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The Tally Ho

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Well, that's a relief

I haven't been able to get this odd story out of my brain this weekend.

The Kaiser Daily Report*, always a useful source of information, reports this weekend that an ordinance in Honolulu which bans aerial signs has drawn the ire--and the lawsuits--of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. This California-based antiabortion group's "most effective method of advocacy is flying banners with pictures of aborted fetuses above beaches," according to their lawyer. Which strikes me as a little odd, because from the Chicago shoreline, these signs are almost illegible. In my volunteer efforts, I've seen many bloody fetus pictures, but from a distance of several hundred feet, these posters are even less persuasive. However, when you consider that that the CBR's other resources include e-cards (graphic link), this may indeed be their most effective tactic. In which case, we can all breathe a little easier.

It should be noted that Hawaii places no state restrictions on abortion, but does allow pharmacists to dispence emergency contraception "behind the counter" to patients. No word yet on whether or not this had decreased HI's abortion rate. (Thanks to KAH for the link.) I would be unsurprised if the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform takes full credit for any decrease that might occur, no matter how illegible their towed airplane banners might be.
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*Kaiser recently changed the name of this report from the "Daily Reproductive Health Report" to the "Daily Women's Health Policy Report". I'm pissy about this change for several reasons, not the least of which is that we may no longer get interesting articles about sperm production in the future.

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