Roundup: Third-Trimester Abortions May Continue in Kansas

Amy Dempsey

Third-Trimester Abortions May Continue in Kansas; Bills Threaten Abortion Care in Arizona; Are Threats and Violence Breaking Down Abortion Rights?

Third-Trimester Abortions May Continue in Kansas
According to the Huffington Post,
LeRoy Carhart told the Associated Press that third-trimester abortions
will still be accessible in Kansas. He did not say whether he intended to open a new facitility, or using Dr. George Tiller’s former

Carhart told AP a day after the Tiller family announced they
would permanently close the clinic, "I just think that until everything
is in place, it’s something that doesn’t need to be talked about."

Carhart runs his own abortion clinic in Nebraska, but performed
late-term abortions at Tiller’s Wichita clinic because Nebraska has
very restrictive abortion laws, which do not allow abortions if the
fetuses are deemed viable.

The blog
also said, that although Carhart has never done a late-term abortion at
his own clinic, he welcomed the staff from Dr. Tiller’s clinic to help
train his staff in Nebraska.

Bills Threaten Abortion Care in Arizona

Brian Howard, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, wrote an opinion article in the Arizona Republic discussing the consequences of Senate Bill 1206, which would put restrictions on abortions. The article argues that those who back the legislation are not considering the affected women or their health care providers.

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If passed, abortion care will only be available in three communities in
the state, which would increase expenses because women may have to
take more days off work, and if they are already mothers, arrange child
care while they are away. The bill will also implement a 24-hour
waiting period, which could cause medical risks for women.

According to the Arizona Republic,
the Bill guarantees health care services and other "safety net
services" for women considering abortion, but the article says the
Legislature recently adopted a budget that shrinks the services
guaranteed in the Bill.

Howard argues that Planned Parenthood does more than any other organization to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

He says:


"…it is particularly disheartening when abortion opponents
simultaneously oppose good legislation that would actually protect
Arizonans. House Bill 2544, which Planned Parenthood supports, requires
our schools to provide comprehensive, abstinence-based sex education.
The very same voices who are endangering abortion care have worked
equally hard to make sure HB 2544 doesn’t get a hearing – and it

Are Threats and Violence Breaking Down Abortion Rights?
Protesters are gone and harassment has ceased. What was once the
site of a three-decade long battle, Dr. George Tiller’s clinic is
closed after he was killed May 31. According to a Reuters article, his murder was one of 60 threats and violent acts this year.

Vicki Saporta, chief executive of the National Abortion Federation,
says, "It’s a reign of terror against abortion providers." 

Saporta is
part of a coalition of abortion rights leaders who recently met with
Justice Department officials to request more protection of abortion

The article says:

In recent years, U.S. clinics have been bombed, set on fire,
threatened with anthrax and acid, and physicians have been stalked and
patients harassed.

During the first half of 2009, along with 67 burglaries, assaults
and other violent incidents, there have been 1,400 reports of hate mail
and/or harassing phone calls received by clinics, the highest level in
a decade, according to the federation.


June 15: Christian Century: Pro-choice perspective

June 15: LifeNews: Pro-Life News: Obama, Abortion, LeRoy Carhart, Futile Care, Terri Schiavo, Ireland, Minnesota

June 15: The Item: Birth control items strewn about front yard

June 14: Examiner: Anti-abortion hoax on internet

June 15: China Daily: Rich flout family planning

June 14: Press Association:Parents ‘no longer prudish on sex’

June 15: USA Today: Your Health: A ‘long-term struggle to sell vasectomy’

June 15: TVNZ: Primary sex ed programme upsets lobby group

June 14: Yemen News Agency: Awareness course on reproductive health family planning launched in Marib

June 15: Times of India:5 abortions later, wife files plaint

June 13: Kansas City Star: Was suspect in Tiller case a ‘lone wolf’?

June 15: HuffPo: No Child Left Behind = All Boys Left Behind

June 15: The NZ Press: Nine-year-olds to learn about sex

June 14: Canadian Press: Manitoba may open adoption records as far back as 1925

June 14: Parenting Freedom: [VIDEO] Bill O’Reilly Takes On Joan Walsh About Late-Term Abortions

June 14: Reuters: Threats, violence seen eroding U.S. abortion rights

June 14: East Oregonian:Public health closures affect everyone

June 14: Big C Catholics Blog:[VIDEO] Pro-life Commercial Banned By NBC, CNN

June 14: Innocent babies feel the pain of abortion

June 14: Tennessean: We should fight agenda of hate

June 14: Pro-life devotees not interested in bullets

June 14: Advertiser-Tribune: Latta and Gardner address pro-life group over breakfast

