Dr. Mila Means, right, at a rally with Kari Ann Rinker of the National Organization for Women.
July 9, 2011
Wichita Doctor Takes Up Fight for Abortions
By A. G. SULZBERGER
WICHITA, Kan. — Not long ago, Dr. Mila Means, the physician trying to open an abortion clinic in this city, received a letter advising her to check under her car each morning — “because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it,” the note said.
There was reason for concern: the last doctor to provide abortions here was shot to death because of his work. But rather than lower her profile, Dr. Means raised it by buying a car that nobody could miss: a bright-yellow Mini Cooper, emblazoned, appropriately enough, with lightning bolts.
“It’s partly an in-your-face response,” she explained. “You’re looking for me. I’m here.”
Two years have passed since this city, for decades the volatile epicenter of the national fight over abortion, was shaken by the murder of Dr. George R. Tiller — a controversial figure because of his willingness to perform later-term abortions — by a man who said he wanted to stop the killing of babies.
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Interesting little article about some polling results. White Evangelical Tea Party Republicans (Religious Right) seems to be group that believes unregulated businesses will act ethically. This is also the group that prefers their preachers to speak out against abortion and homosexuality rather than economic issues. This also seems to be the group that beleives the free market is guided by the hand of God.
I also believe this is the group that will ultimately bring down the Grand Old Party. This group has already hijacked trure Christianity so the GOP is their next victim – IMHO
This is an article about the woman I read about a few days ago and I made a comment about the abortion issue is set to get all fired up again real soon.
Just exactly what constitutes the legal definition of threats to another person? All I know is that this all seems like deja vu to me and the feeling I get is not a good one.
Closing arguments this morning and then the case goes to the jury.
What does everyone think? We are still in Kansas (and that does have a potential impact!).
In September of 1994, 179 countries adopted The Cairo Programme of Action, that declares reproductive rights to be universal.
“There’s a direct connection between a woman’s ability to plan her family, space her pregnancies and give birth safely, and her ability to get an education, work outside the home, support her family and participate fully in the life of her community,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday in a speech she made at the State Department, to an audience full of international women’s health advocates.
Over the last few decades, American elections have had an even more profound effect on reproductive rights outside the United States than inside it. In fact, perhaps nowhere else is the difference between recent Democratic and Republican administrations quite so stark. Yesterday, after years in which the United States spread its anti-abortion ideology worldwide, Clinton declared that the United States will once again become a leader in promoting reproductive rights globally. Struggles over abortion and contraception are being waged all over the world, and it matters a lot where the United States comes down. A great many women’s lives are at stake. One woman dies every minute of every day in pregnancy or childbirth, and for every woman who dies, another 20 suffer from injury, infection or disease each minute of every day. Continue reading