Posts Tagged ‘ abortion ’

Pope Francis extends power to forgive abortion to all Roman Catholic priests

November 21, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an 'apostolic letter' after Sunday's close of the Church's 'Holy Year of Mercy.'" [various formats] (11/21/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/pope-francis-extends-power-to-forgive-abortion-to-all-roman-catholic-priests-4387848/  

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A pro-life libertarian case for abortion rights

November 3, 2016
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Lauren Hall  

"At some point, no matter how you work it, fetuses become humans and we're stuck with a conflict between fundamental individual rights. Walter Block famously tried to thread this needle with his theory of evictionism, which is a decent starting point except that most infants do not have great outcomes at the point of viability (around 24 weeks), so you're not just evicting someone but substantially reducing their potential and quality of life moving forward. But at least his approach tries to wrestle with the conflicting rights of both mother and child. Ultimately though, what interests me is not the morality of abortion, which I think libertarians can have widely different legitimate opinions on. What's more troubling for libertarians is the practical issue of where they should stand on governmental interference in private medical decisions." [editor's note: Rights don't inhere in "humans," they inhere in "persons." There may be a difference - TLK] (11/02/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/11/pro-life-libertarian-case-abortion-rights/  

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IN: Court overturns feticide conviction of woman who had self-induced abortion

July 24, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An Indiana appeals court has overturned the conviction of Purvi Patel, who was accused of neglect and feticide after she took abortion drugs to end her pregnancy. The court ruled on Friday that the Indiana legislature didn’t intend for the feticide law 'to be used to prosecute women for their own abortions,' the Associated Press reported. The court said the law 'intended for any criminal liability to be imposed on medical personnel, not women who perform their own abortions.' Patel was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015, two years after her self-induced abortion at her family’s home."  (07/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/22/court-overturns-feticide-conviction-of-indiana-woman-who-had-self-induced-abortion/  

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US House approves anti-abortion “right of conscience” bill

July 14, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"The House on Wednesday approved a controversial abortion bill that supporters say would help shield healthcare providers who refuse to perform the procedure on religious grounds. Anti-abortion lawmakers, including the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), say it would bar state or local governments from penalizing healthcare providers who decline to offer abortions. Republicans say it would make clear that healthcare workers have a 'right of conscience' that allows them to take legal action for any alleged discrimination, such as the withholding of funds." (07/13/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/287637-house-approves-bill-to-shield-anti-abortion-healthcare-workers  

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TX: Abbot wants aborted fetuses buried or cremated

July 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Texas intends to require aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated come September, adding new abortion regulations after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s restrictive clinic laws. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state health officials to propose the changes, his office said Thursday, which were quietly put out for public comment this month. ... Abortion-rights groups bristled at the new regulations, which were posted online for public comment July 1." (07/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/texas-to-require-burial-or-cremation-of-aborted-fetuses/2016/07/07/53b6323e-4468-11e6-a76d-3550dba926ac_story.html  

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Why libertarians should applaud the SCOTUS ruling against Texas abortion regulations

June 29, 2016
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Avens O'Brien The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien  

"I found this case particularly clear cut as a libertarian -- this was an obvious case of over-regulation, which caused more than half of the clinics in Texas to close. If any other industry faced this sort of punitive regulation, conservatives would have been up in arms, but since it was the abortion industry, many were perfectly fine with the law. The result of this law meant 10 abortion-capable clinics would exist in Texas to serve the 5.4 million women of childbearing age. Abortions, of course, are sometimes medically necessary, and this would literally put women's lives at risk, as well as creating undue burden on the right to abortion." (06/28/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/why-libertarians-should-applaud-the-scotus-ruling-against-texas-abortion-regulations/  

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SCOTUS strikes down Texas law that treats abortion clinics like other medical facilities

June 28, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"In a dramatic ruling, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Texas abortion access law in a victory to supporters of abortion rights who argued it would have shuttered all but a handful of clinics in the state. The 5-3 ruling is the most significant decision from the Supreme Court on abortion in two decades and could serve to deter other states from passing so-called 'clinic shutdown' laws. ... There were two provisions of the law at issue. The first said that doctors have to have local admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, the second says that the clinics have to upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards." [editor's note: Texas Administrative Code Rule §135.4 requires regular ambulatory surgical centers to "have a written transfer agreement with a hospital or all physicians performing surgery at the ASC shall have admitting privileges at a local hospital." Apparently pregnant women aren't as important to SCOTUS as other patients - TLK] (06/27/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/27/politics/supreme-court-abortion-texas/index.html  

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All eyes are on these three Supreme Court cases

June 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Richard Wolf  

"Thirteen cases remain to be decided at the Supreme Court this month, but all eyes are on three of them. With the tumultuous 2015-16 term marked by Justice Antonin Scalia's death winding down, decisions on access to abortion, the use of affirmative action in college admissions, and the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants will determine whether the evenly-divided court tilted liberal or conservative. Other cases still pending before the eight-member court include one that could set a higher bar for public corruption and another that could affect drunk drivers who refuse breath or blood tests." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/19/supreme-court-abortion-immigration-affirmative-action-obama-texas/86090066/  

