Thursday, February 05, 2009

Life Links 2/5/09

The Washington Post has a long article entitled, “Obama Tries to Appease Both Sides of the Abortion Debate.”

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer has an article which wonders when Barack Obama will overturn Bush’s restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research which includes staff writer Marie McCullough calling Bush’s policy a “quasi-ban on funding.”

The AP has a story on the case of the child in Florida who was born alive at an abortion clinic and was then placed in a biohazard bag and left to die. Both abortionist Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique and clinic owner Belkis Gonzalez will hopefully be punished in some way.
The state Board of Medicine is to hear Renelique's case in Tampa on Friday and determine whether to strip his license. The state attorney's homicide division is investigating, though no charges have been filed. Terry Chavez, a spokeswoman with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, said this week that prosecutors were nearing a decision.....

The complaint says one of the clinic owners, Belkis Gonzalez came in and cut the umbilical cord with scissors, then placed the baby in a plastic bag, and the bag in a trash can.

Williams' lawsuit offers a cruder account: She says Gonzalez knocked the baby off the recliner chair where she had given birth, onto the floor. The baby's umbilical cord was not clamped, allowing her to bleed out. Gonzalez scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

Charges of improperly disposing of medical records leveled against Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari will be dropped if his abortion clinic “remains free of convictions for six months” according to the Detroit Free Press.

The board of the University of Wisconsin hospital has voted to allow the late term abortions to be performed there.
Doctors would do about 125 abortions a year at the clinic on women 19 to 22 weeks pregnant, Rice said. The service would replace the practice of Dr. Dennis Christensen, who did the procedures at a Planned Parenthood facility in Madison until he retired in December.

In what I find to be a truly odd newsletter, the most recent Our Voices’/Nuestras Verdades is focused on abortion and humor. Here’s how Aspen Baker, the newsletter’s editor, explains the newsletter’s take.
In this issue of Our Truths, we aim to find out. We witness funny women who use humor to get through tough times, truth-tellers who bust ridiculous myths about women who have abortions, and discover laughter that heals the soul. We also question humor that hides what’s real, judges or hurts others.

Humor, like abortion, is a part of all our lives and yet can be experienced completely differently by every person. How humor and abortion come together and how they repel each other is fascinating (and often funny), and gives us a whole new way to explore our truths with abortion in the United States.

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