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The Catholic Bishops were dealt a significant blow as a federal court ruled they cannot withhold funds from groups or for activities related to contraception and abortion. The challenge came in the context of funds for the treatment of human trafficking victims but the ruling could have broader implications to the birth control fight the bishops picked with health care reform.
One way to solve the “problem” created by the birth control mandate is to just make the pill available as an over-the-counter medicine. It looks like the FDA is giving that idea some thought.
It would appear that the US has exported our anti-woman, anti-choice rhetoric to Britain as at least one British cardinal wants mandatory ultrasounds prior to an abortion. This is after the anti-choice advocacy group 40 Days of Life started protesting at London clinics. Let’s hope the violence doesn’t follow.
More doctors are speaking out against the harsh anti-abortion measures and making it clear that those bills go against an ethical practice of medicine. But will lawmakers listen?
It’s not just doctors speaking out against the attacks on women’s health care. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) broke ranks with her party over Planned Parenthood funding in an interview over the weekend. It’s worth asking the question again: will lawmakers listen?
Sen. Arlen Specter’s memoir has been described as “steamy” in part because of his description of meeting Sarah Palin for the first time.
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