More than 600 women's health advocates crowded into Texas' state capitol building on Sunday night, hoping to prevent a vote on a package of abortion restrictions before the state's special session ends early this week. Ultimately, however, their efforts were unsuccessful. In the early hours of Monday morning, Republicans used their majority to cut off debate and give preliminary approval to Senate Bill 5, an omnibus measure that would force most of the abortion clinics in the Lone Star state to close their doors.
According to the CDC, in 2009 there were 784,708 abortions performed in the United States. That's a breathtaking number, no matter which side of the abortion debate you sit on. So many women, faced with pregnancy and a set of given circumstances, made a choice that most of us don't like to think about or even try to imagine.
As the Supreme Court's term winds to a close this month, the Justices will be addressing a series of issues that reflect a changing agenda - the country's and their own. There are two major same-sex-marriage cases, a challenge to the Voting Rights Act based on the changing politics of the South, and even a futuristic dispute about the patenting of human genes. But before too long - indeed, probably next fall - the Court will have to return to one of its most enduring controversies: abortion.
A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors.
When is murder not murder? Apparently whenever the mainstream media (MSM) says it isn't.
Most Americans think of childbearing as a deeply personal or even sacred decision. So do most reproductive rights advocates. That is why we don’t think anybody’s boss or any institution should have a say in it. But for almost three decades, those of us who hold this view have failed to create a resonant conversation about why, sometimes, it is morally or spiritually imperative that a woman can stop a pregnancy that is underway.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday halted an effort to grant "personhood" rights to human embryos, saying the measure is unconstitutional.