New Laws for Abortion Seekers

The In The Know panelists say more states should make decorating a nursery and choosing a baby name required steps in obtaining access to an abortion.

Like many Onion spoofs, there is actually a bizarre subtext of reality here. Over the past decade, several U.S. states have moved to make ultrasound part of abortion service provision. Some laws and policies require that a woman seeking an abortion receive information on accessing ultrasound services, while others require that a woman undergo an ultrasound before an abortion.

As noted by the rather unfortunately-named Guttmacher Institute, “Since routine ultrasound is not considered medically necessary as a component of first-trimester abortion, the requirements appear to be a veiled attempt to personify the fetus and dissuade a woman from obtaining an abortion.”

Tom Who?

On Power & Politics the other day, MPs discussed Tom Flanagan’s somewhat surprising comments on Monday’s program where he stated that “everyone knows that parliament was prorogued in order to shut down the Afghan inquiry.” Responding to this assessment by Harper’s ideological mentor and former chief of staff, Shelly Glover, the Conservative MP for St. Boniface, MB said this:

I’ve heard some of the allegations made by someone by the name of Tom Flanagan. I don’t know who he is. I’ve never seen this man on Parliament Hill. He is a Canadian I understand and he is entitled to his opinion.

Needless to say, everyone on the program was utterly incredulous at the phenomenal cluelessness of Glover’s awkward reply.

By the way, Glover is the same nincompoop that last year wanted to distribute water bottles emblazoned with the Conservative Party logo to local schools in her riding and was dumbfounded when the offer was refused because it would have violated the school division’s policy regarding contributions of a political nature.

h/t: JKG in the comments for the link.

Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat…

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As bizarre and reprehensible as Pat Robertson’s remarks about a spurious “pact with the Devil” being the root cause for Haiti’s latest misfortune, at least the senile old kook urged his viewers to contribute to the CBN’s Disaster Relief Fund to help the suffering victims of the earthquake (which makes no logical sense if they’re supposedly in league with the Devil, but that’s another matter…)

In contrast, Rush Limbaugh followed up his cynically racist remarks about the disaster “playing right into the hands” of the Obama administration that, according to Rush, would use Haiti to get closer to the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black [communities] in this country,” by yesterday urging people not to donate to Haiti relief effort because that country is run by “dictators and communists” and declaring that Americans have already helped Haiti more than enough in the form income taxes.

On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart quipped that he’d figured out the reason for Rush’s recent heart problem — “You don’t have one!”

“Meals on Wheels” Update: You really have to wonder at what point Rush’s legion of dittoheads might possibly become a wee bit embarrassed by the despicable things this hateful clown says every day.