Posts Tagged ‘Planned Parenthood’

Recent Readings for Dec. 20, 2015

December 20, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Dec. 20, 2015

• “Devils, Deals and the DEA: Why Chapo Guzman was the biggest winner in the DEA’s longest running drug cartel case.” In 1992, the Drug Enforcement Agency decided to dismantle a Mexican drug-running organization known as the Arellano Félix Organization, or AFO. One supervisor estimated that the task could be completed in six months; ultimately, however, the agency pursued the case for nearly two decades. David Epstein examines the long-running probe, looking at how and why it left a number of loose ends that still haunt some of the men who worked the case.

• “Now Louie Gohmert and Fox News will mansplain Planned Parenthood: The new lie right-wing men can’t stop pushing.” Peter Dreier describes the life and career of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, whom conservatives are fond of calling a eugenicist and a racist, despite her ties to black progressives and civil-rights leaders. Sanger (1879–1966) was the sixth of 11 children:

Her mother, Ann, was a devout Catholic and the strong and loving mainstay of the family. When she died from tuberculosis at age fifty, young Margaret had to take care of the family. She always believed that her mother’s many pregnancies had contributed to her early death.

Sanger longed to be a physician, but she was unable to pay for medical school. She enrolled in nursing school in White Plains, New York, and as part of her maternity training delivered many babies — unassisted — in at-home births. She met women who had had several children and were desperate to avoid future pregnancies. Sanger had no idea what to tell them.

• “What Kind of Person Calls a Mass Shooting a Hoax?” Six-year-old Noah Pozner was one of the 26 victims of the shooting. His parents, like relatives of all the victims, have tried for the past three years to refute skeptics who claim that President Obama or his cohorts faked the massacre in order to become what gun-rights activists like to call “gun grabbers.” Mike Spies profiles a prominent Sandy Hook truther, Wolfgang Halbig, who insists that the Dec. 14, 2012, killings at a Connecticut elementary school were staged.

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Abortion, pregnancy and guns: Looking at some relevant numbers and legislation in North Carolina

July 4, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
July 4, 2013

Legislation cracking down on abortions popped up suddenly in the North Carolina legislature Tuesday afternoon, much like one of the quick-striking storms that frequently punctuate the Tar Heel summers.

According to The News & Observer of Raleigh, state Sen. Warren Daniel argued that the legislation is needed for women’s safety. Women “deserve the right to walk into a clinic that’s clean and safe,” the Morganton Republican said in one article. Another article quoted Daniel as saying, “We’re taking away the rights of an industry to have substandard conditions.”

But opponents of the bill claim that it is intended to reduce women’s ability to terminate pregnancies, an activity that has been deemed constitutional ever since the Supreme Court’s controversial 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade. House Bill 695, which is called the Family, Faith and Freedom Protection Act, would require any clinic that offers abortions to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. A Planned Parenthood representative told the N&O that none of its four facilities in the state currently comply with those regulations.

So how serious are safety concerns over abortion in North Carolina? As Daniel said, per the News & Observer, a Charlotte abortion clinic was shut down briefly this year because it improperly administered a drug. That’s one possible indication of problems.  Read the rest of this entry »

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