Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Life Links 3/5/13

A Wisconsin man has been charged with stalking after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman if she didn't have an abortion.

True Xiong, 46, demanded she undergo the procedure when she learned she was pregnant with his child in July, according to the complaint filed Monday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

She refused, and Xiong continued with his threats to kill her and the child, sometimes calling her two or three times a day. Xiong said he

tampered with her car and rotated her bed, an action in Hmong culture meant to bring bad luck to the woman and her child, according to the complaint.

Xiong, who is married, threatened the woman in person when he could no longer reach her by phone.

A teacher who was fired by a Christian college after becoming pregnant is suing her former employer. 

Teri James, 29, told the news outlet that she did sign a two-page contract with San Diego Christian College that included a provision agreeing not to engage in "sexually immoral behavior including premarital sex."

"I needed a job in this economy and so I never thought that anything would happen," James explained to "Today."

But James said she was humiliated after being pulled into her supervisor's office last fall, where she was asked if she was pregnant and then was let go. After James lost her job, she claims the school offered a position to her now-husband, even though they were aware he'd had sex before getting married, too.

Planned Parenthood representatives testified against legislation to curtail Alaska's tax-funded abortions. 

One of their arguments was that limiting tax-funded abortions would be dangerous for women and would "put their health at risk."  They provided no evidence that states which have banned tax-funded abortions are more dangerous places to obtain abortions.  Another argument was that the government should stay out of abortion decisions (an odd argument to make when you want the government to pay for abortions). 

Alaska's Supreme Court ruling allows tax-funded abortions in cases that are "medically necessary" and then went on to define "medically necessary" in a way that allows anything to be considered "medically necessary."  Last year, Medicaid paid for about 1/3 of Alaska's abortions. 

The testimony by the Planned Parenthood representatives is great evidence that Planned Parenthood thinks that any abortion is "medically necessary" if a woman wants one. 

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