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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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MS. Magazine: "Supreme Court Decision on Abortion"

Guess all that praying paid off, huh?

From Jessica at Ms. Magazine:

Wanted to send around some background on today's disastrous Supreme Court ruling. Cristina Page (author, HOW THE PRO-CHOICE MOVEMENT SAVED AMERICA) explains the possible fallout from the ban in the Winter Ms.:

If the abortion procedure ban is found to be constitutional, not only would it prohibit a specific late-term procedure—intact dilation and extraction (D & X)—but could possibly outlaw every abortion procedure performed after 12 weeks of pregnancy (the first trimester), including the more common dilation and evacuation (D & E) method. This could have dramatic consequences, since 143,000 American women annually have abortions during their second or third trimester. It would be particularly hard on women awaiting the results of amniocentesis, the common diagnostic tool for severe birth defects, which is usually
administered during the 15th to 18th weeks of pregnancy. If the ban is judged constitutional, there may be no legal way to terminate certain pregnancies, no matter how grave the birth defect discovered.

The ban would also prevent doctors from providing a D & X procedure in certain circumstances when it's considered the safer option, such as cases involving preeclampsia or some cancers. As Eve Gartner, lead
counsel for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explained to the justices, "In some cases…[it] averts uterine perforation, it averts the spread of sepsis or infection; it [potentially] averts the spread of…malignant cancer throughout the woman's body. … This Court has never recognized a state interest that was sufficient to trump the woman's interest in her health.

Rest of article here.

- -posted by Jim in LA

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