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Court rules Texas can ban Planned Parenthood from health programupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 09:56:00

A federal court has ruled in favor of Texas, which wants to ban state funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates participating in a health program for low-income women because the family planning network performs abortions.

Granderson to women : Wake upupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 09:36:00

CNN contributors L.Z. Granderson and Will Cain debate Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's comments on abortion and rape.

Wake up: It's not just Akinupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 09:36:00

They will say this is about one person.

GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platformupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 06:20:00

The Republican Party is set to once again enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.

When saving a life breaks the lawupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 13:14:00

A pregnant teen awaits a decision on a treatment that could save her life but also kill her baby. Rafael Romo reports.

Pregnant Dominican teen at center of abortion debate diesupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 13:14:00

A pregnant leukemia patient who became a flashpoint in the abortion debate in the Dominican Republic died Friday morning, a hospital official told CNN.

Top Komen foundation leaders announce plans to leave postsupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 05:34:00

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Wednesday that two of its leaders are leaving their posts, months after the breast cancer advocacy group came under fire over its decision -- later reversed -- to cut funding for Planned Parenthood projects.

Fmr. Komen VP blasts Planned Parenthoodupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 05:34:00

The former Susan G. Komen Foundation V.P. opens up about her resignation and blasts Planned Parenthood.

Federal court blocks Arizona abortion lawupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 17:44:00

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked enforcement of an Arizona abortion law that opponents call one of the most restrictive in the country.

Chemotherapy starts for pregnant Dominican teen at center of abortion debateupdated: Sat Jul 28 2012 12:37:00

A pregnant leukemia patient, whose life was at risk because anti-abortion laws in the Dominican Republic prevented doctors from treating her, has started receiving chemotherapy, officials said Thursday.

Dominican Republic abortion ban stops treatment for pregnant teen with cancerupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 07:43:00

In the Dominican Republic, a ban on abortion is preventing a teenage girl from receiving treatment for a life-threatening disease.

Abortion clinic fights to stay openupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 16:48:00

Mississippi's lone clinic offering abortion services faces closure. CNN's George Howell reports.

Judge lets Mississippi's only abortion clinic to stay open -- for nowupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 16:48:00

A federal judge in Mississippi on Wednesday ordered an extension of his temporary order to allow the state's only abortion clinic to stay open.

Mississippi's only abortion clinic to stay open under restraining orderupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 21:25:00

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Sunday that will allow the only abortion clinic operating in Mississippi to stay open -- for now.

Turkish women rally against plans to restrict access to abortionupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 21:06:00

Hundreds of women gathered on Sunday in Istanbul in the latest demonstration against the religiously conservative ruling party's plans to restrict access to abortion.

Toddler dangles by head from 4th floorupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 20:38:00

A toddler dangles by her head from a four-story building in China as a daring rescuer assists her.

Forced abortion sparks outrage, debate in Chinaupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 20:38:00

Amid continued nationwide outrage, Chinese authorities issued a rare public apology Thursday to a woman who was forced to have a late-term abortion, and suspended three local officials involved in the incident.

House rejects abortion ban based on sex of fetusupdated: Thu May 31 2012 14:40:00

Congress took up one of the most divisive issues in politics Thursday as the House of Representatives rejected a controversial measure banning abortions based on the sex of a fetus.

Anti-abortion group's video shows gender-selection counselingupdated: Wed May 30 2012 00:09:00

The anti-abortion group Live Action released Tuesday its latest undercover video aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood. The edited video shows a Planned Parenthood staff member apparently counseling a woman about gender-selective abortion.

Gallup poll: 'Pro-choice' at a record lowupdated: Wed May 23 2012 20:01:00

The percentage of Americans who self-identify as favoring abortion rights has hit a record low of 41%, while those who consider themselves "pro-life" reached 50%, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Head of abortion rights group to step down after electionupdated: Fri May 11 2012 06:48:00

The president of an influential abortion rights political advocacy group will step down after the upcoming national election, her organization announced Thursday.

Arizona bans funding of Planned Parenthoodupdated: Sat May 05 2012 21:08:00

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on a bill that will prevent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds in most cases, her office said.

Activists allege forced abortions, sterilizations in Chinaupdated: Tue May 01 2012 05:21:00

When Ji Yeqing awakened, she was already in the recovery room.

Chinese Dissident Escapesupdated: Tue May 01 2012 05:21:00

John King speaks with Nicholas Burns about the Chinese dissident who may be in the U.S. embassy and U.S.-China relations.

Mississippi governor signs bill tightening restrictions on abortion providersupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 02:19:00

Mississippi's governor has signed into law a bill requiring physicians performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.

