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Kentucky Bill Would Require Note From Wife to Get Viagra

'This is about family values,' says cheeky Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

(Newser) - If a bill introduced in Kentucky this week becomes law, men seeking Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs would be required to get a signed note from their wife and swear on a Bible they would only use the drugs during sex with their spouse, the Courier-Journal reports. The men... More »

What Happens When a Woman Is Refused Abortion

So-called 'turnaways' don't fare as well as others, study suggests

(Newser) - Are women more likely to have better futures if they can terminate unwanted pregnancies? New research suggests this is in fact often the case: "There is a belief that access to abortion is important for equal opportunities for women and for their financial stability," researchers write in a... More »

Surrogate, Told to Abort, Sues the Father

Melissa Cook wants to adopt baby the dad doesn't want—and maybe the other 2, too

(Newser) - A complicated case has become even more so after a surrogate mom of triplets refused the biological dad's demand to abort one of the fetuses. Melissa Cook says she was threatened with financial ruin by the father for violating her contract (he was allowed a "reduction" if he... More »

Why a Christmas Eve 1955 Death Still Matters

Jacqueline Smith's abortion was performed illegally in an apartment

(Newser) - In the 1950s, when abortions were rarely sanctioned and only when a committee of doctors approved them, somewhere between 200,000 and 1.2 million illegal abortions were performed every year. One such case in particular grabbed grim headlines across the country: A young woman by the name of Jacqueline... More »

Judge Sees No Crime in Planned Parenthood Videos

US District Judge William Orrick speaks out

(Newser) - Recordings secretly made by an anti-abortion group at meetings of abortion providers do not show criminal activity and could put the providers at risk, a federal judge said Friday, citing the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. US District Judge William Orrick made the comments during a hearing... More »

Study: Depictions of Abortion on TV Have Real-Life Consequences

Characters having abortions tend to be white, well-off, and childless

(Newser) - The women having abortions on TV are richer, whiter, and younger than in reality, and that can create serious problems for women and politicians in the real world, NPR reports. Researchers looked at 78 abortion plots on TV from 2005 to 2014 and published their results this month in Contraception... More »

Parents Tell Surrogate to Abort Triplet, She Refuses

Parents want to abort one of the triplets over the risk of disabilities

(Newser) - When 26-year-old Brittneyrose Torres of Thousand Oaks, Calif., read on Facebook about a couple who couldn't have children, she decided to try surrogacy and agreed to carry one of their children for $25,000 and two or more for an extra $5,000. But not long after learning that... More »

Bill Would Make Men Wait 24 Hours for Viagra

SC pol wants to make it as tough to get ED meds as it is to get abortion

(Newser) - "I purposely tried to make it as invasive, as intrusive, as hypocritical and unnecessary as possible to make the point." This from South Carolina Rep. Mia McLeod, who pre-filed legislation Thursday designed to drive a point home about women's reproductive rights. To wit: She's attempting to... More »

Woman Tries Coat-Hanger Abortion, Is Arrested

Anna Yocca of Tennessee faces attempted-murder charge

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman was arrested Dec. 9 for allegedly using a coat hanger to try to end her 24-week pregnancy. Anna Yocca, 31, of Murfreesboro was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the incident, which happened in September. The baby boy was saved, according to the Murfreesboro Post ; it's... More »

Charlie Hid HIV, Made Me Have Abortion: Ex's Suit

Brett Rossi says Sheen 'erupted into fit of rage' over her pregnancy

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen's latest troubles come in the form of a lawsuit by an ex-fiancee. Per legal documents obtained by People , Brett Rossi, 26, filed a complaint Thursday alleging assault and battery, emotional distress, false imprisonment, and negligence, with her specific beefs being that Sheen, 50, initially hid his HIV... More »

Abortion Law Ruled 'Incompatible With Human Rights'

Move could be groundbreaking

(Newser) - Women and girls in Northern Ireland may soon have a lot more leeway with regard to abortions, the AP reports. Northern Ireland has a near-total ban on abortion—it's only allowed when the mother's life or health is in serious danger—but a high court judge in Belfast... More »

Planned Parenthood Is Suing Texas

The state is trying to block Medicaid dollars

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Federal courts have so far halted similar attempts in Arkansas,... More »

Thousands of Texans Have Tried to Give Selves Abortions

Among at-home methods: booze, drugs, 'getting hit or punched in the abdomen'

(Newser) - "It was the worst cramping I've ever had and probably one of the worst pains I've gone through. And … there's always that slight uncertainty of ... I don't really know what I'm doing." This interview with a 24-year-old Texas woman, part of a... More »

SCOTUS Not Interested in Planned Parenthood Case

High court rejects NH anti-abortion group's push for docs related to gov't grant

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the Health and Human Services Department to withhold some... More »

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Major Abortion Case

For the first time since 2007

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come by late... More »

Ben Carson: Woman Having Abortion Like a Slave Owner

Presidential candidate appears on 'Meet the Press'

(Newser) - Ben Carson said today that he opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest—and compared women seeking abortions to slave-owners mistreating their slaves, the New York Times reports. On Meet the Press, discussing women impregnated by rape or incest, Carson referred to "the many stories of people... More »

Planned Parenthood: No More Cash for Fetal Tissue

Nonprofit stops taking compensation for donated fetal tissue

(Newser) - Hoping to undercut what it says are disingenuous attacks against it, Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday it will no longer accept any compensation for donating tissue from aborted fetuses to medical research, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Planned Parenthood's policies on fetal tissue donation already exceed the legal requirements,... More »

Supreme Court Gets Highly Political Cases

Unions and abortion rights could be in jeopardy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is facing a docket of high-profile political cases that will test whether recent liberal victories were more fluke or firm conviction, the New York Times reports. The court—which is divided 5-4 for conservatives, but saw Justice Roberts vote liberal on Obamacare and same-sex marriage—will look... More »

Activist in Hiding After Starting #ShoutYourAbortion

Amelia Bonow started receiving death threats after starting #ShoutYourAbortion

(Newser) - As the debate about funding for Planned Parenthood continues, one Seattle activist has gone into hiding after a hashtag she created went viral, her address was posted online, and she started receiving death threats, the Los Angeles Times reports. The hashtag: #ShoutYourAbortion . Its mission, per Bonow and co-founder Lindy West:... More »

One Nation Now Offering Abortions by Phone

Foundation in Australia lets women call in for a kit

(Newser) - Women in one country will soon be getting abortions by phone, with no need to see a pharmacist or a doctor. Their only outside visits will be to medical clinics for ultrasounds and blood tests, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Tabbot Foundation in Australia is offering to assess women... More »

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