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Bill to ban abortions in DC after 20 weeks of pregnancy fails in the House

July 31, 2012

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Washington Post, July 31, 2012 by AP WASHINGTON — A bill that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy failed to pass the House on Tuesday, but anti-abortion activists hailed the vote as a sign that their efforts ultimately would succeed. The bill was based on the disputed claim […]

House Fails to Pass Measure Attacking D.C. Women

July 31, 2012

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NARAL Pro-Choice, July 31, 2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America channeled 40,978 messages in opposition to the bill Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, sharply criticizedanti-choice leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives for trying to enact a bill that would undermine the reproductive rights of women in Washington, D.C. The bill failed […]

‘Personhood’ group takes petition case to the Supreme Court

July 30, 2012

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The Hill, June 30, 2012  by Elise Viebeck A group that seeks to establish legal rights for embryos is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a state ballot initiative on the issue to proceed. The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in April, stopped the circulation of a ballot petition that would define a fertilized human egg […]

Court upholds Arizona law banning abortion after 20 weeks

July 30, 2012

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The Hill, July 30, 2012 by Sam Baker A federal court Monday upheld Arizona’s strict anti-abortion-rights law, which bans most abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit challenging Arizona’s law, said it plans to appeal immediately. The court said Arizona had made the case that a […]

Fatal Fetal Defect Counselors Brace For Influx of Families After Arizona’s Abortion Ban

July 30, 2012

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Think Progress, July 30, 2012 by Aviva Shen Arizona’s new 20-week abortion ban goes into effect Thursday, with very real effects for families expecting babies with fatal fetal defects. The Arizona Republic reports on volunteer services rising to the challenge of helping parents cope with the trauma of watching infants die within minutes, hours, or […]

Terrible New Arizona Law Forces Horrified Parents to Watch their Babies Die

July 30, 2012

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Jezebel, July 30, 2012 by Erin Gloria Ryan It’s tough to find a job in this sluggish economy, but now, thanks to a law about to take effect in the state of Arizona, there may soon be a need for something called a “fetal grief counselor” in the American Southwest. Thanks to anti-abortion lawmakers’ efforts, […]

Personhood group plans to appeal Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling

July 28, 2012

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News OK, July28, 2012 by Michael McNutt A national group plans to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal an Oklahoma ruling that its proposed ballot issue to define a fertilized human egg as a person is unconstitutional. Personhood USA will announce its appeal Monday, representatives of the group said Friday. The Oklahoma Supreme […]

Statement on Court Action Regarding Contraceptive Coverage

July 27, 2012

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NARAL Pro-Choice, July 27, 212 Washington, D.C.—Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, expressed grave disappointment with a judge’s decision to allow a challenge against the Obama administration’s contraceptive-coverage policy to move forward. A heating and air-conditioning business owner brought the challenge.  The plaintiffs, who personally oppose contraception, asked the court for permission to discriminate […]

Anti-abortion bill passes, heads to senate

July 26, 2012

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Michigan State News, July 26, 2012 by Rachel Jackson With only 19 hours public notice, the Senate Judiciary Committee met Thursday morning and pushed through a controversial anti-abortion bill that sparked controversy in the House of Representatives last month. At the end of a two-hour session almost solely devoted to the abortion bill, the committee […]

Planned Parenthoods Rescued By Obama Administration With Large Title X Grants

July 26, 2012

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Huffington Post, July 26, 2012 by Laura Bassett Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon. The Obama administration so far has awarded hefty new federal family planning grants to Planned […]

District Residents Outraged over Anti-Abortion Bil

July 25, 2012

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The Washington Informer, July 25, 2012 by James Wright A bill that would ban abortions in the District after 20 weeks has residents and leaders steaming that the U.S. Congress has once again taken upon itself to impose its will upon city residents. Last Wednesday, July 18, the House Judiciary Committee passed an anti-abortion bill, […]

Appeals Court Upholds SD Abortion Suicide Advisory

July 24, 2012

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ABC News, July 24, 2012 by KRISTI EATON South Dakota can require doctors to warn women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide if they go through with the procedure, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the portion of the 2005 South Dakota law dealing […]

War on women no snickering matter

July 21, 2012

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The Tennessean, July 21, 2012 During the continued debate regarding men’s making decisions about women’s bodies, I have remained mostly silent, partly because I can hardly believe that we are having this discussion at all. In 2012, what kind of patriarchal, backward nation can acknowledge, without snickering, men’s attempts at making these decisions? I am […]

Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ measures fail to make ballot

July 21, 2012

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Helena Independent Record, July 21, 2012 by Charles S. Johnson Two hot-button proposed constitutional initiatives — one to decriminalize marijuana for adults and the other to ban abortion through a “personhood” amendment — failed to qualify for the November ballot. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said backers of the two groups didn’t appear to have […]

Abortion Back On The Front Burner For Congress

July 20, 2012

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NPR, July 20, 2012 by Julie Rovner On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved, on a party-line vote of 18-14, a bill that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Congress frequently exerts control over the city and its governance, much to the chagrin of the district’s elected officials […]