The Lincoln Journal Star reports that preventing undocumented women from accessing prenatal care assistance has had “dramatic effects”:
The elimination one year ago of Medicaid funding for prenatal care for about 1,600 low-income women has had dramatic effects, doctors and health clinic administrators reported Wednesday. At least five babies have died. Women are traveling 155 miles to get prenatal care. Babies have been delivered at clinics, in ambulances and hospital emergency rooms. […]
Andrea Skolkin, chief executive officer of One World Community Health Centers in Omaha, said that in the past year, only about half of uninsured women are receiving any prenatal care. The health center has more premature births to uninsured women, compared to insured women. Uninsured mothers were twice as likely to deliver through cesarean section, which is more expensive. […] Four infants died in utero at the Columbus health center, she said. In the previous seven years, the clinic had never had an in utero death.
Brought to you by the party of PRO-LIFE AND SAVE THE BABIESS!!!
Pro-life: only for fetuses! Once it’s being born into a baby, fuck it.
the senate voted to pass a bill that gives the governor the “emergency power” to fire the elected mayor, city council, or school board in any town in michigan and turn it over to a corporation to run the town. Or appoint a corporate…
They removed the “budget-repair” part. The reason the Democrats left the state to begin with is because Wisconsin’s upper chamber can’t pass any fiscal bills without 3/5 of the members present, according to Senate rules. With the Democrats missing, Republicans lacked that…
If we decide to disqualify every American politician who, in the past, has supported either a group or individual that used intimidation & murder for political means, we would probably have to hold most of these hearings in an empty room.
Let’s not forget that President Obama would have warmly welcomed Mubarak to the White House 90 days ago.
Have we learned nothing? Time to reread The Crucible.
Does anyone agree? How do you feel about Modern Art?
How do you feel when you walk into a Modern Art Exhibit?
I had the unfortunate experience of moving from what felt like quiet (but enjoyable) enjoyment of more “old” pieces (12th century to early 20th century or so), things that were not too Modern and then towards a Modern gallery that was all white, and very quiet. People seemed afraid to whisper or talk. I had stopped by the children’s section before moving to the Modern Art section, and suddenly, no one talked, or smiled! But some of the art was funny, and absurd - I wished other people had reacted.
I must say: it’s much harder for me to look at something painted by Van Gogh, or El Greco and assume I could replicate it than some Modern Artworks I’ve seen. But does that make it any less artistic to you?
I think that this should become an interesting call to modern art museums - why do we feel disconnected from modern art? Why do people disparage it as not “real” art? We could argue that people felt the same way about Impressionism and that has now entered “mainstream” but there still seems to be a disconnect between Modern & Contemporary Art and hoi polloi, even though Modern has really been around for some time (arguably late 19th C?)
At any rate, can museums change this? Can they make art more accessible? I know I was boggled by Yves Klein (see Anthropomorphie below and there’s further info here) but then I saw a film that showed him at his work, directing his models in poses, and I fell in love with it. So strange -but that humanizing made a connection between me and Klein (and his blue).
I think an enormous part of the problem has been the hermeticism of Modern art. In the early 20th century there was a big push towards abstraction as a form of spiritual and emotional purity, and then there were critics in the middle of the century like Clement Greenberg calling for truth to media (i.e. paint should represent nothing other than paint) continuing that same push for a purified form of art. The art discourse for a very long time has focused on formal qualities to the exclusion of the cultural circumstances that gave rise to works of art. For a good chunk of the 20th century, art was sanitized of its human connections in favor of appearances, and as a result, I think a lot of people have been alienated.
By insisting that any facility that performs 5 or more first trimester abortions a month be subject to the same structural requirements of hospitals.
17 clinics in one, fucking. day. 17 clinics. All part of the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (T.R.A.P.) plan, to make abortions so impossible to get that they are de facto illegal for all but the richest Americans.
I can’t take all the credit for that, I saw a picture of a woman holding a sign that reads “Keep Your Boehner Away From My Planned Parenthood” rallying for PP back home in PDX on the Mercury’s blog (sister paper of The Stranger, btw, my Seattleite internet friend).