DelDot’s 5th Lane website need repair more urgently than the highway.

A friend of mine, who’s an award winning web designer, rips DELDOT for their website publicizing the project to add a 5th lane to I-95.

Here’s his comments on the home page:

THE HOME PAGE
What it should be: A synopsis of what the project is, a map of the area it will impact and a timetable of when work will be ongoing, as well as an area for breaking or current news, such as where and when to expect construction delays.

What it is: An oversize version of the same horrid logo used on the billboard (it takes a rare stroke to make a logo that works equally poorly on both a black and white background).

But there’s so much more he finds wrong with the site. Read the whole thing.

Texas Senate Approves Abortion Survey Bill to Reduce State Numbers

Texas Senate Approves Abortion Survey Bill to Reduce State Numbers

The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow the state to collect information associated with abortions such as insurance payments used to pay for it or the women’s reasons for having one. The idea behind the bill is to learn more about why women have abortions so those reasons can be addressed.

Many of those who support abortion claim to want to make it “safe, legal and rare,’ borrowing the phrase that President Clinton used in the last decade. Yet, whenever an opportunity comes up to actually reduce abortions, they find some excuse not to support the action. The claim this time is doctor-patient confidentiality:

However, the bill has drawn opponents including the Texas Medical Association, which says it introduces on the doctor-patient relationship even though women considering an abortion have no prior relationship with the abortion practitioner.

Laurie Felker Jones, spokeswoman for NARAL’s Texas affiliate, told the Dallas Morning News that he group opposes the bill as well.

“Most Texans don’t need an exhaustive study and a laundry list of questions for patients to know why women are seeking abortions in Texas. It’s because they’re accidentally pregnant,” she said.

If you read the article, it seem quite clear that this information would be collected anonymously and therefore doctor-patient confidentiality would not be an issue. Also, while Ms. Jones is seemingly correct that women have abortions because they become accidentally pregnant, might there not be other causes? Plenty of women get pregnant accidentally, but raise their children, so there must be more to the decision. Texas is merely trying to see what puts women in the situation where they feel they must have an abortion and seek to help them come a solution to it. This wouldn’t infringe upon anyone’s “right” to an abortion and would deny no one any freedom they currently have under the law. There’s no pressure, no coercion, so what’s the beef?

The only reason to oppose this is either strict libertarian grounds (which I think we can safely assume are not being honestly used among the pro-abortion faction objecting to this bill) or the idea that all abortions are good things, even if they’d never make that claim in public. Once again, we see that for many the claim to want to make abortion “safe, legal and rare” is just another political lie.

Quote of the Day

“And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need its assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?”

— Benjamin Franklin (Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention, 28 June 1787)

Reference: Franklin Collected Works, Lemay, ed., 1138.

Quote of the Day

“And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need its assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?”

— Benjamin Franklin (Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention, 28 June 1787)

Reference: Franklin Collected Works, Lemay, ed., 1138.

Quote of the Day

“And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need its assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?”

— Benjamin Franklin (Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention, 28 June 1787)

Reference: Franklin Collected Works, Lemay, ed., 1138.