In his segment on Fox News on Saturday, former Governor Mike Huckabee blamed the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on America's systematic rejection of religion as evidenced by "tax-funded abortion pills."
Huckabee back-tracked on comments he made Friday when he linked a lack of religion in schools to the massacre earlier that day. After stating that bloggers "jumped to the conclusion that I said if we had prayer in school the shooting wouldn't have happened," he insisted "I said nothing of the sort." He continued "It's far more than just taking prayer and Bible reading out of schools."
Huckabee then cited contraception coverage and LGBT individuals as evidence of his theory that the rejection of religion leads to tragedies such as Newtown. "Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills," he said, "We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful and we call them disorders. Sometimes, we even say they're normal. And to get to where we have to abandon bed rock moral truths, then we ask 'well, where was God?' And I respond that, as I see it, we've escorted him out of our culture and marched him off the public square and then we express our surprise that a culture without [God] reflects what it's become." Watch the video here.
Media Resources: ThinkProgress 12/17/12; Raw Story 12/16/12; Fox News 12/15/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .