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Science Tells Us How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy; Should The Law Punish Women Who Don’t?

May 7, 2012

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Bliss Tree, May 7, 2012 by Elizabeth Nolan Brown Everyone agrees that a pregnant woman shouldn’t smoke crack or snort meth, right? And the consensus that they shouldn’t smoke cigarettes or throw back a six-back every night is fairly ironclad, as well. Beyond obviously harmful behaviors like alcohol and drug use, however, things get more […]

State of Alabama Harasses and Seeks to Close Abortion Clinic, While Women Die Needlessly in Childbirth

May 2, 2012

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RH Reality Check, May 2, 2012 by Ann Rose New Woman All Women in Birmingham Alabama is the abortion clinic bombed by Eric Rudolph in 1998 resulting in the death of a police officer and the maiming of a nurse. It has now been “bombed” by the Alabama Department of Public Health under the direction […]

AL: Personhood amendment faces long odds

May 2, 2012

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Montgomery Advertiser, May 2, 2012 by Brian Lyman MONTGOMERY— Opponents dominated a public hearing Wednesday over legislation that would define individuals as persons “from the moment of fertilization and implantation into the womb.” The bill, sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Gadsden, faces steep obstacles to passage before the end of the 2012 Regular Session later […]

House committee approves 2 anti-abortion bills

May 2, 2012

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Montgomery Advertiser, May 2, 2012 by AP MONTGOMERY — Two bills aimed at making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion have passed an Alabama House committee. A public hearing was held in a Senate committee, but no vote was taken on another bill that is seen as a step toward banning […]

Ala. Senate says no abortion in health exchange

April 25, 2012

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WSFA, April 24, 2012 by AP MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to prohibit any insurance plan offered through a health insurance exchange in Alabama from offering coverage for elective abortions. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper cleared the Senate 30-2 Tuesday and now goes to […]

Personhood Measures in Disguise

April 2, 2012

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Huffington Post, April 2, 2012 by Lynn M. Paltrow Citizens in Mississippi, once, and Colorado, twice, have resoundingly rejected so called “personhood” measures that would have established the “pre-born” as separate legal persons under the law. There is increasing evidence that when people understand the broad reach of such measures, they vote them down. But […]

At 11th Hour, Georgia Passes “Women as Livestock” Bill

March 31, 2012

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Ms. Blog Magazine, March 31, 2012 by Lauren Barbato After an emotional 14-hour workday that included fist-fightsbetween lobbyists and a walk-out by women Democrats, the Georgia House passed a Senate-approved bill Thursday night that criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks. The bill, which does not contain rape or incest exemptions, is expected to receive a signature from […]

Alabama Supreme Court To Decide Whether State Meth Lab Law Applies To Fetuses

March 30, 2012

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Huffington Post, March 30, 2012 by Laura Bassett An anti-abortion litigation group filed a brief with the Alabama Supreme Court on Friday that urges the court to apply the state’s “chemical endangerment of children” law to fetuses, which would allow prosecutors to continue putting women behind bars if their babies test positive for drugs when […]

University of Alabama College Democrats to protest personhood legislation Tuesday

March 26, 2012

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al.com, March 26, 2012 by Melissa Brown TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — University of Alabama College Democrats will gather Tuesday to protest Alabama Legislature bills dealing with women’s reproductive rights. “I want people to realize that there is nothing ‘small government’ about this Legislature’s agenda and hopefully we inform and encourage people to vote for better leaders […]

As Women Rally, Doctor Speaks Out Against Forced Ultrasound Bill in Alabama

March 8, 2012

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Reality Check, March 8, 2012 by Andy Kopsa This morning women headed to Montgomery, Alabama to protest the forced ultrasound bill making it’s way through the statehouse.  Although the bill’s sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield is reportedly backing off the bill that would require trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to a legal abortion, a rally against SB12 is […]

15-Year-Old Girl Faces Life in Prison for a Miscarriage? Why Conservatives Are Criminalizing Pregnant Women

July 4, 2011

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AlterNet, July 4, 2012 by Ed Pilkington The creeping criminalization of pregnant women is a new front in the culture wars over abortion. Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of […]

Nebraska Mother’s Nightmare with 20 Week Ban (2010)

March 14, 2010

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ABC News, March 14, 2012 by SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES Danielle Deaver was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and doctors gave her a devastating prognosis: With undeveloped lungs, the baby likely would never survive outside the womb, and because all the amniotic fluid had drained, the tiny growing fetus slowly would be crushed by […]