Posts Tagged ‘ abortion ’

How the pro-life movement endangers the unborn

May 20, 2015
posted by

Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

The Republican-controlled House voted 242-184 last week to impose a federal ban on late-term abortions. Given that President Obama has already condemned this bill as 'disgraceful' and pledged to veto it, the House GOP's main objective seems to be putting in an advance request of a future Republican president. But there's a more troubling question at play here for Republicans: Given that conservatives routinely argue that government can't regulate anything without making it worse, how could government regulate one of the most tragic choices mothers face without compounding the tragedy? The fact is, it can't." (05/19/15)

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Killing the unborn is never a good option

May 4, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Even as social conservatives find themselves in retreat on many issues, such as gay marriage, public opposition to abortion remains high. Americans are conflicted, but recognize that the procedure involves more than just hurting oneself. There's another life involved. Abortion can never be a simple case of personal 'choice.'" (04/30/15)

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House conservatives secure vote in bid to block DC abortion law

April 30, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Under pressure from House conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders have scheduled a vote for Friday on a measure that would block a controversial abortion law passed by the Washington city council. The law, approved in December, would ban city employers from taking punitive action against employees for using abortion services or birth control. Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to nullify measures passed by the Washington city council." (04/29/15)

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Why gay marriage is winning, while abortion rights lose

April 26, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Katha Pollitt  

"Why are reproductive rights losing while gay rights are winning? Indiana’s attempt to enshrine opposition to gay marriage under the guise of religious freedom provoked an immediate nationwide backlash. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has allowed religious employers to refuse insurance coverage for birth control -- not abortion, birth control -- to female employees; new laws are forcing abortion clinics to close; and absurd, even medically dangerous restrictions are heaping up in state after state. Except when the media highlight a particularly crazy claim by a Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock, where’s the national outrage? Most Americans are pro-choice, more or less; only a small minority want to see abortion banned." (04/25/15)

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Where are the pro-life utilitarians?

April 22, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Pro-life utilitarians are very scarce. A philosophy professor recently told me that he knows of zero pro-life utilitarians in the entire philosophy profession. This is deeply puzzling. While I'm not a utilitarian, the utilitarian case against abortion seems very strong. Consider: Even if a pregnant woman deeply resents her pregnancy, she is only pregnant for nine months. How could this outweigh the lifetime's worth of utility the unwanted child gets to enjoy if he's carried to term?" (04/22/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/04/where_are_the_p.html  

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TN: Butts tables abortion bill exceptions as “not verifiable”

April 22, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Tennessee state Rep. Sheila Butts (R) on Tuesday moved to table an amendment that would have exempted victims of rape and incest from new restrictions on access to abortion because she said that their claims were 'not verifiable.' While debating a bill that would require women to wait 48 hours and get counseling before having an abortion, state Rep. Craig. Fitzhugh (D) first offered an amendment to HB 977 that would allow doctors to exempt patients from the waiting period for mental health reasons. That amendment was immediately tabled by Butts." [editor's note: Her eponymous name aside, this is still one of the more [bleep]headed claims in recent memory - SAT] (04/21/15)

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KS: Brownback signs abortion bill

April 7, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. ... The new law, which takes effect July 1, bans the dilation and evacuation procedure, and redefines the method as 'dismemberment abortion.'" (04/07/15)

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OH: House okays bill banning abortions after first heartbeat

March 25, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A bill that would ban most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat again cleared the state House on Wednesday following a startlingly emotional floor debate in which a veteran female lawmaker revealed she'd been raped and had an abortion and a male legislator shed tears as he recounted praying his stillborn child would take a breath. Advocates now have the rest of the two-year session to lobby the bill's opponents in the Senate. The Republican-controlled House approved the bill 55-40 in its third vote on it in as many sessions. The legislation met its demise in the Senate two sessions ago and last session made it as far as the House floor and was voted down." (03/25/15)

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TX: Woman accused of trying to firebomb pro-life group

