abortion

  1. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has remained mostly silent on the topic of abortion during her recent travels through the State of Missouri despite the controversy surrounding her opponent,  GOP Rep. Todd Akin.

    She has instead mostly contrasted her views with her opponent’s on minimum wage, taxes and federal student loans. “The only guaranteed ticket to the middle class is a college education. I am not aware that there is another guaranteed ticket,” McCaskill said. 

    Akin is back on the airwaves with campaign ads, and his campaign team says that it will stay that way.

    This is even after National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) vowed to spend no money on his Senate race and some Missouri TV stationd stopped running his ads, reportedly because of unpaid bills.

    The big question now is whether he be able to raise enough money to keep his ads airing through election day.  Akin says there are new contributions coming in and they will be enough to sustain him through the election. 

    The deadline for Akin to withdraw from the race is Sept. 25. 

    kansascity.com »

  2. Additional reporting by Richmond freelance reporter Zack Burdyk

    Women’s rights advocates in Virginia are keeping an eye on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by appealing to residents’ pop music sensibilities.

    Cooch Watch, a group formed by Richmond students, professionals and advocates, say on their Facebook pageThe Cooch has been keeping an eye on your vagina, so now we’re going to keep an eye on him.”

    A play on Cuccinelli’s last name, Cooch Watch was founded in July after he refused to certify a grandfather clause in state Board of Health regulations that would allow most of Virginia’s abortion providers to stay open. The group began their efforts by picketing Cuccinelli’s appearance at Freeman High School in Henrico County.

    Earlier this month, the group released a music video, “Hands Off, Crazy”, a women’s rights themed parody of Carly Rae Jepsen’s earworm “Call Me Maybe.” The video has over 70,000 views and has been featured on The Rachel Maddow Show. This week, they followed it up with another shoot in Richmond’s Monroe Park to the tune of Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back”.

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    commonwealthtimes.org »

  3. This platform affirms the traditional meaning of marriage and the sanctity of human life, defends religious freedom and Second Amendment rights and calls for a balanced budget amendment. This platform is an invitation. It invites every American to consider what kind of country we want to be. An America where every person matters, every worker has an opportunity to work and every family can aspire to a better future. We invite Americans to consider this platform: a call for dramatic change in government, from stagnation to prosperity, from an entitlement society to an opportunity society.

    This platform is a pledge.

    - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaking today at the Republican National Convention about the party’s platform. McDonnell is serving as chairman of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention.
  4. Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s response to a Sunday news show question on abortion has some in the GOP calling for him to bow out of the race, She the People’s Melinda Henneberger writes.  

    Here’s more on his original comments. 

    “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    Washington Post »

  5. The Virginia Board of Health rejected proposed legislation on Friday that would require abortion clinics to meet new hospital construction standards. Instead, the board approved an amendment that requires only new abortion clinics to meet the new standards.

    "The board had been expected to approve the more stringent standards for the state’s 20 existing facilities," reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Kristen Green. Cheers erupted from a crowd of protesters when the amendment to exempt existing providers passed by by a 7-4 vote.

    Opponents of the proposed legislation said the rejection of it was a result of the national attention brought on by Virginia’s earlier passage of a law requiring ultrasounds before getting an abortion. 

    timesdispatch.com »

  6. In case you missed the national media’s chatter on the Michigan state House’s passage of a controversial abortion bill, here’s video of female legislators debating it, including the  speech that got one of them banned from speaking on the House floor for the day. The bill now goes to the state Senate, which is likely to address the issue come September. 

    sharklespark:

    Female Legislator Who Dared Say ‘Vagina’ During Abortion Debate Banned From Speaking on House Floor

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  7. There are going to be a lot of unintended consequences.”

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    -Del. Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond, in reference to the pre-abortion ultrasound law passed by the Virginia legislature earlier this year. Debate continues to boil over the law, and it is expected to remain a hot topic during the 2012 elections. 

    Earlier this month, President Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited women in Richmond to defend the Obama administration’s health care reforms and criticize the ultrasound mandate. Some in the medical community also criticized the bill, citing potential malpractice concerns. 

    www2.timesdispatch.com »

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