Monday, May 06, 2013

Life Links 5/6/13

In a devastating letter to the editor, Richard Doerflinger notes the Washington Post's editorial against Virginia's abortion clinic regulations and how if those regulations were enforced in Pennsylvania, they might have saved Karnamaya Mongar's life. 
The Post complains that the new Virginia regulations have "claimed their first victim." The "victim" The Post grieves for is a Norfolk abortion clinic that closed because it couldn't meet the new safety standards. Perhaps the paper could shed a tear for the dead babies and women who are abortionists' real victims. Some of us think they have even more rights than buildings do.

Kirsten Powers says abortion rights groups have become the NRA of the left. 
Speaking as a liberal who endorses more government regulation of practically everything—banks, water, air, food, oil drilling, animal safety—I am eternally perplexed by the fury the abortion rights contingent displays at the suggestion that the government might have a serious role to play in the issue of abortion, especially later-term abortion. More and more, the abortion rights community has become the NRA of the left: unleashing their armies of supporters and lobbyists in opposition to regulations or restrictions that the majority of Americans support. In the same way the NRA believes background checks will lead to the government busting down your door to confiscate your guns, the abortion rights movement conjures a straight line from parental consent to a complete ban on abortion.

Such an attitude makes having an honest conversation about abortion almost impossible. That is just one of the many reasons I hate talking about it. Additionally, there is no upside in our media culture to challenging this sacred cow. More likely, there is a price to be paid, which is why so few people take it on. However, I cannot legitimately say I am a person who cherishes human rights—the animating issue of my life and a frequent topic of my writing—and remain silent about our country's legally endorsing infanticide.

Kermit Gosnell's attorney Jack McMahon is upset with FOX News for airing a special on Gosnell.
"It's outrageous," McMahon told reporters who had gathered to await a verdict Monday. "I've never seen anything so irresponsible in journalism."

After McMahon aired his complaints to Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart, the judge instructed jurors to notify his staff if any of them had seen or heard details of the show during the weekend. He also told them it should not factor into their decision-making.

Chris Evert is not happy with Jimmy Connors claiming she had an abortion and it played a role in the end of their relationship.
"In his book, Jimmy Connors has written about a time in our relationship that was very personal and emotionally painful," Evert said in a statement released Saturday to Reuters through her agent Lawrence Frankopan at StarWing Sports.

"I am extremely disappointed that he used the book to misrepresent a private matter that took place 40 years ago and made it public, without my knowledge. I hope everyone can understand that I have no further comment."

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