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TX: Judge dismisses part of indictment against anti-abortion activist

June 15, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"A misdemeanor charge accusing an anti-abortion activist of trying to buy human organs while making an undercover video looking into Planned Parenthood practices has been dismissed ... David Daleiden, 27, and fellow activist Sandra Merritt, 63, were each indicted in January on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record for allegedly using fake driver's licenses to conceal their identities while dealing with Planned Parenthood at a Houston clinic. Daleiden was also indicted on the misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. ... Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judge Diane Bull on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor count Daleiden faced, ruling the indictment was flawed because prosecutors had failed to make reference within the indictment to any exceptions to the law prohibiting the purchase or sale of human organs. Under the law, there are several exceptions including if fees were being paid to a doctor or hospital for their services." (06/14/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-06-14/anti-abortion-activists-human-organ-purchase-charge-dropped  

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OK: Fallin vetoes bill criminalizing abortion

May 23, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a sweeping and unprecedented measure Friday that would have made performing an abortion a felony punishable by prison time, saying the bill was vague and would not be able to withstand a criminal constitutional challenge. The bill, part of an overt strategy to challenge the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, had passed the state senate 32-12 without debate and had gone to the governor's desk." (05/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/21/oklahoma-governor-vetoes-bill-criminalizing-performing-abortions.html?intcmp=hplnws  

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OK: Senate approves bill barring doctors from performing abortions

May 19, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill making it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, which opponents say is essentially a ban on the procedure. The Republican bill, which has been called the first of its kind nationally, will now be sent to the desk of GOP Gov. Mary Fallin. She has five days to sign or veto the bill before it automatically becomes law. The bill is all but certain to wind up in court if it wins approval from Fallin, who has typically supported anti-abortion-rights measures." (05/19/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/280544-oklahoma-approves-bill-barring-doctors-from-performing-abortions  

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On abortion, we trust women

May 19, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Ann Furedi  

"Until recently, who knew that abortion was still illegal in Britain? It's prohibited by the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which stipulates that any woman who induces her own miscarriage can be sentenced to life in prison. This applies from the moment a fertilised egg implants in her womb to the moment she gives birth. The 1967 Abortion Act, often described as the law that 'legalised abortion,' did nothing of the sort. Rather, it created exemptions to prosecution -- but only when the procedure was carried out by a doctor (not a nurse or midwife), in a specially licensed clinic or hospital, and then only if two doctors certified that the woman's reasons met certain conditions, and (except in exceptional circumstances) the pregnancy was under 24 weeks gestation. Any abortions that take place without this authorisation are illegal." (05/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/on-abortion-we-trust-women/  

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South Carolina: Legislature passes ban on abortion after 19 weeks

May 18, 2016
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MSN    

"The South Carolina legislature on Tuesday passed a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life was at risk, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. The bill will head to Republican Governor Nikki Haley's desk, who indicated in March that she would likely sign the legislation. Her office could not be immediately reached for comment." (05/18/16)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/south-carolina-bans-abortion-after-19-weeks/ar-BBtbcXj?ocid=sf  

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Numbers and sentiments, guns and abortions

April 18, 2016
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"I should obviously begin by assuring you, Dear Reader, that your stances on these issues are the correct ones. The topic here is not what stance you should take (since you've already taken the correct one) but rather how these things are discussed. Abortion is clearly an issue of moral priors: Start from a particular set of prior assumptions or sentiments, and you can get to a stance on abortion. The language around the issue reflects that: Pro-choice, pro-life .... Gun control, on the other hand, is an issue where everybody has their favorite statistics. Whether those statistics are accurate is irrelevant here (since your favorite statistics from Facebook are obviously the accurate ones, and the other side's numbers are just cherry-picked); what matters is that people act as though empiricism will be persuasive." (04/16/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/04/16/19183  

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Abort the GOP

April 11, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The Republican Party's unrelenting religious obsession with abortion leads me to the conclusion that the GOP should be aborted. When it comes to law and politics few things irritate me more than GOP lawmakers passing, and governors signing, laws that they know beyond all doubt are unconstitutional, and the GOP are experts at that when the laws pertain to abortion." (04/10/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/abort-gop.html  

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IN: Planned Parenthood files suit against abortion law

April 7, 2016
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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette    

"Just days after a tough new abortion law was signed by Gov. Mike Pence, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed suit Thursday alleging the restrictions violate a woman's right to choose. ... The challenge comes after national attention given to the law that bars women from having an abortion for the sole reason that the fetus has been diagnosed or there is a 'potential diagnosis' of a disability. Other prohibited reasons include the sex, race and national origin of the fetus. Planned Parenthood is seeking an injunction to stop the law from going into effect on July 1." (04/07/16)

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Lawsuit-filed-against-abortion-bill-12439557  

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Trump and Clinton trip on abortion taboos

