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Pope Francis supports crackdown on US nuns

The Vatican says Pope Francis supports the Holy See's crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, who were faulted for focusing too much on social justice instead of issues such as abortion. American sisters had expressed hope that Francis, a Jesuit whose emphasis on the poor mirrored their social outreach, would take a different approach than his predecessor.


North Dakota Governor Approves 6-Week Abortion Ban

North Dakota GOP governor signs bill banning most abortions as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.


$10,000 to abort? Surrogacy case reveals moral holes

Crystal Kelley got paid $22,000 to have a baby. But when an utrasound revealed significant medical issues, the biological parents offered her $10,000 more to have an abortion. The gross immorality of that second offer tells us that there is a lot wrong with the first arrangement, writes bioethicist Arthur Caplan.


As "Roe v. Wade" turns 40, most oppose reversing abortion ruling

Most Americans remain opposed to overturning the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which 40 years ago legalized abortion at least in the first three months of pregnancy, according to a poll released Wednesday.


After death, Ireland to alter abortion law


Ireland's government is to introduce a new law and regulations to clarify that abortions are permissible when the life -- but not health -- of the mother is at risk, Minister of Health James Reilly announced Tuesday.


US abortions fall 5 pct, biggest drop in a decade

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say....


Woman dies after abortion request 'refused' at Galway hospital

Savita Halappanavar

The husband of a pregnant woman who died in an Irish hospital has said he has no doubt she would be alive if she had been allowed an abortion. Savita Halappanavar's family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.


GOP’s Akin, Mourdock lose Senate elections

Democrats scored decisive Senate wins in Missouri and Indiana after candidates supported by the tea party and evangelical Christians made controversial remarks on rape, pregnancy and abortion that appeared to cost them the support of more-moderate voters in their party.


Poll gives Donnelly 11-point lead over Mourdock

Richard Mourdock

A poll of likely voters in Indiana showed Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly with an eleven point lead over GOP rival Richard Mourdock, whose comments on rape and abortion in October drew consternation from Democrats and some Republicans.


Republican candidate calls aborting rapist's child "more violence on woman's body"

Tea Party politician John Koster, the Republican nominee for a hotly contested congressional seat in Washington state, says he opposes abortions, even in cases of "the rape thing," because it is tantamount to inflicting "more violence onto a woman's body."


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