Monday, October 05, 2009

Life Links 10/5/09

The Topeka Capital-Journal has a disturbing article about a female prison inmate who got an abortion after being allegedly raped and impregnated by a vocational teacher who would give inmates money and contraband for sexual favors. The teacher, Anastacio "Ted" Gallardo, was only sentenced to 2 years probation despite the accusations of rape and his admittance that he brought pills to the inmate in an attempt to induce an abortion.
Gallardo, who stipulated at a court hearing he had sex with Keith and brought pills to her in an attempt to induce an abortion, had quit his job as a plumbing instructor at TCF when all attempts to destroy evidence of his crimes failed. He left Keith, a former drug addict, to resolve the dilemma alone. It is difficult enough to be poor, single and pregnant. Keith was dealing with those strikes from behind the steel gates of a prison.

"I was really scared that I was going to get into trouble and do more time," she said.

State corrections officials confirmed Keith's pregnancy was terminated in December 2007 at a Johnson County abortion clinic.

Keith was driven to the Planned Parenthood clinic in a state vehicle by a corrections department employee. It was an emotional, confusing time for Keith. Inside the Planned Parenthood clinic, she signed a stack of documents. She doesn't recall their contents. Her mind is blank on that point. Details of the antiseptic procedure, however, remain vivid. She would welcome relief from memories of the cleansing of the most profound evidence of sex between a corrections department employee and a female inmate to emerge from the Topeka prison.

Wesley Smith notes how California’s embryonic stem cell agency still has loaned money rolling despite its current economic crisis.
I told y’all during the Proposition 71 campaign: If health care plans for the poor collapsed, if the schools had to be shuttered and university tuition raised through the roofs, indeed, if the state fell in the sea, “the scientists” would still get their cloning money. And that is exactly what’s what we are borrowing more money to ensure. The sense of entitlement and privildge would choke a horse. The fiscal stupidity boggles the mind.

Dan Gilgoff interviews Congressman Bart Stupak, a prolife Democrat, about abortion and health care reform.
What about the Capps Amendment language stipulating that federal funds must be segregated from individual premiums in funding abortion coverage?

All that is just a mirage. On the D.C. appropriations bill, we used to have the Dornan language, which said you cannot use federal dollars to pay for [abortions] in D.C. We gave them operating funds, and what we said in Dornan is you had to segregate it. [The Democratic leadership] will not give us that language anymore. They denied us that. So if they were really committed to this firewall, as the pro-choice people say, then why not put in the Dornan language we've had for the last 15 or 16 years?

They have denied us every right-to-life amendment. There's just a lack of trust there. We don't believe it. How does the saying go? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I won't get fooled twice.....

Were you reassured at all about your abortion-in-healthcare concerns after your meeting this week with Speaker Pelosi?

No. The speaker did not promise me either way whether I'd get an amendment. She urged me to go back and work with [Energy and Commerce Committee] Chairman [Henry] Waxman and try to work this out, so we'll go back and forth.

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