Katie Lyon, Time: Eighteen and a half weeks into the pregnancy, I had an ultrasound. Even I could see on the screen that something was wrong. It looked like there was a hole in my daughter's back. The technician and genetic counselor in the room got real quiet. It turned out that our daughter had myriad problems, including spina bifida and a tethered spinal cord. We didn't want to rush into such an important decision, but we did eventually decide we wanted to end the pregnancy. Then, we had to wait for an available appointment. We had an abortion at 22 weeks.It was the right decision for us as a family. It was a decision we made with our doctor -- which is how it should be. When lawmakers try to ban abortion after 20 weeks, or restrict access in any way, I know that they just don't get it. It's not their right to make this decision for anyone else. Unless someone has been through an experience like mine personally, they really have no idea what it is like, and no idea what they would do in our shoes. read more
Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush is eager to "phase out" Medicare and replace the system altogether. The Paul Ryan budget plan, widely embraced by GOP officials, would have scrapped Medicare and replaced it with a voucher system. Marco Rubio, another national 2016 candidate, is also fighting to eliminate Medicare social-insurance programs like these, he's said, have "actually weakened us as a people."
Exactly 50 years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law, and the Republican attacks against the system have been pretty consistent ever since as the 2016 race shows. But looking at the bigger picture, the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn had a great piece today on the half-century of progress, despite the partisan conflicts. read more
WASHINGTON -- The most surprising revelation in recent presidential polling is not that Donald Trump has low favorability in key states -- a welcome indicator of national sanity -- but rather that Hillary Clinton's numbers are almost as bad. Put another way: A vacuous, gaffe-prone, xenophobic, conspiracy-minded reality television star whose nomination, by most accounts, would destroy the GOP has about the same approval ratings in Colorado and Iowa as the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination.
A recognition begins to dawn: Democrats may be coronating a wounded queen. read more
A hacker group calling itself 3301 is claiming to have penetrated Planned Parenthood's databases and is threatening to release the personal information of employees working for the non-profit organization, along with other sensitive data. The group calling itself 3301 claims it will release the names and addresses of employees "soon." A member told the website Daily Dot, "Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice." Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said, "Today Planned Parenthood has notified the Department of Justice and separately the FBI that extremists who oppose Planned Parenthood's mission and services have launched an attack on our information systems, and have called on the world's most sophisticated hackers to assist them in breaching our systems and threatening the privacy and safety of our staff members." read more
On Saturday, March 28, two men convicted of murdering gay men became the first same-sex couple to wed while incarcerated in the UK.
Both men were found guilty of murdering gay men and met each other through their prison "bar staff" jobs while serving time at Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire. read more