Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:40:00

New polling shows majority favors legal abortion, particularly younger people

New poll shows majority labels themselves "pro-choice" and support for legal abortion heavily outpolls those who favor making it illegal. Don't bother to tell the Arkansas legislature.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 13:44:00

Governor signs bill to deter abortion pill; Planned Parenthood criticizes

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed one of the batch of anti-abortion bills this session, the one to prevent doctors watch a woman by webcame while she takes a pill that, in a few days in combination with other pills, might induce a miscarriage in the first eight weeks of pregnancy.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 07:38:00

Resistance to punitive abortion legislation in Washington, not Arkansas

Republican opposition scuttled a planned House vote on a 20-week abortion ban. This was a ban that all the male Republicans in Arkansas were saying confidently at last Sunday's anti-abortion march would be passed this week.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 08:04:00

Women's medical rights continue to lose ground — or do they?

While Republican politicians join the annual antiabortion march today, Republicans in other states have cautioned against alienating young voters by obsession with moral issues. And it's also a good time to clear up some misinformation about pharmaceutical abortions, targeted in the latest anti-woman legislation in Arkansas.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:14:00

Arkansas anti-abortion legislators plan more curbs on women's medical autonomy

Republican lawmakers plan further assaults on the constitutional right to an abortion in the 2015 legislative session.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 17:41:00

UPDATE: Rutledge email causes a stir, but she tells AP words were not hers and former co-worker confirms

A 2007 e-mail written by Leslie Rutledge, the Republican nominee for attorney general, caused a stir but it apparently was quoting a co-worker, not her own thoughts on abortion.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:48:00

Dustin McDaniel continues to do Jason Rapert's dirty work

The state of Arkansas has filed its appeal of Judge Susan Webber Wright's finding that the 2013 law prohibiting most abortions after 12 weeks' gestation is unconstitutional. You wonder how McDaniel and his staff sleep at night filing this kind of balderdash.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 07:44:00

Reproductive rights and the Cotton-Pryor Senate race

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, you may remember, was a co-sponsor of the "Life at Conception Act," a so-called personhood measure which would give full constitutional rights to each "preborn human person" at the "moment of fertilization. In addition to being a frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, the bill (likely unconstitutional) could ban certain forms of birth control such as IUDs or the morning-after pill. The Washington Post's Greg Sargent speculates that Democratic Senate candidates may try to make this a wedge issue to help them appeal to women:

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 17:18:00

Federal judge strikes down Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban

Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright today completed the job she'd started with an earlier injunction: She struck down the 2013 law that prohibited most abortions beginning with the 12th week of pregnancy.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 09:36:00

Abortion rate drops; contraception, economy cited among factors

It's been widely noted, but it's worth repeating that the latest statistics show a drop in abortions in the U.S.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 08:00:00

Tom Cotton's war on women's medical rights

A day — heck an hour, it seems like — doesn't pass without a direct e-mail from Extremist U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton or one of his social media enablers touting Cotton's animus toward women.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 07:13:00

Abortion: Takes center stage in 2014 elections

Abortion never went away. But the Republican noise machine has been pumping more decibels than ever on abortion.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 09:19:00

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to allow Arizona's 20-week abortion ban, which Arkansas law parallels

The United States Supreme Court today declined to review a lower court decision that invalidated Arizona's state law prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, far in advance of when a fetus can live outside the womb.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 15:21:00

Republicans play abortion card in special Senate election

The Republicans think they have a winner in their old political warhorse, abortion. Check out their advertising above in the special election next week in Jonesboro for state Senate, featuring the Jon Hubbard-loving teabagger Republican, John Cooper, against mainstream businessman, Steve Rockwell, for the Democrats.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 08:07:00

Stand up for reproductive rights; rally at Capitol Jan. 18

The Arkansas legislature is doing all it can — federal court precedent be damned — to eradicate not only abortion but contraception from Arkansas.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 07:50:00

Texas law restricting abortion remains in place for now

A divided Supreme Court yesterday allowed Texas to continue enforcing laws restricting abortion. The case is still on appeal at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and will likely end up back at the Supreme Court once a ruling has been made there.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 15:04:00

U.S. Supreme Court won't review Oklahoma's invalidated ultrasound abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review an Oklahoma state court decision that invalidated an Oklahoma law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound test performed and be shown an image of the fetus.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:32:00

20-week abortion ban goes national

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation to ban all abortions at 20 weeks — no exceptions no matter how grim the circumstance for mother or fetus.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 07:31:00

Arkansas's anti-abortion laws focus of major article; Rapert misses the point

Sen. Jason Rapert's Twitter feed alerts me to an article in The Atlantic about abortion.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 15:11:00

Texas abortion law struck down

A federal district court in Texas has struck down that state's restrictive abortion law. It required all abortions to be peformed at surgical facilties, required doctors to have admitting priviThe law, one of the strictest in the nation, banned abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and required doctors to perform all abortion in surgical facilities starting next October.

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