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Oct 09, 2009 Too Much Information, Not Enough Common Sense

QUOTE: A new Oklahoma law will require the details of every abortion to be posted on a public website.

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Jul 28, 2009 Call to reverse Nicaragua's abortion ban

QUOTE: The human rights group [Amnesty International] argues that banning so-called therapeutic abortions - undertaken in order to preserve the health of the mother - not only endangers lives but also puts medical professionals in an "unconscionable" position.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jan 25, 2008 Emergency birth control bill tabled: Lawmakers will wait for courts to decide pharmacists' case

QUOTE: would be unconstitutional to force pharmacists to fill "morning after" pill prescriptions if they have religious objections, [but] Advocates for [Senator Karen] Keiser's tabled bill say allowing pharmacists to choose which prescriptions they fill would allow too much discretion and may lead to AIDS patients being denied medication if druggists object to their lifestyle choices.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Dec 08, 2007 Abortion Complicates Congressional Debate Over Foreign Aid Bill

QUOTE: This is the latest skirmish over a policy to prohibit giving federal funds for family planning programs to foreign groups that perform abortions or promote abortion as a family planning method.

New York Times
Nov 02, 2007 Judges Appear Hesitant on Virginia 'Partial Birth' Abortion Ban: Supreme Court's Ruling Allowing Restrictions on Procedure May Not Open Door to Implementation of State's Statute

QUOTE: Virginia's attempt to revive its law restricting abortion received a skeptical reception from a panel of federal judges here Thursday in a key test of how the Supreme Court's decision to uphold federal abortion limits will affect restrictions imposed by the states.

Washington Post
Oct 17, 2007 Public Radio Station Halts Planned Parenthood Spots

QUOTE: The decision has also started a heated public debate, which Planned Parenthood has encouraged, over whether the station’s news content is independent and, ultimately, whether the station should separate itself from Duquesne, which founded it 58 years ago.

New York Times
May 15, 2007 Ultrasound: latest tool in battle over abortion: Images of fetuses are at the center of a hot debate over states' 'witness to the womb' laws.

QUOTE: Abortion foes say it is a medical imperative that women have access to all information about their pregnancies before deciding whether to end them, and that should include an opportunity to have and see an ultrasound. Abortion rights activists say such requirements are medically unnecessary, constitutionally suspect, and even a form of emotional blackmail of women in the throes of making a difficult choice.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 25, 2007 Mexico City's Legislature Votes to Legalize Abortion

QUOTE: The bill, which was approved 46 to 19 and which Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has promised to sign into law, would make Mexico City the largest city in Latin America to legalize abortion and could give momentum to efforts to legalize the procedure nationwide in this predominantly Catholic country. Currently, abortion is allowed in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger.

Washington Post
Apr 19, 2007 US Supreme Court allows late-term abortion ban: The 5-to-4 ruling upholds a ban on 'partial-birth' abortion. In 2000, the court had struck down a similar ban.

QUOTE: The decision marks the first time since the landmark abortion precedent Roe v. Wade in 1973 that the nation's highest court has ruled in a way that places considerations of a woman's health as secondary to efforts by the government to restrict abortion procedures performed prior to fetal viability. That shift could embolden antiabortion forces to try to enact more restrictions at the state level.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 15, 2007 In Mexico, a Furious Debate Over Abortion: Catholic Church Fights Legislation

QUOTE: a furious cultural debate gripping this nation, which allows abortion only in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger. Abortion opponents cite cases such as hers as evidence that abortion should be further curtailed; abortion rights advocates argue that the procedure should be decriminalized so that women have access to safe abortions. The debate has been ignited by two proposals to expand access to abortions in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, considered a regional trendsetter on social issues. Mexico City's legislature is widely expected to approve a law on April 24 that would decriminalize abortion and allow the procedure during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Washington Post
Oct 12, 2006 South Dakota's stark abortion choice: A proposed ban on the ballot would be the nation's strictest since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling upholding the practice.

QUOTE: South Dakota voters are poised to weigh in on a landmark bill, passed by the legislature in March and referred to the ballot by a petition drive, that would outlaw all abortions except to save a mother's life. While the law, if approved, will almost certainly be challenged in court...

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 01, 2006 Justices to Hear Abortion, Integration Cases: 'Partial-Birth' Procedure and Schools' Race Policies to Dominate Court's Agenda

QUOTE: Conservatives want the court to uphold a 2003 federal law banning the procedure opponents call "partial-birth" abortion, and to strike down local integration policies that distribute students by race. They are asking the court not only to rule in their favor, but to limit -- or, possibly, overrule -- recent constitutional decisions that have drawn heavy fire from the right.

Washington Post
Sep 09, 2006 Antiabortion Centers Offer Sonograms to Further Cause

QUOTE: Antiabortion organizations in recent years have added medical services to hundreds of Christian-oriented pregnancy counseling centers nationwide. Many of these antiabortion clinics have opened in or near places where women go to end pregnancies...Abortion rights advocates say the proliferation of antiabortion pregnancy clinics is a dangerous trend, confusing vulnerable women by mixing a seemingly neutral clinical environment with a religious agenda.

Washington Post
Jul 26, 2006 Senate Removes Abortion Option for Young Girls

QUOTE: The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make it a federal crime to help an under-age girl escape parental notification laws by crossing state lines to obtain an abortion...could result in criminal charges against close relatives or clergy members who interceded to help in a time of personal crisis.

