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.
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  • Indonesian 15-year-old raped by brother jailed over abortion
    Gulf News

    Indonesian 15-year-old raped by brother jailed over abortion

    Jakarta: A 15-year-old girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an Indonesian official said Saturday. The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her 17-year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian District Court on the island of Sumatra, court spokesman Listyo Arif Budiman said. "The girl was charged under the child protection law for having an abortion," he said. Her brother was sentenced to two years in jail for sexually assaulting a minor. Indonesia forbids abortion unless a woman's life is at risk or under certain circumstances if she is raped. The law requires that an abortion must be performed by a registered professional no

  • LJWorld.com

    Abortion rights advocates hope Iowa case will influence Kansas

    Attorneys in Kansas who represent abortion rights advocates filed a copy of that decision this week with the Kansas Supreme Court, asking it to consider the Iowa ruling a “persuasive authority” in a case that has been pending before the Kansas court for 16 months. Whether or not the Kansas court will consider that ruling is entirely up to the discretion of the seven justices, University of Kansas constitutional law professor Richard Levy said in an interview. And even if they choose to do so, Levy said, it's not clear how much weight the Kansas court would give it. “If I were an attorney making a case, I'd rather have another state supreme court decision as persuasive authority than not,” Levy