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Morning Roundup: Michelle Duggar, CPAC Woman of the Year

Fertility can make you woman of the year, Boston public school kids ask for condoms and sex ed, a great description of Lila Rose, Montana rep wants personhood at fertilization, the evolutionary impact of the c-section, Focus on the Family and Planned Parenthood working together, and a love letter to Planned Parenthood.

  • The Conservative Political Action Committee held its annual conference over the weekend. CPAC also held a “Woman of the Year” luncheon honoring Michelle Duggar, star of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” Yes, apparently being very fertile will make you woman of the year. Question – what if Mrs. Duggar and her husband were people of color? What if they had hit upon hard times and had to rely on the state for assistance? Hmm – I think conservatives have another phrase for that, and it sure as hell isn’t “Woman of the Year.”
  • A group of students enrolled in Boston Public Schools will go before the City Council tomorrow to ask for sex ed and free condoms in all high schools in the city. The superintendent is “reluctant” to expand condom availability beyond the nine schools that offer them in health centers, and the students also face pushback from at least two Catholic groups. (Hmm, isn’t this PUBLIC school, though?)
  • Joanna Wise for the Boston Globe looks into Lila Rose’s plan to bring down Planned Parenthood, and in the process, transform herself into a star. Read the piece, if only for brilliant lines such as this opener, “It’s no surprise that conservatives love Lila Rose. She has the soul of Phyllis Schlafly in the body of Miley Cyrus.”
  • A Montana state representative will present a constitutional amendment to declare that personhood begins at fertilization. In a wonderful Montana way, the headline for the description of the week in politics reads, “2011 Legislature: Bills on sex education, abortion, wolves highlight busy week ahead.”
  • Are C-sections making smarter humans? The logic – while woman and baby might have previously perished due to a large-headed infant, C-sections allow babies with big brains to be born and carry on the species. Skeptical? Read the article in the L.A. Times.
  • Focus on the Family and Planned Parenthood working together? It’s too early for April Fools, but Jim Daly of Focus on the Family says he wants to work with abortion rights groups to help make the procedure less common, and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains says they want to listen.
  • And, for Valentine’s Day, here’s a great love letter to Planned Parenthood, in a Concord Monitor letter to the editor.

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