June 14: SFGate: Armed and extreme – but buried in briefs

June 14: Free condoms for teenagers will reduce unwanted pregnancies

June 14: Hartford Courant: Female Condoms Deserve Wider Acceptance

June 12: Catholic News Agency: Doctors in Madrid reject abortion without parental consent

June 12: Catholic News Agency: Rep. Smith: New Women’s Issues office part of Administration push for abortion

June 13: Palm Beach Post: Abortion debate hotter than ever 36 years after Roe vs. Wade

June 13: Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle:Tiller’s lawyer tells of fears preceding slaying

June 13: AP:DA unable to pursue criminal abortion charge

June 13: Trendhunter: Giant Needlecraft Condoms

June 10: America Magazine:Kissling v. Kelley

June 13: Catholic Exchange: How George Tiller Drove his Own Employee to Join Operation Rescue

June 12: Catholic News Agency: Rep. Smith: New Women’s Issues office part of Administration push for abortion

June 13: Women’s eNews:New Pill Adds Choice; Women Flee Pakistan Battles

June 15: Miami Herald: Photos inspire families to open homes to foster kids

June 13: Arizona Republic: Bills threaten abortion care

June 12: Christian NewsWire:Pro-Life Action League Tells Obama, ‘Abortion is Not Health Care’: Group to Protest Health Care Speech at A.M.A. Meeting

June 12: Feministing: Abortion cartoons: Where is the woman’s voice?

June 12: Catholic Courier: Abortion bill introduced in N.Y. Senate at governor’s request

June 13: WaPo: Abortion Back on the Front Burner

June 12: Denver Post: Abortion and terrorism

June 13: Salt Lake Tribune: Hodges: Murder of abortion doctor a tragedy on both sides of the debate

June 12: Colorado Independent: Pro-Life Leaders Jailed Over Protest at Focus on the Family

June 12: LifeNews: Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses in Connecticut, Rhode Island to Merge

June 12: Feministing: Igniting Change

June 11: American Diabetes Association:Many Obese And Diabetic Women Neglect Contraception

June 12: National Post:B.C. anti-abortion group takes radical stance

June 15: HuffPo:Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Can Work Together

June 12: Christian NewsWire:Caritas Christi Abortion Scandal — More Questions, No Answers from Boston’s Cardinal

June 12: Women News Network:Doctors campaign for safe abortion in Zambia

June 12: Feminists for Choice: Why I Am a Pro-Choice Dude

June 12: LifeNews: Pro-Life Women’s Group Calls on Senate to Stop Obama Intl Abortion Agenda

June 12: the Life Back in ‘Pro-Life’

June 12: LifeNews: Poll: Half of Americans Oppose or Unsure on Sotomayor, Respect Pro-Life Judges

June 12: Phoenix Insurgent: Kansas Bleeding Again

June 12: PBS: Issue Clash:Late Abortions

June 12: The Frisky: Why Is The Face Of Abortion Always A Woman’s?

June 12: All Africa: Mozambique: ‘There Hasn’t Been Adequate Emphasis On Family Planning’

June 12: Suzy B: Home Gender Tests and Sex-Selective Abortion in the U.S.

June 12: LifeSiteNews: More Briefs Surface Showing Sotomayor’s Abortion Ties

June 12: LifeNews:Obama Likely Not Serious on Reducing Abortions, But Concedes Pro-Life Ground

June 11: The Week:Pro-life: what it means

June 12: UPI: Blogger’s false baby story fools thousands

June 10: Indy Week: Living in the abortion wars

June 12: HuffPo: New Health Disparities Report: More Context for Higher Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Rates Among Women of Color

June 12: Philadelphia Daily News: Christine M. Flowers: Abortion distortion

June 12: Springfield News-Sun: Pregnancy center helps men, too

June 11: Daily Dish/Atlantic:A Christianist Terror Threat

June 11: NYTimes/Domestic Disturbances Blog: The Wages of Hate

June 11: U.S. Common Sense:Domestic terrorism, hate crimes, or other?

June 12: En Passant: Labor’s Anna Bligh attacks abortion rights

June 12: Christian Post:House Approves Bill to Create ‘International Abortion HQ’

June 12: SC Times: Catholic Charities schedules adoption meeting

June 12: Chicago Examiner: I don’t condone it, but . . .


June 12: Swiss Info: Woman’s case prompts contraceptive scrutiny

June 12: AP: Wichita billboard companies reject PETA plan for billboards in wake of Tiller’s death

June 12: Flowing Data:Abortion Rates in the United States, 1970-2005

June 11: Crooks and Liars: Rachel Maddow uncovers new threats on abortion clinics

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