March 25, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"An Austin woman is accused of throwing a burning bottle at an anti-abortion group praying outside of Planned Parenthood Monday evening. Melanie Maria Toney, 52, is jailed on a felony charge of aggravated assault. No bail has been set. An arrest affidavit states that members of Texas Alliance for Life were praying near the South Austin facility when a woman in an SUV tossed a 'flaming item' out of the window." (03/24/15)

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WI: Abortion dynamics in sharp focus as judge rules against state law

March 22, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"A federal judge in Wisconsin on Friday ruled that the state’s effort to beef up patient safety at abortion clinics is unconstitutional because of its unequal impact on women. The ruling is a poignant rebuff to a potent antiabortion strategy that has already begun to shutter abortion clinics in the South and Midwest. The offending law, which was signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2013, required Wisconsin’s four abortion clinics to get admitting privileges at local hospitals. But that requirement proved unworkable for two clinics, including one in Milwaukee, where hospitals didn’t want to get involved in the nation’s often-heated and protest-filled abortion debate." (03/21/15)

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Who has abortions?

March 15, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Katha Pollitt  

"Who has abortions? For most of human history, the answer was obvious: women have abortions. Girls have abortions. Not any more. People have abortions. Patients have abortions. Men have abortions. 'We must acknowledge and come to terms with the implicit cissexism in assuming that only women have abortions,' wrote feminist activist Lauren Rankin in July 2013 in truthout.com. She went on to criticize as exclusionary slogans like 'the War on Women' and 'Stand with Texas Women.' Such claims may sound arcane to most people. One area in which they have been quietly effective, though, is in reproductive-rights activism." (03/13/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/201289/who-has-abortions  

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TN: Anti-abortion amendment result challenged

February 4, 2015
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WSMV-TV News    

"There may be new ammunition in a lawsuit challenging the passage of Tennessee's Amendment 1 on abortion. Lawyers said they now know that 76,000 more people voted for the amendment than voted in the governor's race. The plaintiffs said the state constitution clearly says amendments pass only when a majority of all the citizens of that state voting for governor vote in their favor. A lawsuit has been filed challenging the validity of the vote. 'If those 76,000 people that didn't vote for governor made up the margin of difference on Amendment 1, if their votes were not appropriate, then Amendment 1 does not pass,' attorney Dewey Branstetter said." (02/03/15)

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Chile: Bachelet proposes end to abortion ban

February 1, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Ms Bachelet has tabled a bill in Congress to legalise abortion in cases of rape or when there mother's life to the mother's or the baby's life. Abortion is punishable in Chile by up to five years in jail. The absolute ban of abortion puts the lives of thousands of Chilean women at risk every year, said Ms Bachelet." (01/31/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31076838  

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Republicans drop abortion vote after revolt by female House members

January 23, 2015
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The Guardian [UK]    

"Faced with a party-wide 'meltdown' over young female voters just as they are taking control of Congress, Republicans saw their first major assault on abortion access collapse after a late-night, last-minute meeting on Wednesday. ... House members were due to vote on Thursday for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have instituted a national ban on abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy and later. The legislation was expected to pass easily, as a similar ban did in 2013. But dissent from some of the party’s women drove the bill off the docket." (01/22/15)

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How selfish are our views about abortion?

January 15, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"In The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind, Weeden and Kurzban argue that individuals' 'inclusive interests' have a large effect on their position on abortion. On the one hand, this seems implausible. On the other hand, Jason Weeden wrote his dissertation on abortion attitudes, so there must be something to his story. What's really going on? Like Weeden and Kurzban, I turn to the General Social Study to find out. My evidence is only exploratory; I don't pursue every statistical permutation. However, I did precommit to blog the topic before I looked at the data." (01/15/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/how_selfish_are.html  

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ND & AR try to reinstate nation’s strictest abortion laws

January 13, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"North Dakota and Arkansas are seeking to reinstate two of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws in a federal appeals court in Missouri on Tuesday. The US court of appeals for the 8th circuit , which sits in St Louis, is hearing oral arguments on the so-called fetal heartbeat laws, which ban abortions if a heartbeat is detected. Both bans were approved by lawmakers in 2013 but overturned by lower federal courts in separate decisions. The Arkansas legislature approved a bill that bans abortion at 12 weeks, prohibiting most abortions if a heartbeat can be detected. The state’s democratic governor vetoed the bill, but the conservative, Republican-controlled legislature overrode it." (01/13/15)

