Stream Splashes: January 27 – February 2 in Review

By The Stream Published on February 3, 2019

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


Not to be outdone in bloodlust by New York, the state of Virginia is poised to pass its own abortion legislation that may be even worse than New York’s. (If that is possible.)

Introduced by Democrat Kathy Tran, the Repeal Act would wipe out all existing restrictions on abortions in Virginia. According to Tran, her bill would allow for a woman at full-term, in labor, to still have an abortion if the doctor deemed it “necessary” for her mental or physical health.

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The girl didn’t want an abortion. But her mother, a prominent nurse in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1977, forced her into the procedure. The girl was pregnant out of wedlock. Her mother wouldn’t allow it. Her mother’s friend and colleague, Dr. Kelberg, performed the late-term abortion.

Except the baby didn’t die. She was born alive, weighing 2 lbs. 14 oz. But Dr. Kelberg and the baby’s grandmother left her to die. The girl never knew her child was still alive.

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Members of the Texas legislature are gearing up to consider several new bills that some groups are calling “Ban the Bible” bills. They have dubbed these proposals the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (SOGI) bills.

According to the nonprofit Texas Values, these bills, if passed, would give the government power to ban free expression of biblical beliefs. The punishment for failing to comply is fines, possible jail time and other charges. The state would strip “Texans’ right to practice biblical teachings out of their lives.”

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30 years ago Paul Simon wrote, “These are the days of miracle and wonder.” Lately these have been the days of madness and malice. Down is up, up is down. MAGA hats are “hate.” Hate is “tolerance.” Walls are immoral, compromise is “caving,” and the simple act of smiling is now an act of aggression. Harmless old men are treated like drug lords and drug lords are treated to an open border. And the Freedom Tower is lit in pink to celebrate the wholesale slaughter of children.

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