TW: rape, violence, abortion
2. Pregnant Turkish woman (26) shot and decapitated her rapist and threw his head into the village square
She was abused by him for months, he threatened to send nude photos to her parents, her actions were spurred by him saying he was going to tell everyone about the rape
“Everyone would have insulted my children. Now no one can. I saved my honor. They will now call [my] children the kids of the woman who saved her honor.”
Mother of 2, currently 5 months pregnant
Shot him 10 times, several times in the genitals, then decapitated him
When arrested she said, “That is the head of one who toyed with my honor.”
Abortion is illegal in Turkey after 10 weeks, but she is demanding that she be allowed to get one, saying she is prepared to die so long as she gets an abortion first.
4. Baby Story
Oregon couple successfully sued Legacy Health System for $2.9 million in a ‘wrongful birth’ suit
Daughter was born with Down Syndrome, which the doctors failed to catch early in the pregnancy when the initial tests were done
Speculation as to why the error occurred -> couple says the maternal tissue, not fetal tissue was tested; Legacy’s attorney said the child has mosiac Down Syndrome meaning a significant number of cells don’t contain extra chromosomes
Ariel and Deborah Levy say they would have aborted the pregnancy if they knew - this is why these cases are so rarely brought to court
The couple say they will use the money to care for their daughter
Article at Babble (parenting website) -> “Should every parent who has a child with Down Syndrome be entitled to a few million because doctors should have caught the disease during pregnancy?”
Kansas, Oklahoma and Arizona now have laws which would absolve doctors of legal liability if they lie to patients about pre-natal diagnoses to prevent pregnant people from getting abortions
7. Alan Ball (True Blood and 6 Feet Under) developing new series
“Wichita” is about “a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war.”
Reference to Dr. George Tiller
7. Virginia Senator Janet Howell
Attached an amendment to a bill hat requires women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion
Amendment: men must undergo rectal exam and cardiac stress test before being prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction
Amendment defeated 21 to 19
Sponsor of the original bill, Jill Vogel voted against the amendment: “I do believe that erectile dysfunction in this context is different from pregnancy.”
9. Abortion issues
Last year set a record for new abortion restrictions (94)
Yesterday was the anniversary for Roe v. Wade
New study confirms abortion rates are higher in countries where it is illegal.
1. Republican primary drop outs:
Rick Perry dropped out Thurs. and endorsed Newt Gingrich, cited money concerns and said “there is no viable path to victory for my candidacy”.
Many of his supporters and donors have shifted support to Romney.
Perry hasn’t ruled out running again for governor
Michele Bachmann dropped out Jan 4, came in last in the Iowa primary. During concession speech she stressed the need to beat Obama, urged Republicans to rally around candidate.
First appearance since she dropped out was before the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, she said that these presidential elections will end abortion.
Herman Cain dropped out under accusations of sexual harassment and extramarital affairs.
Endorsed “we the people”?
Jon Huntsman suspended his campaign and threw support behind Mitt Romney.
Said our two major problems were economic and trust.
“Race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks.
2. Remaining candidates:
Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul