Men responsible for unwanted pregnancies

first_imgAllen Muchmore wrote about the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which finally put a name on the huge problem of women dying from botched back-room abortions. That led to the pro-choice and pro-life movements.He agrees that a woman has a right to choose if she has a baby or not. He goes on to say he believes that she only has that right before conception, not after she becomes pregnant. I hate to disagree, but some men can be very persuasive and if the woman isn’t aware of her ovulation cycle (most women aren’t unless they are trying to conceive) it’s very easy to get pregnant.The medical term for “unborn baby” is “fetus” and not considered a person until it is breathing on its own. Terminology not withstanding, I think Mr. Muchmore, like most of the men I’ve encountered, some of whom used to stand outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Union Street with their signs, miss the point. Immaculate conception historically only happened once.As for the rest of us, I know with absolute certainty how conception works. My mantra for decades has been” “If you kept it in your pants boys, we wouldn’t have all these issues. And for those of you who think it’s the woman’s responsibility to provide birth control, you’re wrong. And for those of you who think if someone flirts with you, they get what they deserve, you’re wrong. Men are responsible for unwanted pregnancies because as stated earlier, we can’t do it alone.”HOLLY RUSSOGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion How can we justify killing the unborn?last_img read more

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Casino developers move into Blackpool

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JLL speeds ahead with UK racetrack disposals

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Westfield prepares fund for UK assets

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Trump tests negative for virus as US expands Europe traveler ban

first_imgPresident Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his physician said Saturday, following concerns over his exposure to a disease that has paralyzed the globe.Trump agreed to the test after coming in contact with several members of a Brazilian presidential delegation visiting his Florida resort who have since tested positive for the virus. “This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” the president’s physician Sean Conley said in a memo. “One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation at Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” he said.Trump, 73, had dismissed concerns over his exposure to the disease which has killed at least 51 Americans and upended the rhythm of daily life across the country, with millions working from home and schools shuttered.New York, the most populous US city, saw its first coronavirus death on Saturday, as store shelves were stripped bare after days of panic buying.”I have been through Hurricane Sandy… through 9/11, I have never seen shopping like this,” said Larry Grossman, manager of a Manhattan supermarket. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday announced a further restriction on travel to the United States, saying a travel ban imposed on European nations over the pandemic would be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland Tuesday.Trump advised against non-essential travel, and said officials were considering imposing travel restrictions within the United States.”If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it,” Trump said at a White House news conference. “We want this thing to end. We don’t want a lot of people getting infected.”Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the crisis, freeing up some $40 billion in disaster relief funds. Late Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill — crafted by Democrats in consultation with the Trump administration — to provide billions of dollars for free virus testing, emergency paid sick leave and family leave related to the epidemic.Supported by Trump, it is expected to easily pass the Republican-controlled Senate next week.News of Trump taking the test marked a further turning point, after days of resistance to the suggestion.An end to hand-shaking The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 5,700 lives in some 137 countries.Repeatedly attacked for sending out mixed signals on the health crisis, the president raised eyebrows on Friday when, contrary to medical advice, he was seen shaking hands as he gathered his coronavirus response team at the White House.On Saturday, he blamed habit — “people put their hand out… you don’t think about it” — but said it would have to change.”Maybe people shouldn’t be shaking hands for the long term,” said Trump, a self-declared germophobe, “because it does transmit flu and other things.”Trump’s virus test came after not only contact with the Brazilian delegation, but also US lawmakers and political leaders who have gone into self-quarantine over potential infection.Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was on Saturday awaiting results of a virus test after she came down with flu-like symptoms. She reportedly attended an event in Florida with Trump on Monday and flew back to Washington on Air Force One.Read also: As coronavirus chaos spreads globally, Trump declares US emergencyA broader travel ban On Saturday a 30-day US ban took effect on all travel from the EU’s Schengen border-free zone, part of a global clampdown on travel to curtail the virus.Pence said the ban — which notably excluded Britain and Ireland — would include both countries as of midnight EST on Monday (0400 GMT on Tuesday).”Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal (US) residents can come home,” Pence said.Trump also aimed a new jab at the US Federal Reserve, saying he wanted it to be “much more proactive” in moving to protect Americans from the widespread economic dislocation caused by the pandemic.But the president — wearing a navy blue USA cap — seemed otherwise subdued during Saturday’s briefing, uncharacteristically offering praise to Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Pelosi said she was “proud” to have reached an agreement on the relief package after days of tense talks with the White House.Trump also tweeted that he had a “nice conversation” with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and that it was “great to hear that his wonderful wife Sophie is doing very well.”Trudeau has been telegoverning since his wife was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

New deputy governor inaugurated as virus-hit Jakarta grinds to halt

first_imgJakarta has officially got a new deputy governor with Gerindra Party politician Ahmad Riza Patria inaugurated on Wednesday, as the capital city struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken a heavy toll on public health and the economy.Riza took an oath to serve in the long-vacant position at a ceremony presided over by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace, which was attended by only a few guests in compliance with physical distancing protocols.Those present, including Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, all wore masks and were asked to keep their distance.  The partial lockdown has been imposed since Friday last week and is set to remain in place until April 24.Speaking after the ceremony, Riza said he hoped he could help Anies address the complex set of challenges facing the city.“We hope this issue [the COVID-19 outbreak] can be resolved properly. I hope I can help the governor deal with COVID-19. I have promised the President I will diligently carry out my duties as deputy governor,” Riza said.Jakarta has been the region hardest hit by COVID-19 in the country, with 2,474 positive confirmed cases reported, nearly half of the official nationwide tally of 5,136 confirmed cases, as of Wednesday.The capital has also reported the most deaths from the disease, with 242 fatalities out of the country’s official death toll of 469.Riza said he would begin work Thursday, and would meet with Anies and administration officials to be given an introduction to the city’s programs.Read also: World Bank suggests firms ‘hibernate’ during COVID-19 pandemic“I have met with the governor, who explained the situation concerning the coronavirus. We will work together to implement the PSBB,” he said.The seat of deputy governor had remained vacant for more than a year after Gerindra politician Sandiaga Uno resigned in August 2018 to become the running mate of the party’s chairman, Prabowo Subianto, in the 2019 presidential election.Riza was elected as the Jakarta deputy governor for the remainder of the 2017-2022 term after securing 81 votes from the City Council on April 6, beating Nurmansyah Lubis, a contender from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), who gained 17 votes.Jakarta Council speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi said he hoped Riza could help Anies to support the poor and vulnerable residents of the capital, who had been hardest hit by the pandemic.“Please oversee the distribution of social aid. Also, I ask that the quality of cloth masks in aid packages given to the residents be improved in accordance with World Health Organization standards,” he said.Topics : Riza’s appointment comes after Jakarta, Indonesia’s economic center, imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of the contagious virus that has crippled the economy and brought the city to a halt.Residents have been told to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel, with schools, public places and offices closed and public transportation services limited.Read also: COVID-19: Confusion in Jakarta on first workday under partial lockdownOnly businesses operating in the financial, fuel, food, medicine, retail, water, communications and logistics sectors are exempted from the 14-day restrictions.last_img read more

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