"Virginia GOP state delegate and congressional candidate Bob Marshall is standing by his claim that disabled children are God’s punishment for women who have an abortion."

TW for mention of incest and sexual assault at the link.

Scott Roeder is back in court, appealing his sentence for the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

With two, live sonograms right there in the middle of the Senate Committee meeting. After all, Kansas is inserting the legislation into medical examination rooms, why not have a medical examination in the legislature?

“‘Medicare payment amounts for VES remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay,’ said the report, dated December 2013. “Medicare currently pays suppliers more than twice as much for VES as the Department of Veterans Affairs and consumers over the Internet pay for these types of devices.”

"If Medicare had adjusted its payments to approximately the price non-Medicare payers pay, the U.S. government would have saved an average of about $14.4 million for each of the six years, the report said."

We ran into this phenomenon of bloated pricing on a CPAP machine last year. The provider billed our insurance based on what was an allowable charge, but we found the same unit online for about $1000 cheaper.

Also, why are my tax dollars paying for men to have sex?

South Wind Women’s Center is the new women’s healthcare center located in the building that was previously Dr. Tiller’s clinic.

Today, Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) is joining protestors at the clinic. He is joined by a contingent of high school students bussed in from out of town. Wichita is not part of Rep. Huelskamp’s district, he’s just here to add anti-choice gestures to his campaign for re-election. There’s apparently a large crowd so it’s a good time for “Pledge a Picketer,” if you have a few dollars to send and let the anti’s know they’re raising money for the clinic with their presence.

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*”Women” should be read as “people who can become pregnant.” There are good arguments for being gender-neutral flying over the heads of people in my neighborhood.

Finally! Don’t forget that nuns and other catholics are under threat of excommunication as well as firing for failure to follow Catholic Doctrine.

The mother’s water broke at 18 weeks. They didn’t even suggest letting nature take its course, they intentionally stopped her labour and sent her home, apparently without antibiotics. That’s privileging the foetus over the parent. I’m not a scholar of doctrine but while they may not have been able to accelerate the miscarriage, I have a hard time believing they were required to prevent it.

For cryin’ out loud.

The argument appears to be that the stress of a tumultuous relationship with her husband couldn’t possibly compare to the stress of out-of-wedlock sex and abortion because, you know, she’s Catholic. Those things are worse for “people like that” than anything a man can do to a woman. uh huh.

Phil Kline ran a witch hunt in an attempt to shut down abortion providers in Kansas while he was State Attorney General. He’s now in Virginia and he can stay there. Sorry, Virginia.

From the party of fiscal responsibility.

"Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic Church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics.

"In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings.

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal whose content is routinely approved by the Vatican. “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently

“We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”