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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 26, 2013 Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person
QUOTE: Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 27, 2012 Hobby Lobby faces millions in fines for bucking Obamacare
QUOTE: Craft store giant Hobby Lobby... opposes providing some contraceptives to employees through its company health care plan on religious grounds, saying some contraceptive products, like the morning after pill, equate to abortion. Hobby Lobby and affiliate Mardel, a Christian bookstore chain, sued the federal government for violating their owners' religious freedom and ability to freely exercise their religion.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 26, 2012 Teacher who was fired after fertility treatments sues diocese
QUOTE: ...Herx's case bears some of the hallmarks of the case of Cheryl Perich, a former teacher who was fired from a religious school in Michigan after taking a medical leave of absence in 2004. At issue was whether the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to hiring and firing decisions involving "ministerial employees," such as teachers who teach secular subjects. The U.S. Supreme Court decided that Perich -- who taught secular subjects along with a religion class -- was considered a "minister" and could in fact be fired based on church doctrine.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 28, 2012 Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice
QUOTE: Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound....The Senate vote came after a bitter debate in which Democrats pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained — even with the changes — demeaning to women and insulting to doctors.
New York Times Feb 10, 2012 N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply
QUOTE: Some New York Catholic institutions...chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers. But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.
New York Times Sep 09, 2011 Mississippi voters can decide 'personhood' of the unborn, court rules
QUOTE: Voters in Mississippi will be given a chance to decide whether life begins at conception, a controversial abortion-related ballot initiative that the state's highest court has refused to block...a rejection of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and abortion-rights groups.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 20, 2011 The New Anti-Abortion Math
QUOTE: Terrible sex education programs and a lack of access to contraceptives leads to a huge number of births to poor women… The Texas baby boom… marches off to underfunded schools... One of the first things the cash-strapped Legislature tried to cut was family planning.
New York Times May 27, 2010 In Ultrasound, Abortion Fight Has New Front
QUOTE: With backing from anti-abortion groups, which argue that sonograms can help persuade women to preserve pregnancies, 20 states have enacted laws that encourage or require the use of ultrasound....“You don’t just walk into one of these places like you’re getting your nails done,” she said. “I think we’re armed with enough information to make adult decisions without being emotionally tortured.”
New York Times May 23, 2009 Nuance Is Fine Until It’s a Flip-Flop
QUOTE: It was the kind of careful, nuanced argument...a methodical laying-out of the facts by a president who seems convinced that if he simply explains himself to the American people, they will surely understand his position and forgive him for changing his mind. It is a tactic Mr. Obama has employed repeatedly as president...
New York Times May 16, 2009 Fighting for a Last Chance at Life
QUOTE: At a time when terminally ill patients have more access to medical research than ever before, and perhaps a deeper conviction in its ability to cure them, many are campaigning for the chance to be treated with drugs whose safety and effectiveness is not yet known. But even as advances in areas like stem cells and genetics generate greater hope for experimental therapies, there is little consensus on how and when to provide them to dying patients whose lives could be prolonged, or shortened, by trying them.
New York Times Dec 19, 2008 Doctor Cleared of Harming Man to Obtain Organs
QUOTE: trying a lesser-used technique known as donation after cardiac death, which involves removing a patient from life support before extracting organs....the jury issued a statement with its verdict saying the case illustrated a “desperate need” for clear policy on cardiac death donations.
New York Times Dec 12, 2008 Of Primates and Personhood: Will according rights and "dignity" to nonhuman organisms halt research?
QUOTE: Two major legal developments in the past few months are deepening a schism between leading primatologists, biologists, and ethicists around the world. A pending Spanish law that would grant unprecedented protections to great apes, and a recent extension to a Swiss law that protects the "dignity" of organisms, are the latest fronts in a battle to redefine the meaning of human rights, and indeed whether such rights are the exclusive domain of humans.
Seed Magazine Nov 18, 2008 Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers
QUOTE: A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.
New York Times Nov 07, 2008 Jewish Law's Meaning of Death Nears Court Fight: Parents Reject Doctors' Stand On Boy With Brain Tumor
QUOTE: the hospital says treating him is "offensive to good medical ethics" because, unlike the highly publicized cases of Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan, the boy has no brain activity. His parents, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn, say their faith does not define death in that way, and they reject the hospital's pronouncements that their son has been dead since Tuesday.
Washington Post Oct 03, 2008 Undead Babies:The retreating boundaries of organ harvesting.
QUOTE: Stop redefining death. Let's accept that we're taking organs from living people and causing death in the process.
Slate Sep 19, 2008 McCain Equates Embryos and Fetuses in Stem Cell Statement
QUOTE: though the bill was unanimously approved in the House and Senate, its sponsors were criticized for failing to make clear that "fetal farming" doesn't exist....For McCain to revive the language of "fetal farming," say bioethicists, was misleading.
Wired Jul 31, 2008 Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights: Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Care to Which They Object
QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions...
