Anatoli Brouchkov has willingly become a human guinea pig for the 3.5 million-year-old bacteria
What holds society together and what’s our role in it? Philosophers Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor have been honored in the US for their work on these issues, and DW met up with Habermas.
President Mahmud Abbas has said the Palestinian territories cannot abide by the Oslo agreement because of Israel’s reluctance to commit to the deal. Israeli PM Netanyahu has condemned Abbas’ speech as “deceitful.”
Russia carried out its first airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, claiming it had struck militants of the Islamic State (IS) group. However, French and US officials quickly raised questions about the military operation.
“This stunning concession from Representative McCarthy reveals the truth that Republicans never dared admit in public,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the lead Democrat on the committee. “The core Republican goal in establishing the Benghazi Committee was always to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and never to conduct an evenhanded search for the facts.”
At yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, some members of the committee spent their allotted time for questions asserting that there are plenty of places that can do the same tests and exams that Planned Parenthood does for 2.7 million women every year and that federal funds should just go elsewhere.
What these members of the House were really saying, though, is that if you are young, low-income, or disabled and you get Medicaid, they should control your choice of the health care provider you see. Whether you feel comfortable with the person who feels your breasts for lumps is irrelevant. Whether you feel comfortable with the person who inserts a speculum into your vagina to be able to get a sample of cells from your cervix is irrelevant. Who you trust to examine your body and advise you on your health doesn’t matter. They should control that choice.
This isn’t new. Taking control of women’s bodies, particularly the bodies of low-income women and women of color, is a tactic that has been used in this country and even before it was a country. And today we mark the 39th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, the cruel federal restriction on abortion coverage and yet another way some members of Congress seek to control women’s bodies and health care options.
Yesterday’s display in the House Oversight Committee is proof positive that some members of Congress aren’t just perfectly comfortable continuing this terrible part of our history, but want to expand their control over women’s health, bodies, and lives.
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