Kirk Cameron on Abortionupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 02:19:00

Kirk Cameron shares his views on the controversial topic of abortion

Mississippi legislature tightens restrictions on abortion providersupdated: Thu Apr 05 2012 05:25:00

Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that would require any physician performing abortions in the state to be a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and to have admitting privileges at an area hospital.

Homemade bomb causes fire outside Planned Parenthood clinicupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 17:02:00

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin remained closed Monday after a homemade bomb was placed outside the building, the state organization said.

Oklahoma judge overrules state law requiring ultrasound before abortionupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 18:52:00

An Oklahoma County judge has overruled a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound of the fetus before the abortion, according to court documents

Vagina enters stage left -- or is it right?updated: Wed Mar 28 2012 09:53:00

If anyone is comfortable speaking openly and boldly about women's bodies, it's Eve Ensler. The playwright and activist behind "The Vagina Monologues" has been at it for years.

Limbaugh battles to keep advertisersupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 09:53:00

Rush Limbaugh is under fire for remarks made on his radio show. Goldie Taylor and CNN's Don Lemon discuss the fallout.

Why anti-abortion activists should not intimidate womenupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 12:40:00

To date, Britain has avoided the politicized and polarized abortion debate that is so prevalent in the U.S. Traditionally, our political parties have seen abortion as a 'private' matter of personal and public 'health' and not a matter of rights. The law gives women no 'right' to abortion as in most Western democracies -- but, if two doctors certify that it's best for her health and well-being and the pregnancy is less than 24 weeks gestation, abortion is a legal option.

Argentine court allows abortions in rape casesupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 15:40:00

Argentina's Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that will decriminalize abortions in cases of rape.

Murder charges dropped in Maryland abortion caseupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 16:51:00

Murder charges against two Maryland doctors over abortions they performed on late-term fetuses have been dropped, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Indiana lawmaker regrets letter, continues criticism of Girl Scoutsupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 17:50:00

An Indiana legislator has voiced regret for writing a letter stating the Girl Scouts of America "sexualizes" young girls, even as he stood by his criticisms of what he called a "radicalized organization."

Fact-checking Gingrich's charge Obama voted in favor of 'infanticide'updated: Fri Feb 24 2012 16:29:00

When the topic turned to contraception and reproductive rights at CNN's debate in Arizona on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich went on the attack, saying that in 2008 "not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide."

Fact check: Infanticide attack on Obamaupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 16:29:00

Two GOP presidential hopefuls claim President Obama supports infanticide and say the media never covered the issue.

Romney jabs at Santorum's record in CNN debateupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 12:08:00

Rick Santorum found that his position at the top of polls made him the biggest target in Wednesday's CNN Republican presidential debate, possibly the last of the GOP primary and caucus campaign.

Highlights from CNN debate in Arizonaupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 12:08:00

Rick Santorum leads polls as GOP candidates take to the stage in the CNN debate in Arizona.

Lawmaker won't support Girl Scoutsupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 12:26:00

Indiana State Rep. Bob Morris says he doesn't support the Girl Scouts. Affiliates WANE, WTHR and WRTV explain why.

Indiana lawmaker: Girl Scouts in league with Planned Parenthoodupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 12:26:00

An Indiana lawmaker who opposes celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America says the group "sexualizes" young girls, promotes homosexuality and is a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood.

Santorum blasts prenatal testing policyupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenges the prenatal testing policy found in the 2010 health care legislation.

Santorum challenges policy on prenatal testingupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 06:59:00

The government shouldn't make health care providers fully cover prenatal tests like amniocentesis, which can determine the possibility of Down syndrome or other fetal problems, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday.

"Personhood" bill moves forward in VAupdated: Sun Feb 19 2012 16:24:00

A Virginia House bill says life begins at conception. If it becomes law, what happens? CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Virginia's "personhood" bill is latest front in the culture warupdated: Sun Feb 19 2012 16:24:00

In the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican Robert Marshall is a longtime abortion opponent who has tried repeatedly to pass legislation in his state that would give rights to the unborn.

A teaching moment about politics and Komenupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 05:26:00

Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation vice president?and lightning rod in the group's public relations storm over Planned Parenthood funding--stepped down from her position Tuesday. For many it was almost a satisfying ending to an eye-opening incident. None of it should have come as a shock.

Komen Foundation VP resigns, blasts Planned Parenthoodupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 22:25:00

Karen Handel, a vice president with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation who resigned Tuesday after a controversy over funding for Planned Parenthood projects, blasted the organization and defended her role in the debate.

Komen restores Planned Parenthood fundsupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 08:08:00

The Susan G. Komen Foundation reverses its decision and announces that it will restore funds to Planned Parenthood.

Komen Foundation reverses funding decision of Planned Parenthoodupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 08:08:00

Faced with a deluge of opposition that included pressure from lawmakers and internal dissent, one of America's leading breast cancer advocacy groups on Friday reversed itself on a decision that would have cut off funding to some Planned Parenthood projects.

