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Pence to Marchers: 'Life Is Winning'

Kellyanne Conway promises 'new dawn for life' at March for Life

(Newser) - For the first time in the 43-year-long history of DC's annual March for Life, White House officials attended the event . Vice President Mike Pence promised the crowd Friday that "life is winning again in America," and noted that there is a "pro-life [majority]" in Congress. He... More »

How a Pro-Life Film Hooked Pro-Choice Groups

Sital Kalantry explores 'It's a Girl'

(Newser) - Pro-choice and feminist groups are flocking to It's a Girl, a documentary about sex-selective abortions in China and India. But the film's director actually worked for a pro-life ministry, a fact that appears to have been carefully hidden, writes Sital Kalantry on Slate . Kalantry details how she became... More »

Romney's Latest Bain Problem: Aborted Fetuses

Mitt may have been involved with controversial Stericycle deal

(Newser) - Another Bain Capital controversy for Mitt Romney: He may have still been involved with the private-equity firm when it invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal company that disposes of aborted fetuses, thus making it a target of anti-abortion activists. The Huffington Post first revealed the Romney-Stericycle connection, but... 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 »

GOP Rep: Let's Fund Anti-Abortion Activists

Cliff Stearns' bill would help crisis pregnancy centers

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans have made it clear that they don't want to fund Planned Parenthood , but at least one thinks the federal government should be funding anti-abortion activists, Mother Jones reports. Florida Rep. Cliff Stearns introduced a measure that would provide federal funds to crisis pregnancy centers, clinics—often run by... More »

Ohio Considers 'Heartbeat' Abortion Law

Move could outlaw procedure in as little as 18 days

(Newser) - Ohio lawmakers will introduce a bill today that would make it illegal to perform an abortion in the state once a fetus develops a heartbeat—something that can happen within 18 days of conception. The bill, which would be the harshest abortion restriction in the country, already has support from... More »

US Abortion Rate Stalls, May Be on Rise Again

After declining for years, a plateau has been reached

(Newser) - After falling for almost two decades, the number of abortions being performed in the US appears to have plateaued, possibly another consequence of the continuing recession. The abortion rate among US women has also stalled its decline, the Washington Post reports. A new survey out today found “essentially no... More »

Activist on Trial for Abortion Doc 'Wanted Posters'

Flip Benham denies posters are a threat

(Newser) - Is putting up "Wanted" posters with the names, photos, and address of doctors who perform abortions protected free speech, or a threat? A North Carolina court will be faced with that question when anti-abortion activist Flip Benham goes on trial today, charged with stalking and violating a new state... More »

The Truth About 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers'

Don't visit one expecting abortion counseling

(Newser) - Crisis pregnancy center: Sounds like a place where a woman with an unplanned pregnancy could discuss her options—all her options. But it’s not. Despite ads touting “free abortion alternatives,” you won’t hear discussion of the morning after-pill at these centers. Rather, enter a crisis pregnancy... More »

Would-Be Abortion Clinic Bomber Caught Via Facebook

FBI busts NC man who posted threats online

(Newser) - Want to bomb an abortion clinic, or anything, for that matter? Maybe don't advertise it on Facebook. A North Carolina man who described himself as "the Christian counterpart of Osama bin Laden" on his Facebook page faces 20 years in prison after Planned Parenthood alerted the FBI to his... More »

Abortion Storm Erupts Over 'Ultrasound' Jesus Ad

Fetus with halo is 'pro-life,' charge critics

(Newser) - With 197 days left until Christmas, a planned holiday ad showing Jesus in the womb has triggered a new abortion controversy in Britain. The "Ultrasound Jesus" ad, set to appear on billboards in December, shows a fetus with a halo and announces: "He's on his way: Christmas starts... More »

States Demand Ultrasounds to Curb Abortion

20 states encourage or mandate procedure

(Newser) - The latest weapon in the battle over abortion : Ultrasounds. Backed by anti-abortion groups who believe sonograms can stop women from aborting, 20 states have passed laws that require or encourage abortion providers to conduct the procedure, reports the New York Times . Ultrasounds are already mandatory in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi,... More »

Ultrasounds Before Abortions Aren't 'Sinister'

It's all about 'informed choice'

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker agrees with Bill Clinton that abortions should be "safe, legal, and rare." Toward the latter point, she comes down in favor of the recent spate of laws requiring women who are considering abortion to get an ultrasound and at least listen to a description of it.... More »

Stupak Agreement Makes Passage All But Certain

Obama will issue executive order reiterating Hyde Amendment

(Newser) - President Obama will sign an executive order forbidding the use of federal funding for abortion, and Bart Stupak and his anti-abortion allies will vote to pass health care reform, the Michigan Democrat announced this afternoon. The shift means the measure is almost certain to pass when it's voted on tonight.... More »

CBS KOs Gay Super Bowl Ad

Network declares gay dating site's spot unfit for broadcast

(Newser) - Is CBS using Super Bowl advertising to pursue a political agenda? The network is facing controversy after turning down an ad for gay dating site but approving an anti-abortion spot featuring University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow. CBS rejected ManCrunch's ad, which features two men making out... 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 »

Tim Tebow in Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

Former Florida QB will appear in 30-second spot with his mom

(Newser) - Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in a 30-second anti-abortion ad to air during the Super Bowl. The TV spot, for the group Focus on the Family, is expected to feature them discussing his 1987 birth. Pam Tebow disregarded doctors' advice to abort the pregnancy after she fell ill... More »

New Google Controversy: Aborted Fetus Photo

Someone other than Planned Parenthood likely posted disturbing pics

(Newser) - First there was the Michelle Obama chimp picture; now Google has another controversy on its hands with what appears to be a doctored Google Maps “Place Page” for a Planned Parenthood location in New York City. The Bleecker Street Planned Parenthood’s page features two pictures of dead fetuses.... More »

Man Shot Anti-Abortion Protester Over 'Grudge'

Gunman also killed a gravel company owner, had a third target

(Newser) - James Harlan Drake, the 33-year-old trucker who shot noted anti-abortion activist James Pouillon in front of a high school yesterday, also shot a local gravel company owner, and intended to kill a third man before police arrested him. He had “a list in his head,” a police chief... More »

Mich. Anti-Abortion Activist Killed in Drive-By

Perp also admits to shooting local business owner; motive unclear

(Newser) - A prominent anti-abortion protester was gunned down this morning outside a Michigan high school, the Detroit Free Press reports. Owosso High School students were among the witnesses to the drive-by shooting, which police say was committed by a 33-year-old man who was arrested at his home and promptly confessed to... More »

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