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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 »

Yeah, Life Begins at Conception —So What?

Mary Elizabeth Williams says that not all life is equal

(Newser) - It's time abortion rights supporters stopped dancing around it: Life begins at conception, argues Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon . "Throughout my own pregnancies, I never wavered for a moment in the belief that I was carrying a human life inside of me," she writes. "And that... More »

Effing Pro-Choice T-Shirt Keeps Flier Off Plane

Captain orders woman to change before connecting flight

(Newser) - A woman missed an American Airlines connecting flight because she was wearing a pro-choice T-shirt with an obscenity about what she might do to a senator. The captain of a flight the woman was exiting scolded her over the shirt that read: “If I wanted the government in my... More »

No. of Pro-Choice Americans Hits Record Low

Down to 41%, according to new Gallup poll

(Newser) - The number of Americans who identify themselves as pro-choice fell precipitously this year, dropping to an all-time Gallup low of 41%, according to a new poll . On the flip side, 50% said they were pro-life. When Gallup first started asking the question back in 1995, the numbers were dramatically different,... More »

After Komen Cut, Donations to Planned Parenthood Rise

Backlash fierce as foundation cuts cancer screening funds

(Newser) - The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood has sparked a fierce backlash, with at least two petitions cropping up urging the cancer foundation to change its mind, and a slew of donations flooding into Planned Parenthood itself, the LA Times... More »

Herman Cain: People Choose to Be Gay

Also, no abortion for rape victims, but he wouldn't ban it

(Newser) - Herman Cain hit on some hot-button social issues in his interview with Piers Morgan last night, including homosexuality and abortion. In one exchange transcribed by Politico , Cain says that “because of my biblical beliefs” he thinks being gay is “a personal choice,” challenging Morgan to show him... More »

Left Is Pro-Choice to ‘Level Playing Field’ for Lesbians

Pat Robertson explains the liberal support for Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - Why do liberals support Planned Parenthood? Pat Robertson thinks he knows. Right Wing Watch points to a recent episode of The 700 Club in which Robertson explained to co-host Terry Meeuwsen that the left is just trying to put straight women and lesbians "on a level playing field."... More »

Abortion Killer Case Proves Need for Abortion Rights

Legal, safe, affordable clinics are crucial

(Newser) - It’s not surprising that anti-abortion advocates are touting the case of Kermit Gosnell , the Philadelphia doctor accused of murdering babies and abusing patients. But they’re utterly wrong, writes Michelle Goldberg in the Daily Beast . Gosnell’s clinic was not typical—that’s why he was rejected from the... 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 »

'Pro-Freedom': Better Than 'Pro-Choice'?

Some think it's time for a new name—but do we need it?

(Newser) - New Gallup polls show that most Americans don't want abortion criminalized, but they remain divided between pro-life and pro-choice advocates—and let's face it, Lynn Harris writes for Salon , the pro-lifers have the better name. "Life" is "the rhetorical rock that will always beat our scissors," writes... More »

Laura Bush: I'm Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage

But she never fights with George about either issue

(Newser) - Laura Bush may be married to one George W., but that doesn’t mean she agrees with him on everything—including thorny issues like abortion and gay marriage. “When couples are committed to each other and love each other, they ought to have the same sort of rights that... 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 »

Pelosi Rejects Stupak's Abortion Deal

New possibility: Obama might issue executive order

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi may have lost Bart Stupak's vote today, but she's still got a chance of winning over some in his anti-abortion bloc. Pelosi rejected Stupak's idea of calling a separate vote to require stricter abortion language in the health care bill. Instead, she's holding out the "possibility" that... More »

Jon Stewart Slams the Vatican

Catholic Church quick to punish sinners ... just not priests

(Newser) - Jon Stewart ’s latest victim: the Catholic Church. Stewart is unhappy about a few things, among them: the cover-up of a gay sex ring, the pope’s protection of a pedophile priest, and the suspension of two Catholic school students for having lesbian parents. The church is swift,... More »

Billboards Paint Abortion as Attack on Black Babies

It's 'in your face,' say supporters

(Newser) - Controversial anti-abortion billboards in Georgia are charging that abortion is making black children an "endangered species." The campaign, sponsored by Georgia Right to Life, highlights the fact that African-American women are three times more likely to have an abortion than white women. Anti-abortion advocates across the country have... More »

Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad: That's It?

Focus on the Family wins by going understated

(Newser) - After weeks of hype, controversy, and speculation over what it would entail, the actual Focus on the Family ad featuring Tim Tebow was discreet, lighthearted, and rather anticlimactic. That didn't appease the National Organization for Women, however, whose president simply turned focus from the (missing) pro-life propaganda to Tebow's playful... More »

Hey, Fetus People, Leave Irish Coach Alone

It just doesn't matter that Brian Kelly is pro-choice

(Newser) - Unrest in the University of Notre Dame community over the pro-choice views of new football coach Brian Kelly tees up Amanda Marcotte for a screed against what she calls the “Fetus People.” Where sportswriters ask what abortion has to do with college football, the Fetus People “haven’... More »

Nebraska Senator for Sale—Cheap!

Ben Nelson was easily bribed, writes Michael Gerson

(Newser) - There's a fine line between bribery and political maneuvering and Harry Reid's brazen buyoff of Ben Nelson was nowhere near it, writes Michael Gerson. The Nebraska senator was granted an exemption on the state paying its share of Medicare expansion that will add up to $100 million over 10 years... More »

RI Bishop Disses Kennedy Over Pro-Choice Stance

Spat over Patrick's position on abortion escalates

(Newser) - Health care reform, the cause of his father's life, has made Rep. Patrick Kennedy persona non grata in his Rhode Island parish—thanks to the furor over publicly funded abortion. As the debate rages, Bishop Thomas Tobin has told the only public servant remaining in America's most famous Catholic family... More »

Time to Drop-Kick the Dems, Ladies

Is the party prepared to get reelected without women?

(Newser) - House Democrats got their health care package through, but not before selling women down the river (again) by "restricting access to abortion in unprecedented ways," complains Kate Harding in Salon . The latest betrayal is just more evidence that it's time for women to dump the Dems, "who... More »

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