The Week in Quotes (Feb. 12 – 18)

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Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Mutual fund manager Foster Friess, a supporter of Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum, on contraception.

Back in my days, we used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.

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U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., pointing out that no women were included as witnesses during a congressional hearing about religious freedom and a mandate that health insurers cover contraception.

Where are the women?

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U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, in a court filing laying out the settlement terms of the San Antonio-area Medina Valley Independent School District high school graduation prayer case.

To those Christians who have venomously and vomitously cursed the court family and threatened bodily harm and assassination: In His name, I forgive you. To those who have prayed for my death: Your prayers will someday be answered, as inevitability trumps probability. To those in the executive and legislative branches of government who have demagogued this case for their own political goals: You should be ashamed of yourselves. To the lawyers who have advocated professionally and respectfully for their clients’ respective positions: Bless you.

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Katherine Eyberg, a Texas Freedom Network UT-Austin student chapter member and Spanish senior, explaining efforts to inform fellow students about contraception.

I graduated from a public school where sex education consisted of an abstinence speaker that came in one day and told us that if we had sex we would die and we were encouraged to sign purity pledges. When I came to UT, I found that there was a better way of teaching sexual health concepts that’s more inclusive, more informative. I felt robbed because of the discrepancy between what I learned in high school and what I learned in college.

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Virginia House Delegate Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, defending legislation that would require an ultrasound procedure prior to an abortion by arguing that most abortions are conducted merely to serve the woman’s lifestyle.

In the vast majority of these cases, these are matters of lifestyle convenience.

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