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ABORTION NEWS

From 2005-OCTOBER to DECEMBER

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Background information on many aspects of abortion is found in individual essays, e.g. public opinion, clinic protests, clinic violence, parental notification, abortion methods, and post abortion syndrome. Information about the use of stem cells is elsewhere.

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News items:

bullet2005-OCT-25: World: Vow of silence: Following the annual Students' Day of Silent Solidarity program sponsored by Stand True Ministries, students at over 1,000 campuses in the U.S., Canada, the Philippines, England and Germany are spending the day in self-imposed silence. They are protesting against laws in their countries which allow women access to abortions. The ministry president, Bryan Kemper said:  "Thousands of American babies are permanently silenced every day by the violent act of abortion. This day is in honor of those children, and we will stay silent as an act of solidarity with these innocent victims." Students wear duct tape across their mouth, wear red armbands, and hand out flyers. 1
bullet2005-NOV-30: NH: Supreme Court reviews New Hampshire abortion law: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments related to a New Hampshire parental notification law. The law requires that women who have not reached their 18th birthday must notify at least one parent or guardian, and wait for 48 hours before having an abortion. The only exception to the law was if the woman had obtained a "judicial bypass" -- permission from a judge to proceed with the abortion without waiting or parental notification. The key focus of the case was over the lack of a clause allowing an second exception which would permit an abortion in a situation involving a medical emergency.

The federal appeals court had earlier declared that the law was unenforceable in all respects because of this lack of provision for a medical emergency. By their questions, the Justices of the Supreme Court seemed to agree that the law was defective. However, they disagreed on how to fix the problem. One possibility is that they will send the case back to the appeals court and instruct that court to make a narrower ruling. That would keep the law in place except when a doctor certifies that an immediate abortion is necessary in order to preserve the woman's health. 2,3
bullet2005-DEC-03: USA: New poll results show shift in a pro-choice direction: Opinion polls of American adults show a reduction of six percentage points in support for criminalizing all abortions and an increase of 7 percentage points (from 35% to 42%) in support for abortion access in any or most circumstances. These data are statistically significant. More details.
bullet2005-DEC-20: IL: State regulation concerning emergency contraception challenged: A regulation in the state of Illinois requires pharmacies to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception (EC). The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a Fundamentalist Christian group founded by Pat Robertson, has launched a federal lawsuit against the law on the basis that it violates a pharmacist's right to refuse medication on religious and moral grounds. Under the regulation, Illinois pharmacies that sell federally approved contraceptives have been required to fill prescription for EC "without delay" since 2005-APR. If the pharmacy does not stock EC it must order it or transfer the prescription to another pharmacy of the patient's choice. If the pharmacist has moral objections to dispensing the medication, another pharmacist must be available to fill the prescription.

Pharmacies operated by Walgreen were forced by the regulation to suspend five employees indefinitely because they refused to dispense the drugs on moral or religious grounds. The ACLJ lawsuit represents these pharmacists, two others who fear that they may also be suspended, and three Walgreen pharmacists from the St. Louis area who were "effectively fir[ed]". 4

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References used:

  1. "Abortion Protest Silences Students at Over 1,000 Campuses," LifeSiteNews.com, 2005-OCT-25. Their web site is at: http://www.lifesitenews.com
  2. "New Hampshire abortion law goes before Supreme Court," Associated Press, 2005-NOV-26, at: http://www.usatoday.com/
  3. Linda Greenhouse, "No shift seen as Supreme Court revisits abortion law," The New York Times, 2005-DEC-01, at: http://www.iht.com/
  4. "Birth Control Rx Rule Challenged," Associated Press, 2005-DEC-20, at: http://www.cbsnews.com/

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Copyright 2005 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Created: 2005-OCT-29
Latest update: 2005-DEC-04
Author: B.A. Robinson

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