FPL News Reel: February 23, 2012
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Debunking the right’s contraception myths
By Irin Carmon — Salon
Access to contraception would reduce abortions and unintended pregnancies. Here are the simple facts.
Birth control wars hold peril for GOP
By Greg Sargent — Washington Post, The Plum Line
…some new polling out this morning from Quinnipiac illustrates the risk Republicans are taking with this latest reprise of the culture wars…
Contraception coverage fights spread to states
By J. Lester Feder and Jason Millman — Politico
The contraception fight is expanding far beyond Washington, with several states eyeing ways of blocking the new Obama administration rule requiring most insurers cover contraception, or considering rolling back rules that the states themselves already had on the books.
Rick Santorum Defends Views on Obama’s Theology
By Susan Page — Religion News Service
The unapologetic advocacy by Santorum seemed sure to please social conservatives in the Republican Party but also fuel questions about whether he could appeal to independent voters in a general election.
The Moral Scandal Of Rick Santorum And “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”
By Andrew Sullivan — The Dish
Santorum, it seems to me, needs to be just as explicit in his statement that he dissents from his own church on the question of the inviolable dignity of the human person.
Reform and Corporate Taxes
By New York Times, Editorial
Serious reform requires specific proposals, tough trade-offs and hard numbers attached. Without all of those, this effort could too easily be hijacked by powerful corporations and their high-paid lobbyists.
The Job-Creating Mercury Rule
By New York Times, Editorial
After 20 years of delay and litigation by polluters, the Obama administration approved in December one of the most important rules in the history of the Clean Air Act. It will require power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants by more than 90 percent in the next five years and is expected to prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths…
Both sides gear up in N.C. gay marriage fight
By Amanda Greene — Religion News Service
As the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, North Carolina is the next battleground, with religious groups on both sides bracing for a high-stakes fight on May 8.
McDonnell, Virginia Republicans back off mandatory invasive ultrasounds
By Anita Kumar and Laura Vozzella — Washington Post
A controversial bill that would require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion is now in doubt after Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell diluted the measure Wednesday by making it optional in many cases.