All Over the Map Today

Let’s start in Texas where apparently some judge thinks it’s “Unconstitutional” to defund Planned Parenthood. huh?

A federal judge on Monday stopped Texas from removing Planned Parenthood clinics from a state women’s health program because the organization provides abortions.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin cited evidence that the state rule banning Planned Parenthood from the program was unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing the law until he can hear arguments in the case.

After seeing the reaction to the Komen funding and Planned Parenthood situation we know there is an incredibly loud demographic out there but sheesh how about some sense. Planned Parenthood provides for abortions. Texas taxpayers do not want to aid in that situation why is Texas required to fund them? Is it because they started funding them ala Komen and now can’t quit due to the Federal (not the state) constitution?

Moving to India where we find that the UK gave funds to provide for forced sterilizations to reduce populations and thus reduce climate change. [ht Coyote Blog who appropriately entitles his post “And We Climate Change Skeptics Get Called Evil”]

The UK agreed to give India £166m to fund the programme, despite allegations that the money would be used to sterilise the poor in an attempt to curb the country’s burgeoning population of 1.2 billion people.

Sterilisation has been mired in controversy for years. With officials and doctors paid a bonus for every operation, poor and little-educated men and women in rural areas are routinely rounded up and sterilised without having a chance to object. Activists say some are told they are going to health camps for operations that will improve their general wellbeing and only discover the truth after going under the knife…………..Yet a working paper published by the UK’s Department for International Development in 2010 cited the need to fight climate change as one of the key reasons for pressing ahead with such programmes. The document argued that reducing population numbers would cut greenhouse gases, although it warned that there were “complex human rights and ethical issues” involved in forced population control.

Don’t you love it when massive government bureaucrats take things into their own hands for your betterment?

And as long as we’re on forced sterilizations, let’s go to China.

Have you noticed as Mollie Hemingway has that Chen Guangcheng’s reason for imprisonment was because he opposed forced sterilizations and used his legal skills to do so? Maybe not, because it’s not in most of the news stories about him. Doesn’t fit the narrative. [ht Maggie’s Farm]

And finally Chile where Mary O’Grady has noticed that the lack of positive voices for freedom and free markets is what has created a danger in Chile of moving leftward. It isn’t that things aren’t going well, or that the people haven’t seen improvements…it’s that the ideals need to be spoken about and not hidden in a back room and taken out every time the left gains too much ground. [ht Three Sources]

Then there is his education reform which tries to placate Ms. Vallejo’s aficionados without giving in to the demand for a free university system. It guarantees scholarships for the bottom 60% of the population and 2% real interest rate loans for all but the richest 10%.

The technocrats might be congratulated for holding free university education at bay considering the political pressures. But the reason Ms. Vallejo has them on the run in the first place is the more fundamental problem. If Mr. Piñera wants to solve it he will have to become an advocate for freedom.

The left – note the stories above – is loud and powerful and can make well meaning people feel bad about themselves. Someone – no, all of us - need to speak out in defense of freedom at every opportunity. Every opportunity and more.

ps – On a side track but a fun one; thank you Navy Seals for using your freedom to share your thoughts on how Obama has used you.

National Review’s Morning Jolt had this great quote on the subject:

It’s the first of May, and already Obama is playing the I-killed-bin-Laden card. Yes, there was political and diplomatic risk in authorizing the mission, and yes, President Obama was entitled to take a victory lap. And it’s wildly unrealistic to expect the Obama campaign not to mention it frequently; the only truly popular thing President Obama has ever done is to authorize a unilateral military strike in an unsuspecting country without U.N. approval.