Much too often, pro-lifers like to cast people who are pro-choice as heartless murderers who use abortion as a prophylactic while ignoring that sometimes an abortion can save the life of the mother. This blogger’s poignant account of an abortive measure taken when his wife’s life was at risk due to her pregnancy is really the best example of why we should all be pro-choice.

Finally, the ER OB comes in and starts talking to us about the possibility of losing the baby some more. Fortunately, we have already discussed this and thought about it, having already thought we lost the baby two or three times over the past few weeks. Still, it isn’t pleasant to think about it.

Nothing is stopping the bleeding. There seems to be nothing they can do. They talk about trying some drugs, but then they decide things are going too fast to give time to let them work. So that leaves only surgery as a possibility. Surgery means hosing her out. It means killing the baby. So obviously, we look into other options. Only now, my wife is so out of it, from blood loss, from the painkillers, that the doctor said she is no longer able to legally consent. Now I’m handed a clipboard. On it is consent to basically give my wife an abortion and kill our future child. And it is all on me, my decision, mine alone. Something I never thought I’d ever face, ever have to deal with. Made worse by being a decision of either kill the baby or potentially watch both my wife and the baby die.

(via Pharyngula)

Car Forum Readers Help Cops Nab Hit and Run Perp

Amazing thread on a car forum. A person posts about a friend who was involved in a hit and run accident and another member of the forum had happened to have taken pictures of the event.

From The Calgary Herald:

A quick-thinking motorist with a digital camera snapped several pictures of a hit-and-run collision, helping police nab a suspect after the driver fled the scene.

Saturday’s crash didn’t cause any injuries, but the photos created a flurry of activity when they appeared on local Internet forums Sunday.

“That’s the bigger story — it’s spiralled out of control,” said Dave Watling, who took the shots.

Beyond.ca, a forum for car enthusiasts where Watling first posted the photos, received about 100,000 hits Monday, forcing the website to add another server to deal with all the curious Internet users, according to the amateur photographer.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Bonaventure Drive and Southland Drive S.E.

Watling was travelling northbound on Bonaventure and had just stopped for a red light in the right-hand lane when he saw a silver Acura come flying by him on his left and smash into the back of a stopped Mercedes.

The force of the collision pushed the Mercedes into a minivan and a taxi in front of it.

The Acura’s driver began to back up his car, and that’s when Watling asked his wife, Heather, to pass him his new Canon camera.

And here’s the link to the thread in the forum.

Too bad they took down most of the photos.

List of company name etymologies

From Wikipedia:

3Com — Network technology producer; the three coms are computer, communication, and compatibility.

A&W Root Beer — named after founders Roy Allen and Frank Wright

Coca-Cola — derived from the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavoring. Coca-Cola creator John S. Pemberton changed the ‘K’ of kola to ‘C’ to make the name look better.

Pepsi — named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.

Israel’s ‘modesty buses’ draw fire

From BBC News:

The other day I was waiting for a bus in downtown Jerusalem. I was in the bustling orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Sharim and the bus stop was extremely crowded.

When the Number 40 bus arrived, the most curious thing happened. Husbands left heavily pregnant wives or spouses struggling with prams and pushchairs to fend for themselves as they and all other male passengers got on at the front of the bus.

Women moved towards the rear door to get on at the back.

When on the bus, I tried to buck the system, moving my way towards the driver but was pushed back towards the other women.

These are what orthodox Jews call “modesty buses”.

The separation system operates on 30 public bus routes across Israel.

(via Reddit)