February 29, 2012

Virginia Approves Ultrasound Abortion Mandate

The Virginia Senate passed precedent-setting legislation that would force women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. The 21-19 vote on an amended version of House Bill 462, sponsored by Del. Kathy J. Byron, R-Campbell marked a victory for pro-life advocates and the conservative wing of the Republican Party, which has been frustrated in recent days with the scuttling of bills aimed at restricting access, funding and length of time a woman may access abortion services. Read more...

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Wyoming House Wants Birth Control Mandate Overturned

A resolution calling on the federal government to overturn a recent Obama administration mandate requiring birth control coverage for employees of religious-affiliated hospitals, schools and other programs passed the Wyoming House of Representatives. The House voted 40 to 17 in favor of the resolution, which now goes to the state Senate. Seven other states and a handful of Catholic groups filed a federal lawsuit last week in Nebraska asking a judge to block the mandate. The states involved are Nebraska, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Read more...

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Abortion Finds Way Into MLK License Plate Debate

A bill to allow a special license plate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. to raise money for education and training in human rights may not sound controversial. But it created some, when a few lawmakers worried that it may help promote abortion or other actions they dislike. The House Transportation Committee still approved HB506 by Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, on a 7-3 vote, and sent it to the full House. But not before a few lawmakers questioned if the "rights" it would help promote include abortion or government-funded welfare programs. Read more...



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February 23, 2012

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Falters

A Republican effort to require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion is in serious jeopardy after Gov. Bob McDonnell backtracked on the issue and the author of the Senate version of the bill asked that her legislation be stricken. McDonnell issued a statement prior to a House of Delegates debate on the issue, saying he would not support forcing women to undergo an ultrasound in which a probe is inserted into the vagina. That is the common method of performing an ultrasound for women in the early stages of pregnancy. Read more...

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Wisconsin Passes Same-Room Exam Bill

Women could not receive drugs that induce abortions unless a doctor gives them a physical exam and is in the same room when they receive the drugs, under a bill given final approval by the state Senate. The bill passed 17-15 with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against. Abortion opponents say the legislation would ensure that doctors aren't using Web cameras to consult with women about the drugs and women aren't being pressured into receiving abortions. Read more...

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Missouri Debates Birth Control Bill

A bill introduced in the Missouri State Senate aims to allow employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control, abortions, and sterilization. It comes after the Obama administration’s proposal to require religious employers to provide free coverage of birth control even if it is contrary to their doctrine. The Missouri proposal will allow any employer to deny coverage of birth control treatments. Read more...

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Panel Advances S.D. 72-Hour Bill

South Dakota's year-old abortion law remains tied up in a court challenge, but a state Senate committee endorsed a bill that would change some of its counseling requirements for women seeking an abortion. The bill leaves intact the current law's requirements that women seeking abortions wait 72 hours and undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions. But it changes provisions dealing with a woman's first consultation with a doctor at an abortion clinic and requires that counselors at the pregnancy help centers be licensed. Read more...

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Loss of License Ordered in Abortion-Referrals Case

A state administrative judge has ordered the revocation of a Kansas doctor's license over her referrals of young patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions, concluding their care was "seriously jeopardized" by inadequate mental health examinations. In an order that became public Tuesday, the judge said Dr. Ann Kristen Neuhaus failed to meet accepted standards of care in performing exams on 11 patients, ages 10 to 18, who had late-term abortions at Tiller's clinic in Wichita from July to November 2003. Read more...




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February 21, 2012

N.H. Bill Would Adjust Parental Notification

The law that requires pregnant girls seeking abortions tell their parents or get a judge's OK is back before the New Hampshire House. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a bill to change the requirement that a judge issue a ruling within 48 hours to within two court business days. That would mean girls filing petitions late in a week would not hear back over a weekend, effectively lengthening their wait time. Read more...

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Alabama Court Issues Landmark Ruling

In a landmark legal case that established the right of a mother to sue if her unborn child wrongfully dies before viability, today the Alabama State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "each person has a God-given right to life." A concurring opinion issued by four judges specifically stated that Roe v. Wade's viability standard "should be rejected by other states until the day it is overruled by the United States Supreme Court." Read more...

