N.I.H. May Fund Human-Animal Stem Cell Research

The National Institutes of Health announced on Thursday that it was planning to lift its ban on funding some research that injects human stem cells into animal embryos. The N.I.H. announced its proposal in a blog post by Carrie Wolinetz, the associate director for science policy, and in the Federal Register. The purpose is to

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

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

California legislature approves bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

Sharon Bernstein reporst from Reuter: The California legislature on Friday approved a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients despite opposition from religious and disability rights groups, sending it to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval or veto. The bill would allow mentally competent patients to request a prescription that would end

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

Wisconsin: Judge Strikes Abortion Law

A federal judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement were “substantially outweighed” by the harm done by restricting access to abortion. Judge William M. Conley of Federal District Court, who had earlier put the law