Bedford and Euless will now be represented by former pest control technician Jonathan Stickland, who said at a Tea Party/ 912 Project meeting in March that he will oppose House Speaker Joe Straus, who is Jewish, "because as a Christian, I believe we must call evil evil."
"As a woman’s health advocate for nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood opposes sex selection abortion and insists on the highest quality care. Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have extensive guidelines and training requirements for all staff. If any Planned Parenthood organization learns of an instance where a staff member has not fully followed policies or procedures, they take swift action and remedy the situation.
I don't know one person that is FOR getting an abortion based on sex. I remember when I read about the ancient Spartans *exposing* female babies and keeping the boys that I was horrified. So this is NOT a liberal vs right wing issue, this is an attempt to prevent women from having a LEGAL procedure. Mike Quigley
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"I agree with the bill’s proponents that abortions based on sex are a problem around the world. And I agree that we must take action to stop these abusive practices both at home and around the world. But let me be clear: This bill will not prevent sex-selective abortions, and here’s why:
"First, criminalizing such practices simply will not work. Banning sex-selective abortions has already been tried in various countries around the world. And, what expert agencies, such as the World Health Organization which operate in these countries have found is that these bans don’t prevent abortions. Rather, they simply result 'in a greater demand for clandestine procedures which fall outside regulations, protocols, and monitoring and basic safety.' These restrictions serve only to drive these procedures underground, making them less safe. Our own history proves this point.
"Second, criminalization of sex-selective abortions would force physicians to question women about their reasons for seeking abortion. It would likely compel physicians to target certain groups of women from cultures where sex-selection abortion is more prevalent. To avoid liability, physicians may even cease providing such care to entire groups of women, simply because of their race. This bill would promote racial profiling and discrimination.
This is the part that I find offensive. It's the same reason that forced sonogram procedures such as the one Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) supports are odious. Why should ANY person have to be grilled about their reasons for seeking a legal procedure?
"Additionally, targeting such motivations in practice would be nearly impossible. According to an analysis by the World Health Organization and four other UN agencies, 'prosecuting offenders is … practically impossible,' and, further, 'proving that a particular abortion was sex-selective is equally difficult.'
On marriage that is between a man and a woman. (And we don't include the Bible in this because of course marriage was NOT always between one man and one woman.)
A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives same-sex couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.
Most of us know the basics at hand: North Carolina's same-sex amendment says that the only union the state recognizes is a marriage between a man and a woman. That jeopardizes benefits for same-sex partners - as well as heterosexual, unmarried domestic partners - offered by local governments and state universities. A UNC study published last November said there's no iffyness about it - based on what courts in other states have ruled, same-sex benefits in Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, and Mecklenburg and Orange counties would become illegal when the amendment passed.
Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James, in the wake of last week's vote, already has asked the board to eliminate those benefits.
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In Washington State, where same-sex marriages are scheduled to begin June 7 unless opponents gather enough signatures to force a referendum, major employers have been sounding similar themes. Starbucks said in January as the state Legislature was considering allowing same-sex marriage that it “strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.” Microsoft, the first Fortune 500 company to provide same-sex domestic partnership benefits in 1993, said, “Washington’s employers are at a disadvantage if we cannot offer a similar, inclusive environment to our talented employees, our top recruits and their families” as states that permit same-sex marriage. “Employers in the technology sector,” it went on, “face an unprecedented national and global competition for top talent.”
“It would be great if they were taking a stand because it’s the right thing to do,” said Mr. Gates, the demographer, who lives with his husband in Seattle. “But they understand that marriage equality is a mechanism for them to attract and retain talent. It’s not just about gay people, because the truth is, there aren’t enough gay people to make a huge impact. But it signals a kind of openness to people who are different. It sends a signal to people, straight or gay, that this is a place where they can potentially thrive. That’s especially critical for companies that rely on people who have to be creative, entrepreneurial and innovative.”
Makes you wonder whether states such as North Caroline really want to turn away business.
Stuart Campbell, the executive director of Equality North Carolina, a gay lobbying group that campaigned against the amendment, said the North Carolina vote sent the wrong message. “If I was offered a job in a state that was actively hostile to gays and lesbians, I’d have second thoughts about taking the job.” He said 80 North Carolina businesses opposed the amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and many business leaders spoke privately in opposition to it. But only one sizable company — the privately owned Replacements Inc., which sells silver, china and glassware and has a gay founder and chief executive — publicly opposed the amendment.
And also, shouldn't the companies that DO offer benefits to couples be ASKED to go on record publicly about this?
It's almost amusing how the ultra-conservatives in this country love to rant about how their freedoms are being taken away. Excuse me? Whose freedoms are being eroded here and by whom?
Morality cannot be legislated and this mess is a perfect example. Gendercide? I think this is just a smoke screen meant to distract the rest of us from those who have nothing to offer in the way of solutions (The Tea Party) and those who are so busy pandering for votes they fail to get their real jobs done (Legislators).
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