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 as 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.
  • Judicial bypass process for abortion in Texas causes harm, researchers say
    U.S.

    Judicial bypass process for abortion in Texas causes harm, researchers say

    (Reuters Health) - The judicial bypass process for abortion in Texas could be used as a form of punishment, allowing officials to humiliate young women for their personal decisions, a small study suggests. While the process was implemented in 2016 in Texas to protect teens from the negative emotional consequences of abortion, it has the potential to cause emotional harm, researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “These laws are more common than people think, and we've known little about what the process is like for the adolescents who go through it,” said lead study author Kate Coleman-Minahan of the University of Colorado in Denver. In the U.S., 37 states require parental involvement

  • Indian police arrest nurse after woman's death in abortion
    Washington Post

    Indian police arrest nurse after woman's death in abortion

    NEW DELHI — Indian police have arrested a nurse for trying to perform an abortion on a 28-year-old woman who died at her home in southern India, an official said Wednesday. The woman, a mother of three daughters, approached a private hospital on Monday in Usilampatti, a town in southern Tamil Nadu state, but doctors refused to carry out the procedure as she was seven months' pregnant, district administrator S. Natrajan said. However, a hospital nurse offered to perform an abortion at the woman's home, where she died soon after, said police officer Madasamy, who uses one name. Police are investigating whether the victim opted to have an abortion upon learning through an illegal sex determination

  • Air pollution particles found in mothers' placentas, new study finds
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    Air pollution particles found in mothers' placentas, new study finds

    Scientists believe they have discovered the first examples of air pollution traveling through the lungs of pregnant women and into their placentas, potentially reaching their fetuses. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris, examined the placentas of five pregnant women in the United Kingdom and found that sooty particles had made their way into their placentas. “We do not know whether the particles we found could also move across into the fetus, but our evidence suggests that this is indeed possible,” Dr. Norrice Liu, a pediatrician and clinical research fellow at Queen Mary University in London who led the research, said in a statement. “We also

  • Why Does Planned Parenthood Object To Meeting Health Standards?
    The Federalist

    Why Does Planned Parenthood Object To Meeting Health Standards?

    Earlier this week, federal appeals court judges ruled to allow Missouri to enforce health laws that are facing legal challenges. Planned Parenthood says this could end abortions at their Columbia location in weeks. Planned Parenthood constantly claims to be a key health provider, especially for women. Their new president Leana Wen is on a publicity tour right now making that assertion constantly. If that's true, though, then why can't Planned Parenthood ensure their clinics are held to the highest standards of health? Its Missouri abortion facility is only one of many locations Planned Parenthood says are threatened by following exactly the same rules for similar surgical and health centers.

  • ‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say
    The Independent

    ‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

    Doctors think Britain’s “outdated” abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found. Research from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a charity which provides terminations and pregnancy advice, discovered that rules such as making two doctors sign off abortion forms give rise to delays. The study – which is based on interviews with 14 experienced abortion doctors – also found the threat of prosecution makes doctors less likely to pursue a career in this area of medicine.

  • Want an abortion without telling your parents? Tell it to the judge
    the Guardian

    Want an abortion without telling your parents? Tell it to the judge

    Young women under 18 who fear their family's reaction must convince a court to grant them an exception from parental consent for a termination. A new study reveals what that's like in practice Sandra feared her father would force her out, or worse. The day he discovered she had a boyfriend, she said, “He wanted to kick me out of the house and it was a really, really big conflict, so I couldn't imagine what he would do if I told him, 'You know what? I'm pregnant.'” Vanessa feared humiliation. “My family is very religious, so if they found out, they would just shame me,” she said. And Jacqueline worried she wouldn't have a relationship with her father any more. He had told her that if she ever

  • ‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say
    The Independent

    ‘Outdated’ UK abortion laws hampering care for women, doctors say

    Doctors think Britain’s “outdated” abortion law hampers their ability to provide the best care for women, a new study has found. Research from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a charity which provides terminations and pregnancy advice, discovered that rules such as making two doctors sign off abortion forms give rise to delays. The study – which is based on interviews with 14 experienced abortion doctors – also found the threat of prosecution makes doctors less likely to pursue a career in this area of medicine.

  • Business Standard India

    Minor rape survivor moves HC for aborting 24-week-old foetus

    A 14-year-old rape survivor Wednesday approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate her 24-week pregnancy. The girl, who is also a cancer patient, was raped earlier this year and an FIR was registered in the case, according to the plea. However, her pregnancy was detected only recently when she went to a local hospital for her chemotherapy session. The girl's father is a daily wage labourer and her mother works as a domestic help. When they learnt about her pregnancy, they approached an NGO which in turn helped them get in touch with some lawyers and file the plea in the high court. A bench of Justices A S Oka and M S Sonak has now directed the dean of the J J hospital in the

  • Federal judges allow Missouri to enforce abortion rules
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Federal judges allow Missouri to enforce abortion rules

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal appeals court judges on Monday ruled to allow Missouri to enforce some abortion restrictions that are facing legal challenges, which Planned Parenthood says could end abortions at a Columbia clinic in weeks. At issue is a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood affiliates with Missouri health centers to block state requirements that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 struck down similar rules in Texas. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs in April 2017 temporarily blocked the Missouri rules. But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court

  • The Australian Government Argued A Refugee Couldn't Come To Australia For An Abortion Because Of The Size Of Her Vaginal Opening
    BuzzFeed

    The Australian Government Argued A Refugee Couldn't Come To Australia For An Abortion Because Of The Size Of Her Vaginal Opening

    They said she should go to Taiwan — without mental health support or an interpreter. Peter Dutton's lawyers argued a pregnant refugee on Nauru with “extreme” genital mutilation who wanted an abortion didn't need to be brought to Australia for the procedure. The lawyers said that because the woman's vagina had been unstitched, she should instead have the operation in Taiwan, without specialist care or the aid of an interpreter. Surgical abortion involves the removal of a pregnancy through the vagina. “The bottom line is that having examined her, the relevant medical officer formed the view that she is already de-infibulated and the vaginal opening is sufficient to perform the operation,” the government's

  • Federal judges: Missouri PAC donation ban unconstitutional
    The Kansas City Star

    Federal judges: Missouri PAC donation ban unconstitutional

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling in favor of allowing donations between Missouri political action committees, arguing that a state ban on the practice unconstitutionally violates the groups' First Amendment rights. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges wrote in the ruling that "like individuals, PACs enjoy the right to freedom of speech and association." "Restricting the recipients to whom a PAC can donate therefore limits the donor-PAC's speech and associational rights under the First Amendment," they concluded. The ruling in effect means Missouri PACs can continue giving unlimited donations to one another. It's a blow to efforts by the

  • U.S. appeals court says Missouri can enforce abortion laws
    Reuters India

    U.S. appeals court says Missouri can enforce abortion laws

    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the way for Missouri to enforce state laws requiring doctors who perform abortions to be affiliated with hospitals and abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis overturned a 2017 ruling that blocked enforcement of those laws and opened the door for more abortion providers to operate in the state, which at the time had only one. Monday's decision comes in a 2016 lawsuit filed by affiliates of the women's health organization Planned Parenthood in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that year that struck down similar abortion restrictions in Texas. The Missouri laws