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Birth Control Funding – Not Just a Moral Debate, But an Economic One

February 11, 2012

The economics of funding for birth control under a system of universal health care complicate the debate but simplify the solution.

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Ohio Issues 1, 2, and 3 and the Mississippi Personhood Amendment

November 9, 2011

Ohio Issues 1 and 2 go down to defeat, but Issue 3 is approved by this swing state's voters.  The Mississippi personhood amendment is rejected by that conservative state's voters.

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Family Values, Economics, and the Red State / Blue State Divide on Constitutional Interpretation

October 2, 2011

Differences over the interpretation of the Constitution often reflect underlying economic differences.  In particular, differences in income and education affect attitudes about marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, women's rights, and same-sex marriage.

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Pew Poll on Social Issues: Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion, Gun Control, and Legalization of Marijuana – Gender Gaps on Each Topic

March 5, 2011

On March 3 the Pew Research Center released a report on Americans' Attitudes Towards Social Issues on four controversial topics.

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H.R. 3, "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"

March 4, 2011

The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

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Demogoguery 101

January 14, 2011

To be effective, demogogues need follow only a few basic rules. 

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A Comparison of the Manhattan Declaration and the Barmen Declaration

December 13, 2010

     In yesterday's post I described the Manhattan Declaration, a position paper on abortion and same-sex marriage issued by conservative Christians .  In today's post I compare the Manhattan Declaration to the Barmen Declaration.

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Analysis of the Manhattan Declaration

December 12, 2010

     The Manhattan Declaration is a 2009 position paper in support of conservative social issues.  It seeks to unite Catholic, Orthodox, and Evangelical Christians in their oppostion to abortion and same-sex marriage.  It is a remarkable document in that it seeks to overcome longstanding religious barriers among social conservatives.  The document admirably accomplishes its purpose of articulating common […]

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Some States Prohibiting Private Health Insurance from Covering Abortions

May 17, 2010

     Ricardo Alonso-Zalvidar of the AP is reporting that a growing number of states are enacting legislation prohibiting private health insurers from offering abortion coverage through the Exchange.  These laws may be unconstitutional.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (109) Counting Votes in the House on the Abortion Funding Issue

February 25, 2010

     Amy Sullivan of Time Magazine published an article yesterday counting votes in the House of Representatives on the abortion funding issue.  Her conclusions are summarized below.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (83) Medicare for All and Ben Nelson's Abortion Amendment

December 8, 2009

     Two big developments today: a proposal on Medicare for All and another abortion amendment. 

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Abortion Analogies

November 9, 2009

     The enactment of the Stupak Amendment as part of the health care bill reawakens the debate over abortion.  Both sides invoke arguments by analogy in support of their positions on abortion and abortion funding.  I find a third analogy to be more fitting – one that supports the Supreme Court's position that while abortion […]

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