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House Democrats Introduce Bill That Aims To Reduce Number of Unintended Pregnancies, Abortions

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who opposes abortion rights, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who supports abortion rights, and other House Democrats on Thursday at a press conference announced the introduction of legislation (HR 6067) that aims to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions, Copley/Canton Repository reports (Krawzak, Copley/Canton Repository, 9/15). The bill, called the Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act, would require states to cover contraceptives for women with incomes of up to 200% of the federal poverty level, the Chicago Tribune reports.Read more...Collapse )
Womb transplants could be two years away, experts claim
By Ian Evans
WOMB transplants may be possible within two years, giving hope to women unable to have children, doctors claimed yesterday.

London-based researchers, working with medical teams in New York and Budapest, have developed a technique for providing a transplanted womb with a reliable blood supply. Women born without a uterus or who have undergone an emergency hysterectomy would be among those to benefit from the procedure.
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Embryos unharmed in medical breakthrough

Rick Weiss in Washington
August 25, 2006

SCIENTISTS have for the first time grown colonies of prized human embryonic stem cells using a technique that does not require the destruction of embryos.

The advance could reshape the ethical and political debates that have long entangled the research.
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Update on this: http://community.livejournal.com/abortion_news/31014.html

Teen With Cancer Can Forgo Chemotherapy
Cancer-Stricken Teen, Social Services Reach Agreement to Allow Him to Forgo Chemotherapy
The Associated Press

ACCOMAC, Va. - A 16-year-old cancer patient 's legal fight ended in victory Wednesday when his family's attorneys and social services officials reached an agreement that would allow him to forgo chemotherapy.

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Morning-after pill to be available without prescription
Buyers must prove they're 18 or older

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Women may buy the morning-after pill without a prescription -- but only with proof they're 18 or older, federal health officials ruled Thursday, capping a contentious 3-year effort to ease access to the emergency contraceptive.

Girls 17 and younger still will need a doctor's note to buy the pills, called Plan B, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Criminalizing Interstate Abortion Travel: Congress Targets People Who Assist Minors in Trouble
Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2006

Two weeks ago, the Senate passed a bill making it a crime to take a minor across state lines to help her obtain an abortion without having to notify her parents. Under the bill's provisions, if the minor's state of origin makes parental notification a prerequisite for access to a legal abortion, the crime could be punished by up to a year in jail.
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22nd-Aug-2006 07:53 am - Province to refund abortions
Province to refund abortions
$13 million to 45,000 women. Private clinics covered, court rules

ANN CARROLL, KEVIN DOUGHERTY of The Gazette contributed to
The Gazette

Saturday, August 19, 2006

The provincial government has been ordered to repay more than $13 million billed to women who underwent authorized abortions in women's health centres or private clinics from 1999 to 2006.

Ruling on a class-action lawsuit, Quebec Superior Court Justice Nicole Benard said the women should not have been charged extra for the procedures, as abortions are covered under the Quebec Health Insurance Act.
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18th-Aug-2006 01:47 pm - 5 Florida abortion clinics closed
5 Florida abortion clinics closed
Friday, August 18, 2006
The Associated Press

MIAMI - State agencies have accused a doctor of failing to follow proper procedures in two late-term abortions, suspended his license and blocked his five clinics from performing abortions.

Dr. James Pendergraft denies the accusations and plans to appeal the order. Spokeswoman Marti Mackenzie said he was "the target of government agencies determined to limit the access of Florida women to safe and legal late-term abortions."
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'Aborted' baby born alive, authorities say
Will clinic staffer be charged with homicide for disposing of live infant?
Posted: August 16, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

An investigation into the remains of a baby found at a Hialeah, Fla., abortion clinic in July has determined that the child was born alive, but authorities say it may come down to an interpretation of federal law whether charges will be filed.

The case developed at the end of July when the remains were found in a biohazard bag at "A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center" after an anonymous 911 call reported to police that a child had been born alive, then killed.
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