Some 1.06 million abortions were performed in 2011, down from 1.21 million in 2008, according to data collected by the Guttmacher Institute, an organization that supports abortion rights but produces data cited by both sides of the abortion debate. Those figures represent a continued decrease from higher numbers of the 1980s and 1990s to bring the total to its lowest point since 1975.
The ratio of the procedure also declined, to 21 per 100 pregnancies, from 23 per 100 in 2008, the last year for which research had been released.
The data, gathered during a wave of state-level legislation that placed new restrictions on abortion, is likely to be pored over by both sides to support future campaigns.
It also shows that the number of abortion providers remained stable, but that the proportion of procedures that were drug-induced—rather than with a surgical procedure—rose to comprise almost a quarter of all of those conducted outside of hospitals. The survey found that around 23% of abortions performed outside of hospitals in 2011 were induced using the drug mifepristone.
Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.
After wasting nearly $325 million during the 2012 election cycle with nothing to show for it and then declaring war on the Tea Party, donations to Karl Rove’s three Crossroads groups decreased by 98% last year. The groups reportedly raised a paltry $6.1 million combined in 2013.
Rove runs Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads, and the Conservative Victory Project Super PAC, which was formed this year to wage war against conservatives. Rove’s two groups raised $325 million in 2012 and about $70 million in 2010. As Politico notes, though, “Rove added a third group to the network in 2013, forming the Conservative Victory Project to counterbalance the influence of Tea Party and conservative grassroots forces in GOP primaries.”
Since then, as Breitbart News reported, “Rove’s organization has been so tarnished among the conservative base that candidates fear donors will not contribute to any group associated with him.” Aware of this, Rove’s Crossroads network has reloaded with groups that share donors but are technically not affiliated on paper with them.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
Yes, this is off-topic for this site, but I felt it important because of the severity of the problem, and my own experience in how to safely and effectively deal with it.
From CBS Pittsburgh…
Eye doctors have been seeing kids at younger ages coming in for glasses.
“So these kids come into here, now in second and third grade, where it used to be fifth, sixth, seventh grade,” Corcoran said. “This culture of near work has produced this little more incidence of nearsightedness.”
With normal vision, light rays get focused on the back of the eye, or retina, where vision is sensed. With myopia, or nearsightedness, the eyeball becomes too long. Light rays fall short of the retinal. As a result, distant images are blurry.
As a former optician I can confirm that anything that causes constant near vision (less than 12 inches) will eventually produce myopia (near-sightedness). However, there is a way to prevent it. A safe reading distance is 18 to 24 inches. By ALWAYS keeping the device (book, etc) at least 18 inches away from your eyes, the myopia inducing affects can be averted. Most kids (and adults) will hold their smart phone from 8 to 12 inches from their face. Make a conscious effort to never use it less than 18 inches away, and keep on your kids to do the same. Nag them; it’ll save you the expense of glasses or contacts in the near future.
Lawmakers in South Dakota have defeated a bill that sought to protect pastors from performing same-sex “weddings,” as the bill failed approval by a Senate committee by a single vote.
Senate Bill 66 was deemed to be unnecessary by opponents of the legislation, as they asserted that the state constitution already protects residents from being forced to violate their conscience.
“No member of the clergy nor lay official of any church or religion may be required to solemnize any marriage, provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage, or treat any marriage as valid for any purpose if such action would cause any such entity or individual to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs,” it read.
The legislation also protected pastors from lawsuits or any other type of retribution for refusing to officiate homosexual ceremonies against their conscience.
Read the full story at ChristianNews.net.
The assumption that the law already protects the clergy is horribly naïve given the number of liberal judges placed into the court system throughout the years, who see their job as ignoring those very laws and imposing Liberal policies from the bench.
Women’s Resource Center closed its doors suddenly Friday, saying that federal health-care reforms have changed donor perceptions of the need to support affordable women’s health care services.
The Fort Collins nonprofit, which has provided a wide array of bilingual health and human services primarily for uninsured or underinsured women, has operated in Larimer County since 1975. Its programs focused on prevention of breast, cervical, ovarian and reproductive cancers, dental health and diabetes education and mental health services.
“The perception among many of our previous grantors seemed to be that Obamacare would now be able to provide for all women’s health needs,” the nonprofit’s board said in a written statement released Friday. “We started to develop a program to provide short-term crisis management for women who needed assistance with prioritizing and finding solutions to many of life’s difficulties, especially mental health issues.”
Center leaders said that many other county agencies were “fully supportive” of the nonprofit’s attempts to remain relevant in the changing face of health care, but the decision was not backed up by the funding needed to continue operations.
Read the full article at The Coloradoan.