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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:

bullet2005-JAN-06: USA: Attorney General nominee pledges support for abortion access: President Bush has nominated Alberto Gonzales, a former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, to be the next Attorney General. He was interviewed by a Senate committee who must consent to the appointment. When asked about the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 which legalized access to early abortions, he replied: "As far as I'm concerned, it is the law of the land and I will enforce it." CovenantNews, a Fundamentalist Christian news source, described the exchange in colorful and rather unflattering language: "Alberto Gonzales, with the look of a cold blooded killer, sat alone at the witness table. Senators addressed the former Texas Supreme Court justice as "judge," as he pledged support for the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court opinion that allows states to murder unborn babies by abortion." 1

The 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade occurred on 2005-JAN-16.
bullet2005-JAN-19: USA: "Roe" asks U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade: Norma McCorvey, the Roe in Roe v. Wade, has petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse its landmark abortion access ruling of 1973. She believes that evidence has emerged in the past 32 years which indicates that abortions can harm women. She now regrets her role in the case. She said: "Now we know so much more, and I plead with the court to listen for witnesses and re-evaluate Roe v. Wade." Her lawsuit was denied by two lower courts in 2004. But Edith H. Jones, Judge of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, agreed with McCorvey. 2
bullet2005-JAN-22 to 24: USA: Observance of the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Tens of thousands of pro-life demonstrators marched through Washington DC on JAN-24. Some expressed the hope that President George W. Bush's re-election and increased Republican majorities in both houses of Congress will lead to an overthrow of Roe v. Wade -- the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 which made early abortions available across the country. President Bush addressed the group by phone from nearby Camp David. He said "This movement will not fail....This is the path of the culture of life that we seek for our country." He expressed the hope that the continuing debate will "change hearts and minds" of those Americans who still favor abortion access. Senator Hillary Clinton told about 1,000 pro-choice supporters in Albany, NY, that during Bill Clinton's presidency, family planning was a priority and "we saw the rate of abortion consistently fail....Unfortunately in the last few years, wile we are engaged in ideological debate instead of one that uses facts and evidence and common sense, the rate of abortion is on the rise in some states." 3
bullet2005-JAN-25: GA: Abortion ban bill introduced: Rep. Bobby Franklin, (R-Marietta) introduced a bill to ban all abortions in the state of Georgia. It is House Bill 93. It states, in part:

"The State of Georgia has the duty to protect all innocent life from the moment of conception until natural death."

"After three decades of legal human abortion, it is now abundantly clear that the practice has negatively impacted the people of this state in many ways, including economic, health, physical, psychological, emotional and medical well-being."

"A fetus is a person for all purposes under the laws of this state from the moment of conception."

"The practice of abortion has caused the citizens of this state an inestimable amount economically, including ... a significant reduction of the tax base and of the availability of workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, employees and employers that would have significantly contributed to the prosperity of this state."

"Any person performing an abortion in this state shall be guilty of a felony

All abortions would be criminalized in the state. However, the bill does include one exclusion: "...if a physician makes a medically justified effort to save the lives of both the mother and the fetus and the fetus does not survive, such action shall not be an abortion." Note that the physician would have to try to save the life of both the woman and the fetus. Presumably, if a pregnancy went terribly wrong and a woman was dying, her physician would not be allowed to terminate the pregnancy because that would not involve trying to save the life of the fetus. He would have to save the life of both the mother and the fetus -- an impossibility in some cases. The physician would have to choose between allowing both the woman and fetus to die, or risking a felony charge. 4,5 More details.
bullet2005-FEB-03: MT: Fetal homicide bill killed: The House Judiciary Committee of the Montana Legislature narrowly rejected a bill which would have made it a separate crime to kill or injure a human embryo or fetus during a crime committed against a pregnant woman. As amended, the bill would have used the term "unborn child" to mean "a human who is conceived but not yet born." i.e. a just-fertilized ovum is not only a living entity but is a human person. This remains the central issue of debate between pro-life and pro-choice factions.
bulletRep. Roger Koopman, (R-Bozeman), said: "Do we place a value on life? When we see a video that shows movement, that shows potential movement, that shows clearly the actions of a being, can we blind our eyes, numb our conscience and say it's not life?"
bulletRep. Art Noonan, (D-Butte), said. "The whole approach seems so convoluted and so tortured that I have to be suspicious that there's more than meets the eye." 6
bullet2005-FEB-15: SD: Bill to make almost all abortion illegal fails: A bill proposed by Senator Frank Kloucek (D) failed in the Senate's State Affairs Committee. It would have made abortions illegal except when pregnancy posed a grave or life-threatening risk to the mother. Since it would have violated the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have certainly been declared unconstitutional if it had been signed into law. 8
bullet2005-MAR-01: USA: Internet poll on Roe v. Wade: Polling Station conducted a poll of the visitors to their online service. The question asked was: Do you think that President Bush should nominate a Chief Justice that would support overturning Roe vs. Wade? 7 They received 10,038 responses. The margin of error is 1.5%. Persons sampled were self-selected and do not necessarily resemble the general population:
Party affiliation Favor Oppose Undecided
Democrat 9.1% 88.9% 2.0%
Independent 31.1 63.3 5.7
Republican 67.2 26.6 6.3
All parties 34.9 60.4 4.6
bullet2005-MAR-17: SD: New anti-abortion laws signed into law: Mike Rounds, governor of South Dakota, signed four new bills into law:
bulletOne requires that doctors tell a woman seeking an abortion that abortion ends the life of her baby, and "terminates the constitutional relationship women have with their fetuses."
bulletAnother makes abortion illegal in the state in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned.
bulletA third requires doctors to inform the parents of a woman under the age of 18 who seeks an abortion.
bulletThe fourth law sets up a task force to study the effects of abortion. 9
bullet2005-MAR-28: ID: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear an abortion law appeal: An Idaho law prohibited abortions for women under the age of 18 unless they obtained prior parental consent or experienced "sudden and unexpected" instances of physical complications. Planned Parenthood of Idaho and one of the four Idaho doctors who performs abortions in the state launched a lawsuit: Wasden v. Planned Parentood of Idaho, 04-703. . The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the state. The lower court ruling now stands. 10

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References used:

  1. "Bush's Pro-Abort AG:  Gonzales Pledges Support For Abortion, But Then Disavows Torture Tactics?," Pro-Life News, at: http://www.covenantnews.com/ This is a temporary listing.
  2. " 'Roe' asks Supreme Court to overturn ruling on abortion," USA Today, 2005-JAN-19, at: http://www.usatoday.com/
  3. "Anti-abortion demonstrators march through Washington," Associated Press, 2005-JAN-24.
  4. "Excerpts from an abortion ban proposed Tuesday," The Associated Press, 2005-JAN-25, at: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/
  5. The text of the bill is online at: http://www.legis.state.ga.us/
  6. Sarah Cooke, "Fetal homicide bill killed in committee," Billings Gazette, 2005-FEB-03, at: http://www.billingsgazette.com/
  7. Polling Station, 2005-MAR-01.
  8. "South Dakota Abortion Ban Fails Again," LifeSiteNews.com, 2005-FEB-15, at: http://www.lifesite.net/
  9. "South Dakota Adopts Strictest Abortion Restrictions in US," LifeSiteNews.com, 2005-MAR-22.
  10. Hope Yen, "Court Declines to Review Abortion Law. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal to Reinstate Law Requiring Girls Under Age 18 to Get Consent for Abortions," Associated Press, 2005-MAR-28, at:  http://abcnews.go.com/

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