More than 10 state legislatures are considering or have passed bills forcing women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion. And Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering one of the most far-reaching ultrasound bills in the nation.
Gov. Tom Corbett (R) reaffirmed this week that he supports the anti-abortion measure so long as it’s not obtrusive because women could simply close their eyes during the procedure:
QUESTION: Making them watch…does that go too far in your mind?
CORBETT: I’m not making anybody watch, OK. Because you just have to close your eyes. As long as it’s on the exterior and not the interior.
Watch his answer:
Critics say Corbett’s comments show he doesn’t understand how the bill would even work. While the Pennsylvania legislation has been amended to remove references to invasive transvaginal ultrasounds, the language suggests a transvaginal ultrasound could still be required if the embryo is too small. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat running for attorney general, called for Corbett to apologize for his statement. “It’s unthinkable that he would so casually dismiss this by advising women to just close their eyes,” Murphy said.
The state House canceled a vote on the bill this week because medical associations have voiced concerns about the measure. And 48 percent of Pennsylvania voters oppose the ultrasound bill, with 42 percent supporting the measure, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. And 64 percent of voters oppose requiring transvaginal ultrasounds.
Meanwhile, Corbett’s approval rating among Pennsylvanians is dropping.
A county GOP committee in Virginia sent out this Obama illustration as part of an invitation to a Halloween parade, and ended up offending Democrats and Republicans alike.
I originally opted to avoid this story but the more I read about it, the more I realized I needed to be among the chorus of people and organizations that spoke out against this very offensive gesture…
Virginia Republicans apologize after sending a mailer depicting the president as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head. What were they thinking?
Best Opinion: Death + Taxes, Slate, Ology
The image: A Halloween-themed mailer from Virginia’s Loudon County Republican Committee sparked bipartisan outrage this week for its gruesome rendering of President Obama as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head. (See the image at right and below.) The email, which invited supporters to the county GOP’s Halloween parade, also featured undead versions of Democratic voters and Nancy Pelosi, with the tagline, “We are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy.” The mailer has been condemned by the chairman of Virginia’s Republican Party, and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell branded it as “disgusting.” The county committee has since apologized for the “Zombie Obama” image, calling it a “light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”
The reaction: ”Have these people no sense?” says Andrew Belonsky at Death and Taxes. It’s in the worst of taste, both morally and politically, to depict any politician with a gunshot wound, particularly after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was nearly killed by a bullet earlier this year. This is “too gruesome for words.” I guess “I’m nearly impossible to offend,” says David Wiegel at Slate. The blog that first posted this image crashed “under the weight of traffic from liberals who want to be pissed off at something,” but I just don’t see what the big deal is. Regardless, this “zombie madness contributes heavily to my dislike for Halloween,” says Noah Rothman at Ology. “Thank God it’s November.”
We actually had a brief “white” Christmas here in Atlanta. Snow fell here about 4:00 pm on Christmas Day. It lasted for about a half hour. The kids were excited, but couldn’t go outside because they all had colds.
At about 5:30 pm it started to rain and what little snow accumulated had quickly disappeared.
A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South was barreling up the East Coast early Sunday, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.
Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.
Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.
“Our concern is tomorrow it’s going to get significantly colder,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told The Weather Channel on Saturday evening. “Winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour will cause blowing snow and that’s going to cause the worst of it … and we’re urging extreme caution in travel. Try to get home early and if you don’t have to travel don’t go.” More…