From 2005-APRIL TO JUNE
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-APR-05: CO: Governor Owens vetoes emergency contraceptive bill:
Governor Bill Owens vetoed House Bill 05-1042. Titled
"Concerning the Availability of Emergency Contraception to a Survivor of
a Sexual Assault," it would have required all hospitals in the
state to inform female rape victims of the availability of
emergency contraception (EC). Owens vetoed the bill
because it does not require hospitals to explain a "full, balanced and
detailed array of information" about all of a rape victim's options.
This would presumably include telling the woman that EC occasionally can
prevent an embryo from implanting itself in the wall of the uterus. Most
pro-lifers believe that human personhood starts at conception; many believe
that EC can be an abortifacient. Also, it does not specifically protect the right of institutions to refuse
to give the woman emergency contraception. Finally, it would force some,
presumably religiously based, hospitals to inform a patient of a treatment
that they believe is immoral. He wrote: "This bill does not give patients
all the information that they deserve, nor does it safeguard basic freedom
of conscience. Accordingly, I have vetoed this bill." 8|
||2005-APR-06: SC: Legislature passes fetal rights bill: Representative
Ralph Davenport (R-Boiling Springs) introduced a fetal rights bill which would
grant every pre-embryo, embryo and fetus rights of due process and equal protection.
Rights would begin at fertilization. The bill was passed by a vote of 15 to 5 by the House Judiciary Committee today.
Critics suggest that the bill would be short lived if signed into law because it
would be declared unconstitutional in view of the Roe v. Wade decision of the
U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.|
||2005-APR-12: Iran: Parliament liberalizes abortion law: In an
effort to reduce "a booming but dangerous backstreet" abortion
business, the Iranian parliament liberalized their abortion law to permit
abortions "...within four months of gestation if the fetus is mentally or
physically handicapped -- [thus] inflicting a financial burden on the family
-- or the mother's life is in danger." Both parents would have to agree
to the abortion. Three doctors as well as the coroner's office must confirm
the diagnosis. Iran is a theocracy. The legislation has to be approved by
the Council of Guardians, a religiously conservative group that
checks all legislation to make certain it is in line with Islamic law and
the Constitution. Currently, at least 80,000 illegal abortions are performed
in the country annually. Some believe that the number is much higher. If
found guilty of having an abortion, a woman faces a jail sentence of three
to ten years and has to pay a fine. Noureddin Pirmoazen of the parliamentary
health commission said. "We do not intend to give permission to kill an
innocent person, but the birth of certain deformed children inflicts huge
costs on the country and causing psychological trauma to themselves and the
families." Some pro-life MPs opposed the bill, citing the early
development of the fetus' soul. Pirmoazen said: "Ayatollah Makarem
Shirazi puts the development of the soul at four months and 10 days when the
fetus starts moving in the womb or the 20 weeks of pregnancy agreed among
doctors...The ban on abortion has not reduced its occurrence but it has
increased maternal deaths due to [illegal] abortion." 2|
||2005-APR-13: GA: Eric Rudolph, the "Olympic
Bomber" pleads guilty: Rudolph pleaded guilty to the bombing at the 1996
Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and subsequent attacks of a gay bar and two
abortion clinics. Two people were killed; 123 were wounded. He also told
authorities where he had buried over 200 pounds of explosives. In return,
prosecutors agreed to not ask for the death penalty. Rudolph was given four
life sentences without parole. 3|
||2005-APR-14: GA: Abortion clinics and federal
agents on a heightened state of alert: There is concern that Eric
Rudolph's 11 page manifesto will trigger one or more attacks on abortion
clinics. Rudolph wrote, in part: "Abortion is murder. And
when the regime in Washington legalized, sanctioned and legitimized this
practice, they forfeited their legitimacy and moral authority to govern....Because I believe that abortion
is murder, I also believe that force is justified ... in an attempt to stop
it." He also attacked the granting equal rights to gays and
Vicki Saporta, leads the National Abortion Federation, which
represents 400 U.S. clinics. He said: "When one of these extremists puts
out a call to action, oftentimes, others do try to follow in their
footsteps...He clearly is speaking to the extremists who believe in
justifiable homicide." Mike Campbell, spokesperson for the federal
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives commented: "We're
making sure our liaisons have kept up with the clinics and to make sure the
security clinics have is up to date. Most of them are very cognizant they
can be a target of anybody who doesn't like abortion." Troy Newman,
president of Operation Rescue -- a conservative Christian pro-life group --
said: "It looks to me as if he views himself as a one-man army
against the entire world or at least the United States. I would concur with
his opinion that abortion is murder. However, his frustration that leads to
violence is never an acceptable way to accept this." 3,4
||2005-MAY-02: FL: Judge approves abortion
access for 13-year old: A 13 year old girl, known only as L.G. has been
in state custody for four years. She ran away from a Department of
Children & Families (DCF) shelter and, 14 weeks ago, became pregnant.
