Today’s Pro-life News
The Florida Board of Medicine has revoked the license of an abortion practitioner who allegedly acted negligently in a shocking botched abortion case. The July 2006 incident involves baby Shanice Denise Osbourne, where abortion facility staff hid her body from officials after a botched abortion.
UW Board approves late-term abortions at clinic – After hearing three hours of emotional comments on both sides, a University of Wisconsin Hospital board agreed to allow late-term abortions at a Madison outpatient clinic. The vote was 11-3 Wednesday to provide abortions for women who are 19-22 weeks pregnant. The University of Wisconsin and Meriter Hospital had proposed the idea after a Madison doctor who had performed such abortions retired in December. No one else in the city does those procedures. Board chairman David Walsh called the second-trimester abortions “the worst kind of service” among those who believe life starts at conception. But he said women have a constitutional right to those abortions – and a great, full-service institution should do it if no one else will. Walsh said the chance of a public backlash was worth the risk. Opponents said they would boycott UW Hospital and stage demonstrations outside the clinic.
California training midwives to perform abortions – A state senator in California is planning to start asking some hard questions after his staff uncovered a “pilot project” concealed within a gerontology program originally launched in 1973 that is being used to train nurse midwives and physicians assistants to perform “suction aspiration” surgical abortion procedures. According to State Sen. Sam Annestad, a Republican from Grass Valley, the goal of the abortion program that carefully was concealed behind the description “expanding early pregnancy care” apparently is to train medical assistants to do abortions.
Obama Tries to Appease Both Sides of Abortion Debate – President Obama is trying to blunt the edge of perhaps the sharpest, most divisive wedge issue in the country: abortion. In a series of moves, Obama is attempting to nudge the debate away from the morality and legality of abortion and toward a goal he hopes both sides can endorse: decreasing the number of women who terminate their pregnancies by addressing the reasons they might choose the procedure. The strategy is being met by deep skepticism from many prominent antiabortion activists, but it has been embraced by some others as well as by leading abortion rights activists, who hope it could fundamentally reshape one of the nation’s most intransigent political stalemates.