The US state of Virignia has passed a bill which would require women to have a ‘transvaginal ultrasound’ if they wish to have an abortion. That’s it. No debate, no correspondence entered into. Website Daily Kos reported:
“The ultrasound legislation would constitute an unprecedented government mandate to insert vaginal ultrasonic probes into women as part of a state-ordered effort to dissuade them from terminating pregnancies, legislative opponents noted.
“We’re talking about inside a woman’s body,” Del. Charnielle Herring, a Democrat, said in an emotional floor speech. “This is the first time, if we pass this bill, that we will be dictating a medical procedure to a physician.”
The conservative Family Foundation hailed the ultrasound measure as an “update” to the state’s existing informed consent laws “with the most advanced medical technology available.”
The procedure is designed to guilt women into keeping their baby and serves no medical function.
The taekwondo and Biggest Loser trainer with a penchant for being tough as nails said during an interview even she had her off days. ”I don’t care what weight you are, I have days where I feel fat. I work on camera in white Lycra. I know I eat healthy but sometimes it’s just irrational. I’m not a model. I don’t look like a TV presenter – I’ve got muscles and a different sort of body type. We’ve all had the voice in your head that says, ‘You’re no good. You’re going to fail.’ Every woman knows what that feels like.” Hall’s father was an Olympic taekwondo trainer and she says she was used to going for early morning runs with him. “We’d get home and the juicer was always buzzing. It was built into our lives, so it was odd to join The Biggest Loser and meet people who thought that wasn’t normal.”
A United States think tank, with ties to influential figures around the world, is fighting claims it has orchestrated a campaign of human-inducted climate change ‘doubt’ which included efforts to discredit the science behind the theory in schools. The Heartland Institute stands accused of spending some $20 million so far on paying organisations and people to spread climate alarmism as part of a sustained campaign. Leaked documents show how widespread the problem is and name a prominent Australian scientist as a beneficiary of payments. As Fairfax reported:
The documents show geologist and marine researcher from James Cook University Professor Bob Carter receives a ”monthly payment” of $US1667 ($A1550), as part of a program to pay ”high-profile individuals who regularly and publicly counter the alarmist message”.
Professor Carter did not deny being paid by The Heartland Institute, but would not confirm the amount, or why it was paying him. He spoke at the ‘convoy of no confidence’ anti-carbon tax rally in Canberra last year.
”That suggestion is silly and offensive – a kindergarten-level argument,” he told The Age.
”Institutions or organisations simply pay for services rendered. In the same way that an architect is paid for their work, so are scientists.What they may make any payment to me for, I’m not discussing with anybody outside of my family.”