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Arizona enacts ban on abortions based on fetus’ gender, race

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus. The move comes as anti-abortion groups across the nation try to seize on gains…

Ohio bill that would ban most abortions put on hold

A bill that would restrict most abortions in Ohio has been put on hold — at least for now. The House Health Health Committee decided Wednesday to put off voting on the bill that would outlaw abortions after as soon as doctors can detect the first heatbeat of the fetus.…

GOP state lawmaker: America like Gaddafi because of abortion

A Republican state representative from Georgia compared access to legal abortions in the United States to the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on his Facebook profile Saturday. Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin’s remark was first revealed by the liberal blog Georgia Politico. “This is nothing but pure evil,” Franklin…

Scientists develop blood test for Down’s Syndrome

NICOSIA/LONDON (Reuters) – Pregnant women may soon be able to have a blood test to predict whether their babies are likely to have Down’s Syndrome instead of undergoing risky, invasive tests, scientists said on Sunday. In a study in the Nature Medicine journal researchers from Cyprus said a trial on 40 pregnancies…

In media ‘circus,’ fetus called to ‘testify’ before Ohio lawmakers

In a move critics have attacked as a “circus” for the media, a nine-week-old fetus is set to “testify” in favor of a bill in Ohio that would outlaw abortions as soon as doctors can detect the first heatbeat. Janet (Folger) Porter, President of Faith2Action, claimed that the fetus will…

Nebraska may permit ‘justifiable homicide’ in defense of the unborn

Legislation introduced in Nebraska includes a “justifiable homicide” clause that could be used in defense of a fetus, potentially offering legal cover for the killing of abortion providers. The bill, LB 232, was put forth by Nebraska state Sen. Mark Christensen, who fiercely opposes abortion even in cases of rape,…

Georgia anti-abortion bill would require investigations of miscarriages

Legislation recently introduced to the Georgia legislature by House Republican Bobby Franklin would make abortion the legal equivalent of murder and require miscarriages to be investigated by authorities. The bill, known as HB 1, was uncovered by the progressive blog The Daily Kos. Franklin’s bill would classify the removal of…

Ohio ‘heartbeat bill’ would ban most abortions

Republican lawmakers in Ohio unveiled legislation Wednesday that would ban abortions of any fetus found to have a heartbeat, a move that could ban most abortions in the state. Under legislation sponsored by State Representative Lynn Wachtmann, doctors would be forbidden from performing an abortion the moment a heartbeat is…

Barbara Bush blames housekeeper for fetus in jar

One of the Bushes needs to get their memory checked. The former president wrote in his new book Decision Points that his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, had a miscarriage and showed him the fetus. In an interview with CNN’s Larry King that aired Monday, the former First Lady…

Bush: Waterboarding legal ‘because the lawyer said it was’

Is waterboarding torture, as the UN Convention Against Torture asserts? Or is it not torture, but just punishable by death? (Sen. John McCain pointed out during his presidential campaign that the US hanged several Japanese men after they were convicted of waterboarding American soldiers during World War II). Or is…

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