State law allegedly prohibits the DCF from allowing girls in their care to
have an abortion. The girl, with the help of attorneys from the American
Civil Liberties Association, launched a lawsuit to obtain permission to
have an abortion. L.G. told the judge that she wanted an abortion. She
argued on the basis of her age and inability to support a baby. The DCF
argued that the girl is too young and immature to have an abortion. Juvenile
judge Ronald Alvarez ordered that the girl undergo a psychological
evaluation. He then ruled on MAY-02 that she would not be physically or
emotionally harmed by the procedure, and gave her permission to have the
abortion. Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida American
Civil Liberties Union, said: "He ruled that she is competent, that
she has made a decision and that she has a right to act on that decision."
Marilyn Munoz, spokesperson for the DCF said the agency would "...respectfully
comply with the courtís decision." President Jeb Bush (R) said: "Itís
a tragedy that a 13-year-old girl would be in a vulnerable position where
she could be made pregnant and itís a tragedy that her baby will be lost."
He said that the state would not appeal the judge's decision. 5|
||2005-MAY-04: Abortion: Canada: Three
current abortion-related controversies: Three debates are
underway in Canada:|
||Canada has no law regulating abortions.
The federal government is committed to making elective abortions
available as an essential medical service across Canada. However, the
government of New Brunswick refuses to fund abortions unless they are
performed in a hospital and then only after the approval of two doctors.
The federal government has initiated an "official dispute avoidance
||David Little of Fredericton, NB, a pro-lifer, has
refused to file an income tax form for the past seven years. He says
that as a Roman Catholic, he cannot in good conscience allow his tax
dollars to pay for abortions. He reportedly told Judge Graydon Nicholas:
"I would rather suffer imprisonment than voluntarily surrender money
to any person or institution who would use even the smallest portion of
my money to perpetrate murder on any human being." His trial will be
held in October.
||The University of Western Ontario decided
to award Henry Morgenthaler an honorary degree in its spring
convocation. He has long been a champion of women's rights including
access to abortion in Canada. A petition to ask the university Senate to
withhold the degree has gathered 5,000 signatures. One donor has
canceled a bequest of over $2 million (CAD) because of the decision to
grant a degree. With matching funds from provincial and federal
governments, this represents a loss to the university of about $4
||2005-MAY-06: OH: Two state abortion bills are being processed through
the Ohio House:|
||HB 228 would outlaw all abortions in the state. It provides
for a maximum sentence of 15 years. There would be no exception allowed
for the health of the woman. That is, if the woman
would suffer permanent disability if she did not have an abortion, then the state would insist
that she not be allowed to have an abortion. There is no exception for rape.
Transporting a woman out of state to get an abortion would be a criminal
offense. The bill would modify Sec. 2919.12. of Ohio Law to read:
"(A) No person shall do any of the following:
(1) Perform or induce an abortion;
(2) Transport another, or cause another to be transported, across the
boundary of this state or of any county in this state in order to
facilitate the other person having an abortion."
