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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Centauri Dreams looks at the massive flares of red dwarf TVLM 513.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting that M-class red dwarfs have less massive protoplanetary disks than other stars but more massive planets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes new research suggesting that Earth’s grat oxygenation event was preceded by another.
  • Geocurrents looks at Fiji’s Kiribati-administered Banaba Island.
  • Language Hat is skeptical about the idea that computer programs could automatically reconstruct ancient languages.
  • Language Log notes research about hesitation markers in Germanic languages.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Richard Posner’s criticism of anti-abortion obstacle courses.
  • Marginal Revolution comes out in favour of Syrian refugee admission.
  • Johnny Pez wonders what it is with white men.
  • Towleroad notes a Cook Islands ban on same-sex couples renewing their vows.
  • Transit Toronto notes the ongoing removal of many streetcar stops.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia will work with Iran to undermine Saudi Arabia by supporting Shi’a, and argues current mindsets suggest Russia will remain a threat to Ukraine and its other neighbours for some time.

[LINK] “Missouri state senator aims to block student’s dissertation on abortion”

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Al Jazeera America’s Massoud Hayoun reports on an astonishingly brazen attempt to control education, by trying to prevent a graduate student from researching the effects of abortion bans.

A University of Missouri doctoral student plans to continue research for her dissertation on the effects of the state’s recently imposed 72-hour waiting period for abortions, despite a state legislator’s push to block the research, the student told Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview.

“I stand by my research project,” Lindsay Ruhr said Wednesday. “I feel that my research is objective, and that the whole point of my research is to understand how this policy affects women. Whether this policy is having a harmful or beneficial effect, we don’t know.”

State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, Missouri, who chairs the Missouri state senate’s interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, sent a letter in late October to the University of Missouri calling Ruhr’s dissertation “a marketing aid for Planned Parenthood — one that is funded, in part or in whole, by taxpayer dollars,” according to a copy of the letter posted to HuffingtonPost.com. Schaefer called for the university to hand over documents regarding the project’s approval and said that, because the University of Missouri is a public university, it should not fund research that he said would promote elective abortions. Missouri law prohibits the use of public funds to promote non-life-saving abortions.

“We are still in the process of responding to Sen. Schaefer’s request for documents,” Mary Jenkins, public relations manager for University of Missouri Health, said Wednesday in an email. Schaefer did not respond to Al Jazeera’s multiple interview requests.

Missouri in September 2014 enacted a 72-hour wait for abortions, becoming one of several states that have restricted access to the procedure — moves that reproductive rights advocates have called legal attempts to chip away at the rights established by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Other legal restrictions, passed in Missouri and some other states, have required that women seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound scan and receive informational material that abortion rights advocates say aims to dissuade women from undergoing the procedure.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO looks at Queen and Bay in the 1960s and examines the PATH in the 1970s.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that beamed power might be detectable by SETI.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at ancient salmon fishing in Alaska and notes the state of the Ukrainian war.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the extent to which crime can warp societies.
  • Far Outliers notes the heckling women protesters of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Language Log shares a bad translation of into English from Chinese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Indonesian drilling triggered a mud volcano.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at cap and trade in China and wonders why deflation has returned to Japan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps abortion in Europe.
  • Savage Minds shares a list that is also an ethnography.
  • Towleroad notes the appearance of PrEP on American television.
  • Window on Eurasia criticizes Putin’s diplomatic strategies, notes that there are three million Muslims in Moscow, looks at the controversy surrounding Syrian Circassian refugees, notes some Russian tourists are now saying they are Belarusian, and notes the challenges of Belarus.

[ISL] “Halifax woman opening her home to P.E.I. women needing abortions”

Good for this woman! From CBC:

A Prince Edward Island woman now living in Halifax is opening her home to women from her province needing abortions in the city because the procedure is not available there.

Chelsey Buchanan posted on social media offering a room, food, bus tickets and transportation to the clinic. She hasn’t had any requests for the room yet.

Buchanan said she was inspired to offer help after reading the Sovereign Uterus, a blog where women were sharing their frustrations with the system.

“I was reading over it and I saw that so many women had travelled home afterwards, like after getting the procedure done and it was against doctor’s orders,” she said. “So I kind of figured there are a lot people out there that don’t have the means to stay in Halifax overnight, and I mean I have space, so why not offer up what I have?”

P.E.I. is the only province in Canada where surgical abortions are not performed, but some doctors will provide a prescription for a medical abortion. The province pays for the service but not the cost of travel. A 2014 Health PEI report indicated the government could have saved $37,000 a year by providing the service on the island. The report said about 153 women had to seek the service in 2013.