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Evangelicals Want Reversal of Birth Control Rule

A group of evangelical pastors on Monday joined Roman Catholic clergy who oppose an Obama administration requirement that employees of religiously affiliated businesses receive birth control coverage. Speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said more than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reverse the mandate. Read more...

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Women Protest Pro-Life Bills in Virginia

Hundreds of women locked arms and stood mute outside the Virginia State Capitol to protest a wave of anti-abortion legislation coursing through the General Assembly. Capitol and state police officers, there to ensure order, estimated the crowd to be more than 1,000 people — mostly women. The crowd formed a human cordon through which legislators walked before Monday’s floor sessions of the Republican-controlled legislature. Read more...

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Judge Says Ordering of Abortion Was Justified

A family court judge who ruled that a pregnant woman with schizophrenia should undergo an abortion and be sterilized sharply defended her decision yesterday, while denouncing Boston University for withdrawing what she said was a job offer amid the controversy. In a rare personal defense of the reasoning behind a court ruling, Christina Harms, who retired from the bench last month after 23 years, said she concluded that the woman, a 31-year-old who suffered from delusions, would choose to terminate her pregnancy if she were mentally competent, chiefly so that she could resume antipsychotic medication that would have harmed the fetus. Read more...


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February 16, 2012

Personhood Bill Clears Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma lawmakers edged closer toward trying to outlaw abortion by approving personhood legislation that gives individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 34-8 to pass the Personhood Act which defines the word person under state law to include unborn children from the moment of conception. The measure now goes to the state House where pro-life Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than a 2-1 margin. Read more...

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Mississippi Lawmaker Introduces Personhood Bill

Senator Joey Fillingane filed a resolution that will change the state's constitution to add that life begins at conception and that public funds cannot be used to pay for an abortion unless the mother's life is in danger. The bill is similar to the "personhood amendment" which 58% of voters rejected in last year's general election. Governor Phil Bryant beleives the personhood language may have been too confusing for voters and believes the new resolution would be a lot clearer. Read more...

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Anti-Abortion Bills Filed in Georgia Senate

Health insurance plans would be banned from providing abortion coverage under two bills filed in the state Senate. Senate Bill 434 would block qualified health plans from providing abortion coverage as allowed by federal law, except when the life of the mother is endangered. Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, sponsored the bill and proposed calling it the "Federal Abortion Mandate Opt-Out Act." The second bill, Senate Bill 438, would ban state employee health insurance plans from offering coverage for abortion services. Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan, is the bill's sponsor. Read more...

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Planned Parenthood, Komen United in Montana

The CEOs of Planned Parenthood of Montana and Komen Montana delivered a united message: They are working together to provide critical preventive health care for all Montanans. "We're really sisters in the fight against breast cancer," said Stacy James, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Montana. "We've never had a bad experience with them. We are united." The message comes after a firestorm that put both organizations into the national spotlight last week. Read more...

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Abortion and the False 'False Dilemma' Fallacy

I was not surprised to read the "analysis" of Joyce Arthur, the founder, coordinator and national spokesperson of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), of the recent surveys that Angus Reid Public Opinion has conducted on the topic of abortion. It is common for people who represent lobby groups and associations with a solitary goal to express doubts when they realize that, to their astonishment, not all Canadians agree with the point of view they have chosen to defend. Read more...



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February 15, 2012

Mandate: Unconstitutional and Illegal

Last Friday, the White House announced that it would revise the controversial ObamaCare birth-control mandate to address religious-liberty concerns. Its proposed modifications are a farce. The Department of Health and Human Services would still require employers with religious objections to select an insurance company to provide contraceptives and drugs that induce abortions to its employees. The employers would pay for the drugs through higher premiums. For those employers that self-insure, like the Archdiocese of Washington, the farce is even more blatant. Read more...

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Missouri Panel Backs Birth Control Measure

A debate in the Missouri Capitol over birth control grew Tuesday as a panel of lawmakers endorsed legislation that would allow any employer to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for contraception if doing so goes against the employer's religious beliefs. The legislation, which would allow employers to refuse to provide coverage for birth control, abortions or sterilization procedures, was approved by the Republican-controlled Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industry Committee on a 6-2 vote along party lines. Read more...

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Personhood Bill Advances in Virginia

Virginia lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion by approving "personhood" legislation that grants individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 66-32 in favor of defining the word person under state law to include unborn children "from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development." Read more...

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Washington Taxpayers to Fund Abortions?

