Better health care will lower abortions

first_imgThis isn’t because they want to have more abortions. It’s because their underfunded, substandard, erratic and chaotic health care leaves them little alternative. The situation is only likely to become worse as more red states line up to adopt Republican cuts in Medicaid that will make it even harder for poor women to get regular checkups.Because of limited medical options, low-income women have a much lower rate of effective contraception than women higher on the income scale. With regular gynecological care, there’s every reason to expect that poor women’s use of contraception would resemble that of other women in the United States.Unfortunately, that’s not currently the case. The result of ignoring poor women’s health needs is that we end up with approximately 600,000 more unplanned pregnancies and 300,000 more abortions each year than if we provided all women with accessible medical care.If we truly want to lower the abortion rate, we should be increasing funding for organizations such as Planned Parenthood. “De-fund Planned Parenthood” may be an effective slogan for whipping up the conservative base. But for the hundreds of thousands of additional fetuses that will be aborted each year due to wretched health care for low-income women, that slogan is a death sentence.Well-funded health care translates into vastly fewer abortions. Isn’t that what “pro-life” people say they want?Jacqueline DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIf anti-abortion proponents really want to drastically reduce the number of abortions in America, instead of just using the issue to score political points, there is a straightforward solution: Provide decent health care for low-income women.In his book, “Sex and the Constitution,” University of Chicago constitutional scholar Geoffrey R. Stone notes that while poor women make up 15 percent of the population, they account for 42 percent of all abortions.last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds to headline Shawano’s July 24, 25 Mid-Summer Classic shows

first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance, but no track points will be awarded. There is a $30 draw fee each night for Modifieds and Stock Cars.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars chase $1,000 top checks while Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods race for $600 to win both nights.  Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.  IMCA Modifieds race for $1,150 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berths at Mid-Summer Classic shows Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. center_img SHAWANO, Wis. – The two-day show coming up this weekend at Shawano Speedway is guaranteed to be a Classic. Modified drivers get another shot at putting their name on the All-Star ballot at Shawano’s $1,200 to win Racing For A Reason childhood cancer benefit on Aug. 1.last_img read more

GDF, Rose Hall Jammers share opening honours in GBA Intermediate Boxing

first_imgTHE Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Rose Hall Town Jammers registered a win each on the opening night of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Lennox Blackmoore National Intermediate Championships, which is currently underway at the National Gymnasium.Only six bouts took place on Friday night, four of which were exhibition clashes.In the Intermediate bantamweight division, 18-year-old Andrey Bess defeated GDF’s Jermaine Grant, while in the lightweight clash GDF’s Jerimiah Jackman gained a walkover victory against the Jammer’s Kellon Williams.In the four exhibition bouts, 75% involved GDF boxers competing among themselves, while the other bout was between two Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) boxers. Five gyms, including defending champions GDF, FYF, Jammers, Pocket Rockets and Ricola are competing in the three-night event.Technical Director of the GBA, Terrence Poole, noted that some 33 boxers, two of whom are females, were scheduled to take the ring. The bout between Abiola Jackman and a Pocket Rocket Gym boxer would take place tonight as well as several of the male weight-division finals.Meanwhile Bess, who attends the New Amsterdam Technical Institute, was set to cheer on his gym mate Raphael Sebastian last night in another bantamweight bout, which could end with the two 18-year-old Berbice boxers reaching the final.According to president of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, the association will next look to run off the National Open, as it prepares for its most difficult Caribbean Boxing Championships, scheduled for December 4-9 in Trinidad.Ninvalle said that the Open, scheduled for later this month, would be used to select a large national squad to be encamped for at least a month to stand a chance against boxers from powerhouse nations such as Cuba (who have produced several World and Olympic champions), Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.The four Latin American nations were invited to the event this year.last_img read more

UW’s humbled ground game eager to start anew

first_imgSophomore running back James White (20) had a quiet Saturday night against the Buckeyes, rushing just five times for 16 yards.[/media-credit]Just less than two years ago, the Wisconsin football team went on the road and was shockingly held to only 99 rushing yards in a very un-Wisconsin-like manner.Last weekend against Ohio State it happened again, except this time Wisconsin was held to only 89 yards.For a program like UW that is not only built on the run, but notorious for its bruising running game, 89 yards just won’t cut it.“Yeah, [it’s] very frustrating,” running back Montee Ball said. “Any running back will say the same thing; of course you want to make the big plays and stuff like that, but you know Ohio State did a great job blowing things up. We hurt ourselves for not playing with urgency.”Ball has led Wisconsin’s rushing attack and has garnered national attention for his ability to find the endzone. This season, he has 18 touchdowns and 853 rushing yards on 142 attempts. He averages 106.6 yards per game and six yards per carry.But last weekend was a different story.Ball ran for 85 yards on 17 carries, and almost half of those yards came on a late-game dash for 40 yards. While he finished with one touchdown on the ground and an average of five yards per carry, for most of the game he was averaging only one.For center Peter Konz, determining the exact issue that caused the wheels to fall off is difficult.“I don’t know; it’s hard to pinpoint one thing,” Konz said. “They were very targeted on the run game. They wanted to stop the run game because they thought they had some good guys in their backfield.”While OSU’s secondary was having a successful night, Ball was still able to break free for a big gain eventually. On Ball’s 40-yard run, Konz set a formidable block so the junior to squeeze up the middle into an open backfield.Taking it up the middle and straight down the field is a trademark of Wisconsin run game. But against Ohio State, both Ball and White were either forced or called to run outside more. Unable to consistently turn the corner and go straight down the field, the run game suffered.“They were blowing the inside up,” Ball said. “They were making me move, making me run side to side, which that’s not my game at all. They exploited me there.”But because of the defense the Buckeyes were showing, Chryst felt going to the outside was the best option.“I think early in the game, you go off of what you’ve seen,” Chryst said about calling for a run up the middle or outside. “You try to balance what they do and you try to balance it with the kind of things that fit you as a team. … There were times when it was a little bit of a guessing game. For example, if they’ve shown a tendency to blitz on the open side or the field side, just cause you haven’t seen it, every run has to protect against that.”With the way they struggled on the ground that week and faced a heartbreaking loss one week earlier, the Badgers have no shortage of confidence they can make the necessary adjustments to prevent such an offensive breakdown from happening again – whether it’s for the rest of the season or another two years.“We just weren’t communicating as an offense as a whole,” running back James White said. “We weren’t executing the plays and it’s going to happen some times, but we’re going out there this week trying to correct those mistakes and get ready for Purdue.“[We need] to stop worrying about the big picture and go back to the little details. That’s what is going to get you as far as you want to go and executing as an offense as a whole.”White has seen a significant drop in his carries since the beginning of the year, mainly due to the hot streak Ball is on. White only has four touchdowns this season and 474 yards on 85 attempts. He averages only 59.2 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry.Saturday night was a rough one for White, who ran the ball five times for a gain of 16 yards.White’s numbers epitomize the run game against OSU and any time a major factor of an offense is missing, the whole will most likely stumble.Prior to Saturday night, Wisconsin had rushed for over 100 yards in 22 straight games. Without the legendary ground game, the Badgers simply appear off kilter.Regardless, Ball knows that as one streak ends, another one must begin.“We’re going to create another one,” Ball said. “What we’re focusing on is starting fast and [making] sure we get another streak going here.”last_img read more