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The business of abortion

Award was given to Aurora, CO Planned Parenthood clinic for exceeding abortion visits first half of fiscal year 2012 compared to first half of fiscal year 2013 (Credit: Undisclosed former Planned Parenthood employee) It seems apparent to me that all abortion clinics are daily dealing with an enormous conflict of interest.  In order for a clinic to keep its doors open and pay its employees, it must generate income.  How does it generate income?  By performing a profitable medical procedure ending the life of a not-yet-born child: abortions.  

This is even more complicated for Planned Parenthood because they accept millions of dollars of taxpayer money from the federal government.  If they perform and report more abortions, they will potentially receive more funding.  When a business that provides a profitable service meets with a new potential client, do you think they try to sell their service or convince the client that the service is not in their best interest and walk them out the door?

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KFC and Starbucks: 3 ways to change culture

A Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Boulder City, Nevada, late at night, empty of customers, after closing. THIS IS NOT THE STORE referenced in the story (Credit: Allen via Flickr)A KFC employee in Jackson, Mississippi has been accused of asking a three-year-old girl to leave the restaurant because her facial injuries were disturbing to other customers.  Victoria Wilcher was attacked by pit bulls at her grandfather's home last April.  The dogs broke her nose, jaws, cheekbones and right eye socket.  She lost her right eye; the right side of her face is paralyzed.

Her grandmother, Kelly Mullins, recently took Victoria to a KFC restaurant, where she ordered mashed potatoes.  Mullins says, "I sat down at the table and started feeding her and the lady came over and said we'd have to leave because we were disturbing her other customers.  Victoria's face was disturbing the other customers.  I never thought anyone would act like that."

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Obsessive compulsive religion

A person washing their hands in a bathroom sink with running water and a bar of soap (Credit: Lucille Pine via Flickr) When I was seven years old, I thought God would come down to earth in a spacecraft to take everyone to heaven.  I was terrified that if I disobeyed my parents or told one of my older brothers to "shut up" that I would be left behind in this science-fiction rapture.  There is a psychological diagnosis for people that go through their lives with this type of thinking.  It is a subcategory of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) called scrupulosity.

Sufferers of scrupulosity fear punishment from deities for their actions. "They're walking around with this black cloud of 'I'm going to hell,'" expert Jonathan Abramowitz of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill described.  If you have this condition, you believe that your thoughts have the same moral implications as your actions.  A colleague of Abramowitz explains that "Scrupulosity literally means 'fearing sin where there is none.'" In order to alleviate their fears they perform whatever rituals their religion prescribes compulsively and methodically, like we'd expect a person with OCD to wash their hands after shaking hands with a stranger or straighten a crooked picture frame.

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