Ireland Passes Half-Assed Loopholes in Abortion Ban That Won't Change…

Two months after initially proposing an amendment to allow abortions under certain rare circumstances, the Irish government has officially passed the loophole in their draconian restrictions with an overwhelming vote in favor (127-31) — but not without major grumbling from the church and religious officials. » 7/14/13 2:00pm 7/14/13 2:00pm

Fetal Heartbeat Bills Still Trendy in 2013, If Wyoming Is Any Indication

We thought fetal heartbeat bills were sooo Ohio 2012. Wyoming legislators, however, did not get that memo. A new pair of bills seek to prioritize a woman's fetus's heartbeat over her own: Wyoming House Bill 97, which would bar abortions if an embryo or fetus heartbeat is detected, and Senate File 88, which would… » 1/14/13 12:50pm 1/14/13 12:50pm

Chinese Government Is Really Sorry for That Whole 'Forcing a…

There has been a major uproar in China after horrifying photos surfaced online of a woman lying on a hospital bed next to what was apparently the dead seven-month-old fetus she'd been forced by the local government to abort because she was in violation of the country's one-child limit. Now, as a result of the tragedy… » 6/15/12 10:00am 6/15/12 10:00am

Classy Anti Abortion Protesters Successfully Traumatize Children, Hurl…

A school bus full of North Dakota school children was treated to a lesson in grown up asshattery this week, when their route home from a field trip took them past a gaggle (a herd? a swarm? an escargatoire?) of racist anti-abortion protesters harassing people outside of North Dakota's only abortion clinic and at major… » 5/03/12 2:25pm 5/03/12 2:25pm

A Fetus Is Not a Person, But a Pregnant Woman Sure as Hell Is

Alabama has launched a crusade to prosecute mothers on behalf of their drug-addicted newborns. At first glance, it seems like an honorable endeavor, protecting children from unfit parents, but it's much more insidious than that. The law that enables these arrests and charges assumes that a fetus is a person, entitled… » 4/26/12 4:45pm 4/26/12 4:45pm

Another Study Suggests 'Fetal Pain' Laws Are Totally Bogus

In the past two years, six states have banned abortion after 20 weeks on the grounds that that's when fetuses can feel pain. There is no reliable scientific evidence that this is true, and now a new study says that a fetus can't distinguish between touch and pain until around 35-37 weeks, or just before a baby would… » 9/09/11 9:55am 9/09/11 9:55am