I am a little shocked that none of my Sciblings has mentioned this. The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering rule changes that would, in effect, define contraception as abortion. You can find a text of this proposal here. RH Reality Check has a thorough discussion of the issue. More recently, 28 Democratic senators lead by Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y), have written to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt condemning the action. A complete text of the letter is below the fold. Conspicuously absent was any member of the Republican Party – yet another reason why one should never vote Republican.
Both Joshua and I share a birthday today. Rather than think about how many folks died on my birthday like Joshua is doing, I will share what I am getting for my birthday with you. Through the kindness of family and friends I was able to buy some books from Amazon. A list is below the fold.
Really, it’s a conspiracy! Despite my intention of taking a blogging vacation I find myself blogging, once again, about lemurs. This particular story is kind of neat and will be familiar to anyone who has read West-Eberhard’s Developmental Plasticity and Evolution (incidentally, this is one of my favorite books on the subject of evolution and I strongly recommend it). National Geographic has the story: