Umpire Bans Spanish in Little League GameJuly 29, 2005 00:00 A Little League umpire banned a coach and pitcher from speaking spanish this week at a ball game. National Little League officials later stated that the umpire was wrong to do so.
  Anti-Abortion Legislation on the RiseJuly 29, 2005 00:00 Over 500 state-level anti-abortion legislative initiatives were submitted so far this year. Measures include notification to the woman that fetuses feel pain to restrictive parental consent laws. Apparently Roe V. Wade is not necessarily the 'established law of the land.'
  Stem Cells: Frist on the Presidential CampaignJuly 29, 2005 00:00 Senate majority leader Bill Frist broke with the President and anti-science conservatives by supporting a House version of a bill that expands human embryonic stem cell research. This could be a move to differentiate Frist as 'one of those moderate conservative wackos' in his start to run for the White House in 2008.
  Contraceptives and Unplanned PregnanciesJuly 26, 2005 00:00 Interesting article discussing rates of abortion, unplanned pregnancies, and more in the US. I'm not sure that I agree with the study conclusions about access to contraception and rates of unplanned pregnancy, but there's some food for thought here.
  Mitt Romney Violates Campaign Pledge to Veto BillJuly 26, 2005 00:00 Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) violated a campaign pledge to enable access to emergency contraception to women when he vetoed a bill granting women access to the morning-after contraceptive pill. Gov. Romney seems to think that a 24-hour-old zygote is the same thing as a baby.
  OK Courts Uphold Abortion Limiting LawsJuly 25, 2005 00:00 Oklahoma courts have upheld two laws that restrict access to abortions for minors. One law requires parental notification and the other requires that abortion clinics reimburse the medical expenses of minors whose parents were not notified before the abortion, even in the case of emergencies.
  Rumsfeld for Women's Rights in IraqJuly 21, 2005 00:00 US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stated that although womens rights in Iraq were the purview of the White House and the State Department, it would be a mistake for the Iraqi government to adopt a constitution denying women significant rights.
  Women's Rights Threatened in IraqJuly 20, 2005 00:00 The draft of the Iraqi consitiution eliminates a requirement for women to hold public office and seems to incline toward Islamic Sharia law regarding women's rights. Is this freedom for all people Mr. Cheney?
  Crawford to Head FDAJuly 19, 2005 00:00 Currently acting Commissioner Lester M. Crawford has been confirmed by the Senate as the head of the FDA. Crawford has been criticized by some senators as promoting a culture that is not necessarily guided by science, but by administration moral policy.
  Should Abortion be Emotionless???July 18, 2005 00:00 Why is it a surprise to the Right that Pro-Choice democrats don't actually like the process of abortion? How can any compassionate human possibly be gleeful when an abortion is performed. The process of terminating a pregnancy is about preventing a living, mistake-making human being from being enslaved to something that at the time is only the makings of new creature.
  The Totalitarianism of Pro-Life ThoughtJuly 18, 2005 00:00 This chilling essay, from a member of the hard-line Opus Dei sect of Catholicism, claims that democratic procedures can lead to totalitarianism. However, while simultaneously criticizing modern relativistic thinking, the author promotes the enforcement of human-interpreted religious law on others through the perversion of the democratic process. Doesn't the book of Genesis suggest that the exercise of free will is the only way that God may be honored?
  Americans Still Divided over AbortionJuly 17, 2005 00:00 Americans remain strongly divided over a woman's right to choose, however a clear majority remain Pro-Choice.
  Cunningham Won't Run AgainJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), darling of the defense contracting community, has decided that he won't run for office again. He's probably hoping that if he's not in office, he can't be investigated for bribery.
  Australia: Pro-life Filming of Women Entering ClinicsJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Sadly it's not confined to the US. Pro-lifers have been filming women entering abortion clinics, presumably as a tactic to prevent violence against the protesters, but more likely as an intimidation technique.
  What About the Boy Laura Bush Killed?July 15, 2005 00:00 I'm so sick of conservative commentators dragging up Sen. Kennedy's unfortunate accident that killed a likely mistress decades ago. Why don't they talk about 17 year-old Michael Douglas who was killed in a collision with Laura Bush's (then Laura Welch) car when she ran a stop sign. Odd that no charges were filed even though a young man was killed.
  Flip-flops at the White HouseJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Conservative moms are aghast that most of the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team wore flip-flops in a meeting with the President. Perhaps some of them were upset that the girls' heads weren't covered to protect the President from the power of their hair, too.
  Leaked Memo Shows Resistance to Tobacco Fine DecreaseJuly 14, 2005 00:00 A leaked memo shows that there is internal resistance in the Justice Department to a policy that has caused the reduction in a large US tobacco fine from US$130 billion to US$10 billion.
  CAFTA does not Reflect a Culture of LifeJuly 14, 2005 00:00 The Republicans should have known they were in trouble as soon as they mixed politics and religion. This editorial claims that Catholic members of congress should not support CAFTA because it restricts the manufacture of cheaper, generic HIV drugs in Central America, promotes indiscriminate use of natural resources (read 'rape the land'), and will contribute to more outsourcing of US jobs. These facets of the treaty are not consistent with a "Culture of Life."
  Liberalism = Pedophilia?July 13, 2005 00:00 Senator Kennedy ridiculed Rick Santorum (R-PA) for claiming that Boston had a high rate of child sex abuse by priests because of Boston's liberal culture. The remarks come from a proposed presidential candidate for the 2008 campaign... clearly another uniter. Apparently liberalism equals tolerance for pedophilia.
  Animals Do Deserve Compassionate TreatmentJuly 13, 2005 00:00 George Will (shock and awe) discusses a column by former Bush presidential speech writer Matthew Scully called "Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism - for Animals." Scully's and Will's columns argue that there is a case for the ethical treatment of animals as a reflection of how we treat the world as a whole. Thanks to The Yellow Line for pointing this out.
  Anti-abortion Activists Fight JudgementJuly 12, 2005 00:00 Anti-abortion activists are fighting a US$108 million judgement against them stemming from a 2002 case that determined that 'wanted posters' and listing doctors' names and telephone numbers online constituted an illegal threat.
  Appeals Court Strikes Down Abortion BanJuly 12, 2005 00:00 Yet another court has struck down yet another illegal ban on partial-birth abortions for the simple reason that the ban does not protect a woman in the event of a threat to her health.
  Terri Schiavo Inquest EndsJuly 08, 2005 00:00 The Terri Schiavo case has finally been closed. The FL state prosecutor who was asked to look into the case by Governor Jeb Bush has determined that there was no evidence of abuse and that the most likely reason for her collapse was a well documented eating disorder.
  Republican "Culture of Life" Senators Prevent Ban on Pesticide Testing on HumansJuly 07, 2005 00:00 Republican Senators, known for their "culture of life" rhetoric, have voted against a ban on human testing of pesticides. Their action is consistent with the Bush reversal of a Clinton-era ban on testing pesticides on children.