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Apple: Siri’s abortion answers are a mistake

By | 12.01.11 | 7:57 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The New York Times reports that Apple has released a statement claiming that the controversy over Siri, the new iPhone voice software, is the result of a glitch, and was not intentional.

‘Personhood’ bill introduced in Virginia

By | 12.01.11 | 6:52 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Undaunted by the failure of similar initiatives across the country, Virginia legislator Bob Marshall has introduced a bill that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.

Abortion rights advocates and foes weigh in on iPhone Siri controversy

By | 12.01.11 | 6:45 pm | More from The Florida Independent

This week, rumblings on the Internet that Siri,Apple’s new iPhone voice software, is “anti-choice” have garnered the attention of political advocacy groups on both sides of the abortion debate.

Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly, experts say

By | 12.01.11 | 4:49 pm

On World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama declared that America is on its way to defeating the global pandemic known as the AIDS virus. At an online conference Thursday, the President announced more funding ($50 million more) for HIV/AIDS treatment in the U.S. and a higher target goal More…

Congressional hearing on ‘politicization of grants’ and Catholic Church scheduled for Thursday

By | 11.29.11 | 11:11 am | More from The Florida Independent

This week Congress will hold yet another hearing addressing a grievance from Catholic bishops, this time about a recent loss of federal funds.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on Thursday titled, “HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants,” More…

Abortion-related provisions delaying passage of spending bills in Congress

By | 11.16.11 | 12:46 pm

Congress has until Friday at midnight to pass 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2012, as well as stopgap spending legislation to keep the government running until Dec. 16 while lawmakers continue to debate more controversial spending measures. As the Associated Press reports, if the stopgap measure does More…

Experts: Michigan students given false information by Colorado-based abstinence-education program

An abstinence-only presentation provided to numerous school districts in Calhoun and Eaton Counties in October of this year provided false and misleading information to students about HIV, experts allege.

What women want … from the ‘super committee’

By | 11.15.11 | 5:25 pm

The subject of a recent episode of the NBC comedy series “The Office” was about a doomsday device created by devious employee Dwight K. Schrute (played by Rainn Wilson). If his fellow co-workers committed five errors in a single workday, the device was wired to send an email to More…

Planned Parenthood names five ‘states at risk’ in the coming election

By | 11.15.11 | 3:33 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Planned Parenthood has included Florida in its list of “states at risk” for the upcoming election. Only four other states (Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio and Texas) are included on the list.

Boise CPC seeks to draw clients from neighboring Planned Parenthood, director says

By | 11.14.11 | 5:47 pm

Two weeks after moving next door to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boise, Idaho, Stanton Healthcare, an anti-abortion center for women with unexpected pregnancies, is working on a plan to boost its clientele while simultaneously minimizing Planned Parenthood’s.