15 March 2011

Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion

Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion - these Fascists Fools 'claim' to want limited government. Well, to me, limited government means just that. Stay the hell away from my bedroom and my body!!!
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Sounds far-fetched, right? Well it isn't. The anti-choice zealots aren't content to limiting a woman's access to safe and legal abortion, they're now thought police:

Ms. Taylor became light-headed and fell down a flight of stairs in her home. Paramedics rushed to the scene and ultimately declared her healthy. However, since she was pregnant with her third child at the time, Taylor thought it would be best to be seen at the local ER to make sure her fetus was unharmed.

That's when things got really bad and really crazy. Alone, distraught, and frightened, Taylor confided in the nurse treating her that she hadn't always been sure she'd wanted this baby, now that she was single and unemployed. She'd considered both adoption and abortion before ultimately deciding to keep the child. The nurse then summoned a doctor, who questioned her further about her thoughts on ending the pregnancy. Next thing Taylor knew, she was being arrested for attempted feticide. Apparently the nurse and doctor thought that Taylor threw herself down the stairs on purpose.

Yes, as if Ms. Taylor's existing problems weren't enough, the anti-choice zealots got her jailed for 2 days for thinking of having an abortion, even though she voluntarily went to the ER to assure the health of her fetus. Funny how "pro-lifers" have never met a victim they don't want to punish. After three weeks, the District Attorney declined to prosecute, but not because of the obvious encroachment on a woman's right to choose (similar laws for which this woman was held exist in 37 states), but because she was only in her second trimester, and not third when she fell. No I'm not making this up, and unfortunately Ms. Taylor isn't alone:
Last March, Florida resident Samantha Burton was in week 25 of her pregnancy when she paid a visit to her doctor. Burton was showing signs of potential miscarriage, so her physician ordered bed rest. Burton explained that, as a working mother of two toddlers, bed rest simply wasn't a viable option and then proceeded to ask for a second medical opinion. Seems reasonable, right?

Her doctor, however, was having none of that. Rather than refer Burton for the desired second opinion, he instead felt it necessary to contact state authorities, who then proceeded to force Burton to be admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital against her will and undergo any procedure the doctor felt like prescribing. When Burton had the audacity to request a change in the hospital in which she was being treated, the court denied her request. Three days into her forced hospitalization, Burton miscarried.

Flashpoint in Salt Lake City: One Man Takes a Stand

Flashpoint in Salt Lake City: One Man Takes a Stand

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I met Tim DeChristopher at the Pricing Carbon Conference in Middletown, CT, last November. I was on a shuttle bus, waiting to head over to the Wesleyan campus for the morning session, when he walked on. He was just 28 years old–but I was awed.

I had seen Tim on Democracy Now and had been so inspired by his courage and clarity of purpose. In the waning days of the Bush administration, Tim, a University of Utah economics major and former wilderness guide, bid on and won nearly $1.8 million worth of federal oil and gas leases before confessing to federal agents that he had no intention of or ability to pay for them. Tim was charged with two felonies—interfering with an auction and making false statements on bidding forms. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines if convicted.

Tim prevented the sale of thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were being auctioned off by the Bureau of Land Management at bargain bin prices as a gift from the Bush administration to the oil industry. The defense is scheduled to rest this afternoon and place the case in the jury’s hands, just three days after the trial began.

Thom Hartmann: Scott Walker is the face now - but the first culprit was ...

GOP candidate wants Hispanic farmworkers deported & replaced with Inner City Blacks bused in to do the work


A Republican candidate running for Rep. Chris "Craigslist" Lee's seat in upstate New York isn't doing his scandalized party any favors. Jack Davis, a local businessman vying for the seat, shocked local GOP leaders by suggesting that the area's Hispanic farmworkers should be deported, and that inner city blacks should be bused in to pick the crops instead, as The Buffalo News reports.
Davis made the comments during a February 20 endorsement interview with local Republican Party leaders—and it's not the first time he's floated the idea.