[A]bortion opponents are looking for opportunities to push the court even further in restricting abortion.
think National Right to Life wants to see something go to the Supreme
Court that would provide more protection to the unborn child,” said
Mary Spaulding Balch, a lobbyist for the organization.
A new Nebraska legislative proposal could provide that opportunity.
Bill 1103 would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless the procedure would
save a woman’s life or “avert serious risk of substantial and
irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.”
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of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk said he didn’t introduce the
bill with the goal of having it wind up before the Supreme Court.
Rather, he wants to stop Dr. LeRoy Carhart of Bellevue from becoming the region’s main provider of late-term abortions.
Opponents as well as supporters of abortion rights agree the proposal would go beyond what current high court rulings allow.
“This bill is unconstitutional as it’s drafted,” said Janet Crepps, of the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights.
who supports the bill should be clear that this is just a vehicle for
them to go back to the Supreme Court and take rights away from women,”
A legislator who has travelled the world as a Baptist minister wants
Florida to ban abortion — inviting a U.S. Supreme Court rematch over
law, morality and medicine.Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, cites the state and federal
Constitutions, as well as the Declaration of Independence, in asserting
that all people are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
rights, and that the first among these rights is the right to life."
Nearly one-third of his "Florida for Life Act" is devoted to
legislative "findings," including statements that life begins at
conception and that the high court’s 1973 and 1992 rulings legalizing
abortion were wrong.…
Stephanie Kunkel, state director of Planned Parenthood, called the
bill "totally unconstitutional." She said polls and experience in other
states show the public to be pro-choice, although the Republican-run
Legislature leans the other way to varying degrees.
is the most rigid and inflexible ban on abortion in the United States,"
said Kunkel. "Not only does it ban abortion, it also has absolutely no
exceptions for rape or incest."
She said abortion
opponents tried a similar plan in South Dakota with a ballot initiative
that lost by 56-44 percent in 2006. Two years later, she said, another
abortion ban was voted down in that state.
goal here is to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision, Roe v. Wade, by
passing an unconstitutional bill," she said. "This fight would have to
end up in the U.S. Supreme Court."
The conservative Roberts Court might reverse the Roe ruling, she said. That’s about the only thing Kunkel and Van Zant agree on.
The Republican-majority Ohio Senate approved a resolution Feb. 17
urging federal officials to refrain from allowing public funding of
abortions or establishing national laws that usurp states’ regulation
of the procedure.The resolution, passed on a party-line vote
with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing, is a preemptive
strike against the national Freedom of Choice Act — legislation that
has not been introduced in Congress this session.
Grendell (R-Chesterland) and Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) said the federal
act would create the right to an abortion and prevent states from
regulating abortion procedures.
The Senate resolution urges President Barack Obama and members of Congress to oppose the act, should it be introduced.
The House of Representatives yesterday paved the
way for Hawaii to become the first state in the nation to repeal its
The repeal bill passed by a 31-20 vote and is expected to breeze through the Senate on Tuesday.
Every member voted on the measure.
Barring major defects in the bill, Gov. John A. Burns is expected to let the bill become law without his signature.
It will automatically become law 10 days after he receives it.
The Governor has stated in the past that he supports repeal.
Although the measure is laced with amendments, it still retains its basic intent—to repeal Hawaii’s 101-year-old abortion law.
"I am glad that it is all over," Rep. George W.T. Loo said.
"I feel this is something we all can live by, and I hope it is not abused."
co-chairman of the joint conference committee that worked out the
compromise bill, originally brought the issue to legislative attention
several years ago.
The current law says a woman may get an abortion only when her life is in danger.
The bill would repeal this and make abortion a matter of conscience between a woman and her physicianMini Roundup: On Friday, the mini roundup had a newspaper article about a doctor fighting the medical board to keep his license. Now, here’s the Lifenews version of the story. No wonder it often seems like anti-choice activists are working with different "facts" than the rest of the population.February 22, 2010
clinics fear state budget cuts Santa Rosa Press Democrat
February 21, 2010
Pill and Breast Cancer American Thinker
Ultrasound Bill Should Be Passed Wheeling Intelligencer
blurs ethical lines Monroe
Repeal Now Appears to be Certainty
laws may start in Nebraska Omaha World-Herald
demands on health care reform are wrong The Hudson Reporter
posters to stay: candidate ABC Online
doctors challenge proposed New Zealand abortion guidelines Catholic News Agency
services can save taxpayers millions
Spartanburg Herald Journal
groups that help families The Coloradoan
27 family planning
projects given to NGOs Daily Times
February 20, 2010
decision not up to the government Allentown Morning Call
drugs warning Gulf
take for granted reproductive rights
recruiting couples for study of natural family planning Georgia Bulletin
tells commission about opposition to Planned Parenthood Sturgis Journal
February 19, 2010
Bill Filed in Legislature The Jacksonville Observer
wants Florida to ban abortion Tallahassee Democrat
doctor accused of abortion on 13-year-old Washington Post
black children The
Star-Ledger – NJ.com
Bishops hold fast in rejecting fertility technology Washington Post
woman is more than a baby machine Ottawa Citizen
pregnancy rate up for 1st time in more than 10 years American Medical News
the Myths Christian
version of sex education bill to get hearing Salt Lake Tribune