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-*'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya]]''' - June 19th, 2011.+*[[Debate: Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions]]''' - June 30th, 2011.
:[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWdML-keFX8 "Libya, War Powers Start White House, Congress on Collision Course." PBS Newshour. June 15th, 2011] :[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWdML-keFX8 "Libya, War Powers Start White House, Congress on Collision Course." PBS Newshour. June 15th, 2011]
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-*'''PRO: [[Arguments: US action in Libya does not amount to hostilities/war| US action in Libya does not amount to hostilities/war]]''' [http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/204673/united-states-activities-in-libya-6-15-11.pdf Obama Administration letter to Congress justifying Libya engagement, June 15th, 2011]: "The President is of the view that the current U.S. military operations in Libya are consistent with the War Powers Resolution and do not under that law require further congressional authorization, because U.S. military operations are distinct from the kind of 'hostilities' contemplated by the Resolution’s 60 day termination provision. U.S. forces are playing a constrained and supporting role in a multinational coalition, whose operations are both legitimated by and limited to the terms of a United Nations Security Council Resolution that authorizes the use of force solely to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under attack or threat of attack and to enforce a no-fly zone and an arms embargo. U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve the presence of U.S. ground troops, U.S. casualties or a serious threat thereof, or any significant chance of escalation into a conflict characterized by those factors."+*'''PRO: [[Argument: Ultrasounds help women make informed decisions on abortion| Ultrasounds help women make informed decisions on abortion]]''' [http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2010-05-10-editorial10_ST1_N.htm Lisa Billy, R member of Oklahoma House of Reps. "New Law Empowers Women." USA Today. May 9th, 2010]: "For women facing an unplanned pregnancy, there is often a sense of panic, distress and fear that can lead to hasty decisions. That is why I authored House Bill 2780, which requires that women be given information obtained from an ultrasound before an abortion is performed. Many clinics already perform ultrasounds before abortions — something they have acknowledged in legal filings — but women have told me over the past 20 years that they have not had access to that information. Women should have the choice to see that image. I have personally visited with women who obtained an abortion in a panic and were devastated years later to see a friend's ultrasound and realize: That child is the same age as my baby when ... It is a devastating moment of intense sorrow and regret. I filed this bill to empower women, no matter what their circumstance, to have as much information as possible before making a life-altering decision."
-*'''CON: [[Argument: US is clearly engaged in hostilities in Libya| US is clearly engaged in sustained hostilities in Libya]]''' [http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/06/15/libya-war-is-legal-because-technically-were-not-involved/ John Glaser. "Libya War is Legal, Because Technically We’re Not Involved." AntiWar. June 15, 2011]: "It’s a very difficult argument to get your head around. [...] We’re not technically breaking the law, because in order to violate the War Powers Resolution you have to be at war, and all we’re doing is bombing another country. We’re not engaged in 'hostilities' since we’re only…bombing another country. Our aims our limited to the protection of civilians by the legally binding UN Resolution, despite the fact that we have officially changed the war aims to regime change."+*'''CON: [[Argument: Mandating ultrasounds insults women's intelligence| Mandating ultrasounds insults women's intelligence]]''' [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/05/28/870757/-Laws-that-mandate-ultrasounds-prior-to-abortions-dont-work Ferretlas. "Laws that mandate ultrasounds prior to abortions don't work." Daily Kos. May 28th, 2010]: "I have always consitered ultrasound mandates to be insulting to a woman's intelligence and ability to make informed decisions without governmental interference. To me, they don't give a woman more information that would influence a mind already made up."
 +:A woman named Laura who sought an abortion in Arizona in 2010 under its new laws, said to the New York Times: “You don’t just walk into one of these places like you’re getting your nails done. I think we’re armed with enough information to make adult decisions without being emotionally tortured.”[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/health/policy/28ultrasound.html]
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 +*'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya| US intervention in Libya]]''' - June 19th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Should colleges ban fraternities?|Should colleges ban fraternities?]]''' - June 15th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Should colleges ban fraternities?|Should colleges ban fraternities?]]''' - June 15th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Random sobriety tests for drivers|Random sobriety tests for drivers]]''' - June 7th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Random sobriety tests for drivers|Random sobriety tests for drivers]]''' - June 7th, 2011.

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  • PRO: Ultrasounds help women make informed decisions on abortion Lisa Billy, R member of Oklahoma House of Reps. "New Law Empowers Women." USA Today. May 9th, 2010: "For women facing an unplanned pregnancy, there is often a sense of panic, distress and fear that can lead to hasty decisions. That is why I authored House Bill 2780, which requires that women be given information obtained from an ultrasound before an abortion is performed. Many clinics already perform ultrasounds before abortions — something they have acknowledged in legal filings — but women have told me over the past 20 years that they have not had access to that information. Women should have the choice to see that image. I have personally visited with women who obtained an abortion in a panic and were devastated years later to see a friend's ultrasound and realize: That child is the same age as my baby when ... It is a devastating moment of intense sorrow and regret. I filed this bill to empower women, no matter what their circumstance, to have as much information as possible before making a life-altering decision."
A woman named Laura who sought an abortion in Arizona in 2010 under its new laws, said to the New York Times: “You don’t just walk into one of these places like you’re getting your nails done. I think we’re armed with enough information to make adult decisions without being emotionally tortured.”[1]
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