introduced legislation that would require a woman seeking an abortion to get a vaginal ultrasound beforehand. If I recall correctly, they had to amend that particular bill because of the outpour of public outrage. Now Virginia's Board of Health is now considering requiring abortion clinics to meet the same regulations as hospitals in the state if they perform more than 5 first-trimester abortions a month. 20 out of the 22 clinics in the state would have to close if this legislation is imposed. I find it hard to understand why these regulations - such as requiring 5 foot wide hallways and as many beds as parking spots - would need to be applied to an outpatient facility of this nature unless one was attempting to limit the number of abortions provided in the state. The medical advisory board consulted by the Board of Health does not feel these regulations are necessary so there is obviously some other reason the Board of Health is pushing this agenda, in my opinion.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, it appears that the state legislature has a problem with the word "vagina". State Representative Lisa Brown was speaking about an abortion bill and she ended her speech by saying, "Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no'". This was apparently so offensive to the House Republicans that she was barred from participating in further discussion on the bill. Seriously? I wonder what term they would have preferred that she use.
Moving on... It appears that the remaining federal charges against John Edwards have been dropped. It seemed odd to me that he was actually charged as it appeared that they really didn't have enough evidence to make their case. I am glad for the sake of his family that this is over so they can put it all behind them and move forward.
And finally, I have a story from across the pond! A school student in Scotland started a blog documenting - and rating - her school's lunches. It is called NeverSeconds and has become quite popular. She started the blog to raise money for charity. One reason for the popularity seems to be concern over the menu at her school cafeteria. Once celebrity chef Jamie Oliver became interested in the project, it really took off.
The student, herself, has complained that they are not given enough food and that the quality of what is given to them is questionable. The school maintains that they are following the guidelines. After about a month and a half, her local school board decided to ban the student from taking pictures of her school lunches, effectively ending the blog. This story does have a happy ending, however! Outraged supporters of the blogger created a Twitter campaign to draw attention to the banning of the blog and the ban has been lifted! The best news is that the blog has generated over 30,000 pounds for Mary's Meals, a charity that helps to provide meals to needy children!