Roundup: Tiller Murder Suspect’s Hearing

Amy Dempsey

Tiller Murder Suspect's Hearing; Sex Educaiton Online;
Family Guy Abortion Episode

Tiller Murder Suspect’s Hearing
Scott Roeder, who is charged with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, will
be in court hearing scheduled for Tuesday to hear the evidence against
him. Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of
aggravated assault, according to The Associated Press.

Dr. Tiller, one of the country’s few late-term abortion providers, was shot May 31 while serving as an usher at his church.

If there is a trial, Roeder’s mental health may be used by defense
attornies. Although Roeder denies that he is mentally ill now, he said
that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his late teens, but blames
it on drug use, according to The AP.

In the article,
Roeder said, "Drugs are not a problem. My mental illness came from the
use of drugs…When I quit, I haven’t had any problems."

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"In several interviews with The AP, Roeder has stopped just
short of confessing to Tiller’s shooting. While talking at length about
the notion of justifiable homicide against abortion providers, he has
refused to discuss any facts of the case.

Asked if he thinks
Tiller’s shooting was justified, Roeder replied, ‘Well, yeah. The thing
is, how could it not be? Again, you know, he was in the business, and
had been for many years, of taking the lives of unborn children. So if
the lives of born children are worthy of protection, why would not the
lives of unborn children be worthy of protection? That is really what
it comes down to.’"

Sex Educaiton Online
A recent Center for Disease Control report said that one in three
teenagers say they never received information about the different types
of contraception, or ways to use it, by the time they turned 18.

It may be because of the government’s push for abstinence-only sex
education funding that teens are turning to the Internet for
information, according to the

In the CDC’s report, sexually transmitted diseases have increased among
teens, and close to a million young adults were reported to have
gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis, the article said.

"There are good companies out there that offer education but with the
good always comes the bad. Predators can easily lurk behind the
computer façade they create and get to our teens this way as well.
Perhaps the answer is not as simple as 1 2 3 in this case.  Perhaps the
best recipe for success is to combine all the ingredients; schools,
parents, and on-line."

Family Guy Abortion Episode
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy creator, said he is producing an episode
about abortion for the upcoming season. He also said that Fox is
unlikely to air the episode, but he added it will be available on DVD,
according to

The article also said that a Fox spokesperson said no decision has been made regarding the episode.

If the episode is not aired, it will be the second time Fox has chosen to not show a Family Guy episode.

The article said:

"It’s exactly the sort of controversy that’s unlikely to wound the
hit series, however. Even if the program never airs on broadcast
television, envelope-pushing content is the show’s specialty and
outrage could boost DVD sales if/when the episode is released on home


July 27: Wichita Eagle: New Jersey Moms: Cost of overseas adoption prohibitive     

July 27: American Spectator:Abortion Haunting Obama

July 27: Daily Record: New campaign highlights contraception alternatives for women

July 27: The Star: Hope for victims of failed adoption agency 

July 27: NRO: Human Life Is More than a Distraction 

July 25: Daily News: Insights: Why Sarah Palin symbolizes great divide

July 26: Road to Power: mack in nyc calls on pro-choice republicans to "reclaim the right to privacy" 

July 26: Lawyers’ Chronicle: THE PRO-LIFE/ PRO-CHOICE DEBATE 

July 27: The feds should fund abortion  

July 26: Sexual Health Report: Forced Childbirth Mythos Crash And Burn 

July 26: NHPR: Dartmouth-Hitchcock CMC Proposed Deal Raises Questions  

July 27: The National:Pakistan faces population time bomb   

July 26: Examiner: Teens are getting sex education help on-line  

July 26: Operation Rescue: Weeklong ‘Abortion is Not Healthcare’ Campaign Kicks-off Sunday in Front of Pelosi’s DC Office

July 27: Christian NewsWire:African-American Leaders to Speak Out Against Taxpayer Funded Abortions in the Pelosi/Obama Health Care Plan   

July 26: AP: Suspect in Kan. abortion killing faces hearing  

July 25: Charleston Gazette: Toward center  

July 26: NewsFlavor: The Abortion Debate – Pro Choice, Pro Life    

July 26: FOXNews/NY Post: Nurse ‘Forced’ to Help in a Late-Term Abortion    

July 26: Infiltrating the infiltrators, I turned the table and sat in on a pro-abortion NOW meeting in NYC 

July 26: Taylor Marsh: Beyond Dr. Tiller    

July 26: Global Post:Politics and the morning after pill 

July 26: Times of India: Aging population forces Shanghai to amend family planning law  

July 26: Journal Gazette: Abortion a hurdle in health plan

July 26: Baltimore Sun: More kids have homes, thanks to adoption agencies’ efforts  