New York Times
May 12, 2006 Colombian Court Legalizes Some Abortions

QUOTE: Colombia's highest court has legalized abortion under limited circumstances. The decision is expected to embolden women's rights groups across Latin America to use courts in their countries to try to roll back some of the world's most stringent abortion laws.

New York Times
Mar 12, 2006 A Wrongful Birth?

QUOTE: cases are exposing...the relatively new belief that we should have a right to choose which babies come into the world.

New York Times
Feb 22, 2006 Abortion Case to Test New Justices: Court Will Review 'Partial Birth' Ban

QUOTE: The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to decide whether a 2003 federal ban on the procedure that critics call "partial birth" abortion is constitutional, setting the stage for its most significant ruling on abortion rights in almost 15 years. Without comment or recorded dissent, the court granted the Bush administration's request to review a lower court's ruling striking down the law...

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2005 Roberts Seeks Middle Ground: Court Hears Appeal on Parental Notification of Abortion

QUOTE: The basic right to abortion, recognized by the court 32 years ago in Roe v. Wade , is not at stake, but the scope of the right may be. The New Hampshire parental notification law, passed in 2003, requires minors to tell a parent before they can get an abortion, unless a judge grants a "bypass."

Washington Post
Nov 17, 2005 1985 Memo by Alito Has Legal Weight, Senators Say

QUOTE: Alito's comments on abortion, affirmative action and other issues in a 1985 memo went beyond personal musings, these senators said, and instead were stated as clear-cut legal opinions....Alito has two options in his ongoing efforts to distance himself from the comments: He can say he has changed his mind, they said, or he can say the accumulation of cases affirming the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision now outweighs his belief that Roe was wrongly decided.

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2005 Alito's Loyalty to Precedent Is Cited

QUOTE: In private meetings with senators who support abortion rights, Alito has said the Supreme Court should be quite wary of reversing decisions that have been repeatedly upheld, according to the senators who said it was clear that the context was abortion.

Washington Post
Jun 04, 2005 Appeals Court Overrules Va. Late-Term Abortion Ban

QUOTE: A federal appeals court yesterday struck down Virginia's law barring a controversial late-term abortion procedure, ruling that the measure is unconstitutional because it lacks an exception to safeguard a woman's health.

Washington Post
May 04, 2005 Florida Halts Fight to Bar Girl's Abortion

QUOTE: After first resisting a judge's order to allow a 13-year-old in state custody to get an abortion, Gov. Jeb Bush's administration changed course on Tuesday and said it would abandon the legal fight.

New York Times
Apr 27, 2005 Stem Cell Guidelines Issued: Report Recommends a Ban on Paying Women for Eggs

QUOTE: Forging into a politically and ethically contentious regulatory void, the National Academies released a detailed set of guidelines yesterday aimed at all U.S. researchers who perform experiments with human embryonic stem cells.

Washington Post
Mar 03, 2005 Alternative Sentence: A counterproposal to assisted suicide.

QUOTE: He describes the Dutch system as a slippery-slope nightmare....How many doctors and bureaucrats do you want signing off on your plea for a fatal dose?

Jun 29, 2004 Abortion Foe to Be Reappointed to FDA Panel: Four Lawmakers Tell Bush That Doctor Has 'Allowed His Personal Views to Overshadow His Duty'

QUOTE: A physician who is an outspoken opponent of abortion will be reappointed to the Food and Drug Administration's advisory panel on reproductive drugs despite loud protests from abortion rights advocates in Congress and the women's health community.

Washington Post
Jun 28, 2004 The Bishops And Me: How I Squared Church and State

QUOTE: As a citizen I consider it preposterous and wrong for the political parties to impose an abortion litmus test on eligibility for their party's presidential nomination...But that is no reason for the bishops to make the same mistake by imposing a similar litmus test for the right to receive Communion.

Washington Post
Jun 20, 2004 In New Tests for Fetal Defects, Agonizing Choices

QUOTE: ...doctors and genetic counselors flood patients with scientific data, leaving them alone for the hard conversations about the ethics of abortion, and how having a child with a particular disease or disability would affect them and their families.

New York Times
Apr 27, 2004 Justice Dept. Drops Demand for Hospital's Abortion Files

QUOTE: In a reversal, Justice Department lawyers defending the new federal law that bans a type of abortion voluntarily withdrew a subpoena for abortion records from a Manhattan hospital yesterday.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2004 For Catholic Politicians, a Hard Line

QUOTE: O'Malley's stance marks a major departure from the passivity and confusion with which most American Catholic bishops have approached -- and in many cases still approach -- the conundrum of the Catholic politician who declares that he or she is "personally opposed" to abortion but then, like Kerry, votes to support abortion rights.

Washington Post
Mar 30, 2004 Trials Open Across Nation on Abortion-Procedure Ban

QUOTE: The new federal law banning a procedure that the government calls partial-birth abortion compromises reproductive choice for women, and is vague and unconstitutional, a lawyer argued...

New York Times
Mar 04, 2003 Child's abortion after rape splits Nicaragua

QUOTE: Since returning to her homeland from next-door Costa Rica last month, the 9-year-old pregnant rape victim has touched off a whirlwind of controversy in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Miami Herald