From 2006-July to September
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-JUL-18: MS: Pro-life demonstrators try to close abortion clinic:
Demonstrators from Operation Save America, a pro-life group, collected in
Jackson, MS, in an attempt to close down Mississippi's last abortion clinic.
They are conducting rallies from JUL 15-22 "storming the gates of hell in
the strong Name of Jesus Christ." Five were arrested in front of an
Episcopal Church and are facing charges of obstructing traffic, protesting
in a residential neighborhood without a permit, and disorderly conduct. When
activists attempted to enter a Unitarian Universalist church, they were
allegedly attacked by another group called "World Can't Wait -- an
organization that is not affiliated with the church. Several demonstrators
have allegedly been arrested for exercising their First Amendment rights by
holding signs in a public sidewalk. 1|
|2006-AUG-09: USA: Over-the-counter-sales of morning-after-pill may be
implemented: Barr Laboratories and the FDA have agreed on a plan to
allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception. Under the new plan,
women under the age of 18 would still need to provide a prescription. The
pills would only be sold in pharmacies and licensed clinics. The FDA will
require Barr to use different packaging for the over-the-counter and
prescription sales. There is some concern that pharmacies would not stock
the latter packages because most of the sales would be over-the-counter. As
always, most pro-life groups oppose EC because they feel it can operate as
an abortifacient. Pro-choice groups promote EC partly in order to reduce
|2006-AUG-22: AZ: University pro-life group
sues university: ASU Students for Life has sued the Arizona
State University (ASU) for limiting their free speech and due process
rights. The university allegedly placed unprecedented fees and space
restrictions on them for a campus exhibition of pictures of aborted fetuses.
The university is reported as having required the group to pay liability
Heather Gebelin Hacker, of the Alliance Defense Fund is the
group's lead attorney. She said:
"The main issue of this case is that the students want to be treated
equally as the other students on campus...It's pretty egregious that
this is a student organization that had to get legal council just to
have their display on campus...These students don't deserve to be
treated differently...for their pro-life views."
Nancy Tribbensee, ASU General Council denied that the group was treated
differently from other student groups. She said:
"We routinely impose that insurance requirement, and we're required
by the state to require insurance...They could have been pictures of
puppies, and we would have required insurance." 3
|2006-SEP-02: OR: Oregon Right to Life is
backing a pro-choice candidate for governor: Oregon Right to Life is
backing, but does not fully endorse, Ron Saxton (R) for governor, even
though he describes himself as pro-choice. He favors restricted access to
abortion, but would require parental notification, a 24 hour waiting period,
bans on late-term abortions, and reduced financial support for poor women
seeking abortions. They do not support Mary Starrett, the candidate for the
Constitution Party, who opposes abortion access. They feel that she has no
chance of winning. 4 |
|2006-SEP-12: IA: Allegations of arson at
women's health center: David Robert McMenemy, 45, of Rochester
Hills, MI is reported as having driven a 2004 Saturn car into the lobby of
the Edgerton Women's Health Center in Davenport, IA at about 4:30 AM.
He allegedly poured gasoline into the interior of the car and set it on
fire. However, the building has a sprinkler system. Fire damage was minimal.
The health center does not perform abortions; it does not even provide
abortion referrals. It only counsels women about their options.
|2006-SEP-16: Portugal: Referendum on abortion likely: Eight years ago, adults in this predominately Roman Catholic country very narrowly voted to continue to criminalize abortion. The vote was 50.07% in favor. The ruling Socialist party and the opposition Social Democrats have tentatively decided to hold another referendum in 2007-JAN. The final decision will be made by the president. Alberto Martins, spokesperson for the Socialists said that his party would "really fight for the right to abortion, to end legislation it considers socially unjust and which it sees as a disgrace for Portugal in terms of a modern European country". Nuno Melo, spokesperson for the Christian Democrats said: "We are opposed to a liberalization of abortion as a matter of principle. Proposals like this are not going to make us shift our position. Do not expect a change of heart from the Christian Democrats in parliament on this."
- "Embattled Pro-Lifers Rally to Protest Mississippi's Last Abortion
Mill," Agape Press, 2006-JUL-18, at: http://headlines.agapepress.org/
- Gardiner Harris, "F.D.A. Gains Accord on Wider Sales of Next-Day Pill," The New York Times, 2006-AUG-09, at: http://www.nytimes.com/
- James Kindle, "Anti-abortion group sues ASU. Students for Life allege ASU
violated constitutional rights," Web@Devil, 2006-AUG-22, at:
- "Right to Life supports Saxton for governor," The Oregonian, 2006-SEP-02, at:
- Deirdre Cox Baker, "Man in clinic crash thought center was abortion clinic," Quad-city Times, 2006-SEP-11,
- "Abortion referendum likely in Portugal," EuorNews, 2006-SEP-18, at:
Copyright � 2006 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious
Latest update: 2006-SEP-21
Author: B.A. Robinson