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Trump: Women Who Get Illegal Abortions Should Be Punished

Then he immediately reversed that opinion

(Newser) - If abortions are banned, which they should be, there needs to be "some form of punishment" for women who have them. So says Donald Trump in an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews scheduled to air Wednesday evening, Bloomberg reports. During the interview, Trump proclaimed himself pro-life multiple times... More »

New Indiana Law: No Abortions for Fetal Defects

Gov. Mike Pence says bill he signed 'affirms the value of all human life'

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It's due to take effect in July, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it will ask a court to block... More »

Pro-Life Lawmaker Urged Mistress to Get Abortion

Scott DesJarlais is a doctor, and she was his patient

(Newser) - A vocal pro-life GOP congressman and doctor once got a patient pregnant and urged her to get an abortion in an attempt to save his marriage, according to a transcript from a 12-year-old telephone conversation obtained by the Huffington Post . Anonymous sources have confirmed that the call is authentic, and... More »

Pro-Life Groups Pitch 'Unbortions' to Women

It's a way to stop multi-day procedures once they've started

(Newser) - Anti-abortion groups—and at least one Catholic hospital—are embracing a procedure being called an "unbortion," and The Week offers a primer. It involves stopping a second-trimester abortion after it has begun, possible because the procedure takes more than one visit to complete. In the first step, doctors... More »

Nation's Only Late-Term Abortionist: 'I Will Never Be Safe'

(Newser) - The murder of George Tiller has left the nation with only one provider of late-term abortions—and that makes Warren Hern public enemy No. 1 on the fringes of the anti-abortion camp. "I will never be safe," Hern tells Esquire in a long profile. "I will always... More »

Abortion 'Purity Test' Is New to Republicans

Not even 'conservative issue' for older generation: Goodman

(Newser) - Abortion has become “the purity test for remaining in the GOP’s inner circle,” writes Ellen Goodman in the Boston Globe: The Republican Party is shedding and shunning abortion-rights supporters it once called its own. But it wasn’t always that way—even “Mr. Conservative” Barry Goldwater... More »

Stiffed Surrogate Moms Face Tough Decision

What's a mother to do? It's up to her, says Salon

(Newser) - Surrogate moms-to-be who have learned they've been stiffed by out-of-cash firms that arranged their pregnancies face a major decision. The only way for these women to quit "working" is to obtain abortions, notes William Saletan in Slate. He fervently hopes the women will see their pregnancies through. So what's... More »

Steele Backs Off Remarks on Abortion

(Newser) - Michael Steele has again stirred up some trouble with his Republican constituency, this time by making an intricate but obtuse argument about his stance on abortion, the Washington Post reports. In an interview with GQ, the RNC chair was asked if he supported a woman’s right to choose. “... More »

At 35, Roe v. Wade Still Divides

Protesters on both sides will mark today's anniversary

(Newser) - Protesters on both sides of the abortion debate today mark the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that frames the debate. The anniversary of Roe v. Wade arrives with surveys showing US views on abortion largely unchanged over the past 15 years and with abortions at their lowest level... More »

US Abortions Down 25% Since 1990 High

More women using the Pill; both sides of debate claim victory

(Newser) - About 1.2 million abortions were performed in the US in 2005, a 25% drop from the practice’s 1990 heyday, new data show. About 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in abortion in '05—the most recent year with data available—compared to 1 in 3 in the 1980s, the... More »

Anti-abortion Groups Split by Late-Term Ban

Purists rip Dobson for praising limits, not full prohibition

(Newser) - The recent Supreme Court ruling against partial-birth abortions has ignited a battle among anti-abortion groups, the Washington Post reports. The bickering highlights a divide between groups working for a wholesale ban and those seeking limits. In newspaper ads, a religious coalition ripped the ruling as "wicked" and slammed longtime... More »

Giuliani Will Come Out As Pro-Choice

No more vacillating: Rudy will test GOP will by backing abortion rights

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani will cut the embarrassing equivocation and declare himself  in favor of abortion rights in the coming days, reports the New York Times. The GOP frontrunner, who's drawn flak for trying to explain away his support for abortion in his mayoral days, will risk alienating the conservative portion of... More »

Mexico City Legalizes Abortion

City leaders defy bitter opposition from government and church

(Newser) - Mexico City has passed a law legalizing first-trimester abortions and offering them virtually free. The move by the city's predominantly leftist leadership was bitterly opposed by the Catholic Church and Mexico's conservative government, CNN reports. More »

States Battle Over Stillborn Babies

Grieving parents are pitted against pro-choice advocates

(Newser) - Parents of stillborn babies are pitted against pro-choice advocates in an emotional battle over initiatives in seven states to issue birth certificates for their children, reports the Chronicle. Parents want recognition of their loss; abortion advocates want to avoid a precedent that might be used to claim an unborn fetus... More »

U.K. Nurses Enter Abortion Battleground

Could perform early-term procedures under new reading of 40-year-old law

(Newser) - Specially trained nurses should be allowed to perform early-term surgical abortions without a doctor present, two U.K. medicos are arguing, based on a "wide interpretation" of Britain's 1967 Abortion Act. Though British nurses are currently allowed to carry out drug-induced abortions, they have been barred up to now... More »

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