Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Haven't You Done Enough Damage Here at Home?
U.S. Lawmakers Get Involved in Uruguayan Abortion Vote
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Chris Smith says he hopes that he played a small part in stopping Uruguay from becoming the first Latin American nation besides Cuba to legalize abortion. Critics say he was meddling in the affairs of another country. [ed: isn't that what we do, now? they're just being pre-emptive, right?]Remember these names and "reward" them accordingly.
Smith, R-N.J., and five other anti-abortion House Republicans on April 30 sent letters to Uruguay's senators urging them not to "make the same costly mistake" America made 31 years ago and "legalize the violent murder of unborn children."
But Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., an abortion rights leader, said that in her 18 years in Congress she has never received a letter from a foreign lawmaker telling her how to vote on an issue. She said what also bothered her was the suggestion, because America wields so much power around the world, that "if you don't do this you'll be sorry."
Also signing the letter were Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., Todd Akin, R-Mo., Steve King, R-Iowa, Jo Ann Davis, R-Va., and Joseph Pitts, R-Pa.
Good day, people. I'm not ignoring you. I feel as though nothing I can say right now is going to make the least bit of difference to this administration, that the world hates us (and me personally, by extension), and that we all deserve beheading and being dragged thru the streets.
But on a lighter note, I will have 4 paintings in a show sponsored by the Evanston Art Center called "EAC On Tour," 2 largish landscapes/landscapes-with-people, 2 mediumish portrait/interiors, all but one several years old. Sounds like we're getting a tour bus, and maybe dope and groupies? Hardly. All very civic-minded. First stop, St. Francis Hospital, thru the middle of July. Don't know all the details yet, but if you email me, I'll let you know more when I find out.
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