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‘Sick and twisted’: Down’s advocates, pro-life leaders slam Richard Dawkins’ abortion remarks

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Advocates on behalf of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as pro-life leaders, are slamming famed atheist Richard Dawkins’ statements made on Twitter earlier today that parents have a moral responsibility to abort babies diagnosed in utero with Down’s.

During a shocking Twitter rant, Dawkins responded to questioners saying that it was “civilised” to abort Down Syndrome babies, and that it would be “immoral” to choose not to abort babies diagnosed with the condition.

He said that his goal is to “reduce suffering wherever you can,” indicating that unborn children cannot suffer, and that unborn children don’t “have human feelings.”

In addition to being scientifically challenged – unborn children can feel both painand emotions – Dawkins’ comments drew criticism for his callousness towards children with disabilities.

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Richard Dawkins: it’s ‘immoral’ NOT to abort babies with Down syndrome

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In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be “immoral.”

The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that “Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area.” The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases.

A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if “994 human beings with Down’s Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012″ was “civilised.”

Dawkins replied “yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings.”

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Six ways contraceptives deny women control of their bodies

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The modern world proclaims contraceptives to be the savior of womankind. Abortion groups, President Obama and other politicians, and millions of tax dollars push the idea that without contraceptives, women will not be able to have control of their bodies.

However, scientific evidence abounds that “control” is a relative term — and, in fact, that contraception use may negatively impact the power women have over their bodies. Consider the following:

1. A recent study found that use of some forms of contraception are linked to greater odds of breast cancer. The study found that the use of moderate doses of estrogen in contraceptives increased the odds of breast cancer by “1.6-fold.” The less-popular high-estrogen dose contraceptives increased the odds of breast cancer by “2.7-fold.”

That study is not alone in its findings; likewise, higher risks of cervical cancer have been linked to oral contraceptives. (To be fair, the latter link says that these contraceptives also reduce the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers.)

The World Health Organization also considers the pill a Group 1 carcinogen.

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Does it really take almost $250,000 to raise kids to age 18?

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The headline appears to say it all, over at The Washington Post’s Wonk Blog: 5 charts that show why it costs nearly a quarter-million dollars to raise a kid today.

As outlined in the post, the Department of Agriculture did its annual examination of the estimated cost to raise a child to age 18. The estimate, taken from 2006 and applied in 2013 dollars, found that the average cost per child from birth to age 18 was $245,340.

This number seems devastating, and the Wonk Blog author, Niraj Chokshi, does an excellent job of pretending that it is. However, he ignored a couple of important caveats and considerations.

First, from Katrina Trinko at The Daily Signal. Trinko quoted the report, which notes that a larger family will have less cost per child. “To estimate expenses on three or more children in husband-wife families, 22 percent should be subtracted from the total expense for each child’s age category,” according to the report. Additionally, “as family size increases, costs per child for food decrease less than for housing and transportation. Much housing space is used in common, and car trips can serve more than one child.”

Basically, the study says that families with fewer kids spend more per child because certain expected costs — such as a car with four or five seats — are the same no matter what the family size is.

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Sign #4,682 that the Senate and Obama aren’t serious about entitlement reform

-This article was originally published at American Thinker.

In July, the Congressional Budget Office put out yet another report showing that the U.S. federal debt is growing unsustainably.  The biggest reason for the growth, which has already slowed the U.S. economy and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future, is entitlement spending.

Yet members of Congress, especially in the Senate, appear eager and willing to avoid their responsibility to reform entitlements, particularly Social Security and Medicare.  While both parties have used tremendous rhetoric about reforming both programs since 2010, Democratic unwillingness to pass a budget has been matched by Republican plans that tiptoe around the problem.

Even the allegedly conservative budget plan put out by the GOP-controlled House won’t balance the budget for years, provides only general guidance on Social Security reform, and fails to begin Medicare reform in a timely manner.  And yet this is the plan that has the most support of any being discussed on Capitol Hill.

Things look unlikely to change in light of the Senate’s approval of Shaun Donovan to head the White House’s budget office – the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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What you need to know about the new White House Budget Director

-This article was originally published at Hot Air.

Who is Shaun Donovan?

Recently confirmed by the Senate to head the White House’s budget office, Donovan at first appears to be a typical bureaucrat. He has held the position of Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 2009, and has now been promoted to one of the highest offices in the U.S. bureaucracy.

However, a look at Donovan’s tenure at HUD and his lack of knowledge about America’s fiscal circumstances shows that the Senate should have opposed his nomination. Instead, a majority of Republicans and every voting Democrat ignored Donovan’s ignorance about the federal budget and entitlements, as well as probable fraud at HUD under his leadership.

How little does Donovan know? Consider what Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, said on the Senate floor in opposition to Donovan’s nomination. Sessions noted, per Donovan’s written testimony to the Senate Budget Committee, that Donovan has “not written any papers or given any talks or lectures that specifically lay out a comprehensive plan for Medicare or Social Security.”

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Obama Spins Numbers In Improper-Spending Shell Game

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-News on improper payments is good, if you don’t count a third of the government.

The Obama administration is trying to spin more than $100 billion in improper payments into good news for taxpayers.

Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases a report on the amount of federal outlays that qualify as “improper payments.” In this year’s report, which shows $105.8 billion in improper payments, the American taxpayer can find a little bit of good news, from a narrow point of view — and bad news from pretty much every other.

White House Deputy Budget Director Beth Cobert gave Congress the good news last week: a nearly 13-percent decline in the dollar figure for improper payments since Obama’s second year in office.

As reported by Fox News, Cobert testified that, “agencies recovered more than $22 billion in overpayments last year. The amount of improper payments has steadily dropped since 2010, when it peaked at $121 billion.” The White House’s website also tried to spin these results as praise-worthy improvements.

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Planned Parenthood’s War on Women

-This article was originally published at Aleteia.

-Time to speak the truth about how taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood are used.

As the 2014 election season wears on, two things are clear: Democrats are continuing to wage a taxpayer-funded war on women, and some Republicans are too scared to stop them.

The Colorado Senate race is just one example of this dynamic. Recently, Senator Mark Udall’s (D-CO) ally, Planned Parenthood, ran an ad targeting Udall’s GOP opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, on contraception. Likewise, Udall ran an ad accusing Gardner of wanting to ban contraception.

Gardner’s response was a full-fledged retreat from his previous pro-life positions. First, he placed an ad saying he no longer backed a personhood amendment to the Constitution because of the beliefs of Coloradoans. More recently, he wrote an op-edpromoting over-the-counter access to “the pill.”

If Udall and Gardner really want to help woman, they should stand together against Planned Parenthood and defund it.

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The Sexual Humor in Not Having Sex

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I’m a virgin. Sexually abstinent. I’ve never “hooked up,” “been laid,” or “gotten any.”

And I’m cool with that. And I get a kick out of watching people’s eyes grow as big as dinner plates when they hear my sex life is non-existent.

I was at the gym a few years ago, stretching after lifting weights. Two female friends were nearby, talking in graphic terms about their sex lives as they lifted. After 15 or 20 minutes of increasing awkwardness on my part, I finally asked them to stop. One of the women was surprised, and said, “Everyone likes to talk about sex!”

When I told her I had never experienced what she was talking about, she dropped her weights and left the area, saying, “This is awkward.”

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