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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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bullet 2004-JUL-04: FL: Apparent firebombing of women's clinic: The Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported: "A suspicious fire Friday night gutted the inside of a Lake Worth abortion clinic, the site of regular peaceful protests, police and activists said. The WomanCare Centers of Florida Birth Control Center, 1622 N. Federal Highway, sustained extensive smoke and water damage during the 11:09 p.m. blaze."

Two local pro-life groups, Face Life and Palm Beach County Right to Life said that none of their activists were involved in the fire. The incident is being investigated by the Lake Worth police and fire departments, State Fire Marshal's Office, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 1
bullet 2004-JUL-16?: ID: Parental consent law found to be unconstitutional: A law, passed by the Idaho state legislature in 1999, was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court panel. It required young women under the age of 18 to get parental consent before they had an abortion unless they had experienced "sudden and unexpected" physical complications. They ruled that minors are allowed to undergo other emergency medical procedures that don't meet this strict condition without first receiving parental permission. Planned Parenthood, who sponsored the appeal with four abortion providers, said that most young women do involve their parents in an abortion decision. However, some minors do not "come from model families" i.e. some young women fear having to disclose their pregnancy to parents who might abuse them physically or eject them from the home. 2
bullet 2004-JUL-20: USA: Cable channel censors episode of Degrassi: The N Channel which is owned by MTV, has been airing episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation. It deals with students at a fictional Canadian high school. The channel has decided to delay a two-part episode until they can decide how to handle them. The episode deals with teen pregnancy and abortion. A petition objecting to the censorship has gathered 6,000 signatures. It calls the decision of the channel "unjust and asinine...This episode does not contain any forceful opinions regarding the subject. [By delaying the episodes] you are dismissing a substantial part of this season's plot." The two-part episode deals with "Manny" who finds out that she is pregnant. After much soul searching, she decides to have an abortion. She is shown as handling the abortion without a great deal of guilt. The New York Times commended Degrassi's "fearless" presentation of the issue when compared to U.S. teen shows, like Dawson's Creek, The O.C., and Beverly Hills 90210. In those shows, girls who became pregnant considered abortion but decided to give birth. 3

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bullet 2004-JUL-23: MS: State law ruled unconstitutional: A new Mississippi law would have required late term abortions to be performed in hospitals or outpatient surgical facilities. Abortions could not be performed in abortion clinics, after 13 weeks gestation. U.S. District Judge Tom Lee issued a temporary restraining order on JUL-2 and a preliminary injunction on JUL-23. He said that the law did nothing to protect the health of patients. Simon Heller, of the Center For Reproductive Rights, said that an outpatient clinic without abortion experience would be less able to assure the safety of their patients compared to a licensed clinic where the procedure has been done for years. He said that one result of the law would have been to reduce access to abortions in the state. 4
bullet 2004-AUG-17: TX: Abortion clinic attacked: Somebody fired at least four gunshots at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Lufkin, TX, late on AUG-17 or early AUG-18 at a time when the clinic was closed. The Lufkin Daily News reports that: "In recent months, the clinic which is affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, has attracted the attention of a small group of local anti-abortion protesters. The 'stand and pray effort' started shortly after the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, a Bryan-based anti-abortion group, held a meeting earlier this summer to speak of their own efforts to close the PPHSET clinic in Bryan." 5
bullet 2004-AUG-31: Paul Hill Memorial Tour organized: Reverend Paul Hill was convicted of the mass murder of an abortion provider and his guard in Pensacola FL. Hill was executed on 2003-SEP-3. According to the ChristianGallery web site, his "...execution came on the wings of a thunderstorm and lightning show above the execution chamber, a display of power which all gathered understood to be a sign from God....Paul Hill defended children in the womb with the same amount of force we would defend children outside the womb," said Drew Heiss, organizer of the Paul Hill Memorial Tour. The Tour will travel to Tallahassee, Florida on [2004] September 1st and 2nd; and will conclude in Pensacola, Florida on September 3rd, the date Hill was executed.

The Tour will include public declarations that the deeds of Paul Hill were good and right, and prayers will be offered to bring the national sin of abortion to an end.

Tour stops include the State Capitol, Florida State University campus, and the Pensacola abortion clinic where Hill defended boys and girls from death."
bullet 2004-SEP-13: Bill in congress to allow private healthcare providers to opt out of abortions: A conscience clause has been added to a key appropriations bill that would ensure that private health care providers can opt out of providing abortions if they object on ethical grounds. This bill was attached to a key appropriations bill. The bill now goes to a joint Senate-House conference committee where the bill may or not survive. 7
bullet 2004-SEP-29: Bill to fund research and treatment of Post Abortion Syndrome: On 2004-JUN-9, Representative Joseph Pitts (R-PA) introduced H.R. 4543, a bill to provide for research on and services for individuals with post-abortion depression and psychosis (PAS). Its short title is: "Post-Abortion Depression Research and Care Act." It calls for the National Institute of Mental Health to "...expand and intensify research and related activities....with respect to post-abortion depression and post-abortion psychosis .... referred to as 'post-abortion conditions'." The bill has a total of 32 sponsors, all Republicans. Many religious conservatives promote the belief that PAS is a widespread and debilitating phenomenon. Pro-choice groups and medical professionals generally regard PAS as extremely rare. What little information that is available on PAS is that it is rare, but does occur among some women who are pressured into having an abortion, and/or who have changed their beliefs and regard abortion to be murder. A hearing in the House was conducted on 2004-SEP-29. 8 More details.

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References used:

  1. Leon Fooksman, "Bomb suspected in fire at Lake Worth abortion clinic," Sun-Sentinel, at:
  2. "Federal appeals court voids Idaho's parental-consent abortion law," Associated Press, 2004-JUL-16?, Associated Press, at:
  3. Canadian Press, "Degrassi look at teen abortion gives pause in U.S.," The Toronto Star, 2004-JUL-20, Page D7.
  4. "U.S. judge blocks Mississippi late-term abortion law," USA Today, 2004-JUL-23, at:
  5. Gary Bass, "Shots fired at Planned Parenthood clinic," Lufkin Daily News, 2004-AUG-18, at:
  6. "Christians to honor baby defender Paul Hill on the one year anniversary of his execution,", at:
  7. Tony Perkins, "News from the Hill," Washington Update, Family Research Council, 2004-SEP-13.
  8. "Legislation to Provide for Research On, and Services for Individuals With, Post-Abortion Depression and Psychosis," Family Research Council, at:

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Created: 2004-JUL-07
Latest update: 2004-SEP-30.
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