Last Charges Dropped Against Abortion Foes in Making of Planned Parenthood Video

A judge dismissed Tuesday the last of the charges against two anti-abortion activists who covertly recorded a video of themselves meeting with Planned Parenthood officials, effectively ending a case that had drawn national attention from both opponents and supporters of abortion rights. The activists, David R. Daleiden, 27, and Sandra S. Merritt, 63, were indicted

UK Parliament to study freedom of conscience for doctors over abortions

A new UK Parliamentary Inquiry into conscientious objection was launched this month, focusing specifically on the participation of healthcare professionals in abortion.  The Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Coscience in Abortion Provision, commissioned by Tory MP and outspoken abortion opponent Fiona Bruce, will consider the scope and import of section 4 of the UK Abortion

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed and strengthened constitutional protections for abortion rights, striking down parts of a restrictive Texas law that could have drastically reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state, leaving them only in the largest metropolitan areas. The 5-to-3 decision was the court’s most sweeping statement on abortion

Oklahoma Lawmakers Approve Bill to Revoke Licenses of Abortion Doctors.

An Oklahoma bill that could revoke the license of any doctor who performs an abortion may soon head to the governor, with opponents saying the measure in unconstitutional and promising a legal battle against the cash-strapped state if it is approved. In the Republican-dominated legislature, the state’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Senate bill

Playing the bioethical Trump card

What do bioethicists think of Donald Trump? Probably not much. Trump views on bioethical issues are either ill-defined or extreme: He flip-flopped on abortion this week, appearing to change position three times in the space of a day. And after the Brussell’s terrorist attacks he called for a liberisation of US laws on turture of

Indiana Governor Signs Abortion Bill With Added Restrictions

CHICAGO — Indiana’s governor signed a bill on Thursday that adds broad limits to women’s access to abortions, banning those motivated solely by the mother’s objection to the fetus’s race, gender or disability, and placing new restrictions on doctors. The law, which passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly with large majorities, builds on

The ruling that Northern Ireland abortion law breaches human rights reminds us freedoms are yet to be won.

Although only one-third of British people are aware that it is impossible for the average woman in Northern Ireland to have an abortion, a number of significant cases across the Irish Sea have raised the profile of this struggle. A landmark ruling – though undoubtedly welcome – serves primarily as a reminder of just how far

Alabama: Judge Blocks Abortion Clinic Rules

A federal judge has blocked a regulation that could have permanently closed Alabama’s busiest abortion clinic, saying the rule was unnecessary to protect women. Judge Myron Thompson of Federal District Court issued a temporary restraining order blocking the rule last week and followed up with an opinion issued Thursday. The 2007 regulation requires clinics to

Wisconsin: 20-Week Limit for Abortions Is Passed

The Republican-controlled State Assembly on Thursday approved a measure banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in a medical emergency. The bill goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Mr. Walker, who is set to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, will sign the bill into law, a

Florida: Abortion Wait Blocked

A judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights had sued, arguing that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the State Constitution. Florida was scheduled to become the