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1 year 1 month ago

Irish abortion bill passes 1st test

DUBLIN (AP) - Irish lawmakers have strongly backed a proposed law that would end decades of confusion over the right of women to receive abortions in life-threatening cases. Prime Minister Enda Kenny easily prevailed as he sought all-party endorsement of his government's Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Ireland, almost...

1 year 6 months ago

Senate approves tougher abortion pill rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana clinics that provide only abortion drugs would face tougher requirements and doctors would have to perform ultrasound examinations on women seeking those drugs under a bill approved by the state Senate. Senators voted 33-16 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal that opponents have assailed as...

2 years 5 months ago

Cartoonist: 'Doonesbury' pushback not surprising

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cartoonist Garry Trudeau says it would have been surprising if there hadn't been pushback against an upcoming series of his "Doonesbury" comic strip that lampoons a Texas abortion law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. The national syndicate that distributes "Doonesbury" to...

2 years 5 months ago

Va governor signs pre-abortion ultrasound bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law a controversial bill that requires women to have abdominal ultrasound exams before undergoing abortions. The Republican governor's signature means the mandate takes effect in July for abortion providers across Virginia. The bill not only sparked protests the past three...

2 years 9 months ago

5th guilty plea for Philly abortion case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman who killed a newborn and fatally overdosed a woman at a Philadelphia abortion clinic has pleaded guilty to murder charges and agreed to testify against her employer. Forty-three-year-old Lynda Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of third-degree murder. She had been charged in...

2 years 10 months ago

Abortion Amendment Push

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi has only one abortion clinic and some of the toughest abortion regulations in the nation. Now, voters in this Bible Belt state are being asked to amend their constitution to declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized. Supporters of the "personhood"...

3 years 1 month ago

The politics of pledges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential contenders may be feeling nostalgic for the days of a single pledge: the oath of office. This year, candidates are being asked - or pressured - to profess their fealty to a whole host of positions on marriage, taxes, the deficit, abortion and gay...

3 years 4 months ago

Bigger fights looming over state budget talks

DENVER (AP) - Colorado senators have given preliminary approval to a $7 billion budget plan, but not before Republicans presented amendments to forbid the state from contracting with abortion providers or from withholding funding from departments and universities. Those amendments failed yesterday. The Senate will take a final vote on...

3 years 11 months ago

Challenge to Colorado voter guide dismissed

Abortion opponents hoping Colorado officials would revise language about a ballot measure to outlaw abortion on a state voters' guide have lost their fight in court, for now. Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt took less than an hour Thursday to reject the attempt by abortion opponents to change...

3 years 11 months ago

Abortion foes sue over Colorado voter guide

Abortion opponents in Colorado are suing to force the state to change how it describes an abortion-related amendment before voters this fall. The state-approved description of the so-called Personhood Amendment includes a summary of opponents' positions on the measure to change the state constitution to say that citizenship rights...

4 years 1 day ago

Abortion rights group sides with Bennet

DENVER (AP) - The nation's best-known abortion-rights advocates have given the highest possible contribution to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Monday that its political action committee has donated $5,000 to Bennet, who supports abortion rights. Bennet's opponent, Republican Ken Buck, opposes abortion even in cases of...

4 years 2 months ago

Florida Governor vetos abortion bill

Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion during the first trimester to undergo an ultrasound exam and pay for it. Crist said Friday it put an inappropriate burden on women seeking an abortion. The Republican-led Legislature tacked amendments onto a non-controversial...

4 years 3 months ago

Oklahoma abortion law put on hold

Attorneys for Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson have agreed to a court order requested by abortion providers to temporarily block enforcement of the state's new abortion law. The law requires pregnant women to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus before they can get an...

4 years 4 months ago

Tea Party target won't seek re-election

Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan tells The Associated Press that he'll retire from Congress rather than seek a 10th term this year. Stupak has drawn criticism from opponents of the recently enacted health care overhaul after leading a bloc of anti-abortion Democrats whose last-minute support was crucial to...

4 years 5 months ago

Doctors calls for 500-foot zone around clinics

One of the few doctors who performs late-term abortions is calling for tougher limits on protesters and says he's working on a city ordinance that would create a 500-foot buffer zone around his clinic. Dr. Warren Hern says people regularly "harass" patients who visit the Boulder Abortion Clinic, prompting him...

4 years 5 months ago

Abortion ban proposal to be on Colorado ballot

A proposal to ban abortion in Colorado will be on state ballots this fall. The Secretary of State's Office said Friday that Colorado-based Personhood USA submitted enough valid signatures to put an abortion-ending proposal to a statewide vote this fall. The proposal would give unborn fetuses human rights in the...

4 years 5 months ago

Court to rule in military funeral protest case

The Supreme Court is getting involved in the legal fight over the anti-gay protesters who show up at military funerals with inflammatory messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers." The court agreed Monday to consider whether the protesters' message, no matter how provocative and upsetting, is protected by the...

4 years 8 months ago

Senate to vote on abortion issue

Sen. Claire McCaskill says a Senate move to embrace the tough anti-abortion language in a House version of health care legislation must be defeated. McCaskill says language in the bill now on the Senate floor retains long-standing policy prohibiting federal funds for abortion - and that's sufficient. The Missouri Democrat...

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