Muddled morality about the unborn

first_imgCruxNow 31 March 2015On March 18, Michelle Wilkins answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. When she arrived at the seller’s home, Dynel Lane, a former nurse’s aide, attacked her, cut her open, and removed her unborn child. Wilkins survived the incident; her child did not.Hearing about this horrifying crime provokes a sense of moral revulsion, as well as a demand for justice to be carried out against the killer. But this crime took place in Colorado, and therefore, the attacker will not face murder charges. Colorado state law does not recognize the fetus as a person unless the fetus has reached the point he or she can survive outside the womb.Today, 38 states have fetal homicide laws that increase penalties for crimes involving pregnant women or explicitly refer to the fetus as a person worthy of protection.But creating and passing these laws is a contentious process because it takes lawmakers to the heart of our society’s debate over abortion: What is the unborn?Opponents fear that some of these laws go too far in bestowing “personhood” on the unborn and may jeopardize a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Supporters believe these laws provide justice for women like Wilkins and Laci Peterson, a pregnant California woman who disappeared in 2002.The debate over fetal homicide reveals our society’s inconsistency in the ongoing debate over abortion: We only affirm the humanity of the unborn if the child is “wanted.”With friends and neighbors and family members who celebrate a pregnancy, we speak of the unborn in warm and personal terms: “baby” and “child.” When debating the right to abortion, we speak of the unborn in clinical and impersonal terms: “fetus,” ”zygote,” or “tissue.” One wonders if our manner of conversation conveniently shifts, depending on the context, or whenever we find it necessary to distance ourselves from the humanity of the unborn.American views of the morality and legality of abortion are complex, defying the conventional labels of “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” and confounding activists on both sides who see the issue with black-and-white clarity. Describing American views as “complex” is the nice way to put it; it may be more accurate to say we’re muddled on the morality of abortion because we are inconsistent in our view of human life in the womb. read more

Jurickson Profar’s high expectations as Jed Lowrie’s replacement nothing new

first_imgIt’s taken a while for that massive hype to translate to the big leagues. Injuries have cut his seasons short over the past few years and affected his overall performance. But Profar finally started to show flashes last season with … MESA, Ariz — There was a time when Jurickson Profar was regarded as the top prospect.No, not the top prospect in the Texas Rangers organization. Not the top prospect in one specific minor league level. Profar was considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball.last_img read more

Luke Bryan to perform on an Ohio farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Country music superstar Luke Bryan will be performing on an Ohio farm later this month. The first stop on Bryan’s 2018 Farm Tour is Sept. 27 and will draw around 20,000 people to the Ayars Family Farm near Mechanicsburg in Champaign County.John, Bonnie, Lucas, and Eli Ayars milk 150 Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows and raise corn, soybeans and hay on 1,000 acres. Staring in 2010, the Ayars began using their milk to make homemade ice cream right on the farm. Ayars Family Ice Cream is available in over 30 stores. The family plans on serving up plenty of ice cream and is excited to host the concert.“This Luke Bryan concert is not something that happens every day,” Bonnie said. “We hope to turn it into something truly meaningful and we also want share it with our community.”On the tour, Bryan is celebrating a decade of saluting the American farmer as he takes his tenth annual Farm Tour 2018 to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida. Joining Bryan on the tour as guests this year are Chase Rice, Jon Langston, the Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock.Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. In addition to the on-farm performances, Bryan will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 50 scholarships have been granted.Tickets for the “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018” are on sale now at read more

Skype Now Illegal in China: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting China outlaws Skype. VOIP phone and messaging systems have been outlawed in China with the exception of the state-owned China Unicom and China Telecom.This is a pattern in China, where the two birds of repression and protectionism nest in the same bush. The combination of eliminating competition and controlling discourse made this act inevitable. South Korea to censor Twitter and Facebook. South Korea has reportedly issued a warning that South Koreans who post Facebook and Twitter messages and retweet messages that praise communist North Korea will face legal prosecution.Leaked cables show deeper fear of bloggers than “activists” in Cuba. A number of U.S. diplomatic cables show how little the government of Cuba fear old-style dissidents and how concerned they are over bloggers, “a group that frustrates and scares the GOC like no other.” ***It almost seems like the tinhorns took a week off over the holidays and rested up their electrode-affixin’ hands. Almost. Thanks to Carl Levinson for the pointer to the Telegraph article. Tags:#Government#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkinscenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Climbing athletes to train in Europe

