Child rape and ‘pro-life’ cruelty

The callousness of the anti-abortion crowd was on vivid display in early July, when an Ohio newspaper reported the awful story of a 10-year-old rape victim who needed an abortion. Instead of reconsidering their heartless dogma, leading members of the pro-birth movement claimed the story wasn’t true. They desperately needed to refute the tragic tale […]

Justice Jackson, congrats or condolences?

As I always imagined it, the ascension of the first black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court would signal an era of progress, a time of triumph for those Americans who believe in the beloved community of which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke. I was well off the mark. This is no era of […]

Warnock far superior to Walker

If Georgians replace U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, with Herschel Walker, a Republican, in November, they’ll be making a poor substitute. Warnock has served Georgia well, while Walker is at least as poorly suited for the job of senator as his buddy, Donald Trump, was for the presidency. Still, Walker could win easily. He […]

Our crazy killed them

If those precious 4th graders at Robb Elementary School had still been fetuses in the womb — where they were nine or so years ago — they would have been vigorously protected under current Texas law, their welfare ensured over even that of the women who carried them. Any attempted incursion on those tiny clusters […]

The war on reality

This “new normal” is taking some getting used to. Prices are soaring for everyday food items, from eggs to milk to chicken. More taxing still are the shortages of necessities such as infant formula. The war in Ukraine, we’re told, will exacerbate shortages in the food supply — driving up prices even more. As aggravating […]

Life outside the womb?

Now what? Conservatives seem on the verge of achieving their hard-fought goal of reversing Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that gave women control over their bodies. A leaked draft ruling previews a frightening commitment to return to the 1950s. Affluent and well-educated women, though, will not bear the brunt of this decision. In […]

Gov. Ivey and the Big Lie

MOBILE, Al. —Kay Ivey was serving as lieutenant governor of Alabama in 2017 when Robert Bentley, then the governor, resigned following revelations of an extra-marital affair with an aide. When Ivey took office as the accidental governor, she hewed closely to the contours of her party’s rightwing politics, and that was enough to get her […]