From 2006-JANUARY to MARCH
Background information on many aspects of abortion is found in individual essays, e.g.
abortion methods, and
post abortion syndrome. Information about the use of
stem cells is elsewhere.
|2006-JAN-11: Jamaica: Abortion access: According to
LifeSiteNews.com, 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.
|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."
|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.|
|2006-FEB-14: MA: Pharmacy board orders Wal-Mart to honor Plan B prescriptions: Three
women filed complaints with the Massachusetts Pharmacy Board, critical
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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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
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."
|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.
|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
|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
- "Jamaican Bishop: Fight Maternal Mortality by Prosecuting Illegal
Abortion Docs, LifeSiteNews.com, 2006-JAN-10.
- Ann Sanner, "Bills address emergency contraception," Associated
Press, 2006=JAN-26, at:
- Ioan Grillo, "Rape Victims Denied Abortions in Mexico," Associated
Press, 2006-MAR-07, at:
- "Anti-abortion activists posts pictures of women entering clinic,"
Grand Forks Herald, 2006-MAR-10, at:
- "Legislation targets coercion during pregnancy," Associated Press,
Copyright � 2006 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious
Latest update: 2006-MAR-17
Author: B.A. Robinson