From 2005-JANUARY TO MARCH
Background information on many aspects of abortion is found in individual essays, e.g.
abortion methods, and
syndrome. Information about the
use of stem cells is elsewhere.
|2005-JAN-06: USA: Attorney General nominee pledges support for abortion
access: President Bush has nominated Alberto Gonzales, a former Justice of
the Texas Supreme Court, to be the next Attorney General. He was interviewed by
a Senate committee who must consent to the appointment. When asked about the
Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 which legalized access to early
abortions, he replied: "As far as I'm concerned, it is the law of the land
and I will enforce it." CovenantNews, a Fundamentalist Christian news
source, described the exchange in colorful and rather unflattering language: "Alberto
Gonzales, with the look of a cold blooded killer, sat alone at the witness
table. Senators addressed the former Texas Supreme Court justice as "judge," as
he pledged support for the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court
opinion that allows states to murder unborn babies by abortion."
The 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade occurred on 2005-JAN-16.
|2005-JAN-19: USA: "Roe" asks U.S. Supreme
Court to overturn Roe v. Wade: Norma McCorvey, the Roe in Roe v. Wade,
has petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse its landmark abortion access
ruling of 1973. She believes that evidence has emerged in the past 32 years
which indicates that abortions can harm women. She now regrets her role in
the case. She said: "Now we know so much more, and I plead with
the court to listen for witnesses and re-evaluate Roe v. Wade." Her
lawsuit was denied by two lower courts in 2004. But Edith H. Jones, Judge of
the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, agreed with McCorvey.
|2005-JAN-22 to 24: USA: Observance of the
32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Tens of thousands of pro-life
demonstrators marched through Washington DC on JAN-24. Some expressed the
hope that President George W. Bush's re-election and increased Republican
majorities in both houses of Congress will lead to an overthrow of Roe v.
Wade -- the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 which made
early abortions available across the country. President Bush addressed the
group by phone from nearby Camp David. He said "This movement will not
fail....This is the path of the culture of life that we seek for our
country." He expressed the hope that the continuing debate will "change
hearts and minds" of those Americans who still favor abortion access.
Senator Hillary Clinton told about 1,000 pro-choice supporters in Albany,
NY, that during Bill Clinton's presidency, family planning was a priority
and "we saw the rate of abortion consistently fail....Unfortunately
in the last few years, wile we are engaged in ideological debate instead of
one that uses facts and evidence and common sense, the rate of abortion is
on the rise in some states." 3|
|2005-JAN-25: GA: Abortion ban bill
introduced: Rep. Bobby Franklin, (R-Marietta) introduced a bill to ban
all abortions in the state of Georgia. It is House Bill 93. It states, in
"The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the
moment of conception until natural death."
"After three decades of legal human abortion, it is now abundantly clear
that the practice has negatively impacted the people of this state in many
ways, including economic, health, physical, psychological, emotional and
"A fetus is a person for all purposes under the laws of this state from the
moment of conception."
"The practice of abortion has caused the citizens of this state an
inestimable amount economically, including ... a significant reduction of
the tax base and of the availability of workers, entrepreneurs, teachers,
employees and employers that would have significantly contributed to the
prosperity of this state."
"Any person performing an abortion in this state shall be guilty of a felony."
All abortions would be criminalized in the state. However, the bill does
include one exclusion: "...if a physician makes a medically justified
effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does
not survive, such action shall not be an abortion." Note that the
physician would have to try to save the life of both the woman and
the fetus. Presumably, if a pregnancy went terribly wrong and a woman was
dying, her physician would not be allowed to terminate the pregnancy because
that would not involve trying to save the life of the fetus. He would have
to save the life of both the mother and the fetus -- an
impossibility in some cases. The physician would have to choose between
allowing both the woman and fetus to die, or risking a felony charge.
4,5 More details.
|2005-FEB-03: MT: Fetal homicide bill killed:
The House Judiciary Committee of the Montana Legislature narrowly
rejected a bill which would have made it a separate crime to kill or injure
a human embryo or fetus during a crime committed against a pregnant woman.
As amended, the bill would have used the term "unborn child" to mean
"a human who is conceived but not yet born." i.e. a just-fertilized
ovum is not only a living entity but is a human person. This remains the
central issue of debate between pro-life and pro-choice factions.
|Rep. Roger Koopman, (R-Bozeman), said: "Do
we place a value on life? When we see a video that shows movement, that
shows potential movement, that shows clearly the actions of a being, can
we blind our eyes, numb our conscience and say it's not life?"|
|Rep. Art Noonan, (D-Butte), said. "The
whole approach seems so convoluted and so tortured that I have to be
suspicious that there's more than meets the eye." 6|
|2005-FEB-15: SD: Bill to make almost all
abortion illegal fails: A bill proposed by Senator Frank
Kloucek (D) failed in the Senate's State Affairs Committee. It would have
made abortions illegal except when pregnancy posed a grave or
life-threatening risk to the mother. Since it would have violated the 1973
Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have certainly been
declared unconstitutional if it had been signed into law.
|2005-MAR-01: USA: Internet poll on Roe v.
Wade: Polling Station conducted a poll of the visitors to their
online service. The question asked was: Do you think that President
Bush should nominate a Chief Justice that would support overturning Roe vs.
Wade? 7 They received
10,038 responses. The margin of error is ±
1.5%. Persons sampled were self-selected and do not necessarily resemble the
|2005-MAR-17: SD: New anti-abortion laws signed into law: Mike
Rounds, governor of South Dakota, signed four new bills into law:|
|One requires that doctors tell a woman seeking an abortion that
abortion ends the life of her baby, and "terminates the
constitutional relationship women have with their fetuses."|
|Another makes abortion illegal in the state in the event that Roe v.
Wade is overturned.|
|A third requires doctors to inform the parents of a woman under the
age of 18 who seeks an abortion.|
|The fourth law sets up a task force to study the effects of
|2005-MAR-28: ID: U.S. Supreme Court refuses
to hear an abortion law appeal: An Idaho law prohibited abortions for
women under the age of 18 unless they obtained prior parental consent or
experienced "sudden and unexpected" instances of physical complications.
Planned Parenthood of Idaho and one of the four Idaho doctors who
performs abortions in the state launched a lawsuit: Wasden v. Planned
Parentood of Idaho, 04-703. . The 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law was unconstitutional. The
U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the state. The lower
court ruling now stands. 10|
- "Bush's Pro-Abort AG: Gonzales Pledges Support For Abortion,
But Then Disavows Torture Tactics?," Pro-Life News, at:
This is a temporary listing.
- " 'Roe' asks Supreme Court to overturn ruling on
abortion," USA Today, 2005-JAN-19, at:
- "Anti-abortion demonstrators march through
Washington," Associated Press, 2005-JAN-24.
- "Excerpts from an abortion ban proposed
Tuesday," The Associated Press, 2005-JAN-25, at:
- The text of the bill is online at:
- Sarah Cooke, "Fetal homicide bill killed in
committee," Billings Gazette, 2005-FEB-03, at:
- Polling Station, 2005-MAR-01.
- "South Dakota Abortion Ban Fails Again," LifeSiteNews.com,
- "South Dakota Adopts Strictest Abortion Restrictions in US,"
- Hope Yen, "Court Declines to Review Abortion Law. Supreme Court Rejects
Appeal to Reinstate Law Requiring Girls Under Age 18 to Get Consent for
Abortions," Associated Press, 2005-MAR-28, at:
Copyright © 2005 by the Ontario Consultants on
Latest update: 2005-MAR-29
Author: B.A. Robinson