March 29, 2012

Oklahoma Court Strikes Down Ultrasound Law

An Oklahoma judge has permanently blocked a state law that requires women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure. District Judge Brian Dixon handed down an order Wednesday ruling that the law is unconstitutional and unenforceable. The order says the statute passed in 2010 is an unconstitutional special law because it addresses only patients and physicians concerning abortions and not other medical care. Read more...

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'October Baby' Rejected By Major Studios, Blitzes Box Office

"The Hunger Games" wasn't the only film to hit box office paydirt this past weekend. Although it only opened in 390 theaters, the anti-abortion drama "October Baby," starring John Schneider,earned the second-highest-per-screen average, bringing in almost $2 million in ticket sales. "I was shattered when I first learned about the story. I was moved and mesmerized. I wasn't an activist, I was just someone who was shattered by the truth," director Jon Erwin told FOX411's Pop Tarts. "Here is our little film, small budget, in the top ten (at the box office). We are thrilled, blown away." Read more...

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Group Offers $25,000 Rewards to Abortion 'Whistleblowers'

A well-known pro-life group is trying to get abortion clinic workers to turn on their employers, offering $25,000 checks to "whistleblowers" who come forward with evidence of criminal activity. Kansas-based Operation Rescue is flooding the mailboxes of abortion practices around the country, hoping a generous cash offer will compel employees to report crimes at their clinic Ė ranging from botched operations and sex abuse to billing fraud and tax evasion. Read more...

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N.H. House Votes to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

For the fifth time in two weeks, the House passed a bill intended to restrict abortions in New Hampshire, voting to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion providers would face felony charges punishable by up to 15 years in prison for violating the proposed law, although the mother would not be prosecuted. The House voted 190-109 to send the bill to the Senate. The fate of the bill and four others sent to the Senate is uncertain. Read more...

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Arizona Senate Rejects Birth Control Bill

The Arizona state Senate has rejected a controversial bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to offer birth control coverage if it conflicted with their moral or religious beliefs. The proposal had become entangled in a rancorous national debate over womenís healthcare and religious freedom. Under the bill, employers still would have been required to cover birth control used for purposes other than contraception, such as treating acne. Opponents said that would have required women who wanted birth control to tell their employers why, thereby violating their privacy. Read more...





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March 19, 2012

Rep. Smith Slams Obama Over 'Abortion Surcharge' Rule

A leading pro-life lawmaker slammed the Obama administration this week after it issued regulations that provide for a so-called "abortion surcharge" in health care plans. The final rules, stemming from the health care overhaul, require plans that cover abortion to collect a separate fee of $1 or more directly from customers. The money would go toward abortion coverage. The intent of the rule was to make sure taxpayer subsidies do not finance abortions. Read more...

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Kansas Abortion Debate Shifts to Doctor Training

A push by pro-lifers to ensure Kansas doesn't have even indirect involvement in terminating pregnancies has legislators focusing on the state medical school, whose officials worry lawmakers could endanger its accreditation. The University of Kansas Medical Center would be affected by two separate but similar pro-life measures. One is a provision in a proposed state budget facing a final vote in the House, and another is a bill endorsed by a House committee aimed at making sure the state doesn't subsidize abortions indirectly through tax credits or deductions. Read more...

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Birth Control Controversies a Fundraising Boon

The sudden focus on contraception and abortion in the 2012 campaign has meant a surge in fundraising for abortion rights groups that support women as congressional candidates. Emilyís List ó whose mission is to elect pro-abortion rights Democratic women ó has raised nearly twice as much for candidates at this point in the 2012 cycle as it did during the entire 2010 cycle, according to spokeswoman Jess McIntosh. And thatís with about eight months to go. Read more...

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Arizona Bill Could Require Reason for Birth Control

Women in Arizona trying to get reimbursed for birth control drugs through their employer-provided health plan could be required to prove that they are taking it for a medical reason such as acne, rather than to prevent pregnancy. A bill nearing passage in the Republican-led Legislature allows all employers, not just religious institutions, to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage when doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs. Read more...

