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Inter-American Court Approves Access to IVF in Costa Rica

In Vitro trial at the Inter-American Court of Human Rigts. Photo: Ticotimes.net.

Last month, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a final ruling in favor of the right to access in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica. This is a win for women and Catholics and a blow to the bishops and conservatives who want to deny individuals the right to decide whether and when to have children.

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Irish Law, “Conscience Clauses,” and Needless Death: Three Questions About Savita Halappanavar’s Death

University College Hospital, Galway. Photo: Thejournal.ie.

Numerous questions have arisen in the wake of Savita’s case. Why did this happen? Doesn’t Ireland, a country with otherwise draconian abortion laws, allow abortion to save the life of the mother? Was there any doubt an abortion was necessary to save Savita’s life? Can this happen in the United States? And here are my answers.

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We Are All Savita Halappanavar: Catholic Hospital in Ireland Denies Woman Life-Saving Abortion

Last month, a Catholic hospital in Ireland effectively murdered a pregnant woman by denying her a life-saving abortion. Anti-choicers in the United States are trying to impose the same policies on women in the United States. This must be stopped. 

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The Right’s Position on the Birth Control Benefit is Unconstitutional. Is it Anti-Catholic, Too?

It seems outlandish to claim that the Catholic bishops’ own crusade against contraception is anti-Catholic. Still, arguments that this position is anti-Catholic seem not only well-founded but reasonable, whereas the Catholic bishops’ incessant interfering in American women’s lady-business is spectacularly unreasonable.

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What Does the Church Think? Women’s Rights Framed as Religious Question In V.P. Debate

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images via USA Today.

So the question has evolved from whether women should have rights to whether men believe the church should be allowed to take them away?

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Thoughts Upon Release From Jail After Sunday’s Abortion Rights Protest Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Its been just a few hours since I was released from jail in New York City. I was arrested yesterday and charged with “criminal trespass” and another lesser trespass charge as I was leaving St. Patrick’s Cathedral after a group of women and men shouted “Abortion On Demand & Without Apology” and “Stop the War On Women” during a break in the service. Why this was worth it and what is next…

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Global Roundup: Philippines On the Verge of Reproductive History; Laotian Women Take On Land Mines

Weekly global roundup: Philippines Congress (finally!) set to vote on embattled RH Bill; Nepal recruits female police officers to stem violence against women; All-female mine deprogramming teams make history in Laos; and survivors of sexual violence in Kenya’s 2007 post-election chaos still await justice. 

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Knights Of Columbus Warn Catholics of Peril of Not Voting for Socially-Conservative Politicians

Some Knights of Columbus march in Tucson, Arizona. [img src]

So long, pro-choice Catholics….

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New York Bishops To Cuomo: Limit Access To Abortion And Our Ability To Be Sued

The Catholic church has some pretty big demands for the governor of New York.

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The Pontifical Commission and How Birth Control Became Known as Intrinsically Evil

Pre-formed humans depicted in sperm cells, known as "homunculi."

When I think of the phrase, “intrinsically evil,” certain images come to mind, like Adolph Hitler systematically exterminating millions of people. I think of terrorist plots to blow up innocent civilians. I think of clergy victimizing their flock. I don’t think of my wife heading down to CVS to pick up a pack of Ortho Tri-Cyclen.

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