A 34-year-old Brooklyn man gave his pregnant girlfriend abortion-inducing pills during intercourse, thus causing her to have a miscarriage, prosecutors recently argued in the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Prosecutors allege that Shervaughn Remy of Crown Heights, N.Y., is guilty of felony abortion after reportedly slipping two Cytotec pills inside his pregnant girlfriend while the two had intercourse in 2013. The girlfriend claims in the criminal complaint that after having intercourse with Remy, she felt intense abdominal pains so severe that she admitted herself to the local hospital.
The criminal complaint goes on to say that the doctor treating Remy's then-girlfriend at the hospital discovered two Cytotec pills inside her. The woman then gave birth to a stillborn, 14-week old fetus hours later. Remy was arrested on Valentine's Day 2013. more >>
In an effort to expand his party's base of support, Senator Rand Paul is urging fellow-Republicans "to find a place for young people and others who don't want to be festooned by" issues like "traditional marriage."
Is he serious? Does he actually think this is a winning strategy? And can he truly believe that this is a way for Republicans to advance their cause?
I'm afraid so. more >>
Editor's note: Warning, graphic details about late-term abortion procedures are described in this article.
A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen, who's been dubbed the Gosnell of Texas, after she sustained life-threatening injuries at one of his three abortion facilities last year.
Melanie Mendoza filed suit in Harris County Court on March 10, alleging that Karpen ruptured her uterus during a late-term abortion, and failed to inform her that she needed emergency surgery to save her life after the botched procedure. more >>
A federal judge struck down Arkansas' controversial 12 week abortion ban, saying that viability, not a heartbeat, is the key factor in determining whether abortions should be allowed. A legal group defending the bill says it aims to have the Supreme Court take up the case and reconsider Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion in the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act Friday, Reuters reported. She declared the ban unconstitutional, citing previous court decisions saying that abortions should not be restricted until a fetus reaches viability, between 22 and 24 weeks. The law "impermissibly infringes a woman's Fourteenth Amendment right to elect to terminate a pregnancy before viability" of the fetus, as established by The Supreme Court.
Wright claimed that only a doctor could determine viability. Governor Mike Beebe (D) had vetoed the bill last February, citing the viability standard. Republicans, however, controlling the statehouse for the first time since Reconstruction, overrode him. more >>
A blogger at Patheos, who defines herself as a "feminist, progressive and nonbeliever," has responded to a recent post published by the "Friendly Atheist" Hemant Mehta featuring a pro-life humanist, by saying atheist opposition to abortion is not surprising at all.
The post titled, "Yes, There Are Pro-Life Atheists Out There. Here's Why I'm One of Them," by Kristine Kruszelnicki, president of Pro-Life Humanists, created quite the brouhaha, writes Libby Anne, who was "raised in an evangelical family, was homeschooled."
But why can't atheists be against abortion, questions Anne, who blogs about "all sorts of issues, but especially about the trials and joys of leaving fundamentalist and evangelical religion… everything about Christian Right politics." more >>
One year ago, on March 18, 2013, the trial of abortion monster Dr. Kermit Gosnell began in Philadelphia. Two months later Gosnell was convicted on three charges of murder, 21 felony counts of performing illegal late-term abortions, and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent laws.
Gosnell's convictions really just reflected the tip of the iceberg of what was going on in that clinic. Until inspectors showed up in February 2010 as result of investigation into suspected illegal drug prescription use, Gosnell's facility operated uninspected for 17 years. According to the Grand Jury report, the last state inspection, before the 2010 raid, had been in 1993.
Anecdotes of those who worked there suggest the scope of murder, illegal abortions, abuse of women – mostly low income minority and immigrant women – was far beyond what could be adequately documented to stand up for the trial. more >>