South Dakota appeals decision blocking requirement that pregnant women meet with pregnancy help center counselors prior to a scheduled abortion

By Dave Andrusko Pro-life advocates in South Dakota had waited patiently for almost a decade for a positive legal response to HB 1217, a law passed in 2011,which among other things required that a pregnant woman consult with a pregnancy help center, ensuring that she had all the facts available, before deciding whether or not …

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Utah wants informed consent before an abortion. Here’s why that matters.

By Kelli The Utah Legislature has approved a bill that would ensure that women choosing to undergo abortions have informed consent. The bill, which awaits Governor Gary Herbert’s signature, would require a woman to complete an online module which would educate her on childbirth (including fetal development, with photos), abortion (including a section on fetal …

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Informed consent to abortion profound complexities

By Margaret Somerville Anna (not her real name) came to see me to discuss the research she was doing on abortion. We talked about the articles she’d read, when I asked her, “How did you become interested in this topic?” She hesitated, then said, “I’ve just had an abortion, and I’m terribly upset and I’d …

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Missouri Supreme Court hears Satanic Temple challenge to Missouri informed consent law

By Dave Andrusko When last we wrote about the legal challenge brought by an adherent of the Satanic Temple to Missouri’s 72-hour waiting period/informed consent law, the Western District Court of the Missouri Court of Appeals had just ruled that because “Mary Doe’s” challenge “raises real and substantial constitutional claims, it is within the Missouri Supreme …

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Missouri Supreme Court will hear Satanic Temple challenge to Missouri informed consent law

By Dave Andrusko We’ve written [here and here] about the legal challenge brought by an adherent of the Satanic Temple to Missouri’s 72-hour waiting period/informed consent law. Our last story ran just prior to a decision last week by the Western District Court of the Missouri Court of Appeals which ruled that because “Mary Doe’s” challenge …

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Changes to Woman’s Right to Know Booklet provide Texas women with more information, resources

By Texas Right to Life Editor’s note. This post from Texas Right to Life provides a helpful overview of a very important resource. The introduction to the booklet mentioned begins, “You are pregnant and want to know everything you can about the options you have. You have a right to know the truth. This booklet …

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This One Thing is Making Abortion Numbers Plummet in Indiana

By Mike Fichter, CEO and President, Indiana Right to Life Indiana’s plunging number of abortions is solid evidence that life-affirming policies enacted by the Indiana state legislature, in particular informed consent policies, have resulted in far more women opting to choose life instead of abortion. Informed consent laws in Indiana provide women with information on …

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Texas Department of State Health Services seeks public comment on “A Woman’s Right to Know”

By Texas Right to Life The Texas Department of State Health Services has asked Texas residents for input on proposed improvements to the informed consent literature that abortion businesses are required to provide women considering abortion. The information is contained in a small booklet called A Woman’s Right to Know, which provides crucial information about …

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The profound complexities of informed consent to abortion

By Margaret Somerville Anna (not her real name) came to see me to discuss the research she was doing on abortion. We talked about the articles she’d read, when I asked her, “How did you become interested in this topic?” She hesitated, then said, “I’ve just had an abortion, and I’m terribly upset and I’d …

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Kentucky Gov. says PP “operating unlicensed abortion facility,” orders PP to cease performing abortions

Legislature moving on bill to strengthened informed consent law By Dave Andrusko In a typical in your face gesture, Planned Parenthood announced yesterday it was offering abortions in Louisville on the same afternoon lawmakers in the House were debating a bill that would strengthen the informed consent requirement that women wait at least 24 hours …

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The profound complexities of informed consent to abortion

  By Margaret Somerville Anna (not her real name) came to see me to discuss the research she was doing on abortion. We talked about the articles she’d read, when I asked her, “How did you become interested in this topic?” She hesitated, then said, “I’ve just had an abortion, and I’m terribly upset and …

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Why Planned Parenthood lost its fight over abortion info weblink and tried to pretend otherwise

  By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life As reported here late last Friday, Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid Missouri dropped the last of a three-part legal challenge to informed consent provisions of the 2013 Pro-life Protections Act. The Kansas Attorney General’s office issued a short statement today confirming the lawsuit had been dismissed. …

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