Overheard on CNN.com: More states increase abortion restrictions
April 14th, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: More states increase abortion restrictions

"Even with the best birth control, women become inadvertently pregnant. Pro-lifers will tell that young woman she must have that baby, then ignore the suffering of the unwanted child who lives in abject poverty for life. I wonder how many conservatives have spoken out against a national health care system to provide medical care for the children of single mothers."–Aginghippy

More states restrict abortions; group says trend 'unparalleled'

Arizona recently banned public funding to train physicians to perform abortions; the state also banned tax credits for donations to Planned Parenthood. Kansas joined Nebraska in banning abortions after 21 weeks because of “fetal pain.” Many CNN.com readers said the new laws showed church entanglement with state policies.

pfriedkin said, "The push for these laws are purely the work of Christian extremists. Their "social" agenda is really a religious agenda and an attempt for force everyone to do what they say." Jilli asked, "Can burkhas be far behind?"

AngryDeuce said, "This is why churches should not get tax-free status: the money they claim is going to help the needy is going to lobbyist groups and perverting our political system with their beliefs. You want tax-exempt status, you show me the soup kitchen or homeless shelter it is funding. One penny goes to politics, and you lose your tax-free card for 5 years. That's how it ought to be."

Many questioned why states would withhold funding for abortions when society might have to pay for the future problems that might cause.  casselli said, "Is the GOP going to support all of these unwanted babies? What is going to happen when some of these women that will not take care of these babies start having them instead of having that procedure?"

Guest said, "I'd rather my tax money pay for an abortion than for the child's maintenance for 21 years."

Thrillhouse said, "Legalized and accessible abortion has shown a strong correlation with reduced crime rates. Right or wrong, there are very real consequences of forcing individuals to have unwanted children."

But others were more concerned about who pays the bill now. When enalunar said, "Keep your politics out of my uterus!" TK1957 answered, "Keep my tax dollars out of your uterus too." And frespech said, "Keep your mind in control of your uterus."

FREEDOM4 said, "You want birth control? Pay for it yourself. You want an abortion? Pay for it yourself. The taxpayers are maxxed out. We're willing to pay to care for the elderly, the sick and the disabled, but that's it. If you're an able-bodied person, pay for your own sex life."

18 years after Waco, Davidians believe Koresh was God

Nearly 20 years ago, 76 followers of self-proclaimed prophet David Koresh lost their lives during an FBI raid. The group was stockpiling machine guns and Koresh had engaged in sexual acts with underage Davidian girls, according to many sources. Some survivors still await Koresh’s return.

ZooperDoink said, "America's not a melting pot, it's a cereal bowl. Full of nuts, fruits, and flakes."

MarkDudier said, "He was more like a pedophile with a Jesus complex."

s33k3r75 said, "As crazy as this is, people have a fundamental right to join a cult and believe what they want. But no one has a right to rape underage kids or send their kids to be raped by the cult leader."

SadPanda said, "Have you ever noticed that the common denominator in cults and the like is that the leader gets to have sex with all the women? It's never about finding God or anything else, it's just so the main guy can fulfill some weird fantasies he never got to experience living in his mom's basement."

flippin said, "It's so sad how some are so easily brainwashed. And it's scary that someone like Koresh can so easily convince so many that he is God. He was a space cadet, a hypocrite, a sleeze, a liar, a pedophile, a thief, a murderer. Yet all these people were convinced he was God in the flesh. So much that they let their children be abused, suffer, and ultimately be killed in a fire."

Pleo said, "Given the enormity of the tragedy, and the loss of loved ones, it's easier for some of these people to believe they were right and their loved ones "died for Jesus,” than it is for them to accept the truth that they were duped by a charismatic cult leader. Very sad story."

tadam74811 said, "Koresh was as insane as Charles Manson, and unfortunately his followers were blinded by the craziness that sometimes accompanies religious fervor."

iRichard said, "Jim Jones, Terry Jones, Westboro, and Islamic extremists are all examples of the danger of radical religion. Our forefathers certainly knew what they were doing when they separated church and state."

