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Navigating anti-abortion online strategy

By | 02.07.12 | 11:53 am

Updated: 6:15 p.m. EST with a clarified quote*.

In the seemingly endless war over abortion rights in America, battles are waged in legislatures, in courts and, most recently, on the Internet.

Local Michigan county wants to force meds on HIV criminal suspect

By | 01.10.12 | 9:38 am

Sangeeta Ghosh, assistant corporate counsel for Kent County, Mich., says should the 51-year-old man charged in two cases of failing to disclose his HIV-positive status to sexual partners make bail, the county is prepared to ask a court to force him to take antiretroviral medications.

New Florida bill would outlaw gender- and race-based abortions

With the beginning of session only days away, Florida legislators have been busy filing a slew of anti-abortion bills. Add yet another to the list: a measure outlawing race- and gender-based abortions. The bill was filed by state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood.

Media analysis: Grand Rapids HIV criminal case spurs ‘sensationalist’ reporting

By | 01.09.12 | 6:00 am

An alleged admission by a 51-year-old Comstock Park, Mich., man that he attempted to infect hundreds of people with HIV through unprotected sexual activity and needle-sharing has sparked a media feeding frenzy, which HIV activists and legal experts have roundly censured as “sensationalist.”

Guttmacher: Record-setting number of anti-abortion measures introduced in 2011

The Guttmacher Institute reports that a record-setting “1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions” were introduced by state legislators nationwide in 2011. The legislation that was eventually enacted resulted in 92 anti-abortion measures, specifically, in 24 states.

(VIDEO) American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer comes out as AIDS denialist

By | 01.06.12 | 9:05 am

Adding to an ongoing list of controversial statements, American Family Association President Bryan Fischer is now claiming that HIV is not the cause of AIDS or the AIDS epidemic.

New Florida bill would make performing abortions a felony

Last week, Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, followed through on his announcement that he would bring back a bill that bans abortion in the state of Florida, providing only an exception to save the life of the


Florida legislator wants to make January a celebration of anti-abortion pregnancy centers

Florida state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has filed a bill for the upcoming session that would make January 2012 ”Pregnancy Resource Center Month.”

Report: Morning after pill not always available to women 17 and older

In the wake of the federal government’s decision to overrule the FDA’s request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception to women under the age of 17, a new report shows that even some women 17 and older are unable to obtain the morning after pill when they need it.

Number of Floridians on AIDS drug waiting list climbs again

The waiting list to enroll in Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program grew to more than 1,070 people by last Thursday, according to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.