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Published: 04/12/11

Florida Lawmakers Spar in 'Uterus' Row Amid Abortion Battle

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Florida Lawmakers Spar in 'Uterus' Row Amid Abortion Battle

Sparring lawmakers. Outraged constituents. A heated national debate. The fast-brewing controversy out of Florida bears all the hallmarks of the long-running fight over abortion. And yet, for now at least, the sparring is focused on a single word, a body part that has become an improbable battle cry for pro-abortion-rights Floridians and a thorn in the side of conservative lawmakers: "uterus." The uterus brouhaha began last month, when Florida state Rep. Scott Randolph, a Democrat, announced on the House floor that his wife would likely have to incorporate her uterus in order for Republicans...

Published: 03/22/11

South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law

It's not easy for a woman to get an abortion in South Dakota. There is only one abortion clinic in the state. As of Tuesday, it got even more difficult. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait three days after meeting with a doctor and receive counseling before undergoing the procedure, news agencies reported. The measure brought condemnation from abortion rights groups. CBS News.com said that the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Dakota and Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Tuesday they plan to file a legal...

Published: 03/22/11

South Dakota Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bill

By  not in system - AOL News
South Dakota Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bill

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation. Abortion rights groups have already said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions. Daugaard, who gave no interviews after signing the bill, said in a written statement that he has conferred with state attorneys who will defend the law in court and a sponsor who has pledged private money to...

Published: 02/26/11

From New York to Midwest to South, Abortion Battle Heats Up

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
From New York to Midwest to South, Abortion Battle Heats Up

NEW YORK -- It was only a single billboard, raised high above the streets of Manhattan, with a photograph of a black little girl and the kind of message the city's residents don't often see: "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb." The ad was sponsored by a Texas-based anti-abortion group, which said there is a particularly high abortion rate among black women and that it wanted to show them there are other options. The billboard sparked outrage and allegations of racism in liberal New York City. It was removed by the advertising company less than a week after it was...

Published: 02/18/11

Mike Pence: 5 Facts About the Congressman Who Wants to Defund Planned Parenthood

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Mike Pence: 5 Facts About the Congressman Who Wants to Defund Planned Parenthood

The House of Representatives approved an amendment today that, should it pass the Senate, would ban the Planned Parenthood organization from receiving federal funds. The so-called Pence amendment, passed in the House by a vote of 240-185, is the pet project of Republican Congressman Mike Pence, who, according to Politico, "is on a one-man crusade to deny all federal funding to the group" that provides a range of health services to women, including abortions. While it's doubtful that the bill will pass through a Senate still controlled by the Democrats, as a rising star in the conservative...

Published: 02/18/11

What Is the Pence Amendment, and What Does It Mean for Planned Parenthood?

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
What Is the Pence Amendment, and What Does It Mean for Planned Parenthood?

After a lengthy and emotional debate about abortion Thursday night, the House of Representatives today passed the Pence amendment to the spending bill. The Pence amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., bans Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives approved the amendment 240-185 after a debate that featured Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier recounting the story of receiving an abortion due to a complication with a pregnancy. The vote is something of a coup for Pence. As Politico said earlier this week, "Abortion-rights advocates...

Published: 02/16/11

Justin Bieber: 'I Really Don't Believe in Abortion'

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Justin Bieber: 'I Really Don't Believe in Abortion'

It finally happened: I'm writing about Justin Bieber. In case you've been waiting to find out what he thinks about abortion, Rolling Stone asked him: "I really don't believe in abortion," Bieber told the magazine. "It's like killing a baby?" When asked about abortion in cases of incest or rape, he answered: "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that." Steven Ertelt over at LifeNews.com asked some pro-lifers what they think of the news: Erik Whittington of Rock for Life, a...

Published: 02/15/11

State Abortion Restrictions Still a Priority for Republican Lawmakers

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
State Abortion Restrictions Still a Priority for Republican Lawmakers

Republican state legislators around the country, holding the majority in most cases, have aggressively moved in the past few weeks to enact new abortion restrictions. If any of these measures pass into law, and many are predicted to do so, they will likely generate a new wave of litigation over the contours of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 abortion decision. It has been five years now since the Supreme Court decided a major abortion case, and none are on its docket for the rest of this term. Related Stories Abortion Foes Have High Hopes for New Congress --...

Published: 02/8/11

House Republicans Revive Abortion as Hot-Button Issue

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
House Republicans Revive Abortion as Hot-Button Issue

WASHINGTON -- The annual March for Life disbanded on Capitol Hill last month, but the controversy over abortion lingers on as Republicans in Congress put the perennial hot-button issue at the top of their agenda this week. Several bills to cut funding for abortion services are the subject of hearings and news conferences by GOP lawmakers and their socially conservative allies: The House Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. The bill would make permanent the annually renewed Hyde Amendment that bans...

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