The groups pledged to “vigorously resist” the alleged religious freedom violations in D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act—but the violations they complain about aren’t actually in the law.
There is a medical consensus on fetal pain, but it’s not the one Franks is pushing.
Don’t trust the Journal of the American Medical Association or the Royal College of Obstetritians and Gyneacologists! Trust the Pro-Life Action League!
A judiciary committee is scheduled to hear a potential ban on abortions after 20 weeks for residents of the nation’s capitol.
Nationally teen pregnancy rates have fallen and hit a new low in 2009. In contrast, Washington, D.C. teen pregnancy rates have continued to climb. In D.C., The Department of Health reports from 2005-2008, teen pregnancy rose from 852 to 1,082 pregnancies. Furthermore, teen pregnancy in Wards 7 and 8 account for over half of these pregnancies. Babies born to teen mothers in D.C. are more than likely to receive a form of public assistance. Of the families that receive the public assistance (DC Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), nearly 50% are teens. DC cannot continue to allow isolation of communities such as Wards 7 and 8 to determine the destiny of many teens and their families. Teen mothers especially in these communities are ill equipped to provide an environment for raising babies. DC must break the cycle of teen pregnancy and stop the generational dependence on public assistance.
Here is news about women’s reproductive health care that you’re not likely to read in a lot of newspapers—but it’s an important development in removing an onerous obstacle to a woman’s ability to access safe, legal abortion.