Mr. Romney's transformation on abortion is, in some respects, the story of a man who entered public life in a state whose politics did not match his own. People close to Mr. Romney say they have no doubt that he opposes terminating a pregnancy. Critics and even some supporters say there is also little question that he did what he had to do to get elected as governor.
Overheard: Abortion Gang member Not Guilty holds "I want to silence all the male voices in the abortion discussion" position.
And so, I want to silence the voices of all men. I am so tired of men giving their opinion about abortion. I am so tired of it that I am willing to sacrifice the voices of all the men who support women. I truly believe that if men were no longer allowed to speak on the topic of abortion, every country would be pro-choice. Anti-choice women get abortions too. Abortion crosses every religious, cultural, and political line. The only line it can't cross is biological sex, and that is where the problem lies.
Ross Douthat on Obama's supposed religious liberty "accommodation" (why do the media keep calling it a "compromise") and it's goal:
The revised regulation allows religious institutions to pretend that they aren't actually purchasing an insurance plan that covers services they find morally objectionable, because their insurance companies will be required to pretend that they're supplying these services free of charge. But fond illusions about "free" services aside, it's hard to see how a system in which Catholic hospitals and colleges are required to purchase health insurance for their employees from insurers that are required to cover birth control, sterilizations and the morning- and days-after pills is meaningfully different from the original Health and Human Services mandate.....
The new rule, though, is much more savvy: Because it speaks the language of compromise and conscience, it provides grounds for anyone who desperately wants to believe in it to believe in it, even as it leaves the underlying policy more or less unchanged.
At a Columbia Law School symposium, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg questioned the timing of Roe v. Wade.
"It's not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast," Ginsburg told a symposium at Columbia Law School marking the 40th anniversary of her joining the faculty as its first tenure-track female professor......
"The court made a decision that made every abortion law in the country invalid, even the most liberal," Ginsburg said. "We'll never know whether I'm right or wrong ... things might have turned out differently if the court had been more restrained."
Two Texas abortion clinics will have to pay fines for dumping the bodies of aborted children in a landfill.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ordered fines Wednesday of $22,980 and $17,430 for the Whole Woman's Health clinics in Austin and McAllen. The clinics already have begun paying their fines.
Stericycle, an Illinois-based international medical waste disposal company used by both clinics, was fined $42,612. A portion of all three fines was deferred.