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Romney Shifts to Center on Abortion Legislation Plans?

Romney Shifts to Center on Abortion Legislation Plans?Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats and abortion rights activists have seized on Mitt Romney’s recent comment to the Des Moines Register that he would not pursue any new restrictions on abortion rights as president, an apparent...

Todd Akin’s Office ‘Disturbed’ by Karl Rove’s Joke

Todd Akin’s Office ‘Disturbed’ by Karl Rove’s JokeChris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Republican Party may want Todd Akin to disappear, but a dark joke made by GOP strategist Karl Rove has hit a nerve with the congressman’s office.“We should sink Todd Akin,” Rove ...

Todd Akin’s Office ‘Disturbed’ by Karl Rove’s Joke

Todd Akin’s Office ‘Disturbed’ by Karl Rove’s JokeChris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Republican Party may want Todd Akin to disappear, but a dark joke made by GOP strategist Karl Rove has hit a nerve with the congressman’s office.“We should sink Todd Akin,” Rove ...

Teen at Center of Abortion Debate Dies After Chemo Delay

Teen at Center of Abortion Debate Dies After Chemo DelayComstock/Thinkstock(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) -- A pregnant 16-year-old in the Dominican Republic took center stage in the abortion debate when she died last Friday of leukemia complications amid reports that doctors had delayed chemotherapy o...

GOP Approves Abortion Amendment, Keeps Silent on Cases of Rape

GOP Approves Abortion Amendment, Keeps Silent on Cases of RapeKris Connor/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican National Committee approved a platform amendment opposing abortion Tuesday, essentially reproducing its stated policies from 2008 and 2004 -- and highlighting a potential divide between Mitt Romney...

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to Quit

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to QuitChris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Todd Akin rejected pressure today from top national Republicans -- including vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan -- that he consider dropping out of the Missouri Senate race because of his co...

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to Quit

Todd Akin Defies Top Republicans, Refuses to QuitChris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a last ditch effort, Mitt Romney asked Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race today because of Akin's controversial comments about rape.Romney weighed in after Akin rebuffed press...

Rape Is Rape: Obama Criticizes Rep. Akin’s Comments

Rape Is Rape: Obama Criticizes Rep. Akin’s CommentsMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room today, where he was asked about the comments of Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who suggested that “legitimat...

Rep. Akin Shouldn’t Be in Office, Planned Parenthood Head Says

Rep. Akin Shouldn’t Be in Office, Planned Parenthood Head SaysChris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards denounced Rep. Todd Akin’s comment that women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape,” saying this morning that the statement was an...

Republicans Condemn Todd Akin for ‘Legitimate Rape’ Remarks

Republicans Condemn Todd Akin for ‘Legitimate Rape’ RemarksBill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said today that he would not step aside despite calls for him to quit by two prominent Republican senators following his comments about "legitimate rape." Akin, a Republican, in...

Paul Ryan on Social Issues: Where Does He Stand?

Paul Ryan on Social Issues: Where Does He Stand?Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate set off weekend-long debates about the young Wisconsin rep's fiscal policies, but less was said about his stance on social issues. Where does Romney's runn...

“Hunger Games” Star Talks ‘Heavy Flow’ in Pro-Obama Ad

“Hunger Games” Star Talks ‘Heavy Flow’ in Pro-Obama AdDominique Charriau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks may not want to talk to her employer about her intimate women's health issues, but she candidly lays them out for Obama supporters in the president's latest campaign ad.Bank...

Obama Ad: Women Are ‘Troubled’ by Romney’s Abortion Stance

Obama Ad: Women Are ‘Troubled’ by Romney’s Abortion StanceJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new Obama campaign TV ad in eight battleground states targets women voters, suggesting they should be “troubled” by Mitt Romney’s position on abortion rights.“Every woman who believes...

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Survives, For Now

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Survives, For NowEsme E. Deprez/Bloomberg via Getty Images(JACKSON, Miss.) -- A federal district judge in Mississippi prevented the state’s only abortion clinic from being shut down on Sunday by putting a temporary restraining order on a law that would require th...

Lawmakers, Activists Target ‘Gendercide’ Sex Selection

Lawmakers, Activists Target ‘Gendercide’ Sex SelectioniStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the style of activist-filmmaker James O’Keefe, an anti-abortion group has released an undercover video purportedly showing a Planned Parenthood counselor in Texas assisting a woman who says she’s seeki...

House to Vote on Banning Sex-Selection Abortions

House to Vote on Banning Sex-Selection AbortionsiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House will vote late Wednesday on a bill that would ban doctors from performing abortions based on the sex of the unborn child.Opponents say so-called "sex-selection” abortions are sought mainly to termin...

Arizona Bans Funding for Planned Parenthood, Organizations That Perform Abortions

Arizona Bans Funding for Planned Parenthood, Organizations That Perform AbortionsPhoto by Ethan Miller/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Ariz.) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will cut off public funding for organizations that perform "nonfederally qualified abortions," striking a blow to Planned Parenthood in the state. The ...

Mississippi Bill Threatens to Close the State’s Only Abortion Clinic

Mississippi Bill Threatens to Close the State’s Only Abortion Clinic(JACKSON, Miss.) -- Mississippi lawmakers are bringing stricter laws to abortion providers. State legislators passed a measure Wednesday that would require doctors working at abortion clinics to be certified obstetrician-gynecologists, and to have admi...

Rick Santorum: My Support for Arlen Specter Presidential Bid a Mistake

Rick Santorum: My Support for Arlen Specter Presidential Bid a MistakeJay LaPrete/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday morning that his previous support for former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter’s 1996 presidential campaign was a mistake.“I was his colleague in ...

Virginia Lawmaker: Abortion Debate Ruined Seduction

Virginia Lawmaker: Abortion Debate Ruined SeductioniStockphoto/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Call it the political foul of the week.  Warning -- this is cringe-inducing.A Virginia lawmaker took to the state house floor to blame his involvement in the debate over an abortion measure this week for ru...
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