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Did Solon Compare Fluke To Bulldog?

Planned Parenthood of Montana has denounced as “degrading, sexist and inexcusable” comments made by state Rep. Krayton Kerns (pictured), R-Laurel, about contraception. Kerns is a veterinarian who writes a regular article on his personal website called, “Weekly Posting of the Conservative Cow Doctor.” In his article, “Sandra Fluke: Poster Child of a Progressive America,” Kerns discussed the Georgetown University law student, who raised the cost of contraception at a hearing held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Kerns later talked about how when he was at veterinary school at Colorado State University, a bulldog made $1,000 a month for stud services. Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Stacey Anderson accused Kerns of linking an American college student to an animal, while the legislator denied that he had done that/Charles S. Johnson, Billings Gazette State Bureau. More here. (Photo: Montana Legislative information office)

Question: Did the legislator link Sandra Fluke to the old Colorado State bulldog or not?

PParenthood Pans Ultrasound Demo

Statement of Hannah Brass, legislative director of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest re: ultrasound demonstration scheduled in Idaho Legislature Wednesday: Broadcasting an ultrasound isn’t testimony—it’s political theater. Tomorrow’s unprecedented ultrasound display at the Idaho statehouse has nothing to do with women's health or women's safety, but instead has everything to do with scoring political points. “This is a political stunt using women’s health as theater and women’s bodies as a stage. Politicians in Boise have no business playing politics with women's health in this way. “Forcing doctors to use ultrasounds for political, and not medical, reasons is the very definition of government intrusion.  Women who seek to terminate a pregnancy do so prior to 12 weeks gestation 90 percent of the time. An abdominal ultrasound would not provide the detail or the heart beat sounds required by law. (Idaho Legislature photo: Sen. Chuck Winder, bill sponsor)

Question: What do you think about the ultrasound demonstration planned for the Idaho Statehouse Wednesday?

Costello: Komen Pays Extortion Money

So now we celebrate bullies? I can't tell you how many “news” articles I've read in the last week that speculated on whether or not the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be able to repair its reputation after attempting to withdraw $650,000 worth of annual funding that it currently sends to that billion dollar per year abortion mill, the ironically misnamed Planned Parenthood. Considering the heavy handed thuggery that Planned Parenthood and its allies used to reclaim that tiny sliver of their revenue stream, I have to wonder why it is that Planned Parenthood doesn't have a reputation that is in need of restoration. When Susan G. Komen's new leadership decided that it could do more to fight breast cancer with that money than Planned Parenthood could, Planned Parenthood turned its mighty guns on the Komen Foundation and painted its leadership as a cabal of religious extremists. The mainstream news media actually took the lead on this assault/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Will Komen Foundation fund-raising efforts be hurt in the near future by the way it handled this controversy, from beginning to end?

Local Volunteers Believe In Komen

Once word — and strong opinions — spread last week about the Susan G. Komen foundation nearly cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, Coeur d'Alene Race for the Cure volunteer Cara Kendrick stopped wearing the pink apparel she pulls on nearly every day, accumulated from years of events. Not because she stopped believing in the breast cancer organization, she said. “I just didn't want to deal with people asking me questions,” said Kendrick, who has raised more than $100,000 for the organization's efforts with her team at three-day, 60-mile walk events. “It was hard. Almost everything I have is pink.” But on Monday, she was back in her customary color, with the ribbon brandished for all to see. What are politics and rumors, she said, compared to tangible dollars that have been raised to quell the effects of a broad-reaching disease?/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo for illustrative purposes: A three-year breast cancer survivor gives thumbs up at 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure)


Komen Reverses PP Decision

After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives,” a Komen statement said. As first reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from grants because it was under government investigation, notably a probe launched in Congress at the urging of anti-abortion groups. Komen said Friday it would change the criteria so it wouldn't apply to such investigations/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo of Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure)


PParenthood Rumor Hurts Girl Scouts

For decades The Girl Scouts of America has been dedicated to helping young girls learn life skills. But now the organization is having to defending itself against a rumor that they say is disrupting sales of their biggest fund raiser - cookies. The rumor started two years ago and connects the Girl Scouts to Planned Parenthood. The CEO of the Silver Sage Girl Scouts Council, Shelli Rambo Roberson says the rumor has been fueled by social media sites and blogs, and for some reason, it's gaining traction this year/Ty Brennan, KTVB. More here. (Wikipedia photo of a mound of 74 boxes of Girl Scout cookies)

Question: What is your favorite kind of Girl Scout cookie?

Komen Splits w/Planned Parenthood

A prominent cancer-treatment foundation is ending its work with Planned Parenthood, a decision Planned Parenthood called “deeply disturbing and disappointing.” The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has broken off a partnership through which it provided cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Planned Parenthood blamed the political controversy over abortion. “We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America/Sam Baker, The Hill. More here.


Wilkinson: Eeeck

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

Government Shutdown Looms Today

With hours to go before a threatened U.S. government shutdown, Republican and Democratic leaders remained deadlocked over federal support for Planned Parenthood and other spending as they narrowed their differences over the size of proposed budget cuts. President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to reach a last- minute deal to avert a government shutdown today. Democratic officials said a dispute over financing for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions among other services, was preventing an agreement over more than $30 billion in overall spending cuts/San Francisco Chronicle. More here.  (AP photo: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington Thursday)

Question: Do you believe the federal government will shut down today?

Holbrook: Pharmacist Was Wrong

RE: Planned Parenthood complaint targets Nampa pharmacist/Sharon Strauss, Idaho Press-Tribune

I share this private part of my past (re: a miscarriage), because if I had to pick up this prescription the same pharmacist could refuse me service. Imagine the mental trauma that I would have endured on top of already a very emotional state. I can certainly understand why a pharmacist might object to handing out the morning-after pill. The law protects people who live by a moral code. The drug is not administered as an “abortion” pill. It shouldn't matter to the pharmacist why the drug is being prescribed. I'm not stupid. I realize that the patient had probably just undergone an abortion. But that's not what this issue is about. It's also not about the pharmacist's right to decline his/her right to provide services that assist in ending a life. The life already ended. The woman needed something to stop the bleeding. The pharmacist overstepped the line/Vickie Holbrook, Idaho Press-Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the Idaho Conscience Law that allows a pharmacist to refuse service on moral grounds?

IVA: PP Staffer Implicated In Incest Coverup

Julia Piercey serves as the Director of Education and Training for Boise’s Planned Parenthood affiliate. What ought to be a concern to all Idaho parents is that Ms. Piercey served in the same role with a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Ohio, and was named as a defendant in civil suit alleging that the Planned Parenthood staff under Ms. Piercey’s direction and supervision broke state law by refusing to report the sexual abuse of 16-year-old Denise Fairbanks at the hands of her own father. Although the suit was dismissed earlier this year, it will be refiled this month/Bryan Fischer, IVA. More here.

Question: Has the Idaho Values Alliance raised an issue here that should concern Idaho parents?


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