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Reproductive Rights

Huckabee promotes ‘fetal personhood’ in movie

By | 12.16.11 | 5:36 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Former presidential contender and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has teamed up with Citizens United to promote “fetal personhood,” a movement sweeping the country in the form of amendments that aim to define as beginning at the moment of conception.

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Gingrich signs ‘fetal personhood’ pledge

By | 12.15.11 | 12:37 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Republican presidential favorite Newt Gingrich has pledged his support for the controversial anti-abortion movement known as “fetal personhood,” by signing a pledge that has yet to be signed by opponent Mitt Romney.

Judge may hear challenge to federal decision on Plan B

A women’s health advocacy group plans to reopen a legal fight to challenge the federal government’s decision to overrule a request from the FDA to expand access to the morning after pill, also called Plan B, to women under the age of 17.

Senate Dems ask Sebelius for ‘scientific rationale’ behind emergency birth control decision

By | 12.13.11 | 5:02 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Fourteen U.S. Senate Democrats have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for the “scientific rationale” behind her decision to reverse an FDA request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception for teenagers under the age of 17.