Roe v. Wade

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Abortion Rate Hasn't Been This Low Since 1973

Researchers say recession had a role

(Newser) - The American abortion rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1973's landmark Roe v. Wade decision—and the fall appears to have a lot more to do with contraception and the economy than with state laws restricting abortion, a new study finds. Researchers say there were fewer than... More »

Ginsburg: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she'll retire from water-skiing—but not the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now 80, but she doesn't plan on retiring any time soon. In an interview with the New York Times , the Supreme Court justice, who has twice overcome cancer, says she still works out twice a week and the only concession she's had to make... More »

N. Dakota Bans Abortions If There's a Heartbeat

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs bill

(Newser) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation that would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The Republican governor also signed into law another measure that would makes North Dakota the first to ban... More »

Arkansas Bans Abortions After 12 Weeks

State will have strictest rule in the nation

(Newser) - Arkansas is turning into ground zero in the fight over abortion. State lawmakers today easily override a veto and cleared the way for legislation that outlaws almost all abortions after 12 weeks, reports AP . When the measure goes into effect this summer, it will give Arkansas the strictest abortion law... More »

Abortion Foes March in DC

Boehner promises push to make abortion a 'relic of the past'

(Newser) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the Supreme Court today to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion. The annual event took on added significance for many in the crowd because it coincided with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The demonstrators, carrying signs... More »

In 1st, Majority of Americans Say Keep Abortion Legal

Poll comes on 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - For the first time ever—and on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade—a majority of Americans think abortion should almost always be legal. That majority clocks in at 54%; 44% think abortion should be illegal (though some of those respondents will allow for exceptions). Another big number: 70%... More »

56% of Young Adults Don't Know What Roe v. Wade Is

Pew takes a poll some 40 years later

(Newser) - Forty years after Roe v. Wade—the decision was handed down on Jan. 22, 1973—abortion is at last fading as a major hot-button issue in the United States, reports the Los Angeles Times . In fact, according to a new poll by Pew Research Center , only 44% of the under-30... More »

Obama Hits Mourdock: 'Rape Is Rape'

Issues Roe v. Wade warning in Leno appearance

(Newser) - President Obama slammed Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's rape comments on the Tonight Show last night. "I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas," Obama said. "Let me make a very simple proposition. Rape is rape. It is a crime." He noted... More »

It's Time to Overturn Roe v. Wade

And only Rick Santorum is serious about doing that: Rick Santorum

(Newser) - If you want a president who will actively fight to overturn Roe v. Wade, Rick Santorum is your man. As he explains in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece today, the other Republican candidates "simply check the pro-life box," whereas Santorum "fight[s] the battle in the trenches... More »

Louisiana Bill Would Ban Abortion, Period

And violators would go to prison for 15 years

(Newser) - Conservatives around the country have tried to limit abortion in all kinds of creative ways , but Louisiana Rep. John LaBruzzo is cutting to the chase. The “unapologetically pro-life’ Republican has introduced a bill that would ban abortion outright, with no exception made for cases of rape, incest, or when... More »

Nebraska Passes Late-Term Abortion Ban

Landmark bill based on theory fetus can feel pain

(Newser) - Nebraska has become the first state in the nation to ban late-term abortions based on the controversial theory that the fetus is capable of feeling pain by the 20th week of gestation. The law, which makes it a felony for a doctor to perform abortions after the 20th week, is... More »

Abortion Demonstrators Are Aging Out

New generation less passionate, more tuned into technology

(Newser) - Don’t expect to see a lot of fresh young faces out to protest—or defend—Roe v. Wade today. It’s the 37th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, and as usual there will be demonstrations for and against abortion rights in Washington, but the demonstrators aren’t... More »

To Anti-Abortion Pols, Berkeley Sends Hangers

Lefty Calif. city aims to remind of pre-Roe v. Wade times

(Newser) - The notably liberal outpost of Berkeley, Calif., today sent wire hangers—a reminder of pre-Roe v. Wade, back-alley times—to members of Congress who voted for an amendment that bans abortion for anyone receiving federally funded health insurance. The city council approved the measure last night, and some 20 House... More »

'Jane Roe' Arrested After Ruckus at Sotomayor Hearing

'You're wrong, Sotomayor,' plaintiff-turned-anti-abortion-activist screams

(Newser) - Norma McCorvey, better known as “Jane Roe” from the landmark abortion-rights case Roe v. Wade, was arrested today after causing a ruckus at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing, ABC News reports. McCorvey was removed from the Hart Senate Office Building and charged with unlawful conduct after she began to... More »

Limbaugh May Back Sotomayor After All

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh is willing to back Sonia Sotomayor if her nomination to the Supreme Court offers even the “opportunity” of overturning Roe v. Wade, Politico reports. Limbaugh noted today on his radio show that Sotomayor “doesn't have a clear record on abortion” and is a Catholic. “I... More »

Abortion Rights Groups Uneasy With Sotomayor

Nominee has no track record of upholding right to choose

(Newser) - Advocates of abortion rights are getting jittery about Sonia Sotomayor, who, despite a decades-long paper trail, has never issued a ruling on the right to choose. Barack Obama's nominee to replace David Souter—himself famous for surprising his pro-life supporters by upholding Roe v. Wade—was raised Catholic and is... More »

36 Years After Roe, Obama Affirms Support for Choice

Thousands protest on anniversary of landmark abortion ruling

(Newser) - President Obama acknowledged the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade today by reaffirming his support for the abortion rights that ruling secured, CBS reports. “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose,” Obama said in a statement, adding that, regardless of political persuasion, reducing unwanted... More »

Obama Poised to Swiftly Reverse Bush Abortion Policy

Rule bans federal funding of organizations that provide abortion counseling

(Newser) - Barack Obama will likely revoke a controversial Bush administration rule on abortion within days of taking office, sources tell CNN. The policy, dubbed the "global gag rule" by critics, denies all US funding to family-planning services around the world that promote abortion or make any mention of abortion while... More »

Why Pro-Lifers Shun Her Abortion Ban

But 20-year-old who pioneered it fights on in Colorado

(Newser) - Why is Kristi Burton not a pro-life star? The 21-year-old has single-handedly conceived and championed an amendment to Colorado’s constitution that, if approved by voters, would define a fetus as a person, paving the way for an abortion ban. But top pro-life organizations are keeping away from Burton and... More »

If Roe Goes, States May Ban Cross-Border Abortions

Right states prepped to label abortion a criminal act

(Newser) - If John McCain wins and puts conservatives on the Supreme Court, not only could Roe v. Wade go down—states may prohibit women from crossing state lines for abortions, Linda Hirshman writes in the Washington Post. Past rulings and Constitutional interpretations don't clearly support such laws, but times have changed... More »

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