Rough “Justice”

A 17-year old with no visible means of financial support got an abortion this morning. Not news, you say? Look again. “Jane Doe” is an immigrant, an unaccompanied 17-year-old, living in the U.S. without benefit of documentation. When Jane Doe learned she was pregnant, she sought an abortion in Texas, where she is living. Disputes … Continue reading Rough “Justice”

What will it take to get abortion providers out of the budget?

Four years ago today, a jury was deliberating the fate of Kermit Gosnell. That trial ended with Gosnell serving life in prison for murder and manslaughter. Today, a GOP-majority Congress, with a GOP president looking on, can't agree on when or how to prevent taxpayer funds from going to abortion providers. What does the spine-snipping … Continue reading What will it take to get abortion providers out of the budget?

Funding abortion: who’s pro-choice?

Abortion's legal. So is declining to put it on the public dime. That's been the uneasy truce for many years between abortion providers (and promoters) and American taxpayers. Uneasy, and shaky: even since 1976 with the Hyde Amendment, children conceived through violence have always been at risk of abortion at public expense. This week,  the U.S. … Continue reading Funding abortion: who’s pro-choice?

Hyde Amendment turns 40, much to Clinton’s annoyance

Not long after Roe v. Wade federalized abortion policy, Members of Congress led by Henry Hyde moved to prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. The Hyde Amendment was finally added to the Medicaid program as a rider to the Health and Human Services budget on September 30, 1976. The rider has been added in … Continue reading Hyde Amendment turns 40, much to Clinton’s annoyance