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 >>
Just eight years ago, Alabama native Starr Rogers, 56, was getting ready to die.
She aborted four pregnancies during her first marriage and none of them belonged to her husband. And after she left him, she almost killed a fifth for the man with whom she had betrayed him.
In 2006, more than a decade since that dark episode in her life, Starr Rogers, a troubled mother of four, was getting ready to commit suicide and put an end to the haunting memories of her "nasty" life. more >>
Sherry West, a former employee at Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic, was sentenced Thursday to serve five to 10 years in prison for her role in a patient's death at the facility.
West pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy, and admitted that on Nov. 19, 2009, she administered some of the Demerol overdose that killed Karnamaya Mongar, 41, at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion clinic, which he owned and operated for 40 years.
The Associated Press and other media were called out on Thursday for distorting statements made by Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a pro-life event by reporting that he accused abortion supporters of being Satan worshippers.
The Media Research Center's NewsBusters, which documents liberal media bias, said AP and other publications that picked up the AP report - such as The Dallas Morning News and The Huffington Post - "cherry-picked and twisted statements from Sen. Cruz" with such headlines and leads as "Ted Cruz likens abortion rights backers to satanists in appearance" and "Calling their opponents Satan worshippers and savages …"
AP later issued a correction to the story: "In some versions of a story March 12 about possible Republican presidential contenders talking about abortion, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they called abortion rights activists Satan worshippers. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said abortion rights activists had chanted 'Hail, Satan,' referencing a rally last year in Austin, Texas." more >>