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January 19, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
The numbers of abortion s performed annually worldwide has held steady in recent years, but the proportion of abortions that are considered unsafe is rising, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization. The study also found that about one in five pregnancies were terminated in 2008 and that “restrictive abortion laws” do not seem to deter women from seeking the procedure. One of the primary motivations for the study was to determine whether the number of unsafe abortions was increasing or decreasing, because these abortions are a major contributor to morbidity and mortality among women of childbearing age (between the ages of 15 and 44)
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NEWS
May 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Alaska Legislature passed two restrictive abortion bills, overriding vetoes by Gov. Tony Knowles. The new laws now face likely court challenges by abortion-rights activists. Both vetoes were overridden 40-19, the exact two-thirds vote Republican leaders needed to overturn the Democratic governor's action. One of the new laws requires pregnant teens 16 and younger to get a parent's or judge's permission for an abortion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1989
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that 16 years ago struck down many state laws forbidding abortion will be commemorated next Sunday during a 30-minute vigil to be conducted by the National Organization for Women, north county chapter, and the Unitarian Church of Orange County in Anaheim. Participants, each holding a candle, will gather at the corner of Glassell Street and Almond Avenue at 5 p.m.
NEWS
October 1, 1989
Anti-abortion activists staged rallies in several states, including Florida, where lawmakers are scheduled to re-examine abortion laws in a special session. Nearly 450 people were arrested nationwide on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to trespassing, police said. Protests were reported at women's clinics in Pittsburgh, Pa., Milwaukee, Philadelphia, near Detroit, in South Miami, near Boston, in Phoenix and throughout New Jersey.
NEWS
December 1, 1999 | Associated Press
President Clinton waived restrictions Tuesday on federal money for family planning abroad, triggering a $15-million limit on aid to groups that advocate abortion rights overseas. Clinton promised to try to wipe the restriction from future budgets, saying it has an unfair effect on what private, nongovernmental organizations can do within their own countries. Clinton said he would oppose inclusion of the restriction in any future appropriation bills.
WORLD
October 26, 2006 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
Nicaragua's legislature is expected today to approve a tough law that outlaws all forms of abortion, including those procedures intended to save the life of a pregnant woman. The measure has been supported by most major political parties ahead of the Nov. 5 presidential election, as they seek to win over voters in this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua helped draft the bill and have mobilized followers to support it.
NEWS
February 16, 2001 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bipartisan group of lawmakers launched a bid Thursday to overturn President Bush's ban on giving federal funds to international family planning groups that use other funds to pay for abortion-related activity. Backing the effort are several international health organizations concerned that the ban will force them to halt efforts encouraging their countries to liberalize abortion laws to reduce the number of women who die from illegal abortions.
NATIONAL
April 13, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - Following a national trend of new get-tough abortion legislation, Arizona has passed a law that severely restricts the procedure, banning most abortions after 20 weeks - setting the stage for another showdown between social conservatives and women's rights groups. With GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's signature on the Republication-sponsored legislation, Arizona took a stand on an issue that could become fodder during this year's presidential campaign. Proponents say the law protects fetuses, which they say can feel pain after five months of development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989
Hold it! Before we get into an all-out civil war between the pro-lifers and the pro-choicers that consumes the rest of the century, let's ask if either side can really win. The positions of both sides are so rigid that any laws passed in state legislatures will be widely violated. In a democracy, any law to be effective must be generally accepted by the populace. Abortion laws will take the imposition of a police state to enforce. The debate will consume our society, and divert attention from other pressing needs.
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