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NC: Court strikes down “transvaginal ultrasound” abortion law

December 22, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A North Carolina law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the displayed images to women seeking abortions constitutes compelled speech that violates the patients’ free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s decision that struck down the 2011 provision, agreeing that doctors could not be forced to disseminate the state’s message discouraging abortion." (12/22/14)

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A manifesto for the right to abortion

December 21, 2014
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spiked spiked
by Ann Furedi  

"Pollitt’s writing blows like a breeze through an open window across the self-absorbed introspection of much of this recent discussion. Pro is a manifesto for abortion as a woman’s right and a social good. It is a pacy presentation of why abortion is a fact of life for modern society that will never be made rare as long as women aspire to control when and by whom they bear children. Instead, Pollitt argues abortion should be seen as part of the reproductive experience of motherhood -- not its antithesis. It should be understood as a positive experience that reaffirms the importance of women’s lives." (12/19/14)

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AZ: SCOTUS blocks abortion drug law enforcement

December 15, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Arizona from enforcing a state law that restricts access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses of RU-486, the so-called 'abortion pill.' The high court’s refusal to hear the state’s appeal means that an April ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented the law from going into effect while litigation continued will remain intact. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said the decision 'effectively nullifies part of the statute.'" (12/15/14)

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IN: Abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional

December 4, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the state's classification of abortion clinics to include sites that only perform drug-induced abortions. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson released a ruling Wednesday saying the 2013 law violated equal protection rights by treating a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette differently than physician offices that provide the same medications." (12/04/14)

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MS: Appeals court order keeps state’s only abortion clinic open

November 21, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic will remain open after a federal appeals court refused on Thursday to reconsider its decision to block a state law that would have closed it. The law, passed in 2012, required doctors at the state’s sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, a standard the clinic could not meet. A three-member panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July upheld a lower court ruling blocking the law as a legal challenge continues. On Thursday, the appeals court denied Mississippi’s request for a reconsideration of the injunction by the full court." (11/20/14)

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Why I am pro-choice

November 20, 2014
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"The first rule of the politics of fear is that if you want to make something sound scarier than it actually is, you add the word 'culture' at the end of it. ... And so it is with abortion. How can you make what is a pretty mundane medical procedure that British women have been legally accessing for nearly 50 years sound like something terrifying? By adding the magic c-word. That is what we've been invited here tonight to talk about: 'abortion culture.' I've been asked to oppose the motion 'This House Believes Britain's Abortion Culture Hurts Us All.' The reason I'm happy to oppose this motion is because it is built on a fallacy. There is no 'abortion culture.'" (11/20/14)

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OK: State Supreme Court puts abortion restriction on hold

November 4, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily put on hold a state law restricting abortions while the issue is argued in a lower court. The unanimous action by the high court means that women in Oklahoma can continue to use the prescription drugs mifepristone and misoprostol, which induce abortion in the early weeks of pregnancy. Oklahoma had sought to prohibit such abortions in a law known as House Bill 2684." (11/04/14)

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Too poor for an abortion?

November 3, 2014
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Too poor for an abortion? No. You are too irresponsible a creature to breath the same air as me. That I would toil, and sweat, and work, to pay taxes that fund this kind of thing makes me sicker than the funding of wars. The left demands that we give up that which is ours, to pay for their food, housing, birth control, and doctor visits, and even when we do, they still have to murder their babies, and still demand that we pay for it. Fuck that." (11/02/14)

http://www.christophercantwell.com/2014/11/02/poor-abortion/  

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OK: Judge lets abortion drug ban take effect

October 23, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. Stuart also allowed a provision that would limit liability claims against physicians due to the law. According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Services this month, the measure would lead to increased use of surgically induced abortions for cases where drugs can be used." (10/22/14)

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