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) Eight Indian sport-climbing athletes will undergo training in Europe, starting April 25, as part of the Vision 2020 program for the Tokyo Olympics. The 21-day program will include both training and competing at promotional events in Italy and Slovenia. India will be hosting the World Cup of Climbing (Bouldering) in June for the second year in succession. The country has enjoyed some success in the sport at the continental level with four medals won in the 2015 Asian Youth Mountaineering Championships. “The camp will provide an ideal opportunity for our athletes to be exposed to the best training facilities and the promotional cup in Italy will be perfect warm-up going in to the World Cup in India,” sports minister Vijay Goel said after meeting the eight-member team here. PTI PM PMlast_img read more


first_imgTo ensure the integrity of Australian sport is maintained, the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) held a meeting with several leaders of the sports industry in April 2004. They discussed an industry-wide approach to dealing with issues of inappropriate attitudes and behaviours on and off the field. One of the outcomes of the meeting was to conduct industry-wide research on the attitudes, behaviours and cultures that may currently exist in Australian sport. TNS Social Research have been commissioned by the ASC to conduct the research project which involves a multi-faceted approach combining literature reviews, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The literature review and qualitative phase have already been conducted. The quantitative phase is about to commence and involves asking the general public (parents), administrators, coaches, officials and players to respond to a written questionnaire. The ASC has sought permission to randomly select coaches/officials from the NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme) or NOAS (National Official Accreditation Scheme) Database for TNS Social Research. Australian Touch Association (ATA) has given permission to the ASC to include Touch Coaches/Officials in this process. Participation in this project by the coaches and officials is totally voluntary and all contact details will be destroyed by TNS Research upon completion of the project. TNS Social Research will now distribute a written questionnaire for completion to these randomly selected people. The information will be used as outlined in the NCAS / NOAS Database Privacy Requirements. All responses to the questionnaire will be confidential and only TNS Social Research will have access to the raw data. Individuals will not be identified in any of the research reports provided to the ASC. Should you have any questions about the consent or research project please do not hesitate to contact Paul Donohue (02 6214 1994) or Cecilia Hemana (02 6214 1221) at the ASC.last_img read more

17 days agoINSIDER: Real Madrid have handed Karim Benzema new deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid have handed Karim Benzema new dealby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are handing a new contract to Karim Benzema.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.He revealed: “Real Madrid have already renewed Benzema, who is doing very well. “He had this season and another one – and has been renewed until 2022. He will go from earning €9m to €11m net per season.”The pay-rise is awarded to Benzema for his form – particularly since the return of coach Zinedine Zidane. last_img read more

Videos: Pass Breakup On Final Play Seals Huge Upset Win For Texas Over Baylor

first_imgSad Baylor fans in the stands after loss to Texas.Twitter/@RedditCFBOklahoma captured the Big 12 championship last weekend in Stillwater, making today’s Baylor vs. Texas game all about pride for the Longhorns, and potential bowl positioning for the Bears. While Baylor entered the game as a heavy favorite, the Longhorns channeled whatever it was that allowed them to upset the Sooners earlier this year. On the game’s final play, Texas nearly picked off Baylor’s Johnny Jefferson to seal a 23-17 victory over the nation’s No. 12 team.Texas Wins!— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015On the bright side, one lucky Baylor fan is going to enter the “viral sad fan hall of fame.” Okay, maybe that’s not really the “bright side.”This is what losing to a 4-7 Texas team can do to a person #TEXvsBAY— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 5, 2015With an early injury to third string quarterback Chris Johnson, Baylor was forced into using wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne behind center. He only managed to complete 10-of-22 passes, and threw two picks. No matter what, we think Charlie Strong and his team will take this win, and the momentum it brings, into the off-season.last_img read more

Prince Harry Visits Tedworth House For Invictus Games Trials

first_imgWounded servicemen and women competed in front of Prince Harry last week to mark the beginning of a selection process for his Paralympic-style championships.Prince Harry meets wounded service personnel competing for a place in the Invictus GamesCredit/Copyright: Prince met more than 25 potential competitors who are hoping to take part in the wheelchair rugby, cycling and indoor rowing events at the Invictus Games.A team of 100 serving and veteran personnel will be selected to form the British Armed Forces team in the Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London in September.The selection process, run by Help for Heroes and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and due to last for four months, began this morning at Tedworth House in Tidworth, Wiltshire.Prince Harry, who wore a black fleece emblazoned with the Games logo, said he hoped the challenge would help injured personnel in the recovery process.“I have seen how powerful sport is as a means of rebuilding confidence as well as aiding with physical rehabilitation,” The Prince said. “These men and women are fighters by nature.“The intense physical training and competitive spirit that will be forged inside this team as they prepare to represent their country in the Invictus Games will, I hope, go some way to helping the recovery not only of those who hope to be selected here today, but also inspire others along the way.”Help For Heroes and the MoD received around 200 applications from men and women hoping to take part in the Games.More than 300 participants from 13 nations will compete in the international sporting event, from 10th to 14th September this year.The Invictus Games are being organised with the support of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as well as the MoD.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more