Another tidbit about Iran….

This article in the Houston Chronicle says it all…
Who would have thought Iran, for decades synonymous with repression and religious fanaticism, could offer a beacon of sensible discourse for the United States? According to the government news service in Tehran, Iran’s Parliament passed a law permitting abortions in cases of danger to the mother or severe disability in the fetus. It’s the first time since the 1979 revolution that such a measure could be debated, let alone approved.
Although this move is contraversial for several different reasons, it is in stark contrast to what is happening in Texas.
Meanwhile, in Texas, opponents of abortion rights resort to tactics such as the demonstrably false link between breast cancer and abortion. The so-called Right to Know Act requires even victims of rape, incest and fetal abnormality to receive pamphlets with this misinformation before receiving an abortion. This month, the Legislature is considering an array of bills that would further restrict or rescind women’s rights to reproductive health care. In one pending bill, pregnant girls who feared physical abuse, rape or incest if they informed their parents prior to having an abortion would have to provide “clear and convincing evidence” that their fears were justified before they could get permission from a judge. Increased from the “preponderance of evidence,” this standard would require girls to produce a paper trail or other evidence of their abuse.
This article also makes the point that a country’s economic health is totally tied to a woman’s control over her own reproductive health. Interesting stuff, eh?

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