Anti-Abortion Activists Who Made Misleading Videos About Planned Parenthood Indicted by Grand Jury

In the city where voters rejected equal rights for LGBT people and in the state that’s led by an anti-abortion governor and represented by Sen. Ted Cruz, a grand jury said today that the only criminals in a months-long Planned Parenthood investigation were the pro-life activists who lied about what the organization does.

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In Italy, Religious Objections to Abortion Are Preventing Women from Having Them

In the United States, there is a wide range of federal and state laws that exempt healthcare providers from offering reproductive care — everything from contraception to sterilization — based on the provider’s religious beliefs.

The reason for these laws, ostensibly, is to protect the conscience of the provider. And women need not worry since they can just find other providers, right? Of course, as we’re already seeing, that’s becoming more and more difficult as more restrictions are applied to reproductive care. Like in Mississippi, where abortion is so heavily restricted that only a single clinic remains open in the state, and even that one’s in trouble of being closed.

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Restricting women’s health care is the method-of-choice in certain parts of our country, but that’s not the only way to prevent women from accessing those services. In Italy, a country that allows first trimester abortions, it can still be very hard to obtain one.

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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):

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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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