Another day

Another priest arrested for child sexual assault – this time, in a church a block from my house.

You know, when I was a kid, we talked rather openly about which teachers were “that way.” Those of us who did knew to stay away from being alone with them, but there were a lot of kids who weren’t very worldly, and I suspect those are the kinds of kids who were victimized.

Politics camp for girls

This is a good idea. (Especially after Disney Princess Camp!) We could use more women in the process:

WASHINGTON — Where does a 17-year-old girl who wants to be president learn how to do it? At a politics boot camp for middle school and high school girls.


Running Start, a nonprofit group that encourages women to get involved in politics at an early age, hosted about 50 girls recently in Washington, introducing them to female role models and instructors and teaching them the basics of networking, fundraising, public speaking and other skills essential to political success.


“It’s really important for young women to be involved in politics,” said Sophie D’Anieri, a 17-year-old high school senior from Troy, N.Y. “I think there is some discrimination against women that makes it difficult to run.”


“I’m sort of weird for my age to be this interested in politics,” said 17-year-old Rachel Hansen, of Philadelphia, who aspires to run for president. “I think girls my age aren’t thinking about the future that much. They’re just thinking about what’s going on Friday night.”


The camp was about more than just the mechanics of politics. It was meant to inspire girls to get into public life. Recruiting girls for elected office when they’re in high school helps ensure that there will be more women making policy decisions, said Jessica Grounds, the executive director of the group.

Abortions cause suicide

Okay, they don’t really, but it’s still legal to tell that to women in South Dakota:

Yesterday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the suicide advisory provision of South Dakota’s abortion law is constitutional, voting 7-4 to reverse a decision by a three-judge panel. The law requires doctors to tell patients seeking an abortion that there is a link between abortions and depression and other psychological distress including suicide.

The 8th Circuit decided that, despite the fact that the link between abortion and suicide is unproven and may not exist, the South Dakota law does not unduly burden abortion rights or violate the free speech rights of doctors.

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