Saturday, October 13, 2012

Celebrities Sign "Bill of Reproductive Rights"

The Hill - Healthwatch blog:  Celebs lambaste GOP over abortion, by Elise Viebeck:

A slew of film and television stars are pushing back against GOP efforts to ban abortion and stop President Obama's birth-control mandate.

Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Amy Poehler and others mounted an online push for a "Bill of Reproductive Rights" on Tuesday in collaboration with an international abortion-rights group. . . . 


October 13, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Contraception, Culture, In the Media, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Vice Presidential Candidates on Abortion

ABC News - OTUS blog: Joe Biden: An Imperfect Messenger for Supporters of Abortion Rights, by Sarah Parnass:

No one in politics would make the mistake of saying the vice president opposes abortion rights, but Joe Biden, the women’s rights advocate and a staunch Catholic, has not been unwavering throughout his career in support of the right  to choose. . . .

The Global Grind: Hold Up Ladies! Paul Ryan Has A Plan For Your Vagina:

Heading into tonight’s debate, Ryan’s stance on abortion hasn’t changed - no matter what he says. The fact of the matter is, "draconian" would be a nice way to describe his plan for women when it comes to abortion rights in America. . . .

October 11, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

British Non-Profit To Open Abortion Clinic In Belfast

The New York Times: Belfast Clinic for Abortions Due to Open, by Douglas Dalby:

A British nonprofit organization said Thursday that it would open an abortion clinic next week in Belfast, the first ever on the island of Ireland, raising a furious reaction from anti-abortion campaigners who promised to pressure local politicians to refuse to grant an operating license. . . .

October 11, 2012 in Abortion, Abortion Bans, International, Religion and Reproductive Rights | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Alaska Judge Upholds Most of Parental Notification Law

AlaskaReuters: Court upholds Alaska's parental-notice law on abortions for minors, by Yereth Rosen:

A judge upheld an Alaska law requiring girls who are minors to tell their parents they want to have an abortion but struck down a provision that would have increased potential civil liabilities faced by abortion providers, state officials said on Tuesday.

Alaska Superior Court Judge John Suddock ruled late Monday that the parental-notification law, which stemmed from a ballot initiative passed in 2010, was constitutional but was likely to have a negligible effect on family involvement in teenagers' lives. . . .

October 11, 2012 in Abortion, In the Courts, State and Local News, Teenagers and Children | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Study Reports on Abortion Rates by Age in Countries with Liberal Abortion Laws

Guttmacher Institute – press release: Survey of Countries with Liberal Abortion Laws Finds Abortions Concentrated Among Women in their 20s, by Jessica Malter:  Thumbnail

Decline in American Teen Abortion Rate Puts United States on Par With Some Industrialized Counterparts, but More Progress Is Needed

A new study of countries with liberal abortion laws finds that abortion is more common among women in their 20s than among women of other ages, according to "Legal Abortion Levels and Trends by Woman’s Age at Termination," by Gilda Sedgh et al. of the Guttmacher Institute. A large body of research has shown that this group often wants to postpone childbearing, which would interrupt their ability to work or complete their schooling; in addition, many young adult women have yet to establish stable partner relationships. The current study found that recent declines in the teen abortion rate in the United States (now at 20 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–19) have put the United States on par for the first time with several other industrialized countries, including England and Wales, Scotland, Sweden and New Zealand. This marks a considerable change from the mid-1990s, when the U.S. teen abortion rate was substantially higher than that of any other industrialized nation. . . .

October 10, 2012 in Abortion, Contraception, International, Parenthood, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Sexuality, Teenagers and Children, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Study Shows Free Contraception Decreases Abortion Rate

Cosmopolitan - Conversation Starters blog: New Study: Free Birth Control Decreases Abortion Rate:

Back in August, the Affordable Care Act gave women with health insurance access to free birth control. And according to a new study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the national abortion rate will decrease as a result. . . .


But, of course, anti-choice advocates aren't buying it, because they oppose contraception too:

See Study Claiming Obamacare Cuts Abortions is False, by Steven Ertelt

October 9, 2012 in Abortion, Anti-Choice Movement, Congress, Contraception, President/Executive Branch | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Argentine Court Sparks Debate After Blocking Rape Victim's Abortion

Fox News Latino/EFE: Argentine court blocks abortion for rape victim:

A court order that barred a rape victim Tuesday from having an abortion has sparked a heated controversy in Argentina.