The Washington state House approved a bill that would require that any insurance policy sold to state residents for maternity coverage also require policyholders to pay for coverage of abortions will get a vote soon. The House voted by a 52-46 vote to pass HB 2330 and send it on to the state Senate despite strong objection from pro-life advocates. Read more...

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Pro-Death Group Fights Campaign Finance Limits

An abortion rights group filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to strike down a portion of the state’s campaign finance law that limits how much donors can give to political action committees. Personal PAC argues that the limits are unconstitutional and violate the First Amendment, citing a recentU.S. Supreme Courtcase that found expenditures independent of political candidates can’t be regulated. Read more...



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February 11, 2012

Bishops Voice Objections to Birth Control Rule

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced President Barack Obama's compromise over whether to require religiously affiliated institutions to provide contraception to female employees, saying the proposal raises "serious moral concerns," according to a statement posted on its website. "Today's proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deploy held convictions," the statement said. Read more...

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Religion and Birth Control: Not Just A GOP Fight

Catholic senators facing voters next fall have been openly critical of the original policy. One of them is Democrat Bob Casey, whose state of Pennsylvania is home to many Catholic voters. "I've said very clearly that I oppose the White House decision," Casey said. Another vulnerable Catholic Senate Democrat up for re-election this year is West Virginia's Joe Manchin. He, too, spoke out against the White House birth control policy hours before it was altered. Read more...

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Ginsburg Questions Roe v Wade Timing

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested that her predecessors on the high court mistimed the milestone 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. "It's not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast," Ginsburg said. Alluding to the persisting bitter debate over abortion, Ginsburg said the justices of that era could have delayed hearing any case like Roe while the state-by-state process evolved. Alternatively, she said, they could have struck down just the Texas law, which allowed abortions only to save a mother's life, without declaring a right to privacy that legalized the procedure nationwide. Read more...

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Pro-Life Proposals Await Votes in Michigan

Rallied by the approval last fall of a state law banning so-called "partial birth" abortion, Michigan abortion opponents are pushing for more in 2012 — from a "Choose Life" fundraising license plate to a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Those proposals are among a number that could gain traction in a state Legislature where nearly two-thirds of the lawmakers have been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. Read more...

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Committee Hearing Heats Up on Kansas Abortion Bill

Temperatures rose during a committee hearing on a bill to add further restrictions on abortions. Kari Ann Rinker, state coordinator of the Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women, called the bill a waste of taxpayers’ time and money. She told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee she knew she wouldn’t change anyone’s mind and the committee should just go ahead approve the bill. Read more...



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February 09, 2012

Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Rates at Record Low

Birth and abortion rates among U.S. teens fell to record lows in 2008 as increased use of contraceptives sent the overall teen pregnancy rate to its lowest level since at least 1972, a study showed. But disparities among racial and ethnic groups continued to persist, with black and Hispanic teens experiencing pregnancy and abortion rates two to four times higher than their white peers, the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit sexual health research group that conducted the analysis, said. Read more...

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Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Obama Mandate

Polling data from Rasmussen shows a majority of Americans oppose the mandate the Obama administration put into place to force religious employers to pay for insurance coverage that includes birth control and drugs that can cause abortions. Some 50 percent of those polled said no while 39 percent of Americans agreed. Read more...

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Birth Control Debate Flares

Birth control and religious freedom have suddenly become the dominant issue in the presidential race, an explosive issue with possible risks and benefits to both President Barack Obama and his leading challenger, Mitt Romney. The controversy over Obama's health care reform plan, which requires employee insurance policies to cover prescription contraceptives, has switched the focus of the nation's long-simmering dispute over reproductive rights from abortion to birth control. Read more...

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S.D. House Panel Approves Abortion-Law Changes

With South Dakota's year-old abortion law facing legal challenges, a House committee endorsed a bill that would change some of the counseling requirements for women seeking abortions. The bill leaves intact the current law's main requirements, but changes some provisions that deal with a woman's consultations with doctors at abortion clinics and counselors at pregnancy help centers. Those discussions are supposed to determine whether a woman has been coerced into seeking an abortion. Read more...

