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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-JUL-25: MA: Governor Romney vetos EC legislation: Governor Mitt Romney reversed his promise given during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign to vetoed a bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature which would have made EC available without a prescription. His rationale was that although the pill normally prevents ovulation or fertilization, it is possible that the pill might prevent a fertilized ovum from being implanted in the wall of the uterus. He sides with pro-life movement in his belief that personhood occurs at conception. It is his belief that if the pill prevented implantation, it would induce an abortion. He wrote in the Boston Globe: "Signing such a measure into law would violate the promise I made to the citizens of Massachusetts when I ran for governor. I pledged that I would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it."

The bill would have required emergency room physicians to offer the medication to rape victims and would have made it available without prescription from pharmacies. The legislature is expected to vote to overturn the veto. 1
bullet2005-AUG-04: NY: Governor Pataki vetoes EC bill: Governor Pataki vetoed a bill that would have allowed pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception (EC). He said that he was most concerned that the bill did not include clauses that would:
bulletRequire women under the age of 18 to see a physician first.
bulletLimit the number of pills that a woman can obtain at one time.
bulletProhibit men from obtaining the medication at all.
bulletRequire women getting EC to receive counseling on the health risks of unprotected sex.

By restricting the availability of EC, the number of medical and surgical abortions in the state are expected to rise significantly.  2

bullet2005-AUG-19: Court rules woman must pay for abortion: "Jane Doe," the wife of an employee of the U.S. Navy, became pregnant. Her fetus was diagnosed with anencephaly. This means that it could not live more than a few hours after birth, and would never gain consciousness. She elected to have an abortion. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the woman had a constitutional right to have an abortion. However, since the military only pays for abortions in cases where the woman's life is endangered by childbirth, then she had no right to a free abortion under military law. The court ruled that couple must pay the $3,000 medical bill themselves. Judge Richard Tallman said: "The foregoing discussion may seem at times callous and unfeeling. We express our deepest sympathy for the families who must face this difficult ordeal." The court said that the government has a legitimate interest in "protecting potential life" and that this is true even when the fetus has no chance for survival. 3
bullet2005-SEP-12: MI: Ban on D&X procedures declared unconstitutional: U.S. District Court Judge Denise Page Hood ruled that the Michigan Legal Birth Definition Act places an "undue burden" on pregnant women. She determined that the law the law is confusing and vague, and its exceptions for the health or life of a mother are meaningless and unconstitutional. She wrote: "The act does not describe any specific procedure to be banned. The act also does not distinguish between induced abortion and pregnancy loss." 4 More info.

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References used:

  1. Theo Emery, "Mass. Emergency Contraception Bill Vetoed," Washington Post, 2005-JUL-26, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
  2. Marc Humbert, "Pataki vetoes morning-after pill bill," Associated Press, 2005-AUG-04, at: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/
  3. "Woman must Repay Government costs of Eugenic Abortion, US Court Rules," LifeSiteNews, 2005-AUG-19, at: http://www.LifeSiteNews.com
  4. "Judge declares Michigan abortion law illegal," Massachusetts Family Institute, E-Alert, 2005-SEP-15.

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