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International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics Conscientious objection

If you are researching conscientious objection, you might want to look at the December 2013 issue of the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics to see the thought of those who are trying to keep conscientious objection from affecting the availability of abortion. You may want to check your institutions databases to see if you […]

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Abortion Legislation

State abortion laws shifting in a pro-life direction

According to a National Catholic Register article, a survey by Americans United for Life, an organization “which works to develop and promote model pro-life legislation for states,” state abortion laws are becoming more pro-life and are protecting women more from the ravishes of abortion. The survey esp. highlights Louisiana, Oklahoma (my state of origin!), Arkansas, […]

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Oklahoma judge blocks morning-after pill restrictions

In one of two state-related pro-life legal setbacks, District Judge Lisa Davis prevented a law from going into effect in Oklahoma that would have required children under the age of 17 to have a prescription to obtain Plan B One-step pills or generic emergency contraception. Some believe that these pharmaceuticals may have abortifacient effects.  See […]

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Moral Theology and the Irish abortion law

LifeSiteNews.com, in “Ireland’s abortion bill the result of 40 years of bad moral theology: priest/professor,” reports that a leading Catholic moral theologian and long-time defender of life, Fr. Vincent Twomey, blames the passage of the recent Irish abortion law on years of bad moral theology training in the seminaries that is “radically at variance with […]

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Wisconsin Ultrasound Law

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin recently signed into law a bill known as Sonya’s Law (Act 37) that requires an ultrasound before an abortion. The law also requires that the doctor have “admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and others are challenging the law in court. […]

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Abortion Rules in Europe

A recent BBC article lists the various rules for abortion in European countries. Malta is the only country that has a complete ban. Many countries allow it “on request,” but usually not after 12 weeks. Sweden allows it on request up to 18 weeks. Any country that allows it beyond 18 weeks has certain conditions, […]

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Powers rejects Davis as “hero.”

There is more anecdotal evidence that the consensus in the U.S. against legal late-term abortions is broadening. Most recently columnist Kirsten Powers, labelled a “liberal” by many, in a Daily Beast article called “I don’t stand with Wendy Davis,” came out against Davis’s filibuster of a Texas bill that would make abortion after 20 weeks […]

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Legal Issues and Frozen Embryos

Shirley Darby Howell, Professor of Law at Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, wrote “The Frozen Embryo: Scholarly Theories, Case Law, and Proposed State Regulation” for the Human Life Review (Spring 2013) and DePaul Journal of Health Care Law (Vol. 14.3:407). She looks at possible state laws that would resolve disputes about […]

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Guttmacher Institute Updates Summary of US Abortion Laws

The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization started by Planned Parenthood, has updated its annual survey of abortion laws in the United States.  You can view it here.  I occasionally dispute the characterization of a law, but find it to be a good starting point for research.

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The Medical Case Against Late Term Abortions

Public Discourse has a great article, Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act Will Harm Women, outlining the evidence that late-term abortions are never medically indicated.  Quoting from Congressional testimony and reports of maternal-fetal specialists, the authors make a compelling case that women suffering from serious medical conditions during the last half of pregnancy are better served by induced […]