July 25: Newsnet 14:Conservatives rally opposition to adoption for gay couples  

July 26: Michigan Radio: Abortion & Overhauling Health Care  

July 25: ‘Family Guy’ abortion episode unlikely to air on Fox      

July 26: Boston Globe: Abortion and the echo of eugenics  

July 26: Issue of the week: Taking the Pill is safe.. and works   

July 25: KSN: Pro-choice movement goes on offensive

July 23: America Magazine: More on Abortion & Health Care Reform      

July 25: Spiritual Politics: Ryan-DeLauro and the culture wars  

July 24: LifeSiteNews:Pro-Life Groups Warn: Ryan-DeLauro "Common Ground" Bill a Red Herring

July 25: Catholic Exchange: Over 36,000 Participate in Webcast to Stop the Abortion Mandate in Obama Healthcare

July 25: LA Times:The Emmy-nominated ‘Family Guy’ and the abortion episode you won’t see

July 25: NYTimes: An Abortion Battle, Fought to the Death


July 24: Oroville MR:Charges reduced in assault on abortion protester

July 25: Adoptions an unmitigated good for Florida, society    

July 25: Faith in Public Life: Fact-checking Focus on the Family on Ryan-DeLauro  

July 25: WorldNetDaily:Is there a co-pay with forced abortion?  

July 24: Catholic News Agency: U.S. House votes down Pence Amendment intended to defund Planned Parenthood 

July 23: Kansas City Star:(Letter) ‘Eugenic culling’ 

July 25: Kansas City Star: Contraceptives do not equal abortions   

24: Catholic News Agency: Proposed abortion reduction bill a Planned Parenthood ‘stimulus package,’ bishops’ pro-life official says

July 24: Feministing: North Dakota Restricting the Right To Abortion One Ultrasound at a Time

July 24: CBN: Is New Abortion Bill Really "Common Ground"?   

July 24: Feminists for Choice: Stunning Numbers – Casualties of the War On Choice

July 24: LifeSiteNews: Pence Amendment Fails, House Votes to Increase Tax Dollars for Planned Parenthood

July 24: LifeNews: Democrats May Take Health Care Bill to Floor, Deny Vote on Pro-Life Amendments

July 24: Feministing: Obama says not funding abortions is "tradition"

July 24: U.S. News & World Report: Depo Provera Shot: How to Minimize Weight Gain

July 23: Politics Daily: Ohio Abortion Bill Would Guarantee a Man’s Right to Choose 

July 24: Johnson & Johnson settles birth-control patent lawsuit 

July 24: Racewire: Are culture wars killing reproductive health?  

News Sexual Health

State with Nation’s Highest Chlamydia Rate Enacts New Restrictions on Sex Ed

Nicole Knight Shine

By requiring sexual education instructors to be certified teachers, the Alaska legislature is targeting Planned Parenthood, which is the largest nonprofit provider of such educational services in the state.

Alaska is imposing a new hurdle on comprehensive sexual health education with a law restricting schools to only hiring certificated school teachers to teach or supervise sex ed classes.

The broad and controversial education bill, HB 156, became law Thursday night without the signature of Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican who switched his party affiliation to Independent in 2014. HB 156 requires school boards to vet and approve sex ed materials and instructors, making sex ed the “most scrutinized subject in the state,” according to reproductive health advocates.

Republicans hold large majorities in both chambers of Alaska’s legislature.

Championing the restrictions was state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla), who called sexuality a “new concept” during a Senate Education Committee meeting in April. Dunleavy added the restrictions to HB 156 after the failure of an earlier measure that barred abortion providers—meaning Planned Parenthood—from teaching sex ed.

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Dunleavy has long targeted Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest nonprofit provider of sexual health education, calling its instruction “indoctrination.”

Meanwhile, advocates argue that evidence-based health education is sorely needed in a state that reported 787.5 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people in 2014—the nation’s highest rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Surveillance Survey for that year.

Alaska’s teen pregnancy rate is higher than the national average.

The governor in a statement described his decision as a “very close call.”

“Given that this bill will have a broad and wide-ranging effect on education statewide, I have decided to allow HB 156 to become law without my signature,” Walker said.

Teachers, parents, and advocates had urged Walker to veto HB 156. Alaska’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, Amy Jo Meiners, took to Twitter following Walker’s announcement, writing, as reported by Juneau Empire, “This will cause such a burden on teachers [and] our partners in health education, including parents [and] health [professionals].”

An Anchorage parent and grandparent described her opposition to the bill in an op-ed, writing, “There is no doubt that HB 156 is designed to make it harder to access real sexual health education …. Although our state faces its largest budget crisis in history, certain members of the Legislature spent a lot of time worrying that teenagers are receiving information about their own bodies.”

Jessica Cler, Alaska public affairs manager with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, called Walker’s decision a “crushing blow for comprehensive and medically accurate sexual health education” in a statement.

She added that Walker’s “lack of action today has put the education of thousands of teens in Alaska at risk. This is designed to do one thing: Block students from accessing the sex education they need on safe sex and healthy relationships.”

