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Background information on many aspects of abortion is found in individual essays, e.g. public opinion, clinic protests, clinic violence, parental notification, abortion methods, and post abortion syndrome. Information about the use of stem cells is elsewhere.

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News items:

bullet2006-OCT-02: USA: Notification bill defeated: Congressional Bill S. 403 would have required a young woman under the age of 18 to inform at least one parent before she obtained an abortion in another state if her home state had a law requiring parental notification. The intent of the bill was to prevent young women from traveling to another state which lacked such a law in order to obtain an abortion without informing their parents. The bill was originally passed by the Senate on JUL-25 with a vote of 65 to 34.

Shortly before Congress adjourned on SEP-29, 57 senators voted to remove the final procedural obstacle to the bill so that President Bush could sign it into law. However, 60 "cloture votes" are required to end a filibuster. Fifty one out of 55 Republicans and 6 of the 45 Democrats voted in favor of the bill. 1,2
bullet2006-OCT-07/08: South Africa: Catholic Cardinal says constitution is anti-life: Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, president of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishop's Conference described South Africa's constitution as "fiercely anti-life" because it permits the sale of contraception products, allows abortion access and permits loving, committed same-sex couples to marry. He said that the constitution is: "... against nature. It is against what marriage was intended for - to have children. That kind of activity cannot bring life. There is no way we can give a person the right to do something that is morally wrong." Denigrating the beliefs of Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Humanists, and others, he said that: "Human beings cannot function without a deity." He believes that people have not challenged the constitution because such an action may be seen as unpatriotic, undemocratic and/or racist. 3
bullet2006-OCT-10: USA: U.S. Supreme Court rejects request for abortion review: Sandra Cano, was the plaintiff in the Doe vs. Bolton case of 1973. This was a companion case to the more commonly known Roe v. Wade. Cano's case created a health exception for abortions. Cano recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case. She argued that lawyers of the American Civil Liberties Union had unduly influenced her to pursue the case, and that new scientific knowledge has been uncovered since 1973 about the nature of an embryo and fetus. The court rejected her request. Normal McCorvie -- the "Roe" of Roe v. Wade had also asked the court for a review of her case. The court rejected her case earlier in 2006. 4
bullet 2006-OCT-16: Portugal: Government campaign starts to promote abortion access: The government of Portugal has launched a campaign to encourage voters to pass a referendum to allow women to choose to have an abortion in the first ten weeks of pregnancy. Prime Minister Jose Socrates delivered a speech at the Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference, which had been organized by the Socialist deputies of the European Parliament. He said, in part:

"What is at stake here is that women who wish to abort should be free to do so up to 10 weeks of pregnancy without being persecuted or prosecuted. ... The Socialist Party does not impose its will. Every person should be free and I support the yes campaign." 5

bullet2006-OCT-26: Nicaragua: Government votes to ban all abortions: For the past century, women have been able to obtain an abortion if three doctors would certify that her health was at risk. Nicaraqua's Congress overwhelmingly voted to ban all abortions, even those required to save the life of the woman. If President Enrique Bolanos signs it into law, then every pregnant woman in the country would be require to give birth, even if childbirth results in her death.

The president had proposed increasing prison sentences for illegal abortions from about 6 years to from 10 to 30 years.  He also asked that women who had abortions be prosecuted. However, the Congress did not approve these changes to the sentencing.

About 85% of Nicaraqua's population is Roman Cathoic. Most of the other countries in Latin America also are heavily Roman Catholic. According to the Center for Reproductive Right most countries in the region allow abortion when a woman's life is in danger but deny it to pregnant victims of rape or incest, or if the woman faces serious health risks or disability. 6

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References used:

  1. "Senate Dems abort parent notification bill," UPI Religion & Spirituality Forum, 2006-OCT-02, at: http://www.religionandspirituality.com/
  2. The text of the "Child Custody Protection Act," S 403 ES, Senate, is at: http://thomas.loc.gov/
  3. "Constitution is anti-life, says cardinal," Independent Online, 2006-OCT-09, at: http://www.iol.co.za/
  4. "Supremes reject request for 'Doe' abortion review. Court refuses to look at claims woman was shoved into landmark 1973 ruling," WorldNetDaily, 2006-OCT-12, at: http://worldnetdaily.com/
  5. "Portuguese government launches campaign in abortion referendum," People's Daily Online, 2006-OCT-17, at: http://english.people.com.cn/
  6. Filadelfo Aleman, "Nicaraguan Congress votes to ban all abortions," Associated Press, 2006-OCT-26, at: http://www.chron.com/

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