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The last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson Women's Health Organization, may be closed at the end of the day. Federal Judge, Daniel P. Jordan, a W. Bush appointee and former Mississippi GOP Chair, is deciding this afternoon if the temporary injunction he handed down on July 1st allowing the clinic to stay open in the face of a clearly unconstitutional law passed by the MS legislature will be permanent.  The injunction prevents Mississippi from putting into effect a law which requires that local abortion doctors be OB-GYNs AND have admitting privileges to a local hospital.  

The clinic says the admitting privileges are not medically necessary and that it has been unable to obtain them for its two out-of-state OB-GYNs. It also argues in court papers that the requirement "gives hospitals a third-party veto over the availability of abortion in Mississippi" and that the clinic would face "irreparable harm" if the law were enforced.
Problem is, it's a Catch 22 designed purposefully to shut down the clinic.  Because local Jackson doctors are afraid to provide abortions due to anti-abortion harassment and threats, doctors have to come from out of state.  Therefore, the local hospitals won't give them admitting privileges because they are not bringing in any paying patients.  Also, the issue isn't a problem, as the clinic has had only one transport to a hospital in the past 2 years, and that was a precautionary hospitalization.  More below the lady part.
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Andy Griffith died today at age 86.  He was a lifelong Democrat and the Dems in NC tried to recruit him several times to run against Jesse Helms.

Whistle that theme song today in his memory.

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New Woman All Women in Birmingham Alabama is the abortion clinic bombed by Eric Rudolph in 1998 resulting in the death of a police officer and the maiming of a nurse.  It has now been "bombed" by the Alabama Department of Public Health under the direction presumably of anti-abortion Governor Robert J. Bentley, a Dermatologist.  

In February, the clinic transferred 2 patients to the hospital because of a medication error.  The transfer was routine and based on good medical care.  The anti-abortion protesters followed the ambulance, harassed the patients and got their private medical information.  The patients were never in any danger and were released with no complications.  The protesters then pressured the Alabama Department of Public Health to investigate the clinic.  ADPH spent over 4 weeks in the clinic investigating and digging and coming up with 76 violations, one of which was failure to read the doctor's handwriting and cited 10 or so different ways.  They ordered the clinic closed by May 18th.

The owner Diane Derzis, a longtime friend of mine, reached an agreement with the State for someone else to take over the management of the clinic by granting a license to another party to keep the clinic open.  Now, the State is saying that they are denying the license because the new owner is closely involved with Diane, and Diane stands to still profit from the clinic because rent is tied to revenues, a process that happens in many malls in this country. More below the orange squiggly lady part.

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Frank Bruni has a powerful Opinion piece in the New York Times that chronicles the evolution of a college classmate from a devout Catholic to a progressive abortion doctor.  Although the doctor is not named, I personally know many doctors who provide abortion services who would fit into this profile.

The very personal transformation bolsters the necessity of higher education, which allows a person to evolve from a narrow upbringing to see the world as it really is, not as some religious zealot imagines it to be.

The entire article needs to be read and reposted.

More below the evil orange Etch-A-Sketch lady part.

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I've worked in reproductive health and abortion since 1976.  Most of you reading this weren't even a twinkle in your parents' eyes. Many of your parents weren't even born then. So, I guess you could call me a Veteran of Abortion Wars.  The right wing hashes and rehashes the same ole stuff.  You'd think it would have stopped by now, but they are relentless. That's because this society is creeped out when it comes to talking about sex. This allows the Republicans (yes, them) to really be against sex.

Opposition to abortion and birth control is about nothing more than some prehistoric men trying to maximize their power over women by using the repercussions of sexual activity. And as women gain more power each year, these men get more desperate.

In the past 2 weeks we have all seen the futile attempt of the Republican Party to push the envelope.  First, the Komen fiasco; then, the Birth Control fiasco. More ranting below the orange squiggly sperm tracks.

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It seems that when Karen Santorum met hubby Rick in the 70's, she was cohabitating in Pittsburgh with an abortion doctor, Dr. Tom Allen, who cofounded one of Pittsburgh's first abortion clinics. On top of that, she was in her early 20's and he was in his early 60's. Oh my. More details below the orange doodle.

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On November 8th, the voters of Mississippi will be considering a "Personhood Amendment" (Amendment #26) which would give a fertilized egg more rights than a live born woman, and would outlaw abortion and birth control.  The threatening part about this amendment (and others like it proposed in all the other States) is that it could be a vehicle to be used in the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and thus make abortion and birth control illegal throughout the country.  This High Tech Uterine Occupation should scare every progressive and every woman.  But, the Democratic Party is not working to organize against this dangerous amendment.  The word hasn't gotten out about how to help fight this.


Eggs Are NOT People. More insanity below the orange squiggly thing.

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This video has got to be seen to be believed.  The heroine questioner is reported to be Ilene Johnson who repeatedly asks Woodall to refuse his government sponsored healthcare and buy on the open market as he's expecting everyone else to do.  Woodall, of course, refuses because he gets his "FREE".  My head is exploding.

