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News items:

bullet 2006-JAN-11: Jamaica: Abortion access: According to, after the Government of Jamaica learned that the fatality rate for teenage mothers who receive abortions was 16%, they proposed a change in legislation that would give women access to abortion. (The death rate in the U.S. is about 0.001% which is much lower than the maternal mortality rate resulting from giving birth). The Medical Association of Jamaica supports the government's move, believing that it would decrease the death rate. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, Lawrence Burke, has criticized allowing women to choose abortion. He has stated that maternal health is best served by locking up criminals who perform illegal abortions. 1
bullet 2006-JAN-26: IL: Attempts to repeal emergency contraception rule: At least three bills have been introduced by Illinois lawmakers to overturn Governor Rod Blagojevitch's (D) regulation which requires pharmacies to directly or indirectly fill prescriptions for emergency contraceptives. Pharmacist and Representative Ron Stephens, (R-Greenville) said: "We're not saying take it off the market. We're just saying for those pharmacists who have a religious problem with it, don't make us fill it." Blagojevich responded: "Now, I understand that several bills have been introduced that would overturn my executive order to protect women's reproductive freedoms. So let me make something else very clear - if any of those bills reach my desk, they are dead on arrival." Rep. Kurt Granberg, (D-Carlyle) who cosponsored two of the bills said: "Pharmacists weren't allowed to do what they think is right. And I don't think that's appropriate government business." Pam Sutherland of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council said: "It was comforting that the governor was there to protect women's access. I think women will be able to rest easy knowing that the governor will veto any legislation that comes to his desk." 2
bullet 2005-FEB-09: SD: Anti-abortion bill passes House: A bill to criminalize almost all abortions in the state, HB1215, passed the state House on 2005-FEB-09, by a vote of 47 to 22, and is now before the state Senate. The bill provides an exception to allow women to have an abortion if they would otherwise die. However, no exceptions would be allowed for cases of rape, incest, or danger to the woman's health. The sponsors intend that the constitutionality of this bill be fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to criminalize abortions. More details.
bullet 2006-FEB-14: MA: Pharmacy board orders Wal-Mart to honor Plan B prescriptions: Three women filed complaints with the Massachusetts Pharmacy Board, critical of Wal-Mart for failing to stock Plan B medication. It is the only emergency contraceptive approved by the FDA. The Board ordered Wal-Mart to fill prescriptions for Plan B. More details.
bullet 2006-FEB-17: CT: Comptroller asks Wal-Mart to honor Plan B prescriptions: Apparently triggered by the Massachusetts developments, Nancy Wyman, the state comptroller of Connecticut, has asked Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraceptive in its 20 pharmacies in the state. More details.
bullet 2006-MAR-03: USA: Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraception: A Wal-Mart spokesperson announced that the company would start to stock EC in all its 3,700 pharmacies in the U.S. starting on MAR-20. More details.
bullet 2006-MAR-06: SD: Governor signs bill criminalizing abortions: The Associated Press reported that Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed legislation banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota. An immediate lawsuit is expected, probably launched by Planned Parenthood. More details.
bullet 2006-MAR-06: Mexico: Rape victims routinely denied abortion access: Mexico, an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country, theoretically allows abortions everywhere to victims of rape and to women whose health is threatened by a continued pregnancy. But in practice, rape victims access are routinely denied access to abortions, according to Human Rights Watch. They have documented this in a 92 page report called "The Second Assault: Obstructing Access to Legal Abortion in Mexico," based on interviews with more than 100 lawyers, doctors, officials and rape victims across the country. Since the women cannot obtain legal abortions, they often seek back-alley abortions. The report says:

"As countless studies have shown, such clandestine abortions are generally far more dangerous than legally regulated procedures. Some women and girls die as a result. Others endure grave injury from unsafe abortions: infection, uterine perforation, pelvic inflammatory disease, hemorrhage and other injury to internal organs."

Social worker, Hilda Cruz said in the report:

"A lot of government officials start lecturing the victims about their own personal beliefs. They sometimes say women should not have been wearing short skirts or have been out late. They say abortion is wrong.....Rape and abuse are not cultural. They are problems of officials' attitudes toward human rights." 3

bullet 2006-MAR-10: ND: Anti-abortion activist posting pictures of clinic clients on Internet: Martin Wishnatsky is allegedly taking pictures of women entering the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, ND. They are later posted on the Internet. He said: "I felt it would really give the average person who doesn't visit there a firsthand view of what it looks like to someone who is there. I hope this might contribute to turning people's hearts back to life." Presumably, some pictures would be of women delivering coffee to clinic staff; some would be going to the clinic to receive birth control information; some would be seeking abortions, etc. The clinic has been suggesting that women coming to the clinic wear a hat, scarf of sunglasses and wear no distinctive clothing in order to avoid being identified on the Internet. 4
bullet 2006-MAR: MI: New bill to delay abortions if coercion used: Some female legislators have introduced a new bill in the Michigan legislature with the support of Right to Life of Michigan. It would require medical professionals to ask a woman seeking an abortion if she had been coerced. If she had, then she would have to wait an additional 24 hours before having the procedure. The bill would also criminalize the act of coercing a woman into seeking an abortion. 5
bullet 2006-MAR: USA: Flood of anti-abortion bills introduced in many states: By the end of this month, anti-abortion bills had been made law in South Dakota, and introduced in:
bullet Alabama
bullet Louisiana
bullet Missouri
bullet Mississippi
bullet Ohio

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References used:

  1. "Jamaican Bishop: Fight Maternal Mortality by Prosecuting Illegal Abortion Docs,, 2006-JAN-10.
  2. Ann Sanner, "Bills address emergency contraception," Associated Press, 2006=JAN-26, at:
  3. Ioan Grillo, "Rape Victims Denied Abortions in Mexico," Associated Press, 2006-MAR-07, at:
  4. "Anti-abortion activists posts pictures of women entering clinic," Grand Forks Herald, 2006-MAR-10, at:
  5. "Legislation targets coercion during pregnancy," Associated Press, at:

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Copyright 2006 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Created: 2006-JAN-11
Latest update: 2006-MAR-17
Author: B.A. Robinson

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