Daily Archives: April 5, 2011

Florida Representative in Trouble for Saying “Uterus”

Florida House Republicans are angry with state Representative Scott Randolph for using the word “uterus” on the House floor.

Rep. Randolph quipped that his wife should “incorporate her uterus,” because the only things Republicans don’t want regulated are businesses.

Rep. Randolph, who got points with those of us who have brains, gave credit to his wife for the joke.


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14-Year-Old Girl Beaten to Death for Being Raped

While walking to an outhouse, 14-year-old Hena Akhter of Bangladesh was gagged, dragged behind a bush, beaten, and raped. Both the rapist and Hena were charged with adultery. She was sentenced to 101 lashes.

Hena was hit 70 times before she fell to the ground. Later, she died of what doctors called a suicide.

Hena’s January 31 death has sparked outrage worldwide. Last month, the High Court ordered Hema’s body exhumed and reexamined. A second autopsy found she died of internal bleeding from the whipping.  The doctors who conducted the first autopsy will stand trial for the false autopsy report. Several other people, including her rapist, have also been arrested in connection with Hena’s death.

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Hillary Clinton Rated Highest Among Administration

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According to a recent Gallup poll, Hillary Clinton is the most popular person in the Obama administration. Her favorable rating is now 66%, the highest it’s ever been while she has been Secretary of State.

President Obama’s favorable rating is 54%; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates‘s is 52%; Vice President Joe Biden‘s is 46%.

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Mick Foley Launches Campaign for RAINN

On Monday, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, announced that Mick Foley is launching a Twitter campaign to raise money for RAINN

Foley is RAINN’s newest board member, as well as a National Sexual Assault Online Hotline volunteer, professional wrestler, and bestselling author. He has logged 550 hours in the past year volunteering with the Online Hotline. Additionally, he donated 100% of the profits from his latest book, Countdown to Lockdown: 50% to RAINN and 50% to help survivors of sexual violence in Sierra Leone.

Using his Twitter feed (@realmickfoley), Foley will mobilize supporters to contribute to RAINN through #10forRAINN. Foley will match every dollar donated, up to $10,000, throughout April, the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Additionally, Foley is offering incentives to donors. He will send an autographed photo to those who give $100 or more. He will personally call those who give $250 or more. To any donor who gives $5,000 or more, he will visit… and mow the donor’s lawn.

More information is available at rainn.org/mickfoley.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.5 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.


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Alabama to Define “Person” at Fertilization

New bills in Alabama would define “person” as “any human being from the moment or fertilization or the functional equivalent thereof.” Further, the bills would require that all uses of “person” in the state constitution” be accompanied by “all humans from the moment of fertilization.”

These bills, obviously, are a move to ban all abortions in the state.

Republicans state Senator Phil Williams and state Representative John Merrill introduced the bills last week. The bills are currently in the Health Committees of the state Senate and House, respectively.

Williams showed the anti-abortion intent of the bill through a statement, in which he said:

We must protect all Alabama children. At the same time we have to send a message that Alabamians value the sanctity of life. Every heartbeat is as important as the next.

Now, Williams is (obviously) no doctor, or he’d know that fetuses don’t have heartbeats until several weeks after “the moment of fertilization.”

The bills, it being Alabama and all, are likely to pass.

Via Jezebel.

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India Combats Sex Selective Abortion

In India, there is a law banning doctors from revealing the sex of unborn children, and it is illegal to abort a fetus based on sex. Nontheless, female feticide is an increasing problem in India.

The 2011 census showed a large decrease in the percentage of girls among India’s preschoolers. For every boys aged up to 6 years old, there are 914 girls, down from 927 a decade ago. The current ration is the lowest since India’s independence in 1947.

Some Indian states have incentives for the birth of baby girls and have criminal penalties for sex-selective abortions.

Via Impunity Watch.


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Goldstone Report Is Inaccurate

Richard Goldstone, the author of the Goldstone Report told news agencies Saturday that the study’s findings may be inaccurate.

The Goldstone Report famously condemned Israel for committing war crimes during its 2008-2009 offensive against Hamas.

The Israeli government has conducted new investigations into the alleged violations of international law by members of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The government’s conclusions challenge the report’s findings that indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by the IDF was a part of a state sanctioned policy of retribution.

In response to the Israeli investigation, Goldstone stated, “If I had known what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

Via Impunity Watch.

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