Here are some of the YouTube comments:

This jackoff is but one of several hundred in Congress who are willing to suck on the government teat, but tell everyone else to go f**k themselves.

If there was a question as to where the GOP stand on healthcare, this lays it bare for all to see. Tell your friends and neighbors to watch this, and recognize how little their well being means.

It's not free, you moron politician! We pay for it! As I understand it, you want to eliminate employer-provided healthcare. AND I bet you're not in favor of the recent health care reform law that would provide care to 30 million Americans. But you'll take the healthcare that your OWN employer - THE TAXPAYERS - provide for you. Unbelievable.

From the Democratic Party of GA:

This stunning video below demonstrates the hypocrisy of those that are trying to destroy Medicare and eliminate your health care options. 

Georgia GOP Congressman Rob Woodall wants to terminate employer-provided health care, even though his health care comes from his employer - the US government. When challenged by a citizen to set an example and forego his health care plan, he declares, "I take it because IT'S FREE!"

I can't say it better.  The floor is yours.


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This is no surprise to most progressives, but the "fiscally conservative" Republican Party should take note.  Reprinted in its entirety with permission from the Guttmacher Institute:


New State-Level Incidence Estimates Provide First-Ever Benchmark for Evaluating Impact of State Policies

Two new studies taking different methodological approaches arrive at the same conclusion: Unintended pregnancy costs U.S. taxpayers roughly $11 billion each year. Both estimates are conservative in that they are limited to public insurance costs for pregnancy and first-year infant care, and both studies conclude that the potential public savings from reducing unintended pregnancy in the United States would be huge. A related new study provides first-ever estimates of unintended pregnancy for each state, and a starting point for future efforts to monitor states’ progress toward reducing unintended pregnancy.

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WARNING:  While reading this Diary, keep your hands above your keyboard at all times.

A couple of days ago, I was lamenting the avalanche of anti-abortion bills coming out of the State legislatures and ranted to some colleagues:

The thing that pisses me off most about this is that WE never ever introduce any bills favoring abortion and/or against them.  We could get reps to introduce positive stuff for us to keep them busy...but NOOOOOO....we are always always on the defensive.  Always fighting their absurd bills, but never promoting our own reasonable legislation.  

We should begin a campaign immediately (and across State lines like they do) to introduce bill after bill after bill that promotes our positions on the issues.  We should even throw in some absurd  The. Masturbation. Police.  In other words, every time a man masturbates, he’s killing billions of tiny potential human beings.  This should be investigated!  And now.  And how about maybe another bill to make the boy’s parents responsible for paying for an abortion if he gets a girl pregnant.  Or maybe, how about one that if insurance is outlawed from paying for abortion, then Viagara should not be allowed to be paid for by insurance.  And speaking of about a bill that outlaws Viagra for unmarried men?  Or maybe, a law that requires a politician to sign a certified, notarized statement that he/she has never ever paid for, gotten, or gotten a woman pregnant who has had an abortion BEFORE they can vote for any anti-abortion motivated legislation.  Or how about......I could go on and on and on.  


Subsequently, I heard about (but didn't see it and can't find the link) that  Bill Maherclaimed last night that "Life Begins at Erection".  (UPDATE)  Actually Bill Maher was reporting on the below homeschooled candidate's statement that "Life Begins at Erection".  But, I think we should take this and run with it.)

I even used the Google and found this 2012 Presidential Candidate who is so pro-life that he actually does believe that Life Begins at Erection!

UPDATE:  Here is the snarkalicious introduction of this Bill Maher created candidate.

And cartoons even lament this point.

At this point, cue in "Every Sperm is Sacred" from Monty Python.

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This was just sent to me from the Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta.  Those naughty boys at the State Capitol are at it again.  They want to require that all abortions are performed in a hospital.  Problem is... very few hospitals in Georgia (or anywhere else) will allow them to be performed.

Abortion may be legal, you just can’t get one here if the Senate Hawks get their way.

What:  With less than 24 hours notice, a bill to restrict abortions after 20 weeks has been replaced by a bill that would prohibit all abortions in any facility other than a hospital.  No other state has this law. Tomorrow morning, the Senate Rules committee will be voting on this sweeping legislation.  This unprecedented maneuver was achieved with the first appearance of Senate “Hawks,” or Senators appointed by leadership to appear in committees to which they are not current members in order to change the outcome of a vote.

