Should Judges Decide Who Can Reproduce?

October 21, 2008 | Comments Off on Should Judges Decide Who Can Reproduce?

Last month, state Judge Charlie Baird of Travis County, Texas, decidedly took the matter of reproduction rights into his own hands. After sentencing a 20-year old Hispanic woman to 10 years of probation for child abuse, he ordered her, as a condition of probation, to not have any more kids. The woman, Felicia Salazar, who […]

Defining a Person

July 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Defining a Person

“Personhood” is defined as a fertilized egg, created at the moment of conception. Or at least it will be in Colorado, if voters pass Colorado’s Amendment 48 this November. The Amendment, which has completed the approval process for the fall ballot, reads in full (PDF): “As used in … the state Constitution, the terms ‘person’ […]

Goodbye, Mr. SCHIPs

September 28, 2007 | 5 Comments

Last week our Congress took an important step in expanding health care coverage for those who are most vulnerable: Children. The expanded program in question is SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), a bipartisan initiative that was created in 1997 to insure children in families with incomes too high to receive Medicaid, but too low […]

Should We Regulate Children’s Weight?

February 28, 2007 | Comments Off on Should We Regulate Children’s Weight?

An English family has been making headlines recently when London’s equivalent of child protective services stepped in to control the diet of Connor, and 8 year old who weighs 196 pounds. This is similar to a New Mexico case in 2000, where a 120 pound 3 year old, Anamarie was removed from her home when […]

Stacey Campfield (R), a Tennessee legislator, is introducing a bill (PDF) which would require Tennessee abortion providers to file a death certificate for all aborted fetuses. The death certificates would have to be filed within 10 days of performing the procedure, with the stated purpose of the bill to “track” the number of abortions performed […]

Wii Work Out

February 7, 2007 | 7 Comments

I recently came across an article that I knew many of my friends would enjoy. Entitled “Is the Wii Really Good for Your Health?”, it starts with a picture of two young, thin, and ethnically diverse models ostensibly playing a wii video game. The male model looks like he’s playing baseball; the female appears to […]

Before we commence, let me be clear about something: This article is by no means poking fun at abstinence, individual morality, or one’s personal choice to refrain from/engage in any type of sexual behavior. I’m merely trying to comprehend the rationale behind a federally funded abstinence-only education program aimed at adults. In an apparent effort […]

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