The embattled judicial ruling came in response to a motion by the Pro-Vida (Pro-Life) group to stop the interruption of a 32-year-old woman's pregnancy. . . .

October 9, 2012 in Abortion, Abortion Bans, International, Sexual Assault | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Romney Continues Shift to Center with Reassurances on Abortion

Mitt-RomneyThe Wall Street Journal - Washington Wire blog: Romney Says He Won’t Pursue Abortion Legislation, by Sara Murray:

Mitt Romney continued his shift to the center Tuesday, saying he wouldn’t pursue any abortion legislation if he wins the presidency.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Mr. Romney told The Des Moines Register’s editorial boardTuesday as he sought its endorsement. . . .

The Huffington Post: Mitt Romney Abortion Stance Changes, As Candidate Says He Won't Push To Restrict Access, by Elise Foley:

Mitt Romney said Tuesday he has no plans to push for legislation limiting abortion, a softer stance from a candidate who has said he would "get rid of" funding for Planned Parenthood and appoint Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. . . .

The Romney campaign walked back the remark within two hours of the Register posting its story. . . .

October 9, 2012 in 2012 Presidential Campaign, Abortion, Congress, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Two Scientists Receive Nobel for Cloning and Stem Cell Research

The New York Times: Cloning and Stem Cell Work Earns Nobel, by Nicholas Wade:

Two scientists who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday helped lay the foundation for regenerative medicine, the hotly pursued though still distant idea of rebuilding the body with tissues generated from its own cells. They are John B. Gurdon of the University of Cambridge in England and Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan. . . .

October 9, 2012 in Scholarship and Research, Science, Stem Cell Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Guttmacher Institute Releases New Video About Unsafe Abortions Worldwide

Guttmacher Institute: New Video: Abortion Worldwide:

An estimated 40 million abortions will take place in the developing world this year. Most of these procedures will be clandestine and unsafe, taking a terrible toll on women’s lives. Every year, 47,000 women die from unsafe abortion and millions more are injured, some seriously and permanently. These deaths and injuries are almost entirely preventable.

To help ensure that the global debate about unsafe abortion and its consequences is informed by facts, the Guttmacher Institute has created a short video presenting key evidence on abortion worldwide. . . .


October 9, 2012 in Abortion, Abortion Bans, International, Reproductive Health & Safety | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 8, 2012

2013-2014 LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program Applications Now Available

Law Students for Reproductive Justice:  2013-14 Fellow Application Now Available:


In 2010, LSRJ launched a funded legal fellowship program for current 3Ls and recent law school graduates interested in working to advance reproductive justice through policy advocacy. Following a tremendous response from students and advocates in the field, LSRJ successfully selected and placed six Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows with six organizations in Washington, D.C. for the 2010-11 fellowship year.

The RJFP is intended to enhance capacity at reproductive justice organizations working to influence law and policy and to build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers. The RJ Fellows are each paid $50,000 plus benefits and placed with placement organizations in Washington, D.C. for a year-long program (running August to August) that includes mentoring, professional development, training, and networking opportunities.

Applications for the 2013-14 Fellowship year are now available here. Fellow application deadline: November 1, 2012.

October 8, 2012 in Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Florida Voters Will Decide on Constitutional Amendment Restricting Abortion

The New York Times: Voters in Florida Are Set to Weigh In on Two Contentious Ballot Questions, by Lizette Alvarez:

In a year in which most states have steered clear of contentious ballot initiatives, Florida voters are facing two proposed constitutional amendments — one on abortion, the other on the separation of church and state — that could have far-reaching repercussions. . . .

October 8, 2012 in Abortion, State and Local News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Filipinos Support Reproductive Health Bill Despite Powerful Catholic Church Philippines takes on Catholic church to push birth control, sex education, by Karen Lema:


Image1 MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino is squaring off against his country's powerful Catholic church in a bid to give people free access to the means to limit the size of their families.


The predominately Catholic country has one of Asia's fastest-growing populations together with significant levels of chronic poverty. While neighbors have accelerated towards prosperity, the Philippines has lagged.


Economists say high population growth is a primary factor for that, but the church disagrees. It says population growth is not a cause of poverty and that people need jobs, not contraception. . . .

October 8, 2012 in Abortion, Contraception, International, Poverty, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Religion and Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Health & Safety, Sexuality Education | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)