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Catholic Bishop Castigates and Threatens Hospital that Saved Woman’s Life

In November 2009, a young mother of four was given a life saving, emergency abortion from doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix called it “immoral” and is now threatening the hospital president in an effort to make sure they never save a pregnant woman’s life again.

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Afternoon Roundup: Anti-Choice Bullies; ACLU Sues Federal Government for Rape Records; Protesting an HIV PSA in NYC

Wisconsin anti-choice advocates bullying of an entire city – from medical doctors to hospital administrators to women seeking care – results in a hospital’s decision not to provide abortions; Gay and Lesbian advocacy groups protest a NYC public service announcement on HIV prevention; the ACLU files a lawsuit against the government to gain access to records on rape in the military.

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On the Verge: DADT and Military Abortion Ban

Will the Senate vote tonight on a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Is the military abortion ban next? It seems we’re on the verge of a potentially historic breakthrough when it comes to government sanctioned discrimination.

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Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Nadya Suleman may have been part of a fertility study without knowing it, same sex couples now have full visiting privileges at hospitals that participate in Medicaid and Medicare, a couple places their potential abortion up to a vote and more…

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What’s Abstinence Got to do With Degrading Single-Parent Families?

“Mom, am I more likely to go to jail because you and Dad aren’t married?” Imagine your sixth grader coming home and asking you that question after being taught family life in school.

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New Mother’s (False) Positive Drug Test Leads to Baby’s Removal…Poppy-Seed Bagel the Culprit

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a Pennsylvania couple whose newborn was removed from their care over the mother’s positive drug test. Only she wasn’t on drugs – she had eaten a poppy-seed bagel before going into labor and the hospital who gave the test made a series of bad mistakes.

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“They Treat Us Just Like Guinea Pigs.”

Women of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in South Dakota are being coerced into induced labor at Indian Health Services facilities.

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ReproJustice Roadtrip: A Couple Facing Late Abortion Finds Red-state Obstacles in a Blue State

Amy S. tells the story of how a wanted pregnancy turned into a parent’s nightmare, and the many obstacles to compassionate care she and her family faced in Illinois.

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Act Now: Tell Kathleen Sebelius to Ensure Access to Abortions at Religiously Affiliated Hospitals

The Catholic church ex-communicated a nun for authorizing a life-saving abortion at a Catholic hospital. Now, all pregnant women in the care of Catholic hospitals are at risk.

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It Takes Two to Tango

Male Walgreen’s customers who tried to buy the morning-after pill for their female partners were turned away at stores in Texas and Mississippi. After the ACLU sent letters about complaints by these customers, Walgreen’s changed its policy.

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