A Florida-based animal rights organization that is suing New York state to give legal personhood for chimpanzees holds a neutral stance on abortion.
The Nonhuman Rights Project of Coral Springs has refused to take a position on the debate over whether en utero human life also deserves legal personhood recognition.
Michael Mountain, spokesman for the project, told The Christian Post that regarding the abortion debate "we don't have any position on that." more >>
A pro-life group in Michigan has successfully submitted a petition to state legislature that would put restrictions on abortion coverage on insurance plans. If passed, the new law would require women to purchase an additional rider to their insurance plan to cover an abortion before they become pregnant.
On Monday, the Michigan Board of Canvassers approved a petition by the pro-life group Right to Life of Michigan that requires the Republican-controlled state legislature to address the "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act." The act could be approved by a majority vote in state legislature and does not require the signature of Gov. Rick Snyder, who has voiced his opposition to this specific issue, although he has said he's pro-life.
In order to have their act considered by lawmakers, Right to Life of Michigan had to acquire 58,088 valid signatures from state citizens on a petition regarding the issue. According to the Detroit Free Press, the pro-life group submitted 315,477 signatures, and 299,941 of the signatures are already estimated to be valid. After legislature returns from a two-week break on Tuesday, it has 40 days to address the proposal. If it rejects it or ignores it, it will be put up to a popular vote on the Nov. 2014 ballot. more >>
Abortions performed in the United States have continued their trend of decline in 2010, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For 2010, the CDC reported last Friday that 765,651 abortions were performed nationwide, representing a 3 percent decrease from 2009 statistics.
The numbers derived from data given to the CDC from 52 reporting areas, specifically the 50 states, the District of Columbia and New York City. Of the 52 reporting areas, 49 gave reports for 2010 and 46 were closely analyzed by Karen Pazol, et. al., of the CDC. more >>
A recently published study by Chinese researchers may provide definitive evidence for the pro-life claim that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Published in the November edition of the international journal Cancer Causes & Control, the research was derived from a "meta-analysis" of 36 studies centered on 14 Chinese provinces.
Yubei Huang, et. al., sought to confirm if a link could be found between Induced Abortion (IA) and an increased likelihood of breast cancer. more >>
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette, Indiana will be able to continue its practice of chemically-induced abortions after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on a new state law that would have imposed tighter restrictions on the clinic.
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ruled in Indianapolis on Wednesday that because the new law, which was supposed to go into effect Jan. 1, has different requirements for the Planned Parenthood in Lafayette than other doctors' practices, it most likely violates the constitution's guarantee to equal protection. The law would have required the abortion clinic in Lafayette to meet surgical facility standards, including having a recovery and a waiting room, for its administering of drugs that induce non-surgical, chemical abortions. The Lafayette clinic is the only one in the state that distributes the chemical abortion-inducing medication.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the group that defended the Planned Parenthood clinic in the law's legal challenge, argued that other licensed doctors with private practices in the state are also able to prescribe the abortion-inducing medication, yet they were not required to abide by the new law. more >>
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas recently celebrated the opening of a new facility in Ft. Worth, TX. More than a few critics have noted the irony that the new Southwest Ft. Worth Health Center is located next to the Gladney Adoption Center, an organization that has been providing pregnancy support and adoption services to the country for 125 years. When questioned about their choice to build next door to an adoption center, Ken Lambrecht, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Texas said, "As far as we're concerned, being next door to Gladney is wonderful."
I suppose Mr. Lambrecht's perspective has a sort of logic about it, assuming you view pregnancy exclusively in terms of a women's rights issue. Having an abortion facility next door to an adoption agency provides a sort of one-stop shop for women with unintended or unwanted pregnancies. In Lambrecht's view, abortion and adoption are simply different choices that achieve the same outcome: women who are unwilling or unable to care for their unborn children are relieved of the burden of doing so. Neither choice is better or worse than the other. It's all about educating women about their options.
And this is really what our culture is all about today, isn't it? We revere choice, and we bristle at anyone or anything that would impose constraints on our choices. In a society where God's law and transcendent truths no longer inform our values, the buck stops with the individual. He or she is the one who decides what's "right" based purely upon how they feel about their situation. In response to this "rights" rhetoric, pro-life apologists often reply with their own version of the rights argument. If the Founders were correct, and we are all endowed with unalienable rights, then a woman's right to privacy (or bodily integrity, or a baby-free womb or whatever right she feels it is that her baby violates) must be weighed against her unborn child's unalienable right to life. more >>