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2008-06-27 03:01:06

The Romanian government has become involved in a controversy over an 11-year-old rape victim should be allowed to have an abortion in Britain. Florina Vranceanu is 20 weeks pregnant, past the legal limit to end a pregnancy in Romania. Her parents want to take her to Britain, where abortions can be carried out as late as 24 weeks. Her parents say she girl was sexually assaulted by her 19-year-old uncle, who has disappeared. Local officials have given contradictory decisions, and the...

2006-07-25 19:14:37

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday easily passed a bill making it a crime to transport a pregnant minor across state lines for an abortion to evade parental notification rules in her home state. The bill, approved 65-34, must be reconciled with the version passed by the U.S. House of Representatives before it goes to President George W. Bush, who strongly supports it. "Transporting minors across state lines to bypass parental consent laws regarding...

2006-07-25 16:27:10

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After years of holding off a vote on an abortion bill repeatedly passed by the House, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prepared to pass a bill making it a crime to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion to skirt parental notification rules. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed similar legislation at least four times, but opponents had always been able to maneuver to keep it from a vote in the Senate. But the Senate has had a...

2006-07-18 02:05:00

WASHINGTON -- Advisers working at some federally funded pregnancy resource centers mislead pregnant teens about the risks of abortion, falsely telling callers it raises the risk of breast cancer, infertility and mental illness, a U.S. congressman said on Monday. Democratic staff on the House of Representatives Government Reform Committee who called up some faith-based pregnancy resource centers said they received incorrect advice aimed at discouraging abortion. "Twenty of the 23 centers...

2006-07-17 14:46:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Advisers working at some federally funded pregnancy resource centers mislead pregnant teens about the risks of abortion, falsely telling callers it raises the risk of breast cancer, infertility and mental illness, a U.S. congressman said on Monday. Democratic staff on the House of Representatives Government Reform Committee who called up some faith-based pregnancy resource centers said they received incorrect advice aimed at discouraging abortion. "Twenty of...

2006-05-23 11:48:35

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican newspaper criticized on Tuesday comments by Italy's health minister in favor of the abortion pill, setting the tone for a drawn-out battle with the new centre-left government over its proposed social policies. L'Osservatore Romano called the RU-486 abortion pill a weapon to carry out "carefree murder," speaking out for the second time in as many days against two of Romano Prodi's women ministers, less than a week after they were sworn...

2006-03-17 13:00:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two additional deaths have been reported after women took the abortion pill known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, U.S. regulators said on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it has not been able to determine the cause of the newly reported deaths. Four previously reported fatalities were linked to a bacterial infection that developed after the women took the abortion pill, which is sold by privately held Danco Laboratories.

2006-03-17 12:57:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two additional deaths have been reported after women took the abortion pill known as RU-486 or Mifeprex, U.S. regulators said on Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it has not been able to determine the cause of the newly reported deaths. Four previously reported fatalities were linked to a bacterial infection that developed after the women took the abortion pill, which is sold by privately held Danco Laboratories.

2006-03-08 17:10:00

By Gene Emery BOSTON -- Teen-age girls in Texas are having fewer abortions following enforcement of a law that forces doctors to tell a parent if their daughter wants to terminate her pregnancy, new research shows. But the law has also increased the birth rate among older white teens and forced some girls to delay the procedure, increasing its risk. A study published in this week's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine found that abortion rates in Texas have dropped 11 percent...

2006-03-03 14:46:32

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - U.S. abortion-rights defenders and opponents are preparing for battle as South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds considers whether to sign a state abortion ban that advocates hope will lead to a national Supreme Court showdown. The Republican governor has until March 15 to sign or veto a bill passed by the state legislature on February 24 which would ban abortions in all circumstances. Amid wide expectations he will sign it, abortion-rights...


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