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Gov. Corbett on Ultrasounds: 'Close Your Eyes'

At a news conference this week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was asked about a state bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a mandatory fetal ultrasound. The governor said he would support the bill as long as it wasnít "obtrusive." Then Corbett said that for any woman who might object to the procedure, well, "you just have to close your eyes." Read more...



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March 14, 2012

Mississippi House Gets Tough on Clinics

Mississippi's House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would tighten regulations for abortion facilities in the conservative state. The bill, approved by a 80-37 margin in the Republican-controlled House, would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and be board-certified or eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. Mississippi's Senate will now consider the proposed legislation. Read more...

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Wisconsin Okays Abortion, Abstinence Bills

The state Assembly passed bills limiting insurance coverage for abortions and mandate teaching abstinence in schools during a late-night session that went into early Wednesday morning as they pushed to finish their work for the year by the end of session Thursday. Democrats decried the abortion and sex education bills as part of a national war on women, but they didn't have the votes to stop them. Read more...

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Birth-Control Rule Debate Intensifying

New polling data are sparking a vigorous debate over whether an Obama administration rule requiring employers to offer free birth control is a political winner for the White House, particularly among women, as many Democrats have assumed. Two new surveys, one by The Wall Street Journal/NBC News and the other by the New York Times/CBS News, show overall opposition to the rule's requirement that religious institutions offer contraceptive drugs free of charge. Read more...

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Bishops Consider Focus in Birth-Control Fight

Facing small but clear signs of discontent within their own ranks, U.S. Catholic bishops may be poised to rethink their aggressive tactics for fighting a federal mandate that health insurance plans cover contraception, according to sources close to influential bishops. There are no indications the bishops will drop their fight against the federal mandate. But dozens of bishops, meeting this week in Washington, are likely to discuss concerns that their battle against the Obama administration over birth control risks being viewed by the public as narrow and partisan and thus diminishes the church's moral authority, the sources said. Read more...

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Abortion Bill Gains Little Traction in Alaska

Sen. John Coghill introduced a bill a month ago to require women to get ultrasounds before abortions, but the bill hasnít moved since and the North Pole Republican doesnít expect it will before the end of the session. Thatís because the Senate leadership, a mixture of Republicans and Democrats, has long shied away from controversial and divisive issues like abortion, Coghill said. That hasnít stopped Coghill, a long-time pro-life advocate, from trying. Read more...




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March 10, 2012

Papers Reject 'Doonesbury' Abortion Law Strip

A national syndicate will offer replacement "Doonesbury" comic strips to newspapers that don't want to run a series that uses graphic imagery to lampoon a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, executives said. A handful of newspapers say they won't run next week's series, while several others said the strips will move from the comics to opinion pages or websites only. Read more...

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Arizona Senate Approves Bill on 'Wrongful Births'

The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would shield doctors and others from so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuits. Those are lawsuits that can arise if physicians don't inform pregnant women of prenatal problems that could lead to the decision to have an abortion. The Senate's 20-9 vote sends the bill to the state House. Read more...

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Vindictive Senatorette Introduces Viagra Bill

In response to a "Heartbeat Bill" making its way through the Ohio legislature, a female senator has introduce a vindictive counter bill aimed at males. State Sen. Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat, this week introduced Senate Bill 307, which is aimed at protecting men from the risks of PDE-5 inhibitors -- drugs like Viagra that are commonly used to treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction -- in an effort to "guide men to make the right decision for their bodies." Read more...


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March 08, 2012

Virginia Governor Signs Ultrasound Bill

Abdominal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in Virginia will become mandatory under a bill signed into law by the state's Republican governor, who had faced a national uproar when earlier versions of the measure had sought to make the exams medically invasive. The law conservative Gov. Bob McDonnell signed requires all Virginia abortion providers to comply starting July 1 or pay a $2,500 fine for each violation. Patients living within 100 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed must wait 24 hours after the ultrasound examination before having an abortion. Victims of rape or incest who reported the attacks to police are exempt. Women must be offered the chance to view the ultrasound images, but can't be forced to see them. Read more...

