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Arkansas governor signs abortion law banning common procedure

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law on Thursday a bill banning the most common abortion procedure employed in the second trimester of a pregnancy, among the most restrictive abortion legislation in the United States.

The law, which takes effect later this year, prohibits dilation and evacuation, a practice that pro-choice advocates say is the safest method of ending a pregnancy but which supporters of the legislation call "barbaric," requiring the "dismemberment" of the fetus.

Trump Just Reinstated the Global Gag Rule. It Won't Stop Abortion, But It Will Make It Less Safe.

President Donald Trump reinstated an executive order Monday barring US foreign aid from going to any nongovernmental organization (NGO) that either provides abortion services, or even discusses abortion with its patients as an option for family planning.

A statement from Population Action International (PAI), a global family planning advocacy organization, called the move to reinstate the so-called global gag rule, “the beginning of the Trump-Pence administration’s agenda to punish women everywhere.”

Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions Is Lying Through His Teeth if He Says He’ll Protect Women’s Rights

Senate confirmation hearings aren’t exactly known as bastions of transparency. Actual honesty from nominees about personal beliefs and motivations is nonexistent, despite the fact that those are precisely what the Senate and citizens are hoping to discern from the hearing in the first place. Nominees have long understood that there are simple rules they must follow to avoid any fuss: Ambiguously affirm what everyone wants to hear, and leave all specifics out of it. Don’t get pinned down, and don’t piss anyone off.

The Black Swan of UNSCR 2334

United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2334 against the settlements is a “black swan.” Everything about it should have been expected, but its effect is potentially transformative, not only for Israel but also for American Jewry and for any of its key institutions — such as Federations, Hillels, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Jewish Community Relations Councils (JCRCs), AJC, the Anti-Defamation League, Conference of Presidents, Birthright and the Israeli American Council — which are struggling to straddle the elusive “c

Anti-Abortion Efforts Threaten Life-Saving Medical Research

Medical research using human fetal tissue obtained from abortions has benefited millions of people worldwide and holds great promise for the continued advancement of basic science, as well as for the development of lifesaving vaccines and therapies.

Since 1973, when abortion became legal nationwide, fetal tissue research has, time and again, become entangled in the abortion controversy.