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US Catholics Clash With Vatican Over These 5 'Sins'

Divorce, non-traditional families among them

(Newser) - American Catholics may be fans of Pope Francis—but not necessarily the ideas he represents as head of the Catholic Church. A new Pew Research Center poll of 5,122 adults shows Americans who identify as Catholic are much more accepting and have a very different view on what constitutes... More »

Pope: Priests Can Forgive Women Who've Had Abortions

Francis grants absolution power during Holy Year for 'painful decision'

(Newser) - Abortion is one of the sins that mandates automatic excommunication in the Roman Catholic Church, but for the Holy Year of Mercy that begins Dec. 8, Pope Francis says priests can, at their discretion, absolve women for terminating pregnancies, Reuters reports. "Many … believe that they have no other... More »

One State Aims to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

But pro-choice advocates say it violates Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - Ohio women, take note: Soon you may be unable to get an abortion if you're doing it to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. The state's legislature—most of which is pro-life—appears poised to approve such a bill this fall and send it to Gov. John... More »

Huckabee: I Might Deploy Federal Troops to Stop Abortion

Asked about it, he said, 'We'll see'

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't the only candidate to raise eyebrows with his comments . Mike Huckabee this week promised to get aggressive against abortion as president, and he didn't rule out using federal troops or the FBI to do so, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal . The remarks came in two public... More »

Expect a Weekly Planned Parenthood Video for Months

Activist vows to continue undercover videos for 3 months

(Newser) - An undercover video targeting Planned Parenthood made waves all the way to Congress . Now, the anti-abortion activist behind it says there's more where that came from. David Daleiden, 26, tells the New York Times he has enough footage—after infiltrating the organization over two and a half years—to... More »

'Appalled' GOP Wants Planned Parenthood Inquiry

House committee to investigate if PP harvested organs for money

(Newser) - House Republicans have launched a congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood over an undercover video in which an official describes how the organization gives fetal tissue to researchers. Selling fetal parts for a profit is illegal. However, the senior director of medical services tells pro-life activists from the Center for Medical... More »

Undercover Video Targets Planned Parenthood

Official discusses transfer of organs after abortions

(Newser) - Another undercover "sting" video is making headlines, this time of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the transfer of organs from aborted fetuses, reports the Hill . The video comes from a group called the Center for Medical Progress . In it, people posing as employees of a company that procures organs... More »

95% of Women Don't Regret Their Abortions

And there was no real difference between those who got early or late abortions

(Newser) - To further attempts to impose longer waiting periods and more stringent restrictions , abortion opponents have long used the argument that women suffer negative mental health after undergoing the procedure. That theory may have just been quashed by a new study that indicates 95% of women who've had an abortion... More »

NC Can't Force 'Narrated' Ultrasound Before Abortion

Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal

(Newser) - Some North Carolina officials had their hopes dashed today by the Supreme Court, which declined to hear their appeal to revive what Reuters terms "narrated ultrasounds": a requirement that abortion providers perform an ultrasound and display and describe that ultrasound to a woman seeking an abortion—even if she... More »

No Charges for Mom Who Took Abortion Pill at 5 Months

Georgia DA drops murder count

(Newser) - Murder charges have been dropped against a Georgia woman who took an abortion pill she bought online and delivered a five-and-a-half-month-old fetus that lived for 30 minutes, reports WALB . Kenlissa Jones, 23, reportedly took four pills of Cytotec—the brand name of the drug misoprostol used alongside mifepristone in non-surgical... More »

Court Ruling May Shutter Most Texas Abortion Clinics

After appellate decision, only seven meet new requirements

(Newser) - An appellate court ruling today means that women in rural Texas may have a long drive on their hands if they plan to get an abortion. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state's new rules , which essentially require clinics to have hospital-level building codes, reports the... More »

Abortions Dropping in Nearly All States

Blue and red states alike see abortion-rates falling

(Newser) - Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them—but they've also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an AP survey finds. Nearly everywhere, in red states and blue, abortions are down since 2010. Explanations vary: Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded... More »

NC Voters Feel Betrayed Over Abortion Move

Critics say Gov. Pat McCrory promised he'd never sign such a bill

(Newser) - Some voters in North Carolina are feeling betrayed after Gov. Pat McCrory announced last night he'd rubber-stamp a bill that will triple the waiting period for abortions in the state, the News & Observer reports. "I will sign this bill," McCrory said in a statement issued last... More »

Paraguay Busts Alleged Rapist at Heart of Its Abortion Furor

Man accused of impregnating girl, 10

(Newser) - The man who stands accused of impregnating the 10-year-old daughter of his girlfriend—and consequently igniting a firestorm of controversy over Paraguay's refusal to allow the child an abortion —has been arrested after more than two weeks on the lam. And as the AFP reports, 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez... More »

10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion

Paraguay only allows abortion in cases that threaten mother's health

(Newser) - The girl is 10 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with the child of the stepfather who raped and impregnated her even after he was reported to social services. And she's the subject of a fierce debate among adults over the moral, legal, physical, and psychological implications of whether she... More »

Ariz. Doctors Forced to Say Abortions May Be Reversed

Gov. Doug Ducey signs law critics say is based on quackery

(Newser) - Women seeking abortions in Arizona will be hearing new advice from their physicians. Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law this week a mandate that doctors must tell patients that abortions performed using drugs may be reversible, the New York Times reports. The news has met with outcry from medical community... More »

Chile Busts Woman Hospital Said Had an Abortion

25-year-old arrested for illegal act after she came in for severe stomach pain

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman who showed up at a Chilean public hospital Sunday with severe stomach pains and vaginal bleeding was arrested after a doctor suspected she used a drug to induce her own abortion, the Guardian reports. The unidentified patient at the Carlos Cisternas facility is still under medical supervision... More »

Texas Rep: Fellow GOPer Tore My 'Former Fetus' Sign

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland points finger at Rep. Charlie Geren

(Newser) - Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland used to be a fetus, and a fellow Republican he clashed with over a sign advertising that fact accuses him of acting like a child. Stickland was one of what an anti-abortion group says is hundreds of lawmakers who received "Former Fetus" nameplates ahead... More »

Girl Born Pregnant With Twin Fetuses

Condition, called fetus in fetu, has only been reported 200 times

(Newser) - Being born pregnant is so rare it has only been documented 200 times, but it does happen. Now researchers are reporting this week in the Hong Kong Medical Journal on the November 2010 case of a newborn girl thought to have two tumors in her abdomen that were found to... More »

After Revolt, House GOP Shelves Abortion Bill

Female lawmakers were against 20-week bill

(Newser) - House Republicans have abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision was embarrassing for Republican leaders eager to display a united, GOP-led Congress, which had planned to push the legislation through... More »

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