By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's only abortion clinic says it is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health.
The Center for Reproductive Rights said Wednesday that the Jackson Women's Health Organization had received notice of the hearing date.
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Gov. Beebe of Arkansas yesterday vetoed a bill that would have allowed abortions only if it was determined that the baby was less than 20 weeks old. His reason for the veto: the bill “would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent” by imposing a ban on a woman’s right to choose an elective, non-therapeutic abortion before viability, Beebe said in a statement announcing the veto. “When I was sworn in as governor, I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend both the Arkansas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath seriously,” the governor said.
He's right about the bill being unconstitutional, but he's very wrong about why. The bill is unconstitutional because it fails the requirement that all persons must be afforded equal protection under the law. Any law that allows the killing of a baby just because he or she has not yet passed the 20 week gestational date clearly affords unequal protection to persons based on age. The Supreme Court has embraced a legal fiction in voicing opinion that children in the womb are not persons.
Read more about the veto, and the prospects for it being overriden, in the top front page story in today's Fort Smith Times Record -- http://swtimes.com/sections/news/politics/beebe-vetoes-abortion-bil...
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"These children, over tenfold the number of Americans lost in all our nation's wars, will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are infinitely poorer for their loss."
-- Ronald Reagan
"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."
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Rep. Tom Shaw of Iowa
By O. Kay Henderson
A group of Republican legislators has introduced legislation that would make all abortions illegal in Iowa and any doctor who performs an abortion in Iowa would face murder charges.
“What the bill does is it defines what a person is,” says Representative Tom Shaw, a Republican from Laurens who is the bill’s lead sponsor.
“We put it right underneath our murder statute. This is in keeping with Roe v Wade where Justice Blackman said that if the state ever defined the fetus to be a person, then, of course, it would have all the protections of the 14th amendment. ...”
“We just kind of sat down and thought, ‘We’re making this way too hard. We should be following what the Supreme Court said in their opinion,’” Shaw says. “And so the bill just merely defines who a person is and it defines a person from the moment of conception when the zygote is formed until natural death.”
“...we should not determine whether a person’s life is worth living based on their age or their stage of biological development,” Shaw says.
by Ben Johnson
WEST POINT, NY – A study published by West Point's anti-terrorism center claims the “pro-life paradigm” is a motivating factor in domestic terrorism.
Dr. Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), makes the allegation in his report, “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” The document – which references abortion 76 times in 146 pages – was issued in November but only reported last month.
In an analysis of “far-right terrorism,” Perliger likens the pro-life movement to the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads, and Christian Identity (a racist Christian heresy).
“The Christian fundamentalist violent far right emerged from two ideological platforms,” he wrote. “The more influential and popular one is that of the Christian Identity school of thought” – a tiny sect that teaches that Jesus Christ came to save only white people and that Jews are the literal biological children of Satan.
“The second is the anti-abortion/pro-life paradigm,” Perliger wrote.
Perliger writes that the “ideological principles of pro-life violence” include the beliefs that “the abortion industry” engages in “the systematic killing of innocent and pure human beings”; that “since every human being is created in the image of God, it is by definition a sin to end their lives”; and that “any violent acts to end their lives [of 'fetuses'] are immoral and should be prevented.”
Perliger also raps liberty-minded small government activists, whom he calls “anti-federalists.” According to the report, such purported would-be terrorists believe the government has “a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights,” and they “support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self-government.”
According to Perliger, small government advocates' views are not merely violent but “designed to exclude minorities and foreigners.”
The section on the pro-life movement links Dr. C. Everett Koop and Francis Schaeffer's statement that Roe v. Wade “symbolize[d] the triumph of evil over good” to a 1979 attack on an abortion facility and likens it to “the ideological rhetoric of the Identity movement.”
Perliger accuses pro-lifers of “using chemical and biological weapons” by “contaminating the medical equipment of abortion clinics with chemical materials.”
Perliger's competence in U.S. domestic terrorism is not readily apparent. The Israeli received his Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Haifa, writing extensively on Middle Eastern terrorism.
The meandering report appears to come to conflicting conclusions. At once he claims pro-life terrorists “have been extremely productive during the last two decades, amassing 227 attacks.” Yet he adds pro-life “violence” is in “clear decline” and represents “a less salient threat.”
While he acknowledges more than 15 times as many “violent attacks” (3,354) were carried out by “unaffiliated” assailants and that such assaults have a higher rate of “lethality,” he maintains that organized attacks represent a greater danger.
The report's conclusions and funding have sparked outrage. Conservatives, including one West Point graduate who wrote to the Superintendant in protest against the report, have rejected the latest report as another government-financed smear job.
“Like so many in the Obama administration, Perliger does not want to engage in any dialogue on the issues, but just discredit an entire political movement by ad hominem charged words,” said Herb Titus, the former dean of the Regent University School of Law. “Perliger is not a serious scholar but a propagandist for the existing regime.”
John Fund writes that the newest “report manages to lump together every known liberal stereotype about conservatives between its covers.”
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