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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.

News anchor, anti-abortion activist to be the ‘face’ of Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment

By | 01.09.12 | 7:00 am

Kalley King Yanta, a former anchor for a Minneapolis-based television station and an anti-abortion-rights activist, has joined the Minnesota for Marriage group to anchor videos intended to convince Minnesotans to vote for the anti-gay-marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. The videos — and Yanta — have come under More…

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.”

Florida bipartisan bill would impose privacy regulations on anti-abortion pregnancy centers

Two state lawmakers — one Democrat, one Republican — have come together to file legislation that would require pregnancy resource centers, or crisis pregnancy centers, to protect the private medical information of women who visit them.

Secure Communities task force to Homeland Security: Stop Secure Communities

Former members of a task force on Secure Communities sent a letter this week to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calling on her to suspend the immigration enforcement program.

(VIDEO) Muslim Republican on ‘Daily Show’ calls accusations of terrorist ties ridiculous

Nezar Hamze, a registered Republican and the executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The Florida Independent that accusations tying his organization to Muslim terrorists are ridiculous.

Anti-enviro group vows to fight for ‘God-given rights’ in wake of Montana ruling

The combative head of an anti-environmentalist Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit with Colorado roots vowed on Thursday to appeal last week’s Montana Supreme Court ruling upholding the state’s nearly 100-year-old ban on corporate campaign spending.

Police arrest arson suspect in Florida abortion clinic fire

Police announced on Thursday that they have made an arrest following a fire at a Pensacola area abortion clinic early Sunday morning.

Archbishop orders Minnesota priests to support or stay silent on anti-gay-marriage amendment

By | 01.05.12 | 1:57 pm

“There ought not be open dissension on this issue,” is the message the Catholic hierarchy is telling priests in Minnesota — “this issue” being same-sex marriage.