The Sovereign Uterus blog, for whatever it’s worth, is here.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 1, 2015 at 10:21 pm

[LINK] “N.B. women seek abortions in U.S. after clinic closure: staff”

MacLean’s hosts Alison Auld’s Canadian Press article describing how, after the closure of New Brunswick’s only private abortion clinic, women in that province looking for an abortion are going far outside the province.

Pregnant women from New Brunswick are travelling to Maine and Montreal to obtain abortions after the province’s only private abortion clinic shut down last summer, angering pro-choice advocates who say the government is moving too slowly in removing barriers to the service.

Staff at abortion clinics in Augusta and Bangor in Maine said they have seen a spike in the number of telephone inquiries and visits from women from New Brunswick since the summer when the Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton closed, citing a lack of government funding.

Ruth Lockhart of the Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Centre in Bangor said the independent clinic used to see one or two women from the province over six months. There are now women from New Brunswick at every weekly clinic, sometimes with five or six at a time, she said.

“My concern is with the women who can’t do that — who can’t get time off from work, who can’t find childcare, who can’t afford the fees or don’t have a passport,” she said in an interview.

“To have to leave your country? I don’t know, that doesn’t seem right to me. None of that is fair to women.”

Written by Randy McDonald

November 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO recommends things to do on the Danforth.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the importance of the discovery of water in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b.
  • Crooked Timber goes on at length about Kevin Williamson’s statement as noted by Joe. My. God. that women who have abortions should be executed.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes plans for futuristic architecture in Shenzhen.
  • Eastern Approaches observes the travails of a Roma soccer team in the Czech Republic.
  • Far Outliers notes two different movements of Romanian intellectuals responding to relative backwardness, pasoptism referring to the post-1848 effort at modernization and protocronism referring to efforts to claim all was invented first in Romania.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that in France, added years of education associated with avoiding conscription don’t produce different job results.
  • Spacing Toronto notes the failed visit of Upper Canadian reformer William Lyon Mackenzie to London in 1832.
  • Torontoist notes building regulations prevent Toronto from making use of green roofs.
  • Towleroad links to a study discussing the economic impact of anti-LGBT laws on Americans.
  • Why I Love Toronto talks about the importance of having a local barber.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russians will begin to draft first Chechens then Crimeans, notes increased state spending on Russia Today, observes the belief among some Russians that Ukraine is somehow not really a nation, and suggests that Belarus is cracking down on pro-Russians.

[URBAN NOTE] “Ghost City: 85 Harbord St.”

The Grid‘s Jamie Bradburn writes about the tumultuous history of Henry Morgentaler’s pioneering abortion clinic at 85 Harbord Street.

When the Toronto Women’s Bookstore needed space to expand from its Kensington Market home in 1975, it settled upon the ground floor of a three-storey semi-detached former residence on Harbord Street. As one of the first feminist bookstores in Canada, the collective-run business quickly became a supplier to libraries, schools, and women’s centres who drew on stock the emphasized works by Canadian authors on topics ranging from health to non-sexist kid-lit. During its first few months on Harbord, store staff estimated that around 25 per cent of its clientele were men who were either curious about the concept or deeply committed to feminist issues.

During the spring of 1983, the bookstore learned it would have a new upstairs neighbour. Following a search delayed by threats of prosecution from the provincial government, Dr. Henry Morgentaler (who passed away last week), announced he would open his first Toronto abortion clinic on the upper two floors of 85 Harbord on June 15. The press was shown a freshly renovated space filled with plants and wicker furniture that Morgentaler hoped would create “a soothing atmosphere” for patients.

The clinic’s move-in wasn’t a peaceful one. Ontario Attorney-General Roy McMurtry expected police to charge in if any abortions were performed; at the time, the only legal option required the consent of abortion committees offered by some hospitals. Anti-abortion groups promised plenty of protests. When opening day arrived, a man wielding garden shears attacked Morgentaler. Repeatedly yelling “bad people, bad people,” Augusto Da Silva was intercepted by pro-choice supporters (led by clinic spokesperson Judy Rebick) before Morgentaler was seriously harmed. Da Silva then waved his shears in the air, told the crowd to move back, then ran from the scene. (He was soon arrested.)

The inevitable police raid came on July 5, 1983. After a pair of undercover Metro Toronto Police officers arranged an abortion, other officers swept in and removed equipment during a three-and-a-half hour blitz. Morgentaler, who was vacationing in California, surrendered to police upon his return to Toronto two days later. The raid set off years of legal battles that culminated in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down federal abortion law in January 1988.

85 Harbord became a battleground in the divide over women’s choice and a target for extreme anti-abortionists. Around 3:15 a.m. on July 29, 1983, a man who failed to break into the clinic managed to get into the Toronto Women’s Bookstore. He set bags of paper afire under the stairwell, which ironically was near the pregnancy and childbirth section. A note left behind read “If your mother had taken your life away, you would not be living it up, Morgentaler.”

Written by Randy McDonald

June 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm


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