A Florida Republican lawmaker apologized for repeatedly referring to pregnant women as “host bodies” during a television interview.
House Speaker José Oliva used the phrase “host bodies” multiple times during an interview Thursday with WFOR-TV, but he issued a statement the following day to apologize for using the term during a discussion on abortion, reported the Miami Herald.
“I apologize for having caused offense, my aim was the contrary,” Oliva said. “This is and will continue to be our societies [sic] greatest challenge. I strongly believe both mother and child have rights and the extent and balance of those rights remain in question. I regret my wording has distracted from the issue. My apologies to all.”
The Miami Lakes Republican said he was trying to “use terminology found in medical ethics writings with the purpose of keeping the discussion dispassionate.”
“The reaction undoubtedly shows it had the exact opposite effect,” Oliva said.
Oliva used the phrase five times during the interview.
“Where I believe that we should stay out of people’s lives, I don’t believe that people’s lives should be taken,” Oliva told reporter Jim DeFede. “It’s a complex issue because one has to think, well, there’s a host body and that host body has to have a certain amount of rights, because at the end of the day it is that body that that carries this entire other body to term. But there is an additional life there.”
Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay
Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.
In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.
"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.
Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US
Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.
The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.
The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."
Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.
Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition
A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.
The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.
This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."