Monday, November 28, 2005

I have no hope for the future

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These people are so quick to give up on people. The church isn't an accepting asylum. Hell and eternal damnation wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the church. "Don't give up on an embryo because it might have a soul, but do give up on a soul because it happened to find itself in the 'wrong' body."

Abortion law goes before Supreme Court
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) -- To some, a never-enforced New Hampshire law requiring parental notification before a minor has an abortion is a backward step for women's rights. To others, it protects parents' right to know if their child is having an abortion.

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider those arguments Wednesday as it begins to weigh whether to reinstate a law that requires parental notification 48 hours before an abortion can be performed on a minor.

The 2003 law was struck down, days before it was to take effect, for failing to provide an exception to protect a minor's health.

Under the law, parents or guardians must be notified either in person or by certified mail.

"Can't find the parents in person? That's alright! We'll send a note by certified mail! Child will die if we don't abort in the next few minutes? I hope the USPS is quick about that mail!!!"

And a related story that somehow slipped through the cracks this month... (unless you were paying very close attention) Remember all of that major USAID money for fighting HIV worldwide years ago? Earlier in Bush's first term he re-enacted Reagan's "global gag rule" which prohibited any foreign aid to go to clinics that had anything to do with abortions (even COUNSELING!!). The conservatives were upset that it didn't cut money from clinics that give out condoms too!!!!! Anyway, there was a special understanding that this restriction would *NOT* apply to the USAID money. Well, on November 18 the Bush administration reversed that policy. Now even taht money will be filtered through this very special litmus test.

If these women cannot get healthy abortions in these clinics, they will not have to get very unhealthy abortions that will not only put them in danger but spread disease!

US HIV/AIDS policy under fire
In a separate policy reversal, the Bush administration has imposed its global gag rule on groups seeking funding for a large project to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), a Washington-based health policy advocacy group, said it spotted the change in a request for applications (RFA) issued on November 18 by the US Agency for International Development for $193 million in grants for five years of programmes in Kenya.

The administration has broken its own written commitment not to subject global AIDS funds to these onerous restrictions, said CHANGE Executive Director Jodi Jacobson. "This shift in policy goes beyond hypocrisy to sheer irresponsibility and complete disregard for the lives and welfare of women and girls worldwide" she said.

The global gag rule, also called the Mexico City policy, already bars international family planning organizations from providing abortion referrals, counseling or services in their facilities or from discussing abortion laws in public, on pain of losing US. funding. In early 2003, President Bush sought to extend the rule to all State Department programmes, but was so heavily criticized that he issued an executive order exempting AIDS funding from the rule.

On Nov. 18, however, the new RFA twice included eligibility criteria requiring grant recipients to agree to abide by the Mexico City Policy, the Tiahrt Amendment and all U.S. AID policies and regulations. The Tiahrt Amendment, sponsored in 2001 by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), requires parental notification and consent for all information and medical care supplied to minors.

And on top of all of this, there are additional amendments about parental notification!!!

And this is FOREIGN POLICY!!! It would be bad enough if this just applied to U.S. citizens, but this imperialistic policy is worse than that!

What an AWFUL month!!

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