Komen flips after angry backlashupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 18:06:00

CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on Komen's decision to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.

Women's health not just about breastsupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 18:06:00

If you travel to the island of Delos in Greece, you might be surprised to visit ruins dominated by statues of gigantic stone penises. Even in its ancient, mythological context, it's jarring to see such a disembodied representation of the human form. Women, of course, are perhaps a bit more accustomed than men to being reduced to a collection of body parts. Even so, it was startling to hear earlier this week that one of America's largest and wealthiest advocates of women's health appears to be fixated on breasts, rather than on the women to whom they are attached.

Planned Parenthood decries 'bullies'updated: Fri Feb 03 2012 10:47:00

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards says far right-wing groups won't deter the quest to provide breast cancer care.

Supporters rally around Planned Parenthood amid funding uproarupdated: Fri Feb 03 2012 10:47:00

The fallout from the Susan G. Komen foundation's decision not to renew funding for some Planned Parenthood projects has led to threatened resignations, angry press statements and a letter from Senate Democrats. Now the mayor of New York has gotten involved.

Did Komen 'cave' to political pressure?updated: Thu Feb 02 2012 21:14:00

Komen Foundation comes under fire after cutting funds to Planned Parenthood. CNN's Mary Snow reports.

Komen's blow to Planned Parenthood and womenupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 21:14:00

One of the truly remarkable and relatively recent boosts to the health of poor women in this country has been their opportunity to get preventive, reproductive health services at little or no cost in one place.

Changes in medicine should prompt new limits on abortionupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 08:36:00

Thirty-nine years ago, Roe v. Wade was decided. With the passage of nearly four decades, the landscape of abortion has changed in a way that should trouble even those who consider themselves pro-choice.

God, country and footballupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 09:34:00

USA Today's Jon Saraceno talks with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux about the polarizing effect of Tim Tebow.

Longshot presidential candidate to put abortion in your face during Super Bowlupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 09:34:00

It was tongue in cheek, blogger Sophia Brugato said, because let's be honest: Tim Tebow, for all his athletic attributes, isn't the biggest scorer.

Anti-abortion activists mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with demonstrationupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 19:03:00

Hundreds of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington's Lafayette Park on Sunday on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Truth Squad: Romney defends his record on abortionupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 01:39:00

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defended his record on abortion during Thursday night's CNN presidential debate in South Carolina.

GOP candidates escalate rhetoric in South Carolinaupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 10:43:00

Just before the final debate Thursday and days before the voting, Republican presidential candidates have launched increasingly strident attacks against each other and President Barack Obama in the run-up to the South Carolina primary.

Gingrich: SC loves my conservative ideasupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 10:43:00

Newt Gingrich tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer his focus on conservative ideals explains why he is doing well in South Carolina.

Texas suit over forced abortion threat resolved, attorney saysupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 17:52:00

The case of a Corpus Christi, Texas, teen who sued her family because she said they wanted to force her to have an abortion "has been resolved," her lawyer says.

Teen sues family over alleged abortion threatupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 17:02:00

A Corpus Christi, Texas, teenager is suing her family, claiming they are trying to force her to have an abortion.

Arrest made in Florida clinic fireupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 13:18:00

An Alabama man was arrested in connection with the arson of a women's clinic in Pensacola, Florida, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities probe cause of Florida women's clinic blazeupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 18:52:00

Investigators said Tuesday they did not yet know the cause of a fire that extensively damaged a women's clinic in Pensacola, Florida.

Christian publisher pulls Bible from shelves, anti-abortion advocates celebrateupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 10:34:00

A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which in turn contributed to Planned Parenthood.

Siri can't direct you to an abortion clinicupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:52:00

Siri can help you find drugstores and bars, but the iPhone 4S digital assistant is clueless when it comes to the locations of abortion clinics, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

What Siri won't help you withupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:52:00

CNN's T.J. Holmes reports on uproar over the iPhone digital assistant's inability to help users find an abortion clinic.

Philadelphia abortion clinic worker pleads guiltyupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 22:04:00

A worker at a west Philadelphia abortion clinic has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and may testify against Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the doctor accused of performing illegal late-term abortions, court officials said.

Gov. Barbour: Life begins at conceptionupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 05:29:00

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says pro-life "personhood" initiative is "too ambiguous" for some voters to support.

Mississippi voters reject anti-abortion initiativeupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 05:29:00

Mississippi voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception, and outlawed abortion and many forms of birth control if passed.

Mississippi voting on 'personhood' amendmentupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 15:08:00

Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.

Mississippi puts 'personhood' on ballotupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 15:08:00

CNN.com's Mallory Simon discusses a proposed amendment to Mississippi's constitution that questions when life begins.