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Pro-Life Program Sparks Controversey

A residence hall event at Seton Hall University honoring the lives of unborn children held in Serra Hall on Jan. 31 has sparked controversy. Megan Jones, resident assistant on the second floor of Serra Hall, titled the event "Happy Birthday… Make A Wish." Dur­ing the event, the 11 participants created birthday cards for un­born children, discussed spiritual adoption, vieweed videos from the perspective of an aborted fetus and listened to a rap song of a father regretting his significant other's abortion. Read more...



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February 08, 2012

College Sells Abortion Pill in Vending Machines

Students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania can get the "morning-after" pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine, an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators and raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be. The student health center at Shippensburg, a secluded public institution of 8,300 students tucked between mountain ridges in the Cumberland Valley, provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive in the vending machine along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests. Read more...

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Media Clearly Favored Planned Parenthood

If you've followed the media frenzy surrounding the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's decision — which it backpedaled from, with an apology, after a wave of frankly brutal coverage — to discontinue about $700,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood, you would think all these millions of anti-abortion Americans simply do not exist. From the nightly news shows to print and online media, the coverage's tone alternated between wonder and outrage — wonder that anyone could possibly find Planned Parenthood even remotely controversial and outrage that the Komen foundation had "politicized" the cause of women's health. Read more...

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Komen Official Quits Planned Parenthood Dispute

A high-ranking official resigned from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity after a dispute over whether the group should give funding to Planned Parenthood, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. Karen Handel, the charity's vice president for public policy, told Komen officials that she supported the move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. She said the discussion started before she arrived at the organization and was approved at the highest levels of the charity. Read more...

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Arizona Bill Would Impose New Abortion Restrictions

A sweeping anti-abortion bill would generally ban abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose an array of new disclosure requirements, including having the state post online depictions of fetuses at two-week intervals. The bill says the 20-week ban stems from concerns that fetuses at that stage can feel pain and that women have higher health risks from later abortions. The ban, which does not apply in medical emergencies, would affect only a small percentage of abortions performed in Arizona. Read more...

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Abortion Provision Added to Nebraska Bill

No money from expanded Medicaid coverage of family planning services could go to Planned Parenthood, under an amendment adopted Tuesday by Nebraska lawmakers. Senators attached the prohibition to Legislative Bill 540 on a vote of 25-8, then gave first-round approval to the bill. LB 540 directs state officials to seek a Medicaid waiver to provide family planning services for women who make up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Read more...


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February 07, 2012

Judge Upholds Texas Sonogram Abortion Law

A federal judge upheld the Texas law requiring women to have a sonogram before having an abortion, saying an appeals court had forced him to declare the law constitutional. District Judge Sam Sparks had previously struck down parts of the law, but his latest ruling said he's bound to follow the direction of the New Orleans-based appeals court. Read more...

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N.D. Law Banning Medication Abortions Challenged

A North Dakota law that prohibits abortion doctors from using a drug that was not designed for abortion procedures is being challenged in court, and has been temporarily blocked by a state judge. The law specifically targets misoprostol, also known as cytotec, a drug which was created to treat gastric ulcers. The drug is useful to abortion doctors because it has the effect of softening the cervix and inducing contractions. Read more...

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Abortionist Quits Doing Abortions in Alabama

Just two weeks after two women were injured in botched abortions at the New Woman All Women abortion facility in Birmingham, Alabama, a Georgia abortion practitioner with financial ties to the center quit doing abortions there. Abortion practitioner Ivan Diamond has stopped doing abortions in Birmingham under pressure from pro-life advocates, according to Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC for Life, who met with a representative of Diamond's employer in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more...

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Religious Liberty Under Obama Attack

Catholic pulpits and pews are increasingly inflamed with talk of a war on religion after the Obama administration's recent decision on employers' birth control coverage. "There can be no doubt that religious liberty in our country is in jeopardy," Monsignor W. Ronald Jameson warned on Saturday from inside Washington's historic Cathedral of St. Matthew. "This is the time to speak up. This is the time for all voices to be heard." Read more...

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Pennsylvania Panel OKs Ultrasound Bill

The Pennsylvania House Health Committee voted on Monday to advance the Women's Right to Know Act (House Bill 1077), which would offer a pregnant woman the chance to view an ultrasound image of her unborn child and observe the baby's heartbeat prior to an abortion. The bill passed with support from both Republicans and Democrats on the committee. "Before a woman makes a decision as grave as abortion, she should have the chance to see what's really going on in her pregnancy," said Maria Vitale Gallagher, legislative director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation. Read more...


