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A clarification if you will

In your answer to pitbullgirl1965, are you saying a personal anti-choice position is acceptable at DemocraticUnderground, or an activist, political one?

In other words and for example, someone who says "abortion is murder to me personally (which I don't think should be allowed to fly around here, however bear with me) but I support a woman's right to choose" (however that would be worded) versus "abortion is murder and women should not be allowed to have abortions"

I'm sorry if that is convoluted, but I'm deeply distressed by your answer and I thought I'd give the benefit of the doubt.

Thank you.

Texas Abortion Restrictions Leave Many Women Without Services

The requirement to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, one of the many controversial provisions of Texas’ abortion law, was voted to go into effect on Thursday, three days after being struck down by a federal judge. The ruling forced about a dozen abortion providers to discontinue the procedure, and many women to desperately seek alternatives.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that the provision would go into effect, even as another lawsuit challenges the restrictions in a lower court. The restrictions have forced many women looking for an abortion to seek out clinics that would still perform one. “They’re calling from all over — Fort Worth, West Texas, all over Dallas, Oklahoma, everywhere,” Betty Pettigrew, director of Routh Street Women’s Clinic in Dallas, told Reuters.

At Whole Woman’s Health clinics throughout Texas, about 45 women were denied previously scheduled abortions, according to Amy Hagstrom Miller, chief executive officer and founder of the organization. “They were all in tears,” she told Reuters. If the organization can’t obtain admitting privileges, two of the four clinics will have to close down completely in a few weeks because 90 percent of their services are abortions.

“We specialize in abortion care because in most communities, there are plenty of family planning and ob-gyn services, and it’s really abortion care that’s underserved,” Miller said. The organization’s San Antonio clinic will only be able to open once or twice a month, because the only doctor with privileges lives out of state, and must fly in to perform the procedures.


Rick Perry Reminds Texans it's Time to Turn Back the Clock

The Talmud: Why has a Jewish law book become so popular?

The Talmud, the book of Jewish law, is one of the most challenging religious texts in the world. But it is being read in ever larger numbers, partly thanks to digital tools that make it easier to grasp, and growing interest from women - who see no reason why men should have it to themselves.

Step into the last carriage of the 07:53 train from Inwood to Penn Station in New York and you may be in for a surprise. The commuters here are not looking at their phones or checking the value of their shares, but peering down at ancient Hebrew and Aramaic text and discussing fine points of Judaic law.

It's a study group on wheels, and the book absorbing their attention in between station announcements is the Talmud - one of the most challenging and perplexing religious texts in the world. The group started 22 years ago, to help Long Island's Jewish commuters find their way through the "book", which stretches to well over 10 million words across 38 volumes.

When someone asked Einstein, shortly before his death, what he would do differently if he could live his life again, he replied without hesitation: "I would study the Talmud."


Race for Virginia governor could hinge on women

In the race's waning days, Cuccinelli is essentially silent in paid television ads.

He plans to urge supporters to tell their neighbors, especially women, that he's a better candidate for them. The former state senator talks about his wife and daughters at every chance, and how he formed the first sexual assault-prevention group when he was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, after his roommate was a victim.

But time is running out. He's facing a massive deficit on campaign advertising, and he was outspent by a margin of 25-to-1 for most of the week. A late-week ad buy cut in that, making it a 10-1 margin.

Polls show major hurdles with female voters. A Quinnipiac University poll last week found women backing McAuliffe by 50 percent to 37 percent. An earlier Washington Post poll showed Cuccinelli trailing among women, 34 percent to 58 percent.

McAuliffe has seized upon Cuccinelli's legislative record involving issues closely watched by women, from reproductive health and abortion to Cuccinelli's opposition to no-fault divorce. In advertising, McAuliffe has used these issues to argue that Cuccinelli would try to interfere in the private lives of voters.

Cuccinelli has opposed abortion unless a mother's life is at risk. As attorney general, he forced the state's Board of Health to reverse a decision last year to exempt existing abortion clinics from a new law that required them to meet the same architectural standards as new hospitals.

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