The chairman of the Alabama Senate Health Committee said he doesn't see a conflict of interest between his support for a bill that would require physicians to perform ultrasounds on women seeking abortions and his company, which sells the type of equipment the bill would require.
Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, voted to move Senate Bill 12 out of committee last week because he said it's a good bill that would help "a mother to understand that a live baby is inside her body."
"I do not sell ultrasound equipment in my business to clinics that are abortion clinics," he said recently. According to campaign information, Preferred Medical Systems sells diagnostic medical equipment in five states.
Too. Mad. To. Snark...###
Yet another transvaginal probe law. But it's been the law for a year now.
North Carolina's ultrasound law, passed last year over the governor's veto, didn't provoke the same level of controversy. It doesn't include the words "trans-vaginal probe," either. But it effectively requires the procedure for many, if not most, abortions.
The new law requires an ultrasound before any abortion procedure. The woman has to be shown the image of the fetus, have the image described to her, and be offered the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat.
I've said it before but it bears repeating: white men have a universe of bad karma coming our way — and it hasn't even started yet.
Republicans are obsessed with inserting state-mandated medical probes into women's vaginas. Now in Pennsylvania:
In addition to mandating the much-maligned transvaginal ultrasound requirements since rejected by the state of Virginia, Pennsylvania legislators proposed strongly encouraging women to view and listen to the ultrasounds, forcing technicians to give the women personalized copies of the results and mandating how long before any abortion the ultrasound much be preformed — and that's just for starters.
According to conservatives, taxing rich people an additional one percent every year and making sure you can afford health insurance are each examples of Big Government intruding on American freedom. So then what do you call it when the Republicans pass a law forcing doctors to vaginally violate women using an ultrasound transducer?
Last year the Mormons secretly baptized Jewish Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was decapitated by Islamist terrorists shortly after 9/11. Pearl's parents were shocked to find out the news about their son. Here's the Boston Globe:
Pearl's parents, Judea and Ruth, said it was "disturbing news" to learn that Mormons had baptized their son, in a rite that they understand was meant to offer him salvation.
"To them we say: We appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny's soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld," Judea and Ruth Pearl said in an email. "He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew, blessed, accepted and redeemed. For the record, let it be clear: Danny did not choose to be baptized, nor did his family consent to this un-called-for ritual.###
Oh my, this is not looking very good for Rupert Murdoch's team. Each day reveals something deeper and larger than the day before. When there is such an extensive culture of corruption among a team, you have to start looking at the leadership. The Guardian:
Six journalists at the News of the World were involved in instructing private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to hack phones of celebrities and others, it has been alleged in documents released by the high court to the Guardian. Paperwork submitted on behalf of phone-hacking victims by lawyers shed new light on the alleged extent of knowledge within the newspaper about the activities of Mulcaire, the £2,000-a-week investigator at the centre of the scandal. It has been alleged in these court documents that there was "a conspiracy" between Mulcaire and "senior executives" including "Clive Goodman" and five other journalists, known as A, B, C, D, and E, whereby he would obtain information on their behalf using "electronic intelligence and eavesdropping"
Mitt Romney denounces Operation Hilarity one month after endorsing it
Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in the line for Communion at her mother's funeral Saturday morning. But the priest in front of her immediately made it clear that she would not receive the sacramental bread and wine.
Johnson, an art-studio owner from the District, had come to St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg with her lesbian partner. The Rev. Marcel Guarnizo had learned of their relationship just before the service.
"He put his hand over the body of Christ and looked at me and said, 'I can't give you Communion because you live with a woman, and in the eyes of the church, that is a sin,' " she recalled Tuesday.
She reacted with stunned silence. Her anger and outrage have now led her and members of her family to demand that Guarnizo be removed from his ministry.
Are the priests who rape little boys denied communion?
I believe [the invasive, transvaginal probe] is something that respects the dignity of women by making sure they have necessary information.
–Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
For the record, McDonnell was opposed to the TSA pat-downs, but you know, those could happen to him.
The revised ultrasound bill passed the Senate earlier this afternoon and now heads to McDonnell for his signature…
Seems only fair: Drug Tests and Anal Probes for Rich to Get Tax Cuts
Keeping one soldier in Afghanistan for a year costs between $850,000 and $1.4 million, depending on differing estimates offered in a Senate hearing yesterday. The official Pentagon estimate is $850,000 and rising. "That kind of takes my breath away," Senate Budget Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) said at the hearing.