April 6, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"When Donald Trump said women who obtain illegal abortions should face 'some form of punishment,' it was a rookie mistake. New to the anti-abortion movement, the Republican presidential front-runner did not realize he was supposed to view women who terminate their pregnancies as victims rather than perpetrators. By contrast, when Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee and a longtime champion of abortion rights, called a fetus an 'unborn person,' she really should have known better. Her stumble, like Trump's, exposed a taboo that facilitates blinkered thinking about abortion." (04/06/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/06/trump-and-clinton-trip-on-abortion-taboo  

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UT: State law extends frontier in abortion fight

April 3, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"This week, Utah's governor signed a first-of-its-kind antiabortion bill. It requires doctors to administer anesthesia to women seeking abortions at the 20th week of pregnancy or after. In some ways, however, the new law is just the most recent example of a kind of antiabortion legislation taking shape in red states across the country. The law adopts medical language to describe its goals, despite the fact that many physicians dispute the medical claims behind it. Similarly, Florida passed a law in March that, supporters say, intends to make abortions safer, but which abortion-rights advocates counter is essentially a backdoor attempt to restrict abortions." [editor's note: Regardless of where you stand on this issue, this is clearly an end-run to limit the procedure - SAT] (04/03/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0401/How-Utah-law-extends-frontier-in-the-abortion-fight  

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GOP abortion hypocrisy trap

April 2, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Donald Trump got caught in the GOP abortion hypocrisy trap this week when he chose to follow his natural intellectual instincts and be logically consistent regarding his pro-life stance on abortion. He found out the hard way that among the gaggle of GOP hypocrites in the Republican Party it doesn't pay to be logically consistent when the issue involves abortion." (04/02/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/gop-abortion-hypocrisy-trap.html  

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UT: Herbert signs bill requiring abortion anesthesia

March 29, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"The governor has signed a bill that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert Monday is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. 'The governor is adamantly pro-life. He believes in not only erring on the side of life, but also minimizing any pain that may be caused to an unborn child,' Herbert spokesman Jon Cox said." (03/29/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article68750647.html  

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When regulation is bad — except for abortion

March 27, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Bridgette Dunlap  

"Selling homemade baked goods without a license can get you six months in Wisconsin. In Iowa, braiding hair without a year of cosmetology school is punishable by up to a year in prison. So is the unlicensed practice of interior design in Florida. Conservatives have long argued that legislators use ridiculous licensing requirements to restrict market participation under the pretext of protecting health and safety. Such regulations are really intended to protect their cronies by limiting competition from newcomers. But protectionist business lobbies aren’t the only political powers serving their own interests by limiting consumer options: Abortion opponents have found that licensing requirements are an effective way to artificially deplete the market for abortion services as well." (03/26/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/fans-of-economic-liberty-shouldnt-be-so-quick-to-regulate-abortion/475566/  

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Bringing down the flowers: The controversial history of abortion

March 3, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan  

"The modern abortion debate can feel like trench warfare, with diametrically opposed camps and very few defectors. Surprisingly, though, even the history of abortion is contentious. It's widely known that there was a legal crackdown on abortion in the U.S. in the 19th century, and clandestine abortions persisted until the practice was legalized with Roe v. Wade in 1973. But scholars don't agree on whether, before the 1800s, abortion was relatively common and legally accepted, or whether it was considered a grave crime, when it happened at all. This is no idle academic spat. English common law provides the basis for much of the legal precedent in the U.S. (and elsewhere in the former British empire.) More importantly, in his majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun cited the historic acceptability of abortion." (03/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/03/bringing-down-the-flowers-the-controversial-history-of-abortion/471762/  

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SCOTUS hears challenge to Texas abortion law

March 2, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Nearly three years after Texas lawmakers approved a far-reaching set of abortion restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court was set to examine the controversial law Wednesday in a hearing that could affect women's health across the country for years to come. ... The law's contested regulations require abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and abortion facilities to comply with the expensive standards of hospital-style surgical centers.
The case is seen as the most significant abortion-related dispute to come before the Supreme Court since the justices ruled in 1992 that governments could not place an 'undue burden' on women seeking the procedure." (03/02/16)

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Supreme-Court-hears-challenge-to-Texas-abortion-6865252.php  

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Appeals court allows law that would shut three of Louisiana’s four abortion clinics

February 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday issued an emergency order that abortion rights groups say will result in the closure of three of the state's four existing abortion clinics. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a 2014 state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have special relationships with local hospitals may go into effect as a legal challenge against it works its way through the courts. In January, a lower court had temporarily blocked the law." (02/24/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/24/appeals-court-allows-law-that-would-shut-three-of-louisianas-four-abortion-clinics/  

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Several US states seek to block second trimester abortion method

February 11, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion providers in legal fights, says banning the dilation and evacuation method of abortion -- commonly called 'D&E' -- is unconstitutional because it interferes with private medical decisions." (02/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/states-seek-block-2nd-trimester-abortion-method-36856413  

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