Since most counties in Ohio do not have abortion clinics, item (2) would
leave many persons open to criminal charges if they were to drive a
woman to a clinic for an abortion. The bill was introduced on
2005-APR-28. As of 2005-AUG-21, the first step for further consideration
of the bill -- the assignment of a committee to study the text -- has
not been made.
||HB 239: This is called the "Preference for Childbirth"
bill. It would ban anyone paying for abortions with local-government
employees' insurance, unless the woman's life is at risk. No public
facility can be used to perform an abortion and no public employee may
perform abortions unless the woman's life is threatened. It would permit
tax-funded abortions only when health is threatened or whenever federal
||2005-JUN-04 (approximately): "Baby Gender Mentorô"
becomes available on the Internet: A new product is being sold on the
Internet which can let a woman know the gender of an embryo she is carrying only
five weeks into pregnancy. It costs $275 ($25 for the testing kit and $250 for
the DNA analysis. It can be ordered online at
http://www.pregnancystore.com/. (Canadians can order a kit by phone). The
test involves a woman pricking her finger, much like persons with diabetes do,
and transferring a drop of blood to the mail-in container. The sample is then
mailed and the results are sent via Email. The test works by isolating blood
cells from the embryo which circulate through the mother's blood supply, and
detecting the presence or absence of a Y chromosome. They claim 99.9% accuracy.
This is based on 2000 tests without an error. However, the testing was done
under controlled conditions. It might not be as accurate in actual home use.
Some medical ethicists and pro-life advocates have expressed concern that this
kit may be used for what is euphemistically called "family balancing:"
that is, engaging in successive conceptions and abortions until the "right"
gender embryo is produced. The Mentor web site has a link to a TODAY show
segment in which the kit is discussed.|
||2005-JUN-29: Argentine court approves an abortion for one woman:
Laws in Argentina prior to 1994 allowed abortions in some cases if the
woman's health was involved. However, the country's 1994 constitution
forbids abortions. On JUN-19, the Argentina Supreme Court approved an
abortion to protect the health of an unmarried woman who already has two
children. She allegedly suffers from a number of health problems, including
heart disease and obesity. 10|
||2005-JUN-30: SD: Federal judge blocked anti-abortion bill: U.S.
District Judge Karen Schreier issued a preliminary injunction
in response to a lawsuit initiated against the
state of South Dakota by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota
and South Dakota. This injunction prevented a South Dakota bill
from becoming law on JUL-01. It would have required abortion doctors to tell
patients that abortion terminates the life of "human beings, that she
has a legal relationship with her "unborn
child," and that abortion poses various medical and psychological
risks. Judge Schreier wrote that: "The South
Dakota statute requires abortion doctors to enunciate the state's viewpoint
on an unsettled medical, philosophical, theological and scientific issue -
that is, whether a fetus is a human being. The informed consent provisions
of the statute are unconstitutional compelled speech rather than reasonable
regulations of the medical profession. The amendments to the South Dakota
informed consent provisions go much further than ... other cases reviewing
similar statutes, and force abortion doctors to inform women that abortion
will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being....
South Dakota may not....violate the First Amendment rights of abortion
providers by compelling them to espouse the state's theology." 9|
"Bill would give rights to fetus 'at fertilization'," Fox
Carolina, 2005-APR-06, at:
"Iran's Parliament eases abortion law. New legislation adopted in bid to
cap dangerous backstreet business," Agence France Presse, 2005-ARR-13, at:
Daniel Yee, "Abortion Clinics on Edge After Manifesto. Abortion Clinics
on Edge After Olympic Bomber Eric Rudolph Manifesto Justifying Use of Violence,"
ABC News, 2005-APR-14, at:
Eric Rudolph, "Full text of Eric Rudolph's written statement,"
Associated Press, 2005--APR-15, at:
"Florida judge approves abortion for 13-year-old.
Teen ruled 'competent' to make decision to terminate pregnancy," Associated
Press, 2005-MAY-03, at:
"New Brunswick told to cover all abortions...or else," Today's Family
News, Focus on the Family, Canada, 2005-MAY-04.
The text of these bills can be read at:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/ Enter the bill number, click on "House"
and click on "Go." Bill 228 is at:
Letter from Governor Bill Owens to the Colorado House, 2005-APR-05, at:
Joe Kafka, "Judge temporarily blocks SD abortion law," Associated
Press, 2005-JUN-30, at:
"Argentine Court Approves Limited Abortion," my ustinet news, 2005-JUN-29,
Copyright © 2005 and 2006 by the Ontario Consultants on
Latest update: 2006-JAN-30
Author: B.A. Robinson