Reps. Boehner and Smith introduce legislation that would permanently enshrine the Hyde amendment; At the behest of Gov. Brownback Kansas introduces two new antichoice bills; Hospital maternity wards are closing across the U.S.
- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held a press conference Thursday with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to introduce the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" that would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment by prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs. Boehner stated that a "ban on taxpayer funding of abortion is the will of the people, and it ought to be the will of the land." Though Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America refuted the premise: "The 2010 elections were about jobs and the economy. It was not an endorsement of an anti-choice agenda." Jessica Arons explains why the bill would go far beyond current law, seriously compromise women’s access to reproductive health care, and hamstring government operations.
- Following a request from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), conservatives in the state's House of Representatives introduced legislation Wednesday that would impose new restrictions on abortion. The bill would require parental consent -- in some cases, that of two parents -- for teenagers seeking such a procedure. The proposal also includes language that would allow law enforcement to access state health records regarding abortions performed in the state.
- More women of child-rearing age are uninsured and dependent on medical assistance. That is tightening the financial noose around hospital maternity care and causing longer waits and travel time for pregnant women.
- Breastfeeding aids cancer victims - BBC News
- Rick Santorum just said what most anti-abortion activists think - Salon
- After Health Care Repeal, GOP Targets Abortion - NPR
- House panel supports tougher abortion clinic regulations - Staunton News Leader
- Holy Cross wins Md.'s approval for new hospital - Washington Post
- Hospital Maternity Wards Are Closing Across US - Women's eNews
- Most 'High-Risk' Men Reject Condom Use, Indonesia Government Says - Jakarta Globe
- Bill to repeal mandatory HPV vaccines moves ahead - The Virginian-Pilot
- Memphis teen pregnancy story overblown - UPI.com
- Anti-abortion activist announces Dem presidential bid - msnbc.com
- NARAL Pro-Choice America Issues Report on Reproductive Rights--Editorial - EmpowHer
- Officials: Florida 'very close' to a solution to HIV/AIDS medication funding ... - The Florida Independent
- NJ Senate panel passes bill allowing over-the-counter sale of syringes to ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
- Anti-Abortion Crusader Aims To 'Humiliate' Obama As Dem Challenger - TPMDC
- House Leadership Puts Anti-Choice Attacks Ahead of Jobs and the Economy - eNews Park Forest
- Boehner: Permanently Ban Federal Abortion Funding - ABC News (blog)
- Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced - Center For American Progress
- Birth control pills, weight gain appear unrelated - The Columbian
- Saving One Mother at a Time - Forbes (blog)
- Women's Groups Object to Building of Catholic Hospital - Ms. Magazine
- Elton John Reverses Course On Gay Marriage - On Top Magazine
- Teen Pregnancy Epidemic? Memphis Officials Say No, But Do See Problem - NPR (blog)
- Kansas Republicans Propose New Abortion Restrictions - Huffington Post