Monday, February 27, 2006
The Canadian Supreme Court declined to hear a class-action lawsuit regarding public funding of timely abortions in Canada. The case was brought by two women who had to pay for their own abortions at a private clinic because they would have had to wait more than two months to receive publicly funded care.
Friday, February 24, 2006
The Virginia Legislature killed a Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) bill in committee yesterday. The bill would have required abortion providers to follow a series of politically motivated regulations that could have forced some of the state’s clinics to close.
But Senators on the Senate Education and Health Committee recognized the harmful effects of this unnecessary legislation and voted it down 9-6.
As you know, Virginia wasn’t the only state that considered anti-choice legislation this week; South Dakota and Indiana legislatures also took up anti-choice bills. To find out how NAF took action around these pieces of legislation and to sign up on our Action Alert list, visit our Action For Choice Center.
If you want to find out more about abortion-related legislation in the states you can download our most recent report, Reproductive Choice in the States 2005. The report details some of the most common anti-choice and pro-choice legislation that moved through state legislatures in 2005 including biased counseling bills, abortion bans, and TRAP legislation.
Have an excellent weekend and don’t forget to check back on Monday for the latest pro-choice news.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
We also put out a press release yesterday criticizing the legislature for playing politics with women’s lives.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The ban also seeks to challenge Roe v. Wade directly. If it passes, it will likely be challenged in court, as it disregards precedents set in Roe. Today’s New York Times examines how the bill seeks to eventually overturn Roe and send control over abortion laws back to the states.
Also, I forgot to mention that yesterday was Samuel Alito’s first official day on the job. The Times has an editorial welcoming him to the court.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
One of the cases which may come before the Court is our case challenging the Federal Abortion Ban. Congress passed this dangerous piece of legislation in 2003. The law could have banned abortions as early as 13 weeks. After President Bush signed the bill in 2003, we immediately filed a case challenging the constitutionality of the law. Find more about our lawsuit NAF v. Gonzales.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Despite their deceptive tactics, many Crisis Pregnancy Centers receive federal funding and are difficult, if not impossible, to shut down.
However, this CPC in Deer Park, New Jersey, may be the first CPC to be shut down over parking spaces.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
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In light of the confirmation of Samuel Alito, it’s now more important than ever for us to come together. While abortion remains one of the safest and most common medical procedures in the United States, women’s reproductive freedom is under attack across the country.
Anti-choice forces are passing restrictive legislation that compromises women’s access to reproductive health care services in many states. With Alito on the Supreme Court, it’s clear that we will be facing a much more conservative court. We fully expect him to join Scalia and Thomas as the court’s far-right, ultra-conservative wing.
But in the midst of these difficult political battles, I find the work of our membership truly inspiring. NAF represents over 400 facilities that care for over half the women who choose abortion each year in the United States. Our members often have to overcome harassment and even violence to ensure that their patients receive the quality care that they need and deserve. I am proud to represent these every-day heroes who keep reproductive choice a reality for women in the United States and Canada.
As you learn more about NAF’s work to keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible, I hope you’ll be inspired too. Given the many challenges we face in the coming years, it’s more important than ever that the pro-choice community is informed and active. The Saporta Reporter will keep you updated on the issues and struggles that matter to our community. Please, feel free to forward any of our posts to your colleagues and other interested parties.
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