Beyond the Bubble: 2/11/11

By Hana Skoblow

Earlier this week, House Republicans began work on two abortion bills. The first, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” would severely restrict women’s ability to finance and gain access to abortions. It would also change the long-standing exemption for federal funding in cases of rape or incest, by funding only cases of “forcible rape” which, according to the bill, exclude victims of statutory or coerced rape, or situations in which the mother’s health is at serious risk (unless due to pregnancy). The second bill prohibits the purchase of abortion coverage by Americans who use insurance through state exchanges, even if they pay with their own money.

Five weeks after she was released from court-mandated drug rehabilitation, Lindsay Lohan is about to be charged with grand theft, which is a felony. The actress allegedly stole a $2,500 necklace but denies any guilt. She is currently still on supervised probation for a drunk driving conviction.

Thanks to the Confession app on the iPhone, Catholics can now admit their sins digitally. Approved by the Catholic Church, the app guides users through the sacrament to understand their conscience based on various factors (age, sex, marital status, etc.) and by checking boxes next to introspective examinations, such as, “Do I not seek to love Him with my whole heart?” and “Have I been involved with superstitious practices or have I been involved with the occult?” Users are encouraged to still visit their priests for absolution because the app is not meant to completely replace traditional confession.

Massive rainfall and subsequent flooding in Sri Lanka has left 7 dead and almost 1 million displaced, says a report from Feb. 5. Almost 1,000 homes are no longer inhabitable, but relief efforts are beginning to increase.

Sources: NYTimes, CNN, BBC



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