Abortion debate

Abortion is the ending of pregnancy due to removing an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. An abortion that occurs spontaneously is also known as a miscarriage. When deliberate steps are taken to end a pregnancy, it is called an induced abortion, or less frequently an "induced miscarriage". The word abortion is often used to mean only induced abortions.
News on pro-life and pro-choice issues, including changes to Planned Parenthood.
  • Kentucky abortion fight aimed at second-trimester procedure
    CBS News

    Kentucky abortion fight aimed at second-trimester procedure

    Attorneys for Kentucky's Republican governor and the state's only abortion clinic are ready for their next legal fight. The two sides will start presenting their case Tuesday over a lawsuit challenging a new state law that would restrict the use of a second-trimester abortion procedure. The law was suspended shortly after the lawsuit was filed in April. The federal trial is expected to last through the week. Lawyers for the clinic say the law amounts to an unconstitutional ban on the most common method of second-trimester abortions. Gov. Matt Bevin's administration says the procedure is a "particularly gruesome form of abortion." Abortion-rights advocates say it's the safest method of second-trimester

  • Canada to encourage more countries to offer contraception, abortion
    CTVNews

    Canada to encourage more countries to offer contraception, abortion

    MONTREAL -- Canada will continue to encourage other countries to offer more family planning services including contraception and abortion because they're key to fighting poverty, the country's international development minister said Sunday. Marie-Claude Bibeau said Canada will continue to speak "frankly" with other countries on the need for such services, even if it remains controversial in some circles. Bibeau arrived in Rwanda on Sunday of a four-day international conference on family planning that runs until Thursday. In a phone interview from Kigali, she told The Canadian press that some countries are willing to discuss the topic at meetings but don't always follow up with concrete commitments.

  • Ottawa to encourage more countries to offer contraception, abortion: Bibeau
    BayToday.ca

    Ottawa to encourage more countries to offer contraception, abortion: Bibeau

    MONTREAL — Canada's international development minister says that access to family planning services such as contraceptives and abortion is key to fighting poverty. Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will continue to speak frankly with other countries on the need for such services, even if it remains controversial in some circles. Bibeau is in Rwanda today ahead of a four-day international conference on family planning that runs until Thursday. She tells The Canadian Press in a phone interview that some countries are willing to discuss the topic but don't always follow up with concrete commitments. She says reproductive and sexual education and access to contraception are important steps in eliminating