A QUANTUM THEORY OF ROMNEY’S ABORTION POSITION


Like Schrödinger’s cat, Romney’s support for abortion seems to be both alive and dead at the same time.

If there is any logic to Romney’s wiggles it is opportunism, with swerves toward power and toward those whose lives are most similar to his own. That is not the same thing as being a moderate. Maybe he doesn’t mean it—but how would one find out?

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2012/10/a-quantum-theory-of-romneys-abortion-position.html

Wilmington City Council Resolution Urges ‘Personhood’ For Sperm


“[E]ach ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian,” says the resolution.

via Wilmington City Council Passes Resolution Urging ‘Personhood’ Rights For Sperm.

Why Should I Trust Power-Hungry Strangers To Make Choices For My Kids?


I’d give a lot to have written this, but the author did a better job than I would have.  Please read it, and pass it on via Twitter, Facebook and so forth if you agree.  If you don’t agree — at least please think about it a little.  Thanks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kieschnick/a-fathers-perspective-on_b_1291065.html

Pink Razors — Margaret and Helen


Helen Philpot is no doddering granma.  She knows what she thinks, and most of what she thinks is right on.  The Komen Kaper has her a bit miffed.  Read the excerpt, then go to the site.  And bookmark it.  You can’t get well-considered opinions from someone who’s lived as long as Helen just anywhere.  I mean it.  Really.

Planned Parenthood provides healthcare – pap smears, breast and pelvic exams, colposcopies, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control for both women and men – most without access to any other health care services. About 97% of their services are for this basic healthcare. If you want to talk about abortion services then you should at least know the truth. Providing that service for women who are faced with that daunting decision accounts for less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does nationally. Less than three percent. They also provide prenatal care, vasectomies and adoption referrals. One Planned Parenthood clinic does more in a day to prevent abortions than the entire Pro-Life movement does in a year. [Emphasis mine] We might not agree on abortion, but we should at least be able to agree that they should be safe, legal and rare.

http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/pink-razors/

 

Vows, pledges and the far-right’s obsession with the Gays – PostPartisan – The Washington Post


The far-right wing of the Republican Party is held together by the 3G network. Not that one. God, guns and gays. And as we’re finding out once again nothing throws these conservatives into a tizzy more than the Gays.

Vows, pledges and the far-right’s obsession with the Gays – PostPartisan – The Washington Post.

The Tale of Tea With Jim the Third



It was one of those messages I get occasionally, this time from a man who had suddenly realized we were just a few blocks away from each other. The writer’s father was at a nearby Northwestern hospital, suffering from a terminal cancer.

“While trying to pass some time I went to ISNA’s Web site only to discover that it was no more. [The Intersex Society of North America] basically saved my life. Wonderful people such as yourself, Cheryl Chase, Anne Fausto-Sterling, etc., have no idea how much of a difference [you made] and how many lives you have deeply affected. THANK YOU! It would be an honor meet you and shake your hand.”

I offered to meet the next morning at the local tea place. And then I started wondering, as I often do with these out-of-the-blue communiqués, if this message was a fake. Was I being set up? Jim’s message made me suspicious because he was obviously a man and yet he said that he was a survivor of androgen insensitivity syndrome.

AIS is a condition in which a human with XY (male-typical) chromosomes and testes develops along a feminine or intersex pathway because his or her cells lack receptors that ordinarily respond to androgens, the masculinizing hormones. Almost no Americans living with AIS were raised as boys. People with complete AIS (cAIS) are born essentially female – female in genitalia, and even less masculinized in terms of their brains than average women like me, since average women produce and respond to the androgens from our adrenal glands. So people with cAIS are inevitably raised as girls.

Read more: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=5131&blogid=140#ixzz1Q1gay9Wf