'Personhood' amendment unconstitutional?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 14:46:00

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the implications of the "personhood" amendment to the Mississippi state constitution.

Mississippi amendment on 'personhood' divides Christiansupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 14:46:00

In the Carpenter home, every meal begins with a prayer. Robin and his wife, Emily, are devout Christians. But they part ways with many other Christians over a measure that would expand the legal definition of human life.

Mississippi gov. supports amendment to declare fertilized egg a personupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 11:47:00

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offered his support Friday for an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception, saying he cast his absentee ballot for the measure despite struggling with its implications.

Romney remains the top target of GOP rivals, White Houseupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 17:30:00

Herman Cain may be battling with Mitt Romney atop the Republican presidential polls, but Romney remained the "target du jour" Sunday for both his current and possible future competition.

Ron Paul on a possible third party runupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 17:30:00

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul says he has "no plans" for a third party run in the 2012 GOP race, yet.

Cain wades into abortion controversy againupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 01:02:00

The campaign of Herman Cain again worked to clarify his stance on abortion Thursday night after the GOP presidential candidate raised new questions at a Texas campaign stop when he said he was "pro-life, no exceptions."

Cain: Abortion 'under no circumstances'updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 16:40:00

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain tells CNN's Piers Morgan that abortion should never happen.

What if abortion became a non-issue?updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 16:40:00

What's the most emotional and divisive issue in American politics?

House passes bill on abortion fundingupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 20:38:00

The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would amend the health care law to bar federal funding for health plans that provide abortion services.

Mississippi voters can decide 'personhood' of the unborn, court rulesupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 19:47:00

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.

2009: Parents choose baby's genderupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 10:49:00

CNN's Dan Simon reports more and more couples are now using in-vitro fertilization to select their baby's gender.

Is gender selection of a fetus ethical?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 10:49:00

A new maternal blood test can determine a fetus' sex as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy.

End political gridlock: Put a Millennial in chargeupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 10:24:00

In the midst of the recent debt-ceiling impasse in Congress, I wanted nothing more than to put the smartest 20-something legislative assistants together in a room and ask them to resolve it.

Judge temporarily blocks Kansas' family planning money restrictionsupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 14:19:00

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new Kansas law designed to strip Planned Parenthood's family planning funds.

Clinton pushes back on proposed bill to curb State Dept. operationsupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 19:11:00

Calling it "debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning members of the House of Representatives that she "will recommend personally" that President Barack Obama veto a bill pending in the House that would severely restrict State Department operations, international organizations and foreign assistance.

2010: Oklahoma passes anti-abortion lawsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 13:53:00

The Oklahoma Senate votes to override Governor Henry's vetoes and pass two strong anti-abortion measures. KWTV reports.

Abortion debate trivializes rapeupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 13:53:00

Well, now that Oprah's finally said goodbye, maybe women can get back to the important business of planning to be raped.

Administration says Indiana law violates Medicaid rulesupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:50:00

The Obama administration is attempting to block Indiana from enforcing a new law that would keep low-income women from using federal Medicaid benefits to receive any kind of reproductive medical care from Planned Parenthood.

Texas law requires sonograms, explanations before abortionsupdated: Fri May 20 2011 15:27:00

Women seeking an abortion in Texas will have to view a picture of the embryo or fetus and hear a description of its development before having the procedure, under a law that takes effect September 1.

Judge rejects restraining order against Indiana abortion lawupdated: Wed May 11 2011 15:42:00

A controversial new Indiana law limiting access to abortion services remains in effect after a federal judge Wednesday denied a request for a restraining order from Planned Parenthood.

Avlon: Colbert vs. Kyl on truthupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 13:40:00

CNN contributor John Avlon says Stephen Colbert is right to lampoon politicians who spread falsehoods.

Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of 'misinformation'updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 13:40:00

"Not intended to be a factual statement."

Abortion battle rages in state legislaturesupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 09:31:00

The battle over a hot-button issue has been raging in state legislatures across the country this year with an unprecedented number of bills aimed at restricting abortions.

Planned Parenthood under attack, againupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 09:36:00

Like most women in America, I am heartsick that some leaders in the Republican Party are determined to defund Planned Parenthood. This would essentially mean that millions of American women would not receive basic health care services. It makes me sick and it makes me angry.

Planned Parenthood in budget debateupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 09:36:00

CNN's Lisa Sylvester takes a closer look at why the organization and women's rights are now part of the budget debate.

More states restrict abortions; group says trend 'unparalleled'updated: Thu Apr 14 2011 07:28:00

As two states imposed the latest rounds of laws against abortion or its providers this week, a new study contends "hostility" toward abortion rights is on the rise in legislatures across the country, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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