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Eleven-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal Spurs Abortion Debate in Chile

Eleven-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal Spurs Abortion Debate in Chile

Comstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) — “Belén,” an 11-year-old girl from a rural town in southern Chile, says that she was sexually abused by her 31-year-old stepfather since she was seven. She is now 14 weeks pregnant.
Belén, whose face was concea…

Texas Senate Passes Restrictive Abortion Law

Texas Senate Passes Restrictive Abortion Law

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) Late Friday night, the Texas Senate gave final passage to a strict new law that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, require doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and require all abortions take place in…

Wendy Davis: I’ll ‘Fight With Every Fiber’ to Stop Abortion Bill

Wendy Davis: I’ll ‘Fight With Every Fiber’ to Stop Abortion Bill

ABC News(FORT WORTH, Texas) — The Democratic state senator who is leading the fight against significant new restrictions on abortions in Texas said Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans were hypocritical, claiming to support smaller government but act…

Convicted Abortion Doctor Given Third Life Sentence

Convicted Abortion Doctor Given Third Life Sentence

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies, was sentenced Wednesday to a third life term.Gosnell was handed two life sentences on Tuesday after …

Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Ends Defense With No Witnesses

Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Ends Defense With No Witnesses

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The attorney for controversial abortion doctor and accused murderer Kermit Gosnell rested his defense Wednesday without presenting any witnesses or calling on Gosnell to testify.
The announcement by Gosnell’s attorney…

North Dakota Voters to Decide Whether Life Begins at Conception

North Dakota Voters to Decide Whether Life Begins at Conception

Governor’s Office, ND(FARGO, N.D.) — North Dakota voters will be asked in 2014 to decide whether life begins at the moment of conception, after state legislators passed two abortion bills that pro-choice supporters said could “regulate abortion …

Activists Will Challenge Arkansas’ New Abortion Limit

Activists Will Challenge Arkansas’ New Abortion Limit

Comstock/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Arkansas’ new abortion law, the most restrictive in the nation, has incensed activists, who now plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure.Their challenge will come on the heels of a court victory in Idaho,…

Texas Teen Wins Right to Give Birth Despite Parents’ Objections

Texas Teen Wins Right to Give Birth Despite Parents’ Objections

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A pregnant teen who sued her parents, claiming they were coercing her to have an abortion, will be able to give birth to her baby.Attorneys representing the 16-year-old girl were granted a long-term injunction against the…

Gay Rights Activists Look to Roe v. Wade Abortion Strategy 40 Years Later

Gay Rights Activists Look to Roe v. Wade Abortion Strategy 40 Years Later

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Demonstrators will take to the streets this week to protest Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 40 years ago on Tuesday.The “March for Life” comes two months before another g…

Abortion Still Debated 40 Years After Roe v. Wade

Abortion Still Debated 40 Years After Roe v. Wade

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which was handed down on Jan 22, 1973, comes as states have added more and more restrictions — 43 state laws passed last year and 92 passed in 2011, according to the Guttmache…

Nebraska Right to Life Group Pushes for Ultrasound Images on State Website

Nebraska Right to Life Group Pushes for Ultrasound Images on State Website

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) — The anti-abortion group Nebraska Right to Life is pushing for the passage of legislation in the state that would require that so-called 4-D ultrasound images of an unborn fetus be posted on a Nebraska state websit…

Ireland Pledges to Clarify Abortion Laws After Death of Miscarrying Woman

Ireland Pledges to Clarify Abortion Laws After Death of Miscarrying Woman

PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The death of a 31-year-old woman who was denied an abortion during a life-threatening miscarriage has prompted calls for clarity in Ireland’s abortion laws. Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she ar…

Ireland Probes Death of Miscarrying Woman Seeking Abortion

Ireland Probes Death of Miscarrying Woman Seeking Abortion

PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A 31-year-old woman is dead after doctors in Ireland reportedly refused to give her an abortion as she languished in pain from an ongoing miscarriage.Even as medically necessary abortions remain a contentious t…

At Colo. Polling Place, Church Has Anti-Abortion Display

At Colo. Polling Place, Church Has Anti-Abortion Display

Jessica Cuneo/Daily Camera(BOULDER, Colo.) — A Boulder, Colo., church that is serving as a polling location has chosen to leave up its anti-abortion display for Election Day.The Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church has left up signs and crosses meant …

Obama Rebukes Richard Mourdock for Rape Remarks on "Tonight Show"

Obama Rebukes Richard Mourdock for Rape Remarks on "Tonight Show"

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(LAS ANGELES) – President Obama weighed in on controversial comments about rape made by Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana, calling it an example of why women should vote for him on Nov. …

Indiana Senate Candidate: ‘God Intended’ Pregnancies from Rape

Indiana Senate Candidate: ‘God Intended’ Pregnancies from Rape

Mourdock for Senate(NEW ALBANY, Ind.) — Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape are part of God’s plan, tearfully explaining that he only supports abortions when a mother’s life is in dange…

Rep. Joe Walsh Walks Back Abortion-Without-Exception Comment

Rep. Joe Walsh Walks Back Abortion-Without-Exception Comment

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — The campaign of Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., on Friday walked back the congressman’s assertion at a debate that medical developments have made it unnecessary for abortion laws to make an exception to protect …

Planned Parenthood Says Abortion Foes Used Fake Website

Planned Parenthood Says Abortion Foes Used Fake Website

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Planned Parenthood is accusing the anti-abortion group Live Action of creating a fraudulent website purporting to offer late-term abortion services for “VIP women,” in order to collect confidential medical info…

Romney Trips Up on Abortion Rhetoric

Romney Trips Up on Abortion Rhetoric

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney promised Wednesday he would govern as a “pro-life president” less than 24 hours after telling an Iowa newspaper he saw “no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would bec…

Mitt Romney’s Softer Abortion Stance Poses Challenge to Ryan Before Debate

Mitt Romney’s Softer Abortion Stance Poses Challenge to Ryan Before Debate

J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mitt Romney says he has no plans to push new anti-abortion laws if elected, a position that could put him at odds with parts of his core constituency and his own running mate, Paul Ryan.”There’s no legislation with…

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