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February 06, 2012

Komen Reverses Stance on Planned Parenthood

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast-cancer advocacy organization, reversed its decision to end $680,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., and said it is changing its grant criteria as a result of controversy over the original ruling. After Komen's decision to end the grants became public, Planned Parenthood raised about $3 million in pledges from more than 10,000 donors, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's president, said in a call with reporters. Komen announced its reversal in a statement today with an apology "to the American public" from Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brinker. Read more...

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Graphic Anti-Abortion Ad Airs

The campaign of the Batavia man challenging House Speaker John Boehner in the March 6 Republican primary aired a graphic commercial with images of aborted fetuses during Super Bowl pre-game coverage on NBC's Cincinnati affiliate. "I am running against Speaker John Boehner because of his treachery. Mr. Boehner claims to be pro-life," David Lewis said in a statement. "I believed him until he voted to fund Planned Parenthood last year. Voters in the 8th district want an alternative to the establishment and that is what I am." Read more...

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Court Rules Against Marcavage Lawsuit

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled that an anti-abortion protester arrested near the Liberty Bell in 2007 can't collect damages from park rangers who detained him. The three-judge panel upheld a lower-court ruling to dismiss 32-year-old Michael Marcavage's lawsuit against two Independence National Historic Park rangers. The suit stemmed from Marcavage's arrest after he refused to move his protest to another area of the park. Read more...

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Virginia Lawmakers Pass Abortion, Adoption Bills

Virginia would halt taxpayer-funded abortions for low-income women in cases where the fetus is severely physically deformed or mentally deficient under Republican-backed legislation passed Friday by state lawmakers. The House of Delegates voted 64-35 to strip the Board of Health of its ability to fund abortions for Medicaid recipients when a physician certifies that the fetus would be born with a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency." Read more...

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Bishop Condemns Birth Control Requirement

The Diocese of Allentown made its stance clear during the weekend in a letter condemning rules that could force religious employers to provide contraception to workers in government-mandated health insurance plans. In the letter, distributed to Catholic church bulletins in all 104 parishes of the diocese, Bishop John O. Barres called the ruling a "heavy blow" to the Catholic population, and to the "millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful." Read more...



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February 03, 2012

Planned Parenthood Sues Tennessee Health Dept.

Two Planned Parenthood affiliates are suing Tennessee Health Department Commissioner John Dreyzehner in federal court. The lawsuit came after the health department abruptly canceled two competitively bid contracts with the groups to provide preventative services for HIV and syphilis. Last summer, the Planned Parenthood affiliates lost $1.1 million in family planning funding. Read more...

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AMA Claims Ultrasound Law 'Dangerous'

Texas' new abortion sonogram law requires that woman receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before an abortion and that the doctor plays the sound of the baby's heartbeat for the mother and gives her the option to view the ultrasound. Seems easy enough, but abortionists are furious, stating that the law will mean women will have to wait longer for their abortion, schedule two trips to the clinic instead of one, and force clinics to have the high-demand abortionist on hand to do the sonogram. Read more...

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Obama Team Defends Birth Control Policy

The Obama administration is defending a policy requiring religious-affiliated employers to cover birth control through its insurance policies. "The Obama administration is committed to both respecting religious beliefs and increasing access to important preventive services," says a White House blog post by Cecilia Munoz, director of the House Domestic Policy Council. "And as we move forward, our strong partnerships with religious organizations will continue." Religious and political leaders have criticized the policy, saying it requires Catholic organizations to subsidize birth control despite objections to the practice. Read more...

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Parents Sue After Teen Dies of Gardasil

The parents of a 14-year-old girl who died following Gardasil vaccinations provided by the Quebec government are suing the manufacture of the HPV vaccine, pharmaceutical giant Merck Frosst, as well as three doctors and a clinic, for $197,000. Annabelle Morin died on December 9, 2008 after having received two doses of Gardasil under a program introduced by Quebec in September 2008. Annabelle's mother Linda said her daughter received the first shot at a clinic in October 2008, and that the teenager vomited, became confused and incoherent and was unable to speak or walk. Read more...

