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‘You Don’t Always Get To Be at the Table’: Virginia Democrat Champions ‘Conscience Law’

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

A recently signed law to license genetic counselors in Virginia includes a sweeping “conscience” provision that is the direct result of a partnership between an anti-choice group and a prominent Democrat who just two years ago was held up nationally as a hero and champion for reproductive rights.

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Missouri Lawmaker Introduces ‘Conscience Protection’ Bill

Rep. Timothy Jones (R-Eureka) introduced HB 1430, which, according to the bill language, would apply to medical professionals refusing to participate in procedures that include surgical and medication abortions, contraception, assisted reproduction, human cloning, and human embryonic stem-cell research.

Rep. Timothy Jones (R-Eureka) introduced HB 1430, which, according to the bill language, would apply to medical professionals refusing to participate in procedures that include surgical and medication abortions, contraception, assisted reproduction, human cloning, and human embryonic stem-cell research.

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Alabama House Passes ‘Conscience Protection’ Bill

The bill would allow health-care providers to refuse to perform specific reproductive health services that they say violate their conscience.

The bill would allow health-care providers to refuse to perform specific reproductive health services that they say violate their conscience.

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Fast Moving Missouri Bill Expands the “Right to Deny” Care

Arkansas and Alabama are both "defending the freedoms" of employers and others by introducing bills that can block access to birth control either by allowing a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription or by allowing an employer to deny coverage in employee health plans.

It’s not just an issue of conscience, it’s an all out emergency!

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Arkansas to Increase ‘Conscience’ Protections, Add Telemed Ban

Republican Senator Missy Irwin just introduced SB 913, a bill banning telemed abortions in the state.

If the Arkansas legislature had a motto for its 2013 session, it would probably be “Want to have sex? Make babies.”

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Inquiry into Savita Halappanavar’s Death Already Tainted

Praveen Halappanavar. Photo: Breakingnews.ie.

A step by step, detailed timeline of the events leading up to Savita Halappanavar’s death, presented by her husband and others with her at the time.

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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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USA Today Publishes Dueling Op-Eds on “Conscience Clauses”

Photo: ReligionLink.com.

In the battle between a right to obtain medical treatment and a right to deny that treatment because of “moral” objections, who wins?

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Sexual Health Roundup: Court Says Illinois Pharmacists Don’t Have to Distribute EC, Just as NYC Schools Stock Up on It

An appellate court this week ruled that Illinois cannot force pharmacies or pharmacists to sell EC. The New York City Department of Education, meanwhile, is offering it to students. And ACOG recommends IUDs and Implants for teens.

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