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The Tally Ho

Monday, March 06, 2006

36% in Indiana; Duh

Indiana has figured something out that Joe Lieberman apparently hasn't yet, Mr. Bush is not doing a good job according to Hoosiers.
Robert Schmuhl, a professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame, called the poll numbers a "very revealing" portrait of a presidency gone awry.
"Since his inauguration to the second term, we have seen something akin to a reverse Midas touch," in which everything Bush handles turns not to gold, but lead, Schmuhl said.

Though I am not sure Americans know just how bad these people have been. As Lewis Lapham wrote in the Haper's article below regarding his article "The Case for Impeachment"
Although the abuses and usurpations are self-evident, obvious to anybody who takes the trouble to read the newspapers, the Bush Administration makes no attempt to conceal the Object evinced in the design of its purpose, because it counts on the romanticism as well as on the apathy of an American public reluctant to recognize the President of the United States as a felon. Who wants to believe such a thing, much less acknowledge it as a proven fact?

Also, Andrew Lehren and John Leland article in the New York Times, "Scant Drop Seen in Abortion Rate if Parents Are Told"
For all the passions they generate, laws that require minors to notify their parents or get permission to have an abortion do not appear to have produced the sharp drop in teenage abortion rates that some advocates hoped for, an analysis by The New York Times shows...

...But some workers and doctors at abortion clinics said that the laws had little connection with the real lives of most teenagers, and that they more often saw parents pressing their daughters to have abortions than trying to stop them. And many teenagers say they never considered hiding their pregnancies or abortion plans from their mothers.

"I would have told my mother anyway," said a 16-year-old named Nicole, who waited recently at a clinic in Allentown, Pa., a state that requires minors to get the permission of just one parent. Nicole's mother and father are divorced, and it was her mother she went to for permission to have an abortion.

What amazes me is that someone actually thinks a parental notification law would decrease either pregnancy or abortion rates among teens. I hope Trope comments on this, but it seems to me just as silly as saying that the death penalty decreases murder rates.


  • On the parental-notification-for-abortion front, I'm not surprised that there's not a huge decrease in abortion procedures. I have heard people say that these laws can cause a skew towards 2nd trimester abortions, as teens either wait to "age out" of the restriction or put off telling their parents. But I can't find a support for that hypothesis, as all the abortion reporting is pretty spotty.

    By Blogger Trope, at 12:35 AM  

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