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Journal Disavows Study Touted by Pro-Lifers

A leading psychiatry journal has distanced itself from a controversial study that it published in 2009, which suggested a link between abortion and mental illness, including such severe forms as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and drug addiction. In an unusual commentary, one of the Journal of Psychiatric Research's editors-in-chief and a co-author warned that the 2009 paper, which has been widely cited by legislators and advocates to argue that abortion raises a woman's risk of mental illness and to push for laws requiring providers to tell women that, in fact "does not support assertions that abortions led to psychopathology." Read more...

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Utah Advances Abortion Bill With Little Debate

Creating the nationís longest waiting period for abortions in Utah stirred almost no debate in the Utah Senate. Senators voted 22-6 to give preliminary approval to HB461. It is now one final vote away from going to the governor for signature. Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, the Senate sponsor of the bill, was the only speaker, and used most of that time to describe how the bill would lengthen the waiting period from 24 hours to 72. Read more...

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New Hampshire House Passes Opt-Out Bill

All New Hampshire employers, not just church organizations, would be able to deny insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization care on religious grounds under a bill that passed the House 196-150 yesterday. The bill was championed by House Speaker Bill O'Brien, and its drafter, Rep. Andrew Manuse, a Derry Republican, relied on help from a lobbyist for the state's Catholic Church. It heads next to the Senate. Read more...

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$9 Birth Control Contradicts Sandra Fluke

Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke famously testified on Feb. 23 that contraception can cost her fellow students $3,000 over three years. But less than three miles from campus is a Target retail store that sells monthly birth control pill packs to consumers whose insurance plans do not cover contraception. The cost? Just $9. For law students who choose to use contraception for those three years, that would mean spending $324, CNS News reported. Thatís a far cry from what Fluke testified it would cost. Read more...



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March 05, 2012

Limbaugh Wimps Out on 'Slut' Comment

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh apologized to women's contraception activist Sandra Fluke for his "insulting word choices" after calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" after her testimony before Congress. "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices," Limbaugh said in a statement released on his website. Read more...

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Georgia Bill Would 'Eliminate Pain'

Under a bill being considered in the Georgia Legislature, unborn children would be protected from the pain of abortion. The measure, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, has passed in the Georgia state House and now will move to the Senate. Georgia Right to Life spokesperson Nancy Stith says the reason they have set the 20-week restriction is that "it's a medical fact that the baby feels pain at that point." Read more...

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Doc Wants to Replace Tiller the Killer

Dr. Mila Means, a 55-year-old solo family practitioner with neon red hair and neo-hippie style, doesn't remember how or when she heard thatDr. George Tillerhad been gunned down in his church. She knew him only slightly as their paths crossed in medical circles. Mostly, she knew of him ó as the lone abortion provider in a city of nearly 400,000, as a symbol of the country's abortion wars. Read more...

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New Hampshire Bill Cuts Abortion Funding

A House bill aimed at cutting off taxpayer funding to hospitals, clinics, doctors and others who perform elective abortions could put New Hampshire's $1.4 billion annual Medicaid program in jeopardy. The legislation is one of a series of House bills that would authorize limits on abortion and coverage for contraceptives in employer health plans, but its impact could be the most widespread. Read more...

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Abortion 'Patients' Unhappy With Texas Law

Women seeking abortions at Whole Womanís Health in south Fort Worth often arrive upset or angry about Texasí new sonogram law, which began being fully enforced three weeks ago, a health center official says. Some are unhappy about the requirement that a physician must describe the fetus during a sonogram. But itís the hardship of having to schedule two appointments ó one for the sonogram and another for the surgery at least 24 hours later ó that draws the most consistent ire. Read more...




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