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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tom Nichols: I am (or at least think I am) an expert. Not on everything, but in a particular area of human knowledge, specifically social science and public policy. When I say something on those subjects, I expect that my opinion holds more weight than that of most other people. I never thought those were particularly controversial statements. As it turns out, they're plenty controversial. Today, any assertion of expertise produces an explosion of anger from certain quarters of the American public, who immediately complain that such claims are nothing more than fallacious "appeals to authority," sure signs of dreadful "elitism," and an obvious effort to use credentials to stifle the dialogue required by a "real" democracy. read more

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Michael Hiltzik: Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement ... from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014. ... Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. But in the developed world it's an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. That connection, promoted by the discredited British physician Andrew Wakefield and the starlet Jenny McCarthy, has been thoroughly debunked. But its effects live on, as the map shows. read more


I looked as long as I could...

Yeah, but did you bother to look at sites that weren't so obviously biased? They played you like a gueetar, afk.


10. Safeguarding Reproductive Health (Senate Bill 5881*)
*Senate Bill 5881 never came to the NYS Senate floor for a vote, but the language was introduced as a hostile amendment to Senate Bill 4174 and was ultimately ruled not germane on a vote of 32-30.

• New York's abortion law was enacted in 1970, three years prior to Roe v. Wade, and lacks the important protections found in federal law.
• Under New York law, a woman's health is not protected in the rare and tragic situation that a serious complication jeopardizes her health later in pregnancy; New York law only provides protection if a woman's life is in danger.

The Women's Equality Act would:

Ensure that a woman can access abortion care in New York State when her health is at risk by:
1. Codifying in New York State law the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade;
2. Ensuring that a woman in New York can get an abortion within 24 weeks of pregnancy, or when necessary to protect her life or health;
3. Ensuring that physicians operating within their scope of practice cannot be criminally prosecuted in New York for providing such care; and
4. Retaining those provisions in state law that allow the state to prosecute those who harm pregnant women.

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