I spent last week with no internet, so I'm a little late and rushed in my posting. Sorry.
Women can't be trusted to make their own decisions. On the 18th, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the federal abortion ban passed by Congress in 2003. It will criminalize abortions in the second trimester (called partial birth abortion by anti-choice groups). There is no exception for the health and safety of the mother. No exceptions, period. The ban if on a procedure called dilation and extraction or D & X. D & X is one of the least common late-term abortion procedures.
Even so, this sets a ridiculously dangerous precedent. The government had taken away one of the options for pregnant women. The fact that it's a federal ban is even more terrifying. It takes away state's rights to decide whether abortion should be legal. Yikes. If you're upset about this, there are many ways to help. Planned Parenthood has a petition you can sign here And you can donate money to them here.
Wal-Mart, on the other hand, has changed their policy regarding emergency contraception. EC must now be dispensed without discrimination or delay. It makes me feel better for shopping their when it's absolutely necessary. Target has no such policy. What's the problem, Target? You're supposed to be the good guys.
All the Names, by Jose Saramago, was very good. Not as good as Blindness, but still wonderful.