Washington Post Jul 15, 2008 Abortion Proposal Sets Condition on Aid
QUOTE: The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control. Under the draft of a proposed rule, hospitals, clinics, researchers and medical schools would have to sign “written certifications” as a prerequisite to getting money under any program run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Such certification would also be required of state and local governments, forbidden to discriminate, in areas like grant-making, against hospitals and other institutions that have policies against providing abortion.
New York Times Feb 27, 2008 Surgeon Accused in Death of Patient to Get Organs
QUOTE: In what transplant experts believe is the first such case in the country, prosecutors have charged [a New York surgeon], with prescribing excessive and improper doses of drugs, apparently in an attempt to hasten Mr. Navarro’s death to retrieve his organs sooner.
New York Times Nov 20, 2007 Scientists Bypass Need for Embryo to Get Stem Cells
QUOTE: Researchers and ethicists not involved in the findings say the work should reshape the stem cell field. At some time in the near future, they said, today’s debate over whether it is morally acceptable to create and destroy human embryos to obtain stem cells should be moot.
New York Times Nov 20, 2007 Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion
QUOTE: Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife. In South Korea, when Hwang Woo Suk reported creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning, he did not apologize for offending religious taboos. He justified cloning by citing his Buddhist belief in recycling life through reincarnation.
New York Times Nov 18, 2007 Proposed Colorado Measure on Rights for Human Eggs
QUOTE: A proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution that would give legal rights to fertilized human eggs may be headed for the ballot next year, raising the prospect of a heated local debate over abortion at the same time that Democrats are gathering here for their national convention.
New York Times Nov 07, 2007 New Jersey Voters Defeat Stem Cell Measure
QUOTE: Supporters had argued that the borrowing would help pay for research that could help deliver New Jersey from financial distress by bringing additional tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs to the state. Critics, by contrast, said that New Jersey could not afford to add to the state’s surging debt load of $30 billion.
New York Times Oct 12, 2007 Legal or Not, Abortion Rates Compare
QUOTE: A comprehensive global study of abortion has concluded that abortion rates are similar in countries where it is legal and those where it is not, suggesting that outlawing the procedure does little to deter women seeking it.
New York Times Oct 02, 2007 Supreme Court Turns Down Cases on Religious Separation
QUOTE: Among the hundreds of appeals the court turned down on Monday, in a list that printed out at 83 pages, were two cases on the relationship between church and state that might have brought even more visibility to the term.
New York Times Jul 15, 2007 Your Gamete, Myself
QUOTE: With egg donation, science has succeeded in, if not extending women’s fertility, at least making an end run around it .... Still, many question the morality of egg donation.
New York Times Jul 11, 2007 Ex-Surgeon General Says White House Hushed Him
QUOTE: Former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona yesterday accused the Bush administration of muzzling him on sensitive public health issues...
Washington Post Apr 11, 2007 Full Federal Appellate Court Will Revisit Abortion Issue in South Dakota
QUOTE: A South Dakota law that would require doctors to tell women seeking abortions that the procedure would “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” will be revisited today by the 11 judges of the federal appeals court in St. Louis.
New York Times Jan 19, 2007 Cover Story: Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?
QUOTE: '...Waxman’s office investigated some of the crisis pregnancy centers and found that when women there asked about abortion’s health effects, 20 of 23 centers gave out false information. At 13 centers, this included characterizing the psychological effects of abortion as “severe, long-lasting and common.”'
New York Times Nov 04, 2006 Kennedys Choice: The Roberts Court Takes on Abortion
QUOTE: "THE arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday on the constitutionality of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act promise much more than a resumption of a familiar debate over a method of terminating a pregnancy."
New York Times Oct 12, 2006 South Dakota's stark abortion choice: A proposed ban on the ballot would be the nation's strictest since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling upholding the practice.
QUOTE: South Dakota voters are poised to weigh in on a landmark bill, passed by the legislature in March and referred to the ballot by a petition drive, that would outlaw all abortions except to save a mother's life. While the law, if approved, will almost certainly be challenged in court...
Christian Science Monitor Aug 24, 2006 Morning After Pill Is Cleared for Wider Sales
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration today approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after” contraceptive pill to women 18 and older, resolving one of the most contentious issues in the agency’s 100-year history.
New York Times Aug 01, 2006 F.D.A. Shifts View on Next-Day Pill
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday that it was moving toward endorsing sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription for women 18 and older, signaling what may be the end of one of the most stubborn health policy debates of the Bush administration.
New York Times Mar 30, 2006 Doctor in India Jailed for Telling Sex of a Fetus
QUOTE: An Indian law passed in 1994 bars doctors from using ultrasound tests on pregnant women to determine the sex of the fetus...
New York Times Dec 27, 2005 S.D. Makes Abortion Rare Through Laws And Stigma: Out-of-State Doctors Come Weekly to 1 Clinic
QUOTE: As national leaders on both sides of the abortion debate focus on the upcoming Supreme Court nomination hearings of Samuel A. Alito Jr., they are watching states such as South Dakota pass more and more restrictions that might be upheld by a newly constituted, more conservative Supreme Court.
