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An abortion is the termination of the gestation of an embryo or fetus resulting in or from its death. This can occur spontaneously, in the form of a miscarriage, or be intentionally induced through chemical, surgical, or other means. In common parlance, abortion usually refers to any induced procedure that results in the death of an embryo or fetus, even a viable one, such as in controversial, but rare, late-term abortion procedures...[ Wikipedia ]

UN rights group calls for North Korea to be prosecuted before ICC
April 18, 2014
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result o....... [more]

Federal judge overturns North Dakota abortion law
April 17, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that prohibits physicians from performing abortions on women as soon as the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This would disallow abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before the f....... [more]

Alaska lawmakers pass bill restricting Medicaid payments for abortions
April 14, 2014
The Alaska State House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that would restrict state Medicaid payments for abortions. The bill sets forth specific medical circumstances under which physicians may deem an abortion "medically necessary," thereby justifying Medicaid reimbursement. The bill defin....... [more]

Arkansas AG to appeal ruling striking down 12-week abortion ban
April 13, 2014
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Friday that he appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Last month US District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the state law is unconstitutional and that abortions ca....... [more]

Federal judge to decide on constitutionality of Alabama abortion law
April 3, 2014
Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on Wednesday set a trial date of May 19 to determine the constitutionality of an Alabama law passed last year requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges. The Women's Health and Safe....... [more]

Mississippi lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban
April 3, 2014
The Mississippi Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that bans abortions from being performed beyond 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, which grants an exception for cases where pregnancy would endanger the life of the mother but not for victims of ra....... [more]

Rights group filing new challenge to Texas abortion law
April 3, 2014
The Center for Reproductive Rights announced Wednesday that it will file a new lawsuit against Texas House Bill 2, which requires physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and also required certain compliance protocols relating to the administratio....... [more]

West Virginia governor vetoes abortion bill
March 29, 2014
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday vetoed an abortion bill that would have prohibited abortions later than 20 weeks after conception. The House passed the bill by a vote of 85-15 with two delegates not participating. The bill passed the West Virginia Senate a few days earlier. West Vi....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Texas abortion restrictions
March 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld Texas abortion restrictions requiring physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and certain compliance protocols relating to the administration of drugs inducing "medication abortions....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Arkansas abortion law
March 15, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled on Friday that a state law banning most abortions after 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy is unconstitutional. Judge Susan Webber Wright temporarily blocked Act 301 last year, and allowed a challenge against the law to proc....... [more]

Mississippi Senate approves ban on abortions after 18 weeks
March 12, 2014
The Mississippi Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill that would ban abortions as early as 18 weeks. The House version of the bill that was passed last month would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Though the House bill calculated pregnancy as beginning when the embryo impla....... [more]


    US abortion reports [CDC]

    Roe. v Wade [text; Cornell LII]

    Abortion [Public Agenda]

    Center for Reproductive Rights

    Nat. Abortion Rights League

    Nat. Organization for Women

    Planned Parenthood

    National Right to Life

    Abortion [Wikipedia]

    Abortion Law [Wikipedia]

    Roe v. Wade [Wikipedia]