Countries that restrict abortion have abortion rates similar to those of countries where it is legal, and in the the past 24 years the abortion rate has fallen in developed countries but remained about the same in developing countries.
Media have focused on those two findings of a study on the incidence of abortion worldwide, published this week in the U.K. medical journal The Lancet.
While such research can inform the policy debate over legalized abortion, it is regrettable that media coverage of the Lancet study has been so politicized. more >>
"Truth will out," we sometimes hear. But it may take Congress to help it along. Here are some of the latest developments in the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal.
The most important story of last year, in my view, was the exposure of Planned Parenthood's trafficking in infant organs. But with the indictment of David Daleiden, the undercover journalist behind the incriminating videos, it seemed as if those responsible for the grisly exposed practices would not face any consequences.
All that may be changing, however. This month, lawmakers took a major step toward holding the abortion giant and its allies accountable. The Select Panel on Infant Lives, chaired by Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, held a hearing on April 20th to review the evidence. And what they uncovered was stomach-turning. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>
The House Select Panel on Infant Lives has issued nine subpoenas to controversial late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, his abortion facility in Germantown, Maryland, and other agencies, while five Democratic congressmen called him the victim of a Republican "witch hunt."
"Public reports indicate at least five women have been sent to the hospital since December while seeking an abortion in this clinic. The clinic is one of the few in the nation that performs abortions during the third trimester," Marsha Blackburn, a Republican and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Select Investigative Panel, said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The subpoenas issued suggest that the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, as it is informally known, is seeking to investigate Carhart's participation in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts and issues arising out of medical emergencies after abortions in his facility. more >>
A Dutch group promoting women doing a medical abortion themselves sent on Saturday its first "abortion drone," carrying pills to kill unborn babies, from Germany to the strictly Roman Catholic country of Poland, and called it a "success," as "two Polish women swallowed the abortion pills."
The drone departed from Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany and landed at the opposite side of the river in Slubice, Poland, says the Amsterdam-based Women on Waves group on its website, which also boasts that German police tried to intervene "but the drone pilots were able to safely land the drones at the Polish side."
The police, who say the group violated "Arzneimittelgesetz," or the country's medicine laws, later confiscated the drone controllers and personal iPads. more >>
Earlier, this week the Guttmacher Institute released a study on the demographics of women obtaining abortions. (They release a report of this nature approximately every seven years.)
This report provides useful information to all sides of the abortion debate. The annual abortion surveillance reports published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide some demographic data. However, not every state reports data to the CDC and there are large disparities in the quality and reliability of data from other states. The Guttmacher report, which does a nationwide survey of women seeking abortions, is more reliable and more comprehensive.
The best news for pro-lifers from this report is that the abortion rate continues to fall among teens and minors. This is one of the most unheralded public-policy success stories of the past 25 years. more >>