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Rape Victim Arrested And Denied Contraception – Will Be Allowed To Sue

June 26, 2012

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Addicting Info, June 26, 2012 by Wendy Gittleson A Tampa woman whom we only know as R.W., was raped. She was treated by the rape crisis center, who gave her two emergency contraception pills, one to be taken immediately and one to be taken 12 hours later. When she reported the rape to the police, […]

Effective Use of Birth Control Leads to Big Drop in Unintended Pregnancy Rate Among 20-Somethings

June 25, 2012

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RH Reality Check, June 22, 2012 by Sheila Bapat In its political and legal battle with Catholic leaders over the birth control mandate in health reform, the Obama administration has powerful new statistics in its corner: the National Center for Health Statistics released a report on Wednesday finding that both pregnancy and abortion rates have […]

Maryland Clinics Will Require Licenses Starting July 23rd

June 25, 2012

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RH Reality Check, June 25, 2012 by Robin Marty In a response to a 2010 incident involving an unlicensed doctor providing an abortion that required emergency surgery as a follow up, the state of Maryland has passed a new law saying all clinics that provide surgical abortions must be licensed. Via The Washington Post: Clinics […]

Kansas Board of Health Revokes License Of Doctor For Not Forcing 10 Year Olds To Give Birth

June 25, 2012

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RH Reality Check, June 25, 2012 by Robin Marty In a continuing effort to both curb access to abortion and reiterate their own opinion that there is never any situation where abortion could be necessary for a patient’s well-being, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has decided in favor of revoking Dr. Ann Neuhaus’s […]

Turkey drops anti-abortion legislation

June 22, 2012

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Aljazeera, June 22, 2012 by Government withdraws controversial plan to slash time limit for abortions after mounting pressure from civil society. Turkey’s conservative government has dropped plans for a controversial bill that would have slashed the time limit for abortions. “The government has backed away from initial plans to curb abortion rights,” an unnamed parliamentary […]

Georgia to vote on definition of personhood

June 22, 2012

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One News Now, June 22, 2012 by Charlie Butts Republican voters in Georgia will be voting next month on a definition of personhood that will be on the ballot in 159 counties. The election is set for July 31st, although early voting begins on the 9th. Suzanne Ward of Georgia Right to Life gives more […]

Kan. doctor loses license over abortion referrals

June 22, 2012

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Houston Chronicle, June 22, 2012 by John Hanna TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas doctor remained unapologetic Friday after state regulators revoked her medical license over allegations that she performed inadequate mental health exams on young patients she then referred to Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions. Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus and other abortion-rights supporters described […]

Ohio ‘personhood’ push faces hurdle

June 21, 2012

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AP News, June 21, 2012 by Ann Sanner COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An anti-abortion group in Ohio is facing a significant shortfall in the number of signatures needed to ask voters in the presidential battleground this fall whether the state constitution should declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized, throwing up another […]

NH Governor Vetoes Three Harmful Bills

June 21, 2012

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Feminist.0rg, June 21, 2012 New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) vetoed a bill on Monday that would have classified the death of a fetus as homicide and vetoed two other bills on Wednesday that would have imposed restrictions on voting registration. One of the voter registration laws would have required a photo ID to register […]

GOP Shows True Priorities With War On Women

June 20, 2012

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CBS Baltimore, June 20, 2012 by Bill Buck In a stunning turn of events last week a Michigan legislator was punished for saying the word vagina on the house floor. For using a medically accurate term while speaking on the subject of health care, she was barred from speaking on the House floor the next […]

Iowa GOP Targets Abortions For Low-Income Rape, Incest Victims

June 20, 2012

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Huffington Post, June 20, 2012 by Laura Bassett Republican lawmakers in Iowa have filed a petition demanding that the state immediately stop reimbursing low-income rape and incest victims for abortions through Medicaid. If the rule is implemented, it will conflict with federal law and could jeopardize the state’s entire $1.8 billion annual Medicaid grant. The […]

The only good abortion is my abortion

June 20, 2012

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Boing Boing, June 20, 2012 by Maggie Koerth-Baker As I write this, it is 1:17 am on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. I am lying awake in bed, trying to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Of course, we don’t call it an abortion. We call it “a procedure” or a D&C. See, my […]

Some View ‘Gruesome And Sad’ Case As Victory For Women In Childbirth

June 19, 2012

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NPR Boston, June 19, 2012 by Rachel Zimmerman Allissa Pugh, of Milford, is an unlikely poster child for the rights of pregnant and laboring women. But in a ruling last week, the state’s Supreme Judicial Court effectively said that the actions of women who refuse medical treatment during childbirth shouldn’t be criminalized. And that unanimous […]

Want an abortion? The state has a few questions for you first

June 19, 2012

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Dallas Morning News, June 19, 2012 by Jacquielynn Floyd Dear Texas resident with the effrontery to seek a legal abortion: So, you got yourself pregnant. Current federal law allows you to choose this particular option for your private medical situation. The state of Texas, however, in furtherance of its goal of reducing the size and […]

Stories of Oppression in China Highlight Need to Empower Women

June 19, 2012

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RH Reality Check, June 19, 2012 by Chloë Cooney Horrifying reports of a woman forced to have an abortion draw attention yet again to the dangers of China’s one-child policy. Authorities have apparently apologized to the victim and suspended those responsible for violating her rights, but far greater action is needed. All champions of human […]