Who stole the Change-Agents?
Can someone on the Obama Administration please make a decision about whether they are for or against the public option? While the public wants a public option, and while the President-as-candidate campaigned on the promise of at least something akin to a public option, the Administration has, from day one of the health care reform process, done just about everything it could to say they are "for" a public option "kinda sorta" but "it’s not the defining piece" of health reform (so….it’s not important??? To me this is like saying that water is not the defining factor in putting out a fire). This weekend, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel (as reported by Alternet) as well as other notables took the weekend talk shows to say so.
Is this leadership? I thought smart negotiators kept their cards close, pushed as hard as they could for what they wanted and only made the deal after they got as far as they could. Instead, the Administration keeps signaling to everyone and their great-grandmother that they won’t stand firm on a public option cause it really ain’t that important. I want to play poker with these guys cause it appears it might be easy to clean up.
Lawmakers in Michigan Push for Sex Education in Schools
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Some form of leadership is evident today in Michigan at least, where lawmakers are pushing to require sex education in schools.
MLive.com reports today that:
Proposed legislation from the state would require districts to set up a sex education advisory board and train employees.
would have to provide factual and medically accurate information that
is age-appropriate at all grade levels. Topics would include family
planning, human sexuality and the emotional, physical, psychological,
hygienic, economic and socials aspects of family life.
Currently, sex education is optional curriculum that any district can choose to offer.
The push for sex ed comes in response to high rates of unintended pregnancy among teens. Since 2006, Michigan has had four percent increase in births for 15 to 19 year olds, according to Michigan NOW.
Parents who advocate abstinence-only curriculum would be able to opt out of any sex education classes under the proposed law.
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Inmate-abortion fight continues Arizona Republic
October 18th, 2009
Marriage not just a private matter, bishops say in proposed pastoral The Catholic Review Online
Quiet protest: Pro-Life teens to participate in Day of Silent Solidarity The Hickory Daily Record
We are the real pro-Americans Telegraph Blogs
Does taking control mean taking life? News Journal
Bill of health for the pill Sunday Times
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Confidentiality fear over late abortion data Guardian UK
October 17th, 2009
The Pill helps women Bakersfield Californian
Can you imagine a pro-life crowd like this in the U.S.? The Deacon’s Bench
Anti-abortion spokesman: Arrival of abortion pill should not be taken lightly The State Journal-Register
Marchers in Spain Protest Effort to Ease Abortion Law New York Times
There must be a public debate on late abortions Telegraph UK
October 16th, 2009
Latest anti-choice ad: A talking fetus Sacramento News & Review
Abortion and Health Care Reform Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
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UC Gets Grant To Improve Female Condom WLWT Cincinnati
October 15th, 2009
Calling The Pro-Lifers’ Bluff On Contraception The Atlantic