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Daily Archives: October 4, 2011
North Carolina is the latest state to issue “Choose Life” license plates, and the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop them.
The plates will cost $25, with $15 going to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, which “exists to offer help and encouragement to those God calls into pregnancy care ministry” and operates crisis pregnancy centers throughout the state.
Attempts to introduce alternative plates that read “Respect Choice” or “Trust Women. Respect Choice” failed to gain traction with the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature, so the ACLU is suing for a group of “pro-choice automobile owners” who say the state is endorsing one viewpoint.
Katherine Lewis Parker, legal director of the ACLU’s North Carolina branch, explains:
The state is opening up a forum to one side of the argument. When they do that, they are constitutionally obligated to open to the other side.
She adds that “this is a free speech case — not an abortion case,” and that the ACLU would also challenge a state that produced only pro-choice plates.
State Rep. Mitch Gillespie, the plates’ Republican sponsor, says the suit is merely an effort by “an evil liberal organization to try to appease its liberal base.” He also says he thinks it will fail.
- NC ACLU sues over ‘Choose Life’ license plates (charlotte.news14.com)
- North Carolina Sued For Issuing Pro-Life License Plates While Refusing To Issue Pro-Choice Plates (jonathanturley.org)
- This week in the War on Women (dailykos.com)
Following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, military chaplains will now be allowed to perform same-sex unions on or off a military installation.
A military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn’t required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs. The Pentagon also says Defense Department property may be used for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies such as same-sex unions, as long as it’s not prohibited by state or local laws.
- US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions (foxnews.com)
- Military chaplains get OK to perform gay unions (msnbc.msn.com)
The Supreme Court has turned away another appeal from an Ohio judge who wanted to display a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
The court on Monday refused to hear the argument rom Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese.
The judge hung the poster in his courtroom in Mansfield, north of Columbus, in 2006 after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings that another Ten Commandments poster he hung in 2000 violated separation between church and state.
The ACLU of Ohio Foundation sued, and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the display endorsed religious views and was unconstitutional. The ACLU also sued in the first case.
Doctor Ralph Steinman died on Friday, three days before someone from the Nobel committee called his number to let him know he had won the prize for his breakthrough work in immunology. Dr. Steinman had been battling pancreatic cancer for four years.
Nobel Prizes, however, cannot be awarded posthumously, so the Nobel committee faced a quandary.
“This is a unique situation — Steinman died hours before the decision was made,” Goran Hansson, secretary of the Nobel committee for physiology and medicine, told Swedish Radio News after the situation came to light. “News of his death was not made public. We had no idea, nor did they know at his place of work.”
The foundation’s nine-member board of directors met Monday afternoon and consulted lawyers concerning the interpretation of the statutes of the Nobel Foundation issued in 1974. The statutes hold that the Nobel Prize is not to be given posthumously, but if a person announced as a winner dies before receiving it at the Nobel ceremonies on December 10, the award remains valid.
Because Dr. Steinman’s award was made in good faith on the assumption that he was alive at the time of his election, he should receive it, the directors decided.
The drama overshadowed the fact that Dr. Steinman will be awarded one-half of the prize. Two other immunologists, Dr. Bruce A. Beutler and Dr. Jules A. Hoffman, will share the other half.
Dr. Steinman’s career-long quest was to develop a vaccine against cancer. Four and a half years ago, jaundiced from a spreading pancreatic cancer, he began tailoring an experimental vaccine against his own tumor.
Scientists who knew Dr. Steinman and his work said the Nobel committee had made the right decision.
- Dr. Steinman (rosalindwent.wordpress.com)
- Salute you, Dr Ralph Steinman… (thinkloud65.wordpress.com)
- Canadian Researcher Posthumously Awarded Nobel Prize (aquantumofknowledge.com)
- Stein, Steinman And The Nobel Prize To Cure Cancer Coming Late (9-poeticfingers.org)
- Montreal-born scientist dies before Nobel honour (cbc.ca)
A new study by the University of Washington reveals that the most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa, a hormone shot given every three months, doubles the risk women will become infected with H.I.V. When it is used by H.I.V.-positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had not used the contraceptive.
The findings are alarming, considering that hundreds of thousands of African women suffer bleeding, infections, injuries, and death from unintended pregnancies. As a result, inject-able hormones are very popular; about twelve million (6% of all) women between 15 and 49 in sub-Saharan Africa use them.
Many countries where pregnancy rates are highest are also ravaged by H.I.V.
The study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, involved nearly 4,000 couples. The research was presented at an international AIDS conference this summer.
At least two other studies have found that injectable contraceptives increase the risk of women’s acquirig H.I.V.
- New AIDS Cases Dropped 25% This Year, City Reports (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- African women spread HIV more when on the pill: study (ctv.ca)
- Study: HIV risks rise with some birth control (cbsnews.com)
- Women in Africa spread HIV more often on Pill (cbc.ca)