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Arkansas Senate votes to block taxpayer funding of abortion

State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe
State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe

Republican state senator Cecile Bledsoe is making headlines in Arkansas.

Excerpt:

The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit insurers in new markets set up under the federal health care law from offering coverage for abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is at stake — a move that opponents say will make it virtually impossible for women to get abortion coverage.

The Senate voted 27-8 to approve strict limits on when abortion would be covered in the new insurance markets that will be set up starting in 2014 under the federal health care overhaul. The legislation would prohibit abortion coverage by insurers in those markets even in cases of rape and incest.

Coverage for abortions could be obtained through separate supplemental policies.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, said it was aimed at preventing publicly funded abortions in Arkansas in the new system. Under the reform law, some people participating in the new networks will receive tax credits to subsidize their health insurance coverage.

“This is about tax dollars and Arkansans have said overwhelmingly we don’t want to spend tax dollars on abortions,” Bledsoe told the Senate.

[…]Bledsoe’s bill now heads to the House. Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, said Thursday night he’d prefer to see an exemption for rape and incest in the bill, but would not say whether he’d oppose the legislation in its current form.

Notice how the Democrats try to water down a good law by raising an exception that happens in a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of cases. Also note that babies that are conceived as a result of rape or incest are still human beings, and deserve a right to life. She/He should be allowed to live and then placed for adoption after birth. Why should the innocent baby be punished for a crime that she/he did not commit? To deter rape and incest, we can pass even tougher criminal laws against them, and offer the woman assistance while she carries the child.

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HUGE natural gas discovery in Louisiana! And Texas, Arkansas and Pennsylvania!

Bobby and Supriya Jindal
Bobby and Supriya Jindal

GREAT NEWS! Oh, I know that I usually say some depressing things on this blog… but I’m going to make up for all that right now by bringing out the Bobby and Supriya Jindal picture to illustrate this exciting story.

Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal, courtesy of commenter ECM. The title is “U.S. Gas Fields Go From Bust to Boom”.

Excerpt:

A massive natural-gas discovery here in northern Louisiana heralds a big shift in the nation’s energy landscape. After an era of declining production, the U.S. is now swimming in natural gas.

Even conservative estimates suggest the Louisiana discovery — known as the Haynesville Shale, for the dense rock formation that contains the gas — could hold some 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That’s the equivalent of 33 billion barrels of oil, or 18 years’ worth of current U.S. oil production. Some industry executives think the field could be several times that size.

“There’s no dry hole here,” says Joan Dunlap, vice president of Petrohawk Energy Corp., standing beside a drilling rig near a former Shreveport amusement park.

Huge new fields also have been found in Texas, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. One industry-backed study estimates the U.S. has more than 2,200 trillion cubic feet of gas waiting to be pumped, enough to satisfy nearly 100 years of current U.S. natural-gas demand.

The discoveries have spurred energy experts and policy makers to start looking to natural gas in their pursuit of a wide range of goals: easing the impact of energy-price spikes, reducing dependence on foreign oil, lowering “greenhouse gas” emissions and speeding the transition to renewable fuels.

…The natural-gas discoveries come as oil has become harder to find and more expensive to produce. The U.S. is increasingly reliant on supplies imported from the Middle East and other politically unstable regions. In contrast, 98% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is produced in North America.

Coal remains plentiful in the U.S., but is likely to face new restrictions. To produce the same amount of energy, burning gas emits about half as much carbon dioxide as burning coal.

Read the whole thing!