Washington Post Dec 25, 2005 Ethics in Research Debated: Stem Cell Debacle Spurs Calls for Improved Oversight
QUOTE: The stunning revelation that a South Korean researcher faked landmark stem cell experiments has sparked an intense new debate about the safeguards designed to prevent and catch scientific fraud. While it remains unclear what motivated Hwang Woo Suk, the case has highlighted how the increasingly rapid pace of science, and rising international competition, may be intensifying the temptation to fake results, experts said.
Washington Post Dec 15, 2005 Stem-cell scientist said to fake study
QUOTE: ...the South Korean scientist who claimed a stunning series of advances in cloning and stem-cell research, said Thursday that Hwang had admitted fabricating evidence...If there were a serious flaw with the 2004 paper, that would apparently mean that no human embryonic stem cell line has yet been created...
New York Times Nov 15, 2005 Review of 'Plan B' Pill Is Faulted: Report Calls FDA Actions 'Unusual'
QUOTE: Senior Food and Drug Administration officials were told that the application to sell the "morning-after pill" without prescription was going to be rejected before the staff completed its scientific review...
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 U.S. Scientist Leaves Joint Stem Cell Project: Alleged Ethical Breaches By South Korean Cited
QUOTE: ...rumors had spread in scientific circles that the eggs Hwang used to achieve that landmark result had been taken from a junior scientist in his lab. That situation, if true, would be in violation of widely held ethics principles that preclude people in positions of authority from accepting egg donations from underlings. The rules are meant to prevent subtle -- or not-so-subtle -- acts of coercion.
Washington Post Oct 13, 2005 Decision on Plan B Called Very Unusual
QUOTE: ...top FDA officials participated in assessing the application to allow the emergency contraceptive Plan B to be sold without a prescription.
Washington Post Sep 01, 2005 FDA Official Resigns in Protest of 'Morning-After Pill' Decision: Women's Health Chief Says Commissioner's Decision on Contraceptive Was Political
QUOTE: The top Food and Drug Administration official in charge of women's health issues resigned yesterday in protest against the agency's decision to further delay a final ruling on whether the "morning-after pill" should be made more easily accessible...."I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended for approval by the professional staff here, has been overruled,"...
Washington Post Aug 30, 2005 I Feel Your Fetus's Pain: Compassionate conservatism enters the womb.
QUOTE: If you don't trust an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association because two of its five medically trained authors are openly pro-choice, imagine the trustworthiness of "findings of fact" issued by scores of pro-life politicians, only a handful of whom are doctors.
Slate Jul 18, 2005 Pregnancy Centers Found to Give False Information on Abortion
QUOTE: Federally funded "pregnancy resource centers" are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma, a minority congressional report charged yesterday.
Washington Post May 21, 2005 President Vows Veto On Stem Cell Research: Bipartisan Measure Seeks to Ease Curbs
QUOTE: President Bush vowed yesterday to veto legislation intended to ease the restrictions he imposed on stem cell research in 2001, setting up a potentially divisive battle with Congress over the morality of modern science.
Washington Post May 12, 2005 Memo May Have Swayed Plan B Ruling: FDA Received 'Minority Report' From Conservative Doctor on Panel
QUOTE: ...critics of the agency said it had ignored scientific evidence and yielded to pressure from social conservatives. The agency denied the charge, but an outspoken evangelical conservative doctor on the panel subsequently acknowledged in a previously unreported public sermon that he was asked to write a memo to the FDA commissioner soon after the panel voted 23 to 4 in favor of over-the-counter sales of the contraceptive, called Plan B.
Washington Post May 04, 2005 Florida Halts Fight to Bar Girl's Abortion
QUOTE: After first resisting a judge's order to allow a 13-year-old in state custody to get an abortion, Gov. Jeb Bush's administration changed course on Tuesday and said it would abandon the legal fight.
New York Times Apr 29, 2005 Bush Backs Abortion Measure: He Urges Senate to Enact House Bill on Parental Notification
QUOTE: President Bush is urging the Senate to take up a bill passed by the House this week that makes it a federal crime -- complete with possible fines and jail sentences -- for doctors or other adults to help patients under 18 evade parental-notification requirements by crossing state lines for an abortion.
Washington Post Apr 27, 2005 Stem Cell Guidelines Issued: Report Recommends a Ban on Paying Women for Eggs
QUOTE: Forging into a politically and ethically contentious regulatory void, the National Academies released a detailed set of guidelines yesterday aimed at all U.S. researchers who perform experiments with human embryonic stem cells.
Washington Post Mar 15, 2005 Kansas Abortion Clinics Fight Data Request
QUOTE: Two Kansas clinics are opposing efforts by the state's attorney general to obtain the medical records of more than 80 women who received late-term abortions in 2003.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2004 Senate Passes Bill On Harm To Fetuses
QUOTE: Under the Senate-passed bill, violence against a pregnant woman would be regarded as two separate crimes: one against the woman; the other against her unborn child...
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