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US abortion rate falls to lowest point in 40 years

The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, a study said Monday, pointing to more contraception use rather than increased restrictions on access to the procedure. In 2011, an estimated 16.9 abortions were carried out per 1,000 women aged between…

Why “civil disobedience” isn’t the answer in this case

This post by an anonymous doctor suggesting “civil disobedience” from doctors in response to mandatory ultrasound laws is making the rounds, mainly being forwarded by people who are rightfully outraged by these laws, but—and I hate to say this—don’t really understand the issue very well. Both actual abortion providers (using their…

Kansas Republicans look to profit off abortion taxes

Lawmakers in Kansas will consider next week a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would, among other things, levy sales taxes on any and all abortion procedures, related healthcare expenses and any company that might do business with an abortion provider — a proposal that could bring millions into state coffers, or…

Virginia passes toughest abortion clinic restrictions in nation

The Virginia Board of Health passed a set of regulations on Thursday that represent the most significant legal challenge to abortion providers anywhere in the nation: rules that could ultimately force all the state’s clinics to shut down. The new rules are similar to those passed by Kansas earlier this…

South Dakota legislators move to legalize some terrorism and domestic violence

Anti-choicers are really on the march lately, but even I was shocked by this latest news: South Dakota legislators are trying to amend some changes to the “justifiable homicide” definition to include killing someone to prevent the killing of a fetus. This proposed change is one of the best exposures…

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