Day: September 9, 2005

Breaking News

Satire is a fine art: WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 9 – As the grim body count climbs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and its consequent flooding, fingers are increasingly being pointed at a pattern of systemic negligience by representatives of an…

Bend It Like Peek Peek

A bit of cat fandom on my end. Every time I see this cat’s photostream I laugh out loud. Peek Peek is surly, fluffy, and can’t possibly be a real animal. I mean, look at him. In this picture, he’s…

Susan Wood, an Interview

The Village Voice has a great interview with Susan Wood, the former director of the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, who resigned after a sneaky move to keep the morning-after pill, called Plan B, off pharmacy shelves even after some…

The Real Lesson of Katrina

The essential point is this: If all of our politicians and agencies could not properly prepare to handle a catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina – when we had at least 48 hours prior warning – how can we possibly handle multiple,…

Because Illegalization Makes Abortion Go Away

Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t. According to a study (2002-2004), `Unwanted Pregnancy and Post-abortion Complications in Pakistan,’ conducted by the Population Council of Pakistan, the estimated national abortion rate is 29 per 1,000 women in the reproductive age-group. That’s pretty…

Beijing Seizes “Barefoot Lawyer”

Chen Guancheng, a 34-year-old blind peasant who has become a rather unlikely hero in the rural Chinese legal system, was seized in Beijing for daring to promote reproductive choice in China. He was in the process of filing a class-action…