The law follows the 2016 Legislative Round-up released this week by advocacy group Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The report found that 63 percent of bills this year sought to improve sex ed, but more than a quarter undermined student rights or the quality of instruction by various means, including “promoting misinformation and an anti-abortion agenda.”

Roundups Politics

Campaign Week in Review: ‘If You Don’t Vote … You Are Trifling’

Ally Boguhn

The chair of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) this week blasted those who sit out on Election Day, and mothers who lost children to gun violence were given a platform at the party's convention.

The chair of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) this week blasted those who sit out on Election Day, and mothers who lost children to gun violence were given a platform at the party’s convention.

DNC Chair Marcia Fudge: “If You Don’t Vote, You Are Ungrateful, You Are Lazy, and You Are Trifling”

The chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), criticized those who choose to sit out the election while speaking on the final day of the convention.

“If you want a decent education for your children, you had better vote,” Fudge told the party’s women’s caucus, which had convened to discuss what is at stake for women and reproductive health and rights this election season.

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“If you want to make sure that hungry children are fed, you had better vote,” said Fudge. “If you want to be sure that all the women who survive solely on Social Security will not go into poverty immediately, you had better vote.”

“And if you don’t vote, let me tell you something, there is no excuse for you. If you don’t vote, you don’t count,” she said.

“So as I leave, I’m just going to say this to you. You tell them I said it, and I’m not hesitant about it. If you don’t vote, you are ungrateful, you are lazy, and you are trifling.”

The congresswoman’s website notes that she represents a state where some legislators have “attempted to suppress voting by certain populations” by pushing voting restrictions that “hit vulnerable communities the hardest.”

Ohio has recently made headlines for enacting changes that would make it harder to vote, including rolling back the state’s early voting period and purging its voter rolls of those who have not voted for six years.

Fudge, however, has worked to expand access to voting by co-sponsoring the federal Voting Rights Amendment Act, which would restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act that were stripped by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder.

“Mothers of the Movement” Take the National Spotlight

In July 2015, the Waller County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that 28-year-old Sandra Bland had been found dead in her jail cell that morning due to “what appears to be self-asphyxiation.” Though police attempted to paint the death a suicide, Bland’s family has denied that she would have ended her own life given that she had just secured a new job and had not displayed any suicidal tendencies.

Bland’s death sparked national outcry from activists who demanded an investigation, and inspired the hashtag #SayHerName to draw attention to the deaths of Black women who died at the hands of police.

Tuesday night at the DNC, Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, and a group of other Black women who have lost children to gun violence, in police custody, or at the hands of police—the “Mothers of the Movement”—told the country why the deaths of their children should matter to voters. They offered their support to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during a speech at the convention.

“One year ago yesterday, I lived the worst nightmare anyone could imagine. I watched as my daughter was lowered into the ground in a coffin,” said Geneva Reed-Veal.

“Six other women have died in custody that same month: Kindra Chapman, Alexis McGovern, Sarah Lee Circle Bear, Raynette Turner, Ralkina Jones, and Joyce Curnell. So many of our children are gone, but they are not forgotten,” she continued. 

“You don’t stop being a mom when your child dies,” said Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis. “His life ended the day that he was shot and killed for playing loud music. But my job as his mother didn’t.” 

McBath said that though she had lost her son, she continued to work to protect his legacy. “We’re going to keep telling our children’s stories and we’re urging you to say their names,” she said. “And we’re also going to keep using our voices and our votes to support leaders, like Hillary Clinton, who will help us protect one another so that this club of heartbroken mothers stops growing.” 

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, called herself “an unwilling participant in this movement,” noting that she “would not have signed up for this, [nor would] any other mother that’s standing here with me today.” 

“But I am here today for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in heaven, and … his brother, Jahvaris Fulton, who is still here on Earth,” Fulton said. “I did not want this spotlight. But I will do everything I can to focus some of this light on the pain of a path out of the darkness.”

What Else We’re Reading

Renee Bracey Sherman explained in Glamour why Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s position on abortion scares her.

NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue told Cosmopolitan why she shared her abortion story on stage at the DNC.

Lilly Workneh, the Huffington Post’s Black Voices senior editor, explained how the DNC was “powered by a bevy of remarkable black women.”

Rebecca Traister wrote about how Clinton’s historic nomination puts the Democratic nominee “one step closer to making the impossible possible.”

Rewire attended a Democrats for Life of America event while in Philadelphia for the convention and fact-checked the group’s executive director.

A woman may have finally clinched the nomination for a major political party, but Judith Warner in Politico Magazine took on whether the “glass ceiling” has really been cracked for women in politics.

With Clinton’s nomination, “Dozens of other women across the country, in interviews at their offices or alongside their children, also said they felt on the cusp of a major, collective step forward,” reported Jodi Kantor for the New York Times.

According to, Philadelphia’s Maternity Care Coalition staffed “eight curtained breast-feeding stalls on site [at the DNC], complete with comfy chairs, side tables, and electrical outlets.” Republicans reportedly offered similar accommodations at their convention the week before.