When:  10:00, Friday morning  March 11, 2011

Where:  Room 450 of the State Capitol, the Senate Rules Committee

Who:  All members of the press and pro-choice activists are encouraged to attend

Details:  Yesterday, the Senate Rules committee met to discuss SB 209, a bill to ban abortion in Georgia after 20 weeks.  (In a highly unusual maneuver, the bill was assigned to the Senate Rules committee as a substantive bill to discuss and pass, much like bills are assigned to the Judiciary Committee.  It will then have to pass out of the Rules Committee again to make it to the Senate Floor.)  After some testimony, the Chairman decided to continue the meeting the following day.  Upon convening today, the committee was told that SB 210 would be heard, as well as a new substitute to SB 209.  Majority Leader Chip Rogers invited Senator Charlie Bethel to participate on the committee in the same manner of the ‘Hawk System’ that was used in the House years ago.   SB 210 which allows trial lawyers to sue for ‘wrongful death’ after an abortion and win larger verdicts from doctors passed.  

The new substitute to  SB 209, by Senator Barry Loudermilk, was seen for the first time during committee.  It would prohibit abortions from being performed in any facility other than a hospital.

Nationally, 95 per cent of all abortions are performed in private doctor’s offices, licensed surgical centers and clinics.  Most hospitals only provide abortions under emergency circumstances.  If the Senate has their way, abortion will be legal in Georgia, but good luck finding a facility that can perform one under this new law.
Contact:  Janelle Yamarick or Nancy Boothe
Feminist Women's Health Center
1924 Cliff Valley Way NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
v: 404.248.5445
f: 404.417.0878

Apparently, the Catholic Arch Diocese is behind it.  How about this for an amendment:  "If the woman seeking an abortion was impregnated by a Priest – the hospital must provide psychiatric assistance!"

The crazy just keeps getting crazier.

UPDATE:  Friday at 10:00 am.  From Planned Parenthood:

RIGHT NOW: Georgia Senate Effectively Illegalizing Abortion in GA  

From Planned Parenthood of Georgia : With less than 24 hours notice, a bill to restrict abortions after 20 weeks has been replaced by a bill that would prohibit all abortions in any facility other than a hospital. No other state has such legislation.

Nationally, 95% of all abortions are performed in private doctor’s offices. Most hospitals only provide abortions under emergency circumstances. This legislation would force many providers to close—and may drive some women to seek terminations through unsafe, potentially life-threatening means.

This unprecedented move was not without trickery: the leadership of the committee used what’s known as the Senate ‘Hawk system’: where Senators are appointed by leadership to appear in committees to which they are not current members in order to change the outcome of a vote.

TODAY at 10:00 a.m. the Senate Rules committee will vote on this sweeping legislation.

WE NEED YOU to contact members of the Senate Rules committee and tell them this is dangerous legislation for Georgia.

To send an automatically generated e-mail or fax, please click HERE  
If you prefer to call these members, the numbers to their offices are listed below:

Senator Don Balfour, Chairman: 404-656-0095
Senator Bill Hamrick, Vice Chairman: 404-656-0036
Senator Jeff Mullis, Secretary: 404-656-0057
Senator John Bulloch: 404-656-0040
Senator Gloria Butler: 404-656-0075
Senator Steve Henson: 404-656-0085
Senator Jack Hill: 404-656-5038
Senator George Hooks: 404-656-0065
Senator Chip Rogers: 404-463-1378
Senator Mitch Seabaugh: 404-656-6446
Senator David Schafer: 404-656-0048
Senator Ross Tolleson: 404-656-0081
Senator Renee Unterman: 404-463-1368
Senator Tommie Williams: 404-656-0089
Senator Bill Cowsert: 404-463-1383
Senator Greg Goggans: 404-463-5263
Senator Cecil Staton: 404-656-5039

Thank you for taking the time to stand with us against this dangerous legislation.  


UPDATE X 2:  Saner heads prevailed and bill was tabled in committee.


The outrage just doesn't stop.  Speaking to a Catholic Church audience, Florida Mayoral candidate, Mike Hogan (R-Idiot), was trying to up his anti-abortion creds and said according to Mother Jones:

Hogan added that the only thing he wouldn't do was bomb an abortion clinic, then the law-and-order advocate added, with a laugh, "but it may cross my mind."

He made it worse by trying to backtrack:

"Maybe I was thinking it was humorous, but it was not something I should have brought up."

I guess he thought he was in a safe crowd (that applauded his remarks) and could make cute jokes about murder.  People still aren't heeding the lessons of Tucson.

Afterwards, in an interview with the Florida Times-Union, he added in a half-hearted explanation:

"If I've got to measure everything I say, I mean, I'm not going to be politically correct," Hogan said. "That was a joke. This was an audience for this. This is a Catholic Church. I guarantee you they are 110 percent pro-life."

You know, this is just more of the same careless ramping up of the rhetoric.  To think it would be a cool joke to talk about bombing an abortion clinic is tantamount to Islamic terrorists threatening to blow up targets in the United States.  Also, the fact that the audience thought he was just kidding around makes this even more insidious.  

Am I just being too sensitive because I've seen 8 abortion doctors killed over the years, including my friend Dr. George Tiller AND hundreds of incidents of bombings, burnings, and other terroristic acts against my colleagues in abortion clinics all over the country?

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