November 21, 2012 |
The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The decline is outlined in the annual abortion surveillance data for the year 2009, the latest available. It was published on Wednesday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC. An important way to reduce abortions is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO--A bill to give nurse practitioners and other non-physicians the right to perform first-trimester abortions cleared the Legislature on Friday. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), the bill's author, said the measure would expand access to abortion providers in many rural counties where there is no place for a woman to receive an abortion. The bill, AB 154, "reaffirms California's status as a leader in the access for safe and comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all women, regardless of where they reside," Atkins said on the Assembly floor Friday.
June 8, 2007 |
The state Senate voted in Concord to repeal a law requiring parental notification for minors to get abortions. The 2003 law, which has been bogged down in legal fights, required abortion providers to notify at least one parent 48 hours or more before performing an abortion on a minor. The Senate's 15-9 vote came after the House passed the measure, 226-130. Democratic Gov. John Lynch has said he will sign it.
March 19, 2013
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple should not sign any of the legislature's half-dozen bills that seek to subvert a well-established constitutional right to abortion. Late last week, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill that would ban a woman from having an abortion as soon as the heartbeat of the fetus is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. If Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs it into law, North Dakota will have the ignominious distinction of being the most restrictive state in the country on abortion.
January 22, 2013
Forty years ago Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. This one sweeping decision transformed abortion from what was often a secret, illicit and dangerous act, sometimes crudely self-inflicted, into a generally legal and safe procedure. But it also turned abortion, always an emotional issue, into one of society's most divisive. Unlike many landmark Supreme Court cases that have become accepted parts of our culture - such as Brown vs. Board of Education, which declared school segregation unconstitutional, or Loving vs. Virginia, which overturned state bans on interracial marriage - Roe did not lead to a clear national consensus on abortion.
June 28, 2009 |
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has ended a joint venture between a hospital system founded by the archdiocese and a Missouri-based health insurer, fearing it linked Catholic hospitals too closely to abortion providers. O'Malley has been criticized for allowing Caritas Christi Health Care to partner with Centene Corp., which covers abortion services. With the decision, Caritas will still provide healthcare to patients, including those covered by Centene -- though it won't provide services that violate Catholic teachings.
September 22, 2001 |
Clayton Lee Waagner, 44, an escaped inmate from Illinois who has threatened to kill abortion providers, was placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, the bureau said. Waagner escaped in February from a Clinton, Ill., jail where he was awaiting sentencing on federal firearms and auto theft convictions. He also is being sought for a Pennsylvania bank robbery, firearms violations in Tennessee and a carjacking in Mississippi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1998
It is hard to fathom how The Times could allow Michael Ramirez's irresponsible cartoon to run Oct. 28. This cartoon, published days after Dr. Barnett Slepian was tragically murdered for helping women safely, legally and conscientiously end their pregnancy, contributes to the social climate of hate created by years of inexcusable rhetoric from the so-called right-to-life movement and the religious political extremists with whom it aligns. For such hatemongers, sound bites and cartoons such as Ramirez's are just a game.
July 18, 2013 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the nation's toughest set of abortion restrictions into law Thursday, declaring a major victory for abortion opponents after weeks of divisive political debate. The bill passed over the strong protests of Democrats and abortion-rights supporters. Abortion-rights activists and clinic operators say the measure will force the closure of all but five of the state's 42 abortion providers. In a signing ceremony at the state Capitol in Austin attended by more than 100 Republican lawmakers, the Republican governor praised the measure as a landmark in protecting unborn children and women's health.
August 21, 2012 |
Texas can cut off funds for Planned Parenthood clinics before a trial concerning the legality of its ban on funding organizations tied to abortion providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday . The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted a federal judge's temporary injunction that had protected the funding pending an October trial. After Texas banned funds for groups linked to abortion providers, some Planned Parenthood clinics sued, arguing the law violates free speech.