This weekend, the pro-abortion group Women on Waves used a drone to deliver several doses of doctor-prescribed abortion drugs illegally to women in Poland, where abortion access is limited. The group, which travels the world delivering abortion drugs to restricted areas, flew the unmanned drone from a border-town in Germany. They were arrested by police shortly after. In Poland, abortion is mostly limited to cases of incest, rape or when the mother’s life is medically threatened, but the number of illegal abortions is thought to be very high. Contraceptives are also not easily available to most people in the country. After the drone dropped the medication, two women took it to end their pregnancies. Discuss
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has just signed a new law that requires that women in the state wait 24 hours after initially visiting a doctor to have an abortion. According to the Miami Herald, the exception to the wait is if women can produce a “police report, court order or medical report proving the pregnancy came as a result of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking.” Advocates of the new measure, like Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, say the intention is to further allow women to take time to make an “informed decision,” as she told the paper, “versus a pressured, rushed, unexpected one.” Opponents of the state law say that it puts an unnecessary obstacle in the way of women who exercise their right to choose to end their pregnancy ... Discuss
A 23-year-old woman in Georgia has been charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug following the death of her baby. According to reports, Kenlissia Jones was five and a half months pregnant when she consumed pills she purchased on the Internet meant to induce an abortion. The drug she reportedly took is only intended to be taken until the 12th week of pregnancy. Jones delivered a live baby short after, who died half an hour after arriving at the hospital. The local DA aid that Jones’ case will soon be heard by a grand jury.
UPDATE: The murder charges have now been dropped. In statement, the DA said, "Ms. Jones had been charged by the Albany Police Department for the offense of malice murder. However, this morning, I dismissed that malice murder warrant after thorough legal research by myself and my staff led to the conclusion that Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts relating to the end of her pregnancy." She still faces a misdemeanor drug charge but has been released from jail. Discuss
Abortions are in the decline in the United States. A new Associated Press survey found that since 2010, across the country, the number of abortions performed has fallen by 12 percent. Somewhat surprisingly, the decline was seen in liberal states where access to abortion providers is not as restrictive, as well as states that have passed new, strict anti-abortion laws. Though a fall in teen pregnancies is partially credited with the drop, the AP spoke to advocates on both sides of the debate for their report, to get their opinions on why abortion is on the decline.
The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America partially credited the drop with the wide availability of contraception, telling the AP, “Better access to birth control and sex education are the biggest factors in reducing unintended pregnancies,” adding, “More restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the need for abortions." The president of Americans United for Life told the outlet, “There's an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture. There's an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born." You can read the entire report here ... Discuss
A measure that would make abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy illegal failed to pass the House of Representatives. Many in leadership felt that a requirement that rape be formally reported to police before the abortion could take place was unfair to victims. In cases of incest, the bill would only allow abortions after the 20-week mark if the victim was a minor. The rally against the mandate was led by Representative Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, who was one of several conservative women to vote against it. Ellmers explained after the vote, “The thing is—I am pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe that life begins at the point of conception.” Ellmers said, “Millennials are with us on so many issues. But when we come off as harsh and judgmental, we stop that conversation. We need to do a better job.” Several states already have their own laws banning abortions after 20-weeks. Another bill renewing an existing ban on any federal funds being used for abortion passed instead ... Discuss