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Almost Half of Abortions Are 'Unsafe': WHO

Globally, 49% are performed without clinical help

(Newser) - The number of women having unsafe abortions outside clinical settings is on the rise, according to a new report from the World Health Organization, published in the Lancet . While the overall global abortion rate has held steady at about 28 per 1,000 women, the percentage performed without trained medical... More »

The Abortion in Mitt's Past

Salon reveals details of relative's death

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has long had a reputation as a flip-flopper , and now Salon reveals the full story behind his well-known change of heart on abortion. In 1994, Romney declared in a Senate debate with Ted Kennedy that though he was personally against abortion, he believed it should be "safe... More »

At Abortion Clinic, Bloodstained Chairs, Fetuses in Fridge

Untrained staff included one worker's 15-year-old daughter

(Newser) - More details have emerged about Kermit Gosnell's squalid Philadelphia abortion clinic , which operated for years despite dangerous and unhygienic conditions, at least 15 malpractice lawsuits, and complaints dating back to 1983:
  • One of the unlicensed workers at the clinic was the 15-year-old daughter of the clinic's office manager. The teen
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Military Ban Drives Troops to Perform Own Abortions

And their experiences say a lot in wake of the Stupak amendment

(Newser) - The military’s ban on abortions forces female soldiers to make terrible decisions, and a look at their experiences "could be timely and politicizing": In the wake of the Stupek amendment, their lack of care "could be shared by all American women," writes Kathryn Joyce at Religion... 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 »

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