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After Texas cuts, poor women have more babies

The state of Texas’ sustained campaign against Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers appears to have led to an increase in births among low-income women who lost access to affordable and effective birth control, a new study says.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World

State Senate bill seeks to ban sex-selective abortions

OLYMPIA — Washington state is among a handful of states this year where lawmakers are seeking to ban abortions sought because of the gender of a fetus, something abortion rights groups say is a veiled effort to expand restrictions to abortion in the state.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Northwest

Despite veto, consider these wins by GOP

Republicans fulfilled a popular campaign pledge Wednesday when, by a 240-181 vote, the House passed a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill, already passed by the Senate, now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, where it surely will be...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Planned Parenthood endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Planned Parenthood announced it has broken with its long-standing tradition of not endorsing candidates in the presidential primaries to back Hillary Clinton.

Date: 01/07/2016 | Nation & World

Bill would make getting Viagra as difficult as abortion

What if men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs in South Carolina had to go through the same process as women seeking abortions?This is the novel question that state Rep. Mia McLeod, a Democrat, is exploring in a bill that she pre-filed last week in the South Carolina House...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World

Groups concerned about Walgreens’ ties to Catholic hospital

SEATTLE — Nineteen groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Monday to drugstore chain Walgreens expressing concerns about the company’s plans for a Catholic hospital to run its in-store health clinics in Washington and Oregon.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

Planned Parenthood unworthy of support

On Nov. 11th, The Herald ran a letter to the editor, "DelBene fights for family issues," regarding 1st District U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene, D-Washington. I would like to respond to that letter.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Commentary

Abortion at record low in U.S., CDC says

Abortion in the U.S. is at record-low levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of induced abortions was 1.1 million in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That's down from a high of 1.6...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

Is anti-abortion rhetoric pushing the unhinged to kill?

Though we do not know everything about Robert Lewis Dear, the alleged killer in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting, it's probably safe to say he's not a transgender liberal.Ted Cruz, however, isn't so sure. "The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

When rhetoric, guns and the deranged collide

Predictably, the killing rampage at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility has prompted a political scrimmage of the usual sort.From the pro-choice front, we hear that pro-lifers and Republican rhetoric made the killer do it. Or, at least, they created an environment...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘No more baby parts,’ Colorado gunman said

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The gunman suspected of storming a Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two others used the phrase "no more baby parts" to explain his act, according to a law enforcement official, a comment sure to further inflame the...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

Planned Parenthood shooting suspect was adrift, alienated

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. - To neighbors, it looked like a “moonshine shack,” a little yellow wooden hut, with overgrown weeds and no indoor plumbing, banged together by its owner, Robert Lewis Dear Jr.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Colorado shooting suspect called loner who left few clues

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A loner from North Carolina who liked to spend time in his mountain cabin and avoided eye contact with neighbors was in custody Saturday after police said he opened fire at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic and killed three people.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Louisiana elects Democrat as next governor

NEW ORLEANS — Democrat John Bel Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Supreme Court to review abortion-restriction laws

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear its first major abortion case in nearly a decade, agreeing to determine how far states may go in regulating the procedure without violating a woman's constitutional rights.It will be one of the court's most...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Abortion, race, birth control top high court agenda

WASHINGTON — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

House GOP has little to show for campaign against Planned Parenthood

At this point Republicans may wish to consider aborting to protect the health of the party.They have been going after Planned Parenthood over the past few months like so many Captain Ahabs. They threatened to shut down the government to defund the group. Their insistence on...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fiorina’s anger more calculated than accurate

How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can't see straight. That's the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope Francis makes appeals to Congress

NEW YORK — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress. At an evening prayer service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he thanked American nuns for their strength and courage in a deeply...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Push to defund Planned Parenthood is a fantasy

"I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,'" quoth Carly Fiorina at the Republican presidential debate last...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope Francis outlines his issues

WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World

Taking the path to shutdown

You'd be tempted to throw the "do nothing" label on Congress if some of its members weren't working so hard to avoid doing anything constructive.Friday, the House is expected to vote on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, stripping the women's health network...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Editorials

Enough with the shutdown games

About the time kids start returning to school following the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, the nation's senators and representatives will return to Washington, D.C., as Congress reconvenes after a recess of more than a month.It has a significant list of items to accomplish, many...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Editorials

Walker learns there’s no room to the right of Trump

This is what happens when you try to trump The Donald.Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Trump, father of the Central Park ice rink, began skating circles around the...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Conservatives ignoring value of contraception in reducing abortions

It is becoming difficult to escape the conclusion that conservatives would rather fight about abortion than reduce it.Candidates in this month's Republican presidential debate tripped over themselves to display their pro-life extremism, disavowing exceptions that would...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Videos forcing an honest look at abortion

It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos "disturbing."   For a professional politician...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Abortion's clash of values

Viewpoints: Should Planned Parenthood lose funding?

Date: 08/02/2015 | Commentary

Abortions will only increase if funding is cut

Senate Republicans, teeming with righteous indignation, last week introduced S. 1881, "a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood of America."Here's a better name for it: the Abortion Promotion Act of 2015.No doubt the authors of the...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Planned Parenthood videos show what abortion does to our values

"Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you." — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

No justifying fetus 'market' for research

In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.His essay "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

81 things that Mike Huckabee has denounced

Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has denounced the following:1. Dancing, in general. "Christian teens stay away." (1973)2. Twerking, by Miley Cyrus. "Shameless and tasteless display of...quite ordinary private...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Nation & World

Want to reduce abortions? Increase access to contraception

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Thursday — the very day the bachelor senator was dubbed a "bro with no ho" by his fellow Senate Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois — proclaimed himself to be "on the right side of history."It ain't so,...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Florida requires 24-hour wait for abortions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Women in Florida will have to wait 24 hours and make at least two appointments before getting an abortion under a bill that Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday.HB 633 includes exceptions for victims of rape, incest, domestic violence...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Nation & World

Aetna penalized for covering abortions

Aetna Inc. is paying a record $4.5 million fine in Missouri in part for something that rarely draws the ire of regulators — paying for procedures it shouldn’t have covered.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Nation & World

Abortion bill requires docs to help fetus live

WASHINGTON — Doctors performing late-term abortions would be required to take steps to give the fetus the best chance of survival, according to a Republican bill the House plans to debate this week.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

Cardinal sees no change in Catholic family teachings

VATICAN CITY — A senior Vatican cardinal predicted Saturday that there will be no change in the Catholic Church’s practice and teaching about marriage, divorce and the reception of Communion at an upcoming meeting of bishops on family issues.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World

Speculation’s all that’s left for same-sex marriage foes

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.They're saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Upset by political gridlock? Blame the boomers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At some moment this year a U.S. baby boomer will die and, if census forecasts are right, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 will no longer be the nation’s largest.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World

Abortion issue keeps women from advancing in politics

Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.Already, women I know report that they're feeling the heat from their more-liberal friends. Not a Democrat...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kansas governor signs nation’s 1st ban on abortion procedure

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Nation & World

Wrong battles being picked in Lynch vote

President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.He left out the part about Democratic intransigence and at least one incident of...

Date: 03/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

ACLU challenges lawyers for fetuses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.While abortion opponents have rolled out a...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Nation & World

Unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers billions

WASHINGTON — Unintended pregnancies cost American taxpayers $21 billion each year, according to a new analysis released by the Guttmacher Institute. That averages out to a cost of about $366 per every woman of childbearing age in the U.S. Overall, more than half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended,...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World

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