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  —Charlie Chaplin

stem cell research standing

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The judge also finds that the two adult stem cell researchers who brought the case would suffer imminent and irreparable harm without the injunction because they would have to compete with embryonic stem cell researchers for research funds. That is absurd. Adult stem cell research is funded far more generously than work with embryonic stem […]

egg rights: South Dakota’s latest ventures into unintended consequences

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

South Dakota is at it again, with a new egg rights bill that defines “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens” as a person under the South Dakota Constitution. Man it’s hard to keep up with all the really poorly thought out legislation from that state! Broadsheet has the simplest quickest coverage, and links […]

do people ever actually *read* Roe & Casey?

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Ross Douthat’s op-ed in the NYT is a showcase for the deceptive rhetoric of the right. The piece is a long paean to the supposed reasonableness and willingness to compromise of the anti-choice movement. He wraps up by attempting to lay the “blame” on Roe and Casey for the “failure” of Americans to reach peace […]

federally funded censorship about abortion

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Jenna Freedman posted an outrageous story about a medical database: Popline has made the word “abortion” a stopword, meaning you can’t search on the term; the database ignores the word as it ignores words like “the”. Why? Popline responded that “We recently made all abortion terms stop words. As a federally funded project, we decided […]

technological mandates

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

I’ve written before about the ways in which criminalizing specific medical procedures — e.g., the “partial birth abortion act” — is a technological mandate. As a technological mandate, bans on specific abortion procedures are subject to all the same flaws, overreaches, underreaches, definitional problems, and obsolescence problems that mandates involving technological protection measures for copyrighted […]

new & fabulous uses for business method patents

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

patent your tax strategies! No, I’m not kidding. Go read the article. 52 patents for tax strategies have been issued since the first was issued in 2003, and 84 more are pending. If this annoys you and causes you to mutter grumpily about State Street Bank and the Federal Circuit*, put a smile on your […]

tech mandates and reproductive care

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I never cease to be astonished by how smarmy politicans can be: today, leaders in the Smarm Community, the anti-choice people (‘pro-lifers’). The latest RU-486 story in the NYT, sensationalistically titled “2 More Women Die After Abortion Pills”, covers two recent RU-486 deaths (two, for a total of five; four of which were probably infection-related). […]


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