From Florida to Wisconsin, today is a brief follow up to all of the roundup stories posted earlier this week.
On Monday, politicians, activists, and voters were still reacting to the Florida legislature’s decision to make all women undergoing an abortion first pay for an view a mandatory ultrasound. But today, it’s appearing way more likely that that bill will never become law thanks to a looming veto by Governor Crist.
As the St. Petersburg Times reports, Crist is sounding a lot like he’ll veto it. “I’m concerned about it,” Crist said Wednesday. “Even though I’m pro-life I don’t want to impose my will on others.”
If Crist were to veto the bill, it would be his second high-profile veto of a GOP-backed bill in the last three weeks. In mid-April, Crist vetoed a high-profile education bill that would have eliminated tenure for new teachers and instituted strict guidelines for merit pay — a move that apparently sealed the deal for his decision to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent.
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Tuesday, pro-choice advocates in Canada were told to “shut the f— up about abortions” not being funded in the G8 proposal for reducing maternal mortality. Now it’s becoming a little more clear what “it could be worse” really meant, as people wonder if Prime Minister Harper is going to advocate for a global gag rule to be included.
Details of the initiative have not been released yet. But McDonald fears that the Harper government may impose a global gag rule — similar to the one imposed in the United States during George W Bush’s administration — that blocks federal funds being given to international family-planning groups offering abortion and abortion counseling.
Cutting funds to organizations that provide abortion related services means the government will be deviating away from the global consensus — agreed on by world leaders at the G8 summit in 2009 — that takes a comprehensive and integrated approach to sexual and reproductive health services. And playing favourites, the government undermines the maternal and child health initiative and could risk leaving out critical aspects related to women’s health.
Wendnesday brought us a stockpile of anti-women legislation passed the previous day in the Missouri House, including expanded informed consent and a conscience clause for pharmacists and medical providers. Good thing they didn’t hear about the plan in the neighboring state of Kansas, or I’m sure an abortion tax would have been proposed there, too.
But Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook may have just offered the most unique idea so far: impose a sales tax on abortion.
Pilcher Cook, a Shawnee Republican, offered the idea as an amendment today as the Senate debates a 1-cent sales tax increase. Her amendment would also decrease the proposed sales tax hike to .9 cents.
She noted that governments routinely use tax policy to effect behavior – cigarette and liquor taxes, for example, or tax breaks designed to spur economic activity.
“If you want less of something, you tax it,” Pilcher Cook said.
Several Senators liked the idea. Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, said it would not only reduce abortions, it might also convince another late-term abortion provider from setting up shop in Kansas now that George Tiller’s clinic is closed.
Luckily, the bill failed to pass.
And on Thursday, Pro-Life Wisconsin declared they shut down plans for a late term abortion center in Wisconsin. Today, however, they are admitting all they did was change the location of the facility.
The University of Wisconsin may have abandoned plans to install a late-term abortion facility at the at the Madison Surgery Center, but that doesn’t mean the college has abandoned plans for a late-term abortion center entirely.
Yesterday, pro-life groups celebrated the news that UW had apparently decided against having an abortion center at MSC, a joint venture between UW Hospital and Clinics, Meriter Hospital and the UW Medical Foundation.
But, later in the day, UW officials denied it has dropped its controversial plans for a late-term abortion facility, even though MSC may not house the ultimate location.
I guess maybe they wanted to declare victory in causing some minor inconveniences.
May 6, 2010
UNFPA and Abortion Advocates to Push “Reproductive Rights” on UN Treaty Bodies – Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
Abortion foes add hits against Mollohan – Politico
Florida Gov. Crist Weighs Options On Abortion Bill – Kaiser Health News
State Senator Mike Bennett caught eyeing photo of topless women during … – New York Daily News
Activists Urge Florida Governor to Sign Pro-Life Bill – Charisma News Online
An annual display of the abortion divide – Bellingham Herald
Mexican women’s activists call for Cancun boycott – The Associated Press
Female MPPs prop up abortion rights protest – Toronto Sun
Harper panders to his base on Third World abortion funding – Globe and Mail
A tax on abortion? – Kansas City Star
Could the Pill Lower a Woman’s Sex Drive? – BusinessWeek
Single mom didn’t see HIV coming – Mansfield News Journal
Bad Blood: Politics Trumps Science in the Gay Blood Donation Debate – Huffington Post
Uganda: Swedish Minister Tips Youth On Reproduction – AllAfrica.com
Sex and Risk Among People in Their 20s – Los Angeles Times
Harper’s ‘cruel absurdity’ on maternal health – Globe and Mail
Midwives needed now more than ever, UN agency says as it marks Day – UN News Centre
Taking Mother’s Day to Capitol Hill and Beyond – Huffington Post
May 7, 2010
As pill turns 50, family planning too costly for many – McClatchy Washington Bureau
Canada’s escalating debate on abortion – MinnPost.com
Poll: Should an ultrasound be mandatory before an abortion? – Naples Daily News
America’s favorite birth control method turns 50 – The Associated Press
Conservatives abandoning Congo’s rape victims, Rae says – Toronto Star
Carole Brite: Success of pill doesn’t mean work is done – The State Journal-Register
Mothers shouldn’t have to fear for their lives – Bemidji Pioneer
Another dirty word: gender – Ottawa Citizen