21-Year-Old Irish Woman Faces Life in Prison for Taking Abortion Medication

A 21-year-old woman from Northern Ireland, whose name is being withheld for legal reasons, has been charged with procuring and using the abortion drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol — and could face life in prison for doing so.


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Canadian Group Fights for Abortion Access on Prince Edward Island

In an opinion column in the Ottawa Sun, Supriya Dwivedi highlights the unique plight facing some Canadian women seeking abortions:


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What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

We know what religious leaders claim the Bible says about sex. But what does the book actually say? More importantly, what does it leave out?

Theologian Matthew O’Neil has written a book discussing what the Bible says about everything from birth control to homosexuality to circumcision. It’s called What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t Say) about Sex: The How, When, Why, and With Whom of Scriptural Prohibitions and Permissions (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):


In the excerpt below, which is reprinted without footnotes, O’Neil tackles the question: What does the Bible say about abortion?

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Jennifer Lawrence “Worships at the Altar of Planned Parenthood,” Whines Conservative Site

It’s no secret that many conservatives have a bizarre, obsessive hatred for Planned Parenthood. It’s also no secret that many women and men (2.7 million a year, for the record) rely on Planned Parenthood for a variety of reproductive health services.

So when actress Jennifer Lawrence mentioned in an interview with Glamour magazine that she relied on Planned Parenthood as a teenager growing up in a religious household, it wasn’t very surprising to those of us who understand the variety of services offered by the organization. It’s also not shocking, though, to see some hand-wringing and whimpering from the usual suspects who like to pretend that Planned Parenthood is the Great Satan of Healthcare.


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In “Dear Abby” Abortion Discussion, Catholic Readers Distort How the Church Values Mothers

Back in November, the advice column Dear Abby ran a letter from a young woman whose husband indicated that, in case of a life-threatening pregnancy, he would prioritize the fetus’ life over his wife’s. In her response, Abby made a comment that about Catholic hospitals having a similar policy.

This past Wednesday, the column ran several letters from Catholic readers correcting Abby on the ostensible inaccuracy of that claim:


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