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Parents End Request for Forced Abortion

The parents of a 32-year-old pregnant woman, known only as Mary Moe, have officially withdrawn their request to subject their daughter to a forced abortion and sterilization. Moe, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorder, was being treated in a Massachusetts hospital. When she became pregnant, doctors were purportedly concerned that her medications could harm the unborn child. So they recommended an abortion. However, Moe is a Catholic and she has expressed vocal opposition to abortion. Read more...


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February 02, 2012

Virginia Senate Okays Ultrasound Bill

Virginia women seeking an abortion may soon be required to undergo an ultrasound first. The Virginia Senate approved the requirement on a 21-18 vote mainly along party lines. It is the first abortion-related measure to pass the Senate since Republicans took effective control of the chamber following the fall elections; more are pending. The bill from Sen. Jill Vogel would make women seeking abortions get an ultrasound, give them a chance to view the image and require providers to keep a copy of it on file. Read more...

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Planned Parenthood Raises a Quick $400K

The Planned Parenthood abortion business claims it has raised $400,000 since Komen for the Cure made its decision to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from the abortion giant due to a change in grant-making policies. The abortion business said that it received more than $400,000 from 6,000 donors in the 24 hours following the news that Komen had made the decision last month to end Planned Parenthood funding. Read more...

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Bill Would Repeal Obama Anti-Conscience Mandate

Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, has filed legislation in the Senate to repeal a new ObamaCare mandate that violates the religious liberties and conscience rights of faith-based institutions by forcing them to offer employees insurance coverage for contraceptives, birth control or drugs that can cause abortions. The Obama Administration issued a statement re-iterating the "contraceptive mandate" requiring all insurance providers cover the full range of FDA-approved drugs and devices would remain intact. Read more...

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Planned Parenthood Defends Obama

Following a barrage of criticism of the Obama administration from the Catholic Church, Planned Parenthood launched a national TV ad campaign praising newly mandated contraception coverage in health insurance plans, including those offered by religiously affiliated institutions. "President Obama and Secretary Sebelius stood strong to make sure all women — no matter where they work — will have access to birth control without a co-pay, saving them hundreds of dollars," the narrator says in the 30-second spot. Read more...

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Oops! Pfizer's Birth Control Pill Doesn't Work

Pfizer said it was recalling about a million packets of birth control pills in the United States because they may not contain enough contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. "As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy," according to a Pfizer statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. Pfizer found that some packets of the drugs had too many active tablets, while others had too few. Read more...


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February 01, 2012

Charity Halts Grants to Planned Parenthood

The nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women. The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams. Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from pro-life activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress. Read more...

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New Arizona Proposal Would Set Up 'Roe' Challenge

Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, said that Arizona already has fairly substantial laws requiring that women give "informed consent" before terminating a pregnancy. That includes everything from a discussion of the risks and a 24-hour waiting period to offering to let the woman see an ultrasound of the fetus. Smith acknowledged his goal in imposing new requirements is to convince women to decide against an abortion. But the most significant part of SB 1494 is that it would alter Arizona law to define human life as beginning at conception. Read more...

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Obama Appoints 'Roe' Architect to Appeals Court

President Barack Obama is adding to his massive pro-abortion record by placing yet another abortion activist on a top federal appeals court — this time a lawyer credited with helping craft the Roe v. Wade decision. Obama has appointed Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th Circuit Court, the most liberal appeals court in the country based in San Francisco and covering laws approved in western states. Yet, according to the Daily Caller, Hurwitz was instrumental to providing some of the legal framework for Roe, which resulted in 54 million abortions. Read more...

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Austin Passes Another Unconstitutional Ordiance

Last week, the city of Austin repealed one speech-chilling ordinance targeting the city's crisis pregnancy centers – and replaced it with another. The new ordinance does not mandate specific wording, but compels crisis pregnancy centers to post signs on their grounds stating whether all their medical services are supervised by a licensed health care provider or practitioner and if it is a medical facility. Read more...

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New Planned Parenthood Center Opens

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's new Lincoln health center has been opened for patients. The 18,000-square-foot health center, which consolidates the two existing health centers, is at 5631 S. 48th St., Suite 100. Catholic seminarians and lay people were out Tuesday protesting abortions performed at the site and keeping a vigil in front of the new location, as they did at the former South Street location. At 1 p.m., about 25 people stood or kneeled a distance away from the front entrance, between the sidewalk and street, reciting the rosary. Read more...



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