In Uganda, though homosexual acts are already illegal, a new bill would penalize homosexuality with tougher penalties – along the lines of life imprisonment and the death penalty.
Last week, President Obama lifted Bush’s federal funding ban on stem cell research, and a majority of American voters rightly support the decision.
The law allowed healthcare professionals to refuse procedures on "moral grounds."
The HHS regulations were a last minute, hastily executed, unconstitutionally vague, attempt by Bush to repay his only loyal constituency left, the religious right wing. And now the Obama administration may have their hands tied.
While the Global Gag Rule was designed to reduce abortion, there’s no evidence that it has. And the policy’s domino effect has had negative effects on people’s lives in ways that have nothing to do with abortion.
The HHS “midnight” rules that would allow health care providers and any employees of institutions that provide health care to “opt out” of participating in care, in any way, with which they do not agree is in its final stage of review, as of yesterday. It’s the last hurrah for the Bush administration.
President-Elect Obama has an opportunity to cleanse the federal government of far too many ideological, non-scientifically based restrictions placed upon science by President Bush over the last eight years. One of these has to do with federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Rick Warren is positioning himself as the powerbroker who can muster support from the religious right for AIDS initiatives, and Obama will need bipartisan allies. The question is what concessions Warren will ask in return.
Even with victories on anti-choice initiatives, and even with this election, individual state legislatures remain dangerous arenas in which we struggle to preserve every woman’s rights.
The Bush administration promised not to issue any more regulations after June 1, 2008. In August 2008, the administration released proposed regulations that would allow providers to redefine abortion as contraception. While 200,000 Americans registered their thoughts during the 30-day commenting period, the clock is ticking. Now Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights says it’s enough.