Don’t Ask Walgreens For a Pap Smear
* The bill originated with the state's House Agriculture and Conservation Committee, which, as Zorn notes, has become a portal for bills favorable to conservatives (not uniformly Republicans; the Ultrasound Opportunity Act was introduced by Brandon Phelps, a Democrat from Harrisburg). It's made up, as you might expect from the state's geography, from more socially conservative members of the House. You might recall the committee's role in a bill from Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) which would have held abortion clinics to regulations enforced on outpatient surgery centers. Senger withdrew the bill last week after some clever politicking forced her hand, as Rich Miller explains.
* Over the border in Indiana, a more chilling and tragic development: a 34-year-old woman is charged with murder and attempted feticide after ingesting rat poison in a failed suicide attempt, which aborted her pregnancy at 33 weeks.
* Anne Elizabeth Moore takes a look at the controversial south-side abortion billboards ("Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted"), permits, and the privatization of public space.
* Deerfield-based pharmacy giant Walgreens found itself in an odd scenario recently: having to clarify that no, it does not offer pap smears. This came in response to a conversation on Fox News between two newstainment anchors who, clearly, have no need for them:
Men. Anyway, Stephen Colbert had endless fun with it:
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