Roundup: Around the World In 20 Minutes


It’s Wednesday, the Nelson-Hatch amendment to roadblock women from necessary reproductive care has been tabled, and, until we hit a point of reconciliation where Stupak-Pitts will once again rear its ugly head, it is time to move on in the world. Literally.

Is an abortion ban a violation of human rights?  Ireland is about to find out as its very strict rules against abortion are being challenged in court.

The legal action has been brought by three Irish women who say the effective ban on abortion in Ireland violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
All three have traveled to Britain to have abortions….They argue that being forced to travel abroad for abortions endangered their "health and well-being" as safeguarded by the European Convention on Human Rights.

Lawyers defending the law will argue that the European Convention does not have the right to supersede domestic law.

Colombia’s Inspector General is demanding that the morning after pill be removed from market in the country, stating that it is actually an abortifacient and violates the country’s abortion laws.

[Inspector General] Ordoñez is a devoted Catholic and a vociferous opponent of abortion. Colombia’s constitution allows abortion only in the case of rape, life-threatening complications for the mother, or the serious deformation of the unborn baby.

The Inspector General made the demand after a proposal was made to the government to make the drug available free for minors, in order to decrease the high number of teenage pregnancies in Colombia.

In Britain, numbers have been released stating that there were over 20,000 repeat abortions in 2008 on women younger than 25, with 5,000 of those procedures being performed on teenagers.  British Right to Life responds by saying that means youth need less access to contraception.

Finally, a recent Guttnmacher report states that one key way to drastically reduce maternal and newborn death is to increase investment in family planning and pregnancy care.

Doubling the amount of money that nations invest in family planning and
pregnancy care initiatives in developing countries could reduce the
rate of maternal deaths by as much as 70% and cut newborn deaths by
nearly 50%, according to a report released by the United Nations Population Fund and the Guttmacher Institute, Reuters reports. The report said that doubling current spending to $24.6 billion could achieve a number of "dramatic" results.

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12/9

US
bishops urge opposition to Senate health bill with defeat of
pro-life
amendment
Catholic
Culture

Ireland’s
abortion law
challenged in European court
BBC News

From
Rightwing to Prochoice: The Shifting Goalposts of ‘
Abortion Neutrality’
Religion Dispatches

Lives
crushed as
adoption
program halted
ABC
Online

Health
care: The culture war intervenes
Dallas Morning News

Privacy
comes before someone else’s faith
Sioux Falls Argus Leader

 

12/8


What
My Amendment Won’t Do
New York Times

On
health care, the bishops have lost their way
Politico

High
Court’s abortion decision is the right one
Belfast Telegraph

Catholic
Health Center for Women Opens in Manhattan
Zenit News Agency

Colombia’s
Inspector General Demands Morning-After Pill Be Taken Off Market
Lifesite

Senate
Democrats May Employ Tabling Strategy to Defeat Nelson Amendment
LifeNews.com

Senate
Defeats
Pro-Life
Health Care Amendment
Christian News Wire


Guatemala
pushes for DNA tests of kids adopted in US
Reuters

Britain
Saw 20000 Women Under 25 Have Repeat Abortions in 2008, Many Teens
LifeNews.com

Study:
Nearly half of all parents wait too long to talk about sex
Washington Post

Wonk
Room »
Pro-Life Dem
Bob Casey: We Can Solve Abortion Issue
ThinkProgress

Cheating
the gospel and the Church
Washington Post

Would
you choose your child’s gender?
CNN

UN,
Guttmacher Report Says Doubled Funding For
Family Planning, Pregnancy Care
Medical News Today

If
We Need
Abortion
Riders, Why Not Viagra Policies, Too? »
New York Daily News

Abortion and
Costs at Top of Senate Agenda
New York Times

Vote
set on
abortion
amendment; deal in works on public option
Washington Post

New
Zealand
Abortion
Rate Drops Slightly
 Lifesite

Legacy
of a Late-Term
Abortion
Doctor: Recalling Tiller, Six
Change.org Women’s Rights Blog

Franken
calls for
abortion
rights in Senate’s health care bill

Minneapolis City Pages

Senate
rejects
abortion
amendment to healthcare bill
Los Angeles Times

Opinions
About
Abortion
Remain Remarkably Steady
CBS News

35
Senators Issue Letter Opposing Attempt to Fund
Abortions
Lifesite

Tim
Rutten: Will
abortion
derail healthcare reform?
Los Angeles Times

Nelson
amendment fails, but healthcare
abortion battle isn’t over
Christian Science Monitor

Will
women be blamed if substantive health care reform fails to pass? Perhaps…
Firedoglake

Former
Planned Parenthood director details turn of heart
Town Hall

Senate
Tables Nelson’s Nix on Abortion Coverage
The Nation.

Pro-choice nun
still fighting for women’s care
Chicago Tribune

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