Pennsylvania mother Ann Whalen has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for giving her 16-year-old daughter pills to cause a miscarriage.
Whalen's daughter became pregnant in 2012 and decided that she did not want the baby; Whalen told police that she could not find a local abortion clinic and did not want to take her daughter out of the state to have the procedure, which would have been 74 miles away, according to Reuters. Instead, she went online and ordered the pills from a company abroad.
Unfortunately, after taking the pills, the girl (now 18), experienced extreme abdominal pain and bleeding and was hospitalized with an "incomplete abortion and a urinary tract infection," records state. The hospital informed police of the situation, which led to Whalen's arrest. She was charged with giving her daughter pills to induce abortion – Pennsylvania law requires that a physician be present for the procedure. more >>
Texas gubernatorial candidate and pro-choice activist Wendy Davis, a Democrat who is known for her 10-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions last year, has revealed that she ended two pregnancies in the 1990s, a period she describes as a time of "a deep, dark despair and grief."
In her memoir, Forgetting to be Afraid, which is scheduled to hit stores Tuesday, she writes she had an abortion in 1996 after tests showed the brain of the unborn child had developed separately on the right and left sides, according to The Associated Press.
Davis, who filibustered a bill last June that banned abortions at 20 weeks, also shares about another abortion two years earlier due to an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when an embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus. more >>
A pro-life student organization with chapters across the country has filed a complaint against the University of South Alabama over its "solicitation policy."
Students for Life USA filed a complaint arguing that South Alabama's policy restricted their right to hold an event known as the "cemetery of innocents."
The student organization is being legally represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, which sent an amended complaint to South Alabama last month. more >>
WASHINGTON — Why do Catholics who are aligned with Democrats on social welfare and Republicans on abortion usually vote Democrat? Recent political science research suggests an answer.
Some Catholics who vote for Democratic candidates incorrectly assume those candidates are pro-life.
Catholics are often used as an example of "cross-pressured voters" due to the political party positions on abortion and welfare. Laura Hussey, associate professor of political science at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Geoffrey Layman, professor of political science at University of Notre Dame, however, found that a minority of Catholics were both pro-life and pro-welfare, and those that were showed little ambivalence in their vote choice. more >>
The only thing abortion groups wanted on Labor Day was to keep women out of the labor room. And over the weekend, a few unelected judges were happy to help. A day after Planned Parenthood's "abortion vigil," judges in two states tried to answer those prayers by putting the brakes on common sense clinic laws. While most people were loading their cars for the long weekend, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel decided to help drive the agenda of the pro-abortion crowd by temporarily blocking Texas's new rules for abortion facilities.
In his 21-page opinion, Yeakel complains that asking clinics to put safety first by upgrading their equipment and facilities was too burdensome. "These substantial obstacles have reached a tipping point," Yeakel ruled, halting a law that could have put as many as 14 clinics out of business.
Essentially, the legislature had passed an order, as part of HB 2, requiring that abortion clinics meet surgical center standards (which, if they truly cared about women, would have already been met). The goal was simple: to protect more women from a Kermit Gosnell-type clinic, where safety is secondary to profit. Things like wider hallways for gurneys or modern operating rooms are logical precautions, especially since most facilities aren't equipped to handle the emergencies that took the lives of Karnamaya Mongar, Jennifer Morbelli, Tonya Reaves, and others. more >>
An appeals court has rejected Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's effort to allow for the enforcement of a key provision of the state's recently passed abortion law.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals declined Abbott's emergency appeal, which was filed on Sunday, in a three-page order released Tuesday evening.
Tuesday's decline of the appeal stemmed from Abbott's tardiness in filing the motion, which the court said hindered the process. more >>