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Published: 04/28/11

Man Pleads Guilty in Ohio Gunpoint Abortion Case

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Man Pleads Guilty in Ohio Gunpoint Abortion Case

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A man charged under an Ohio fetal homicide law with trying to force his pregnant girlfriend at gunpoint to get an abortion pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder, weapons and abduction counts. Dominic Holt-Reid pulled a gun Oct. 6 on girlfriend Yolanda Burgess, who was three months pregnant, and forced her to drive to an abortion clinic, police said. Burgess, who was 26 at the time, did not go through with the procedure but instead passed a note to a clinic employee, who called police. Prosecutors had brought their case against Holt-Reid using the state's 1996 law that...

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: 03/23/11

Wave of Anti-Abortion Bills Advance in the States

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Wave of Anti-Abortion Bills Advance in the States

NEW YORK -- Dozens of bills are advancing through statehouses nationwide that would put an array of new obstacles - legal, financial and psychological - in the paths of women seeking abortions. The tactics vary: mandatory sonograms and anti-abortion counseling, sweeping limits on insurance coverage, bans on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. To abortion-rights activists, they add up to the biggest political threat since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide. Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images Demonstrators march along Constitution Avenue toward the...

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

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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: 03/8/11

In Iowa, 'Social Issues' Emphasis Could Limit GOP Presidential Field -- and Focus

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
In Iowa, 'Social Issues' Emphasis Could Limit GOP Presidential Field -- and Focus

DES MOINES, Iowa – For Republicans with White House dreams, Iowa is the Rubik's cube of primary states. Should they tack right to win over the state's influential bloc of social conservatives? Should they be true to themselves, even if that could backfire? Should they throw up their hands and launch instead in New Hampshire or South Carolina? And if they do that, will Iowa be lost to them in a general election? Several White House prospects are grappling right now with those questions as the Iowa calendar fills up with events designed as platforms for values issues. Many will participate...

Published: 03/8/11

Opinion: The GOP's Dangerous Attack on Planned Parenthood

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Opinion: The GOP's Dangerous Attack on Planned Parenthood

In 1916, one woman's strength, determination and conviction helped open the door for hundreds of millions of women worldwide to plan their own pregnancies. As a nation, we have made great strides since Margaret Sanger opened that first family planning clinic in New York City nine decades ago, and Planned Parenthood is still at the forefront of the fight for reproductive health and rights for all women. Our services provide a lifeline for 3 million people every year. One in five American women receives care from a Planned Parenthood health center at some point in her life, and 90 percent of...

Published: 03/8/11

Opinion: Planned Parenthood and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

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Opinion: Planned Parenthood and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

The first time I visited New York City as a high-schooler, I saw a teenage boy carrying a rusty machete and chasing another through the street in a rough-looking part of the Bronx. A version of the story in which I witnessed "gang warfare" still circulates through my hometown. It was probably nothing of the sort, but it confirmed what I and others had imagined about the city: It was a dirty, crime-ridden metropolis where one was likely to witness gang fights in broad daylight. It's an example of confirmation bias: Everyone believed the story because it confirmed their...

Published: 03/8/11

Opinion: Defund Planned Parenthood

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Opinion: Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been misleading Congress and American taxpayers for many years. I know -- I was part of the deception. For eight years I worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, and for two of those years I was the clinic's director. Here are the ways Planned Parenthood is deceiving the public -- and taxpayers -- about what it does. Deception No. 1: Taxpayer funds don't go to pay for abortions. This defies common sense and basic logic; of course taxpayer money helps to finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics. Other Views on Planned...

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