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Jeff Fecke

Blog of the Moderate Left --

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer and blogger from Lakeville, Minnesota. He has been a blogger since 2002, and became especially interested in issues of reproductive health and justice after becoming the father of a baby girl that same year. He currently writes at his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, and at Alas, a Blog.

Fecke, 36, is a divorced father of one, and lives in Lakeville, Minnesota.

All Work

I Have A Daughter

Jeff Fecke

"Do you ever wish you had a son?" It's a simple question I get asked at times. And the is unequivocally,  "No."

Seminarian Pro-Choice Because of Her Faith

Jeff Fecke

Seminarian Kelli Clement says she is not pro-choice "in spite of" her faith. Rather, her faith, she says, "instructs me to be pro-choice." She calls for deeper connections between religious liberals and the broader progressive community.

Overwhelming Turnout in MN

Jeff Fecke

Anecdotal evidence is coming in that turnout in Minnesota is massive. Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs Eagan and Edina are both reporting severe traffic jams heading into the DFL caucus sites, and Robin Marty of Minnesota Monitor is reporting that turnout at her caucus site is three times normal.

Scarlett Johansson Stumps for Obama in Minnesota Today

Jeff Fecke

Johansson says Obama will bring a "great woman" to the White House – Michelle Obama.

At a Barack Obama rally in Northfield, Minnesota, actress Scarlett Johansson said, "I don't want to say nasty things about Hillary Clinton. I think she has a lot of good intentions." But the Lost in Translation star said she thought Obama would bring a different capable woman into the presidency.

"When we elect Barack Obama to the White House, we will have an amazing woman in the White House: Michelle Obama," said Johansson, drawing applause at the Carleton College rally.

Johansson said she'd been "star-struck" the first time she'd met Sen. Obama, and the first words she'd said to him were, "Hi, senator, I love your wife, it's so nice to meet you."

She said the next time they met, Obama told her, "I told my wife you love her." She groaned, and jokingly said, "Oh, good, you remember that dorky thing I said."

Governor Skips Anti-Choice March

Jeff Fecke

It's remarkable how political candidates with national aspirations suddenly start bypassing anti-abortion groups' events. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty sparked speculation by his unusual absence from this year's March for Life in Washington D.C.

Bill Frees Up Funds for Abortion “Alternatives”

Jeff Fecke

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has authored a new bill that would specifically authorize states to use Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) funds to provide "alternative-to-abortion" services. But abortion rights advocates say the measure would funnel money to anti-abortion advocacy groups.

Abortion Foe Hyde Dies at 83

Jeff Fecke

Former Rep. Henry Hyde, best known as the author of the amendment that forbade the federal government for giving medical assistance to low-income women if it would be used to pay for an abortion, died yesterday at the age of 83.

GOP Candidates in Values Voter Debate

Jeff Fecke

The Republican presidential candidates who participated in the Values Voter Debate Monday night opposed not only abortion but science-based sex education, CEDAW, and universal health care, too.

Sex Ed and the State

Jeff Fecke

A new documentary explores the paradox pittng scientific evidence and public support for comprehensive sexuality education against the unwillingness of political leaders to enforce standards that keep kids safe.

Free Speech Wins in Anti-Abortion Case

Jeff Fecke

Last month the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of "pro-life" protesters in a ruling that also had the support of the regional Planned Parenthood, as part of a fight for First Amendment Rights.