Zsa Zsa Gabor to become new mother at 94, husband says

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, wants to have a child “with” his 94-year old wife, using a donated egg, surrogate mother, and artificial insemination. lienn said, "Please tell me this is a joke!!!" CosMcOldGuy said, "Madness! Leave the poor old lady alone. She had a great run."

TheSwan1213 said, "A 67-year-old man (adopted as an adult to become a prince) wants to have a child with a 94-year-old one-legged bed-bound former actress? These people are nuts!!"

tovia said, "If his plan is for all three of them to wear diapers at the same time, then his timing is impeccable."

citizenUSA said, "So baby's first outing will be her mother's funeral."

AndyDaniel said, "I would bet that Zsa Zsa Gabor is not even aware of this statement by her husband, who in the past has done several bizarre things for publicity, including claiming to be the father or Anna Nicole Smith's baby, and claiming he was robbed and handcuffed naked to his car by a group of women. This will go exactly nowhere."

After expressing shock, many CNN.com readers began to speculate about the real purpose for pursuing paternity.

rebeyeh said, "So, technically it wouldn't be Zsa Zsa's natural offspring if they're using an egg donor and his sperm. She already has an heir, her daughter; this guy is afraid he won't get a penny when she dies."

kowalski66 said, "He is pretty shrewd, if you ask me! He is worried about the inheritance, and a baby with his seed will help seal the deal." TNopinion agreed, "I guess he's thinking if they have a joint child together, said child will inherit half the fortune and he will claim it by proxy."

LordPet said, "I suppose it's a way to make it harder for Francesca Hilton to contest the will." sD1 said, "Sounds like her daughter needs to be visiting a lawyer on Zsa-Zsa's behalf and soon."

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Kai

    I know, right? Nasty little things.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazz is a loser

    You have to be the stupests person on the face of the earth. I think you derserve what you got. Wake up and stop crying over men you haven't even meet. Now go back into your hole and don't come back!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. ted409

    what does it say about a society that continues to rehash something settled in 1973 by roe v wade
    there as crazy as the brand davidians were spending good money to crank and rave and rant over something thats none of their business
    what a woman does with her body is her own business !!!!!!!!!!!!! typical american society to poke its nose into matters that arent their business to begin with

    April 15, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. meee

    May be her business but not with my money

    April 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Does not evolution teach that life began in an organic soup? Yes, it does in fact. Yet these same individuals touting evolution claim that even after several weeks of cellular growth, that thing in your womb isn't alive until it is born, so that if you decide to kill it you aren't a murderer and will be able to sleep at night. (unless of course you do other things at night, like "make babies")

    April 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Semantics, lizzy10. Opinions and beliefs are often one in the same.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    YEEE hawwwww....i get the urge to post that whenenver I hear WEEEEEEEEEEEE. semantics? Isn't a person's opinions based on their beliefs? You would think so but that's simply not the case. example: many claim to believe in God and his word the bible. Yet many of their opinions (and oftentimes their behavior) contradict their professed beliefs. It's like having a cake and eating it before anyone can read what's written on the frosting. oops....that's not how it goes, but sorta is. More coffee Missy! thank ya kindly.

    April 16, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dim Mak

    @mmmm: ok keep believing that as Christians around the world celebrate their kind and loving God by systematically slaying cute little lambs. The Mayans did stuff like that too. I'm quite comfortable in my beliefs. My God doesn't whip me into submission, but I'm sorry yours does. Have a blessed day.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lilly

    Wow....CNN never ceases to amaze me on how completely left-winged they are. And then its followers wonder why everyone else watches Fox News.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. g. lwebandiza

    America does not have a conscience, its history proves it. The 'Pro-lifers' have a hidden political agenda. If you need an abortion now, board a plane and go to S.E.Asia and have a safe abortion and no questions asked.
    The days when America dictated its off-beat policies to the world are gone. Stem-cell research will go on outside America. End result, America will soon be buying intellectual properties outside its confines.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
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