a continuance of the public dialogue on abortion,” which it called a “moral and personal issue,” while expressing support for “those who seek enactment of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children.”Decades later, there is no more in-between language. . . .
Researchers Offer New Theory for Why Human Pregnancy Lasts 9 Months
NPR: Why Does Pregnancy Last 9 Months?, by Scott Hensley:
Babies are lovely but altogether helpless creatures.
Wouldn't it be better if tiny humans were born able to walk, like horses, or generally were readier for the rigors of the world, like, say, chimps? . . .
August 27, 2012
CBS News Poll Finds Abortion Stance Not Decisive for Most Voters
CBS News: Poll: Abortion views not a litmus test for most voters, by Stephanie Condon, Fred Backus, Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Sarah Dutton:
The issue of abortion rights was thrust into the spotlight this month after the Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin made some controversial remarks on the matter. A new CBS News poll, however, shows that most voters, Democrats and Republicans alike, are willing to look past the issue when it comes to supporting a political candidate. . . .
August 26, 2012
Questioning Why Any Women Vote Republican
The New York Times – Campaign Stops blog: All the Single Ladies, by Charles M. Blow:
The noxious “legitimate rape” comment by Todd Akin, Missouri congressman and Senate candidate, has me once again pondering a simple question: Why do any women vote Republican?
The Republican establishment rushed in to pressure Akin to drop out of the race — something that he refused to do — in part because they want to win the seat, win control of the Senate and win Missouri for Romney. A SurveyUSA poll earlier this month — before “legitimate rape” — found Romney and Obama in a statistical tie in the state. . . .
In Colorado, "No Personhood Campaign" Protests Big Government
The Colorado Independent: 'No Personhood' Colorado campaign cautions against big government, by John Tomasic:
A rally hosted here Thursday on the steps of the capitol by this year’s “No Personhood Campaign” featured speakers who decried government intervention into citizens’ private lives and admonished overreaching political activists who would tap the organs of the state to solve perceived social ills. . . .
Could Obamacare Reduce Abortion Rate?
Slate.com: Romneycare Likely Reduced Abortion Rate, Could Obamacare Do the Same?, by Amanda Marcotte:
One of the scare tactics of opponents of the Affordable Care Act was to float the idea that it would increase the abortion rate, by giving women who were previously forced to give birth out of a lack of abortion funding a chance at insurance coverage. This fear nearly tanked the law, and only by signing an executive order that strongly limits the right of insurance companies to cover abortion was Obama able to save his signature legislation. Now new statistics have come out from the state of Massachusetts, whose health care law signed by Mitt Romney is almost exactly like the ACA—except without the abortion restrictions. Guess what? Instead of the predicted spike in abortions, it turns out that expanding women's access to comprehensive health care quite likely lowered the abortion rate in Massachusetts. . . .