Roundup: Sotomayor Didn’t Detail Abortion Views

Amy Dempsey

Sotomayor Didn't Detail Abortion Views; More Deaths in Ghana From Illegal Abortions; Poor Contraception Awareness Causes Unwanted Pregnancies in UK

Sotomayor Didn’t Detail Abortion Views
During Wednesday’s confirmation hearings, Sonia Sotomayor avoided questions regarding her views on abortion rights. Instead, she said she could not answer questions "in the abstract," according to the Tricity Herald.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas was the first to ask Sotomayor about abortion
when he asserted that the White House had assured abortion rights
groups she would sympathize with their cause. Sotomayor responded by
saying no one at the White House had asked about her stance on
abortion, the article said.

"I was asked no question by anyone, including the president, about my
views on any specific legal issue…You just have to look at my record
to know that in the cases that I addressed on all issues, I follow the
law," she said.

The article said:

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"In her 17 years as a federal district and appellate judge, Sotomayor
rarely got involved in abortion cases. She did rule on President George
W. Bush’s "Mexico City policy," which barred public funds to
organizations that promote abortion in other countries. President
Barack Obama reversed that policy in January."

More Deaths in Ghana From Illegal Abortions
Dr. Akwasi Twumasi, Northern Regional Director of Ghana Health Service
(GHS), said that complications from illegal abortions killed 210 women
in Ghana’s Northern Region when he addressed Northern Regional Health
Forum in Tamale Tuesday, said the Ghanaian Journal.

According to Twumasi, couples were afraid of family planning options or
had negative views of it, and when an unplanned pregnancy occurred,
they resorted to illegal or unsafe abortions, in which an untrained
person performs the procedure that resulted in maternal mortality, the article said. 

Poor Contraception Awareness Causes Unwanted Pregnancies in UK

The Nursing Times
reported that a 2008 phone interview surveyed 2,000 women seeking
abortions in the UK. The research found that many women were not aware
of all available contraceptive methods. Many women also misunderstood
how to use their preferred contraceptive method properly.

According to the article, Louise Bury, a research manager at Marie Stopes, who carried out the
research, said:

"The UK has high levels of unintended pregnancy with approximately
200,000 women in England and Wales seeking abortions every year…Since
contraception in the UK is free of charge and easily available,
and since the UK has high levels of reported contraceptive use, it is
puzzling why more unintended pregnancies are not avoided…This
research sheds some light on the reasons why women requesting
abortion have fallen pregnant unintentionally and the actions women and
healthcare professionals can take to prevent unplanned pregnancies
occurring in the future."


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July 15: LifeNews: House Democrats Prohibit Vote to Stop Obama’s Tax-Funded Abortions in DC      

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July 15: LifeNews: Obama Pick Regina Benjamin’s Support for Abortion Education Prompts Questions     

July 15: Donkeylicious: Democrats For Life Boots Tim Ryan For Supporting Contraception  

July 15: U of T Students for Life: What do Pro-Lifers think about contraception?    

July 15: Politics Daily: Pro-Life Senator to Sotomayor: ‘I Apologize’      

July 15: NYTimes: Republican Senators Press Sotomayor on Abortion Views       

July 15: BeliefNet: Contraception and Abortion: Common Ground and the Protestant-Catholic Divide   

July 15: Feministing: Always, Always on the Defensive.     

July 15: U.S. News & World Report: As Republicans Lift Voices on Abortion, Sotomayor Gets Quiet

July 14: Feministing: my body but not my choice 

July 15: New Research Reveals the Reasons Behind UK’s High Rates of Unintended Pregnancy

July 15: New Research Reveals that 95% of Women Think Family Planning Methods Should be Advertised on Television

July 15: Counterpunch: The Sotomayor Hearings and the Culture Wars     

July 15: MLive: VAN BUREN COUNTY Judge reverses adoption rule    

July 15: Catholic Spirit: Encyclical: Keeping pro-life sensibility can help during tough times 

July 15: Ghanian Journal: Abortion cause of increase in maternal deaths – Dr Twumasi

July 15: Examiner: An open adoption story  

July 15: Nursing Times: Unwanted pregnancies caused by poor contraception awareness

July 15: AP: FACT CHECK: Sotomayor tied abortion ban, slavery?

July 15: Guardian: First morning-after pill TV ad cleared by watchdog after 112 complaints

July 15: Mormon Times:LDS Family Services opens adoption Web site

July 15: WorldNet Daily: ‘Common ground’ vs. zodiac abortions

July 14: The Frisky: Obama’s Nominee For Surgeon General Is A Lady

July 15: Chicago Tribune:Abortion ruling: Illinois’ parental notification law is cleared to be enforced

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