Need an abortion in a hurry? Don’t count on one in Missouri.
Conservative lawmakers in Missouri have increased the state’s required waiting period for getting an abortion from one day to three days – no exceptions, not even for rape or incest. The Republican-controlled legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto to enact a 72-hour delay. The governor denounced the measure as “extreme and disrespectful” toward women. About half the states already have abortion waiting periods of 24 hours. Once Missouri’s new requirement takes effect, the state will be the second most-stringent behind South Dakota, where the waiting period does not count weekends or holidays. I would imagine most women have already thought long and hard about their decision by the time they get to the clinic, so I’m not sure what an extra 48 hours of soul-searching will accomplish. Maybe just some undue hardship? According to Planned Parenthood, which operates Missouri’s only licensed abortion clinic in St. Louis, its patients travel an average of nearly 100 miles for an abortion, so the extra delay could force them to either make two trips or spend additional money on hotels. ABC News
Speaking of not doing things the “Catholic way”, a Detroit-area teacher says she was fired from her post at a private Catholic all-girls high school after she and her lesbian partner announced they were expecting a child through non-traditional means. After she was canned, the teacher posted on Facebook that she had been forced from her job after she become pregnant “outside the Catholic way.” The school has not publicly commented on her termination, but apparently they have a morality clause that states teachers “will not publicly engage in actions, or endorse actions or beliefs contrary to the teachings and standards of the Roman Catholic faith and morality.” So teachers of the Detroit, please stick to getting pregnant “the Catholic way”: no birth control, millions of unintended pregnancies, quick spreading STDs, pedophilia welcome, and pregnancy through rape is fine. HuffPo
Goodbye rabies, hello thousands of dog corpses! Authorities in China have killed almost 5,000 dogs after rabies was blamed for the death of five people. Four people died in June and one in July, and multiple dog bites were reported. As a result, municipal authorities in Baoshan, in the southwestern province of Yunnan, killed 4,900 dogs and vaccinated 100,000 more as part of its anti-rabies campaign. Mass dog killings are nothing new in China. The Chinese government often orders stray dogs to be culled in order to prevent outbreaks of rabies. In 2009, officials in the northern city of Hanzhong reportedly killed 37,000 in an effort to rein in the rabies. CNN
A sex scandal has hit the Canadian Snooze-fest Senate! A former sex worker who is challenging Canada’s prostitution laws was kicked out of a Senate hearing after she threatened to name politicians who hire prostitutes. Terri-Jean Bedford, the stunning dominatrix who won a Supreme Court battle to overturn Canada’s prostitution laws, engaged in some disorderly conduct during the hearing. Bedford was expelled after she argued and interrupted another senator, became increasingly combative, and tried to go over her allotted time. How rude! But before the self-proclaimed “most famous dominatrix in Canada” was kicked out, she threatened to expose politicians who supposedly avail themselves of the world’s oldest profession. “If this law passes I’m going to make you guys forget about Mike Duffy, because I’ve got more information and more proof on politicians in this country than you can shake a stick at, I promise,” she said. I wonder if Rob Ford is on that list? Toronto Star
Speaking of Rob Ford, how’s that guy doing? Not too well apparently. The Toronto mayor was admitted to the hospital Wednesday after doctors found what they believe to be a tumour in his abdomen. “Examination and investigation has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor,” according to a statement from Humber River Hospital on Wednesday. “The mayor has been admitted to allow for further investigation to obtain a definitive diagnosis.” No word yet on what impact the tumour will have on his rampant alcoholism and crack-addiction, but there is already speculation on what it will do to his mayoral campaign, which (for some reason) has seen a resurgence in recent polls. If his health deteriorates, Ford may be forced to withdraw his name from the Oct. 27 mayoralty ballot… or even worse, his brother Coun. Doug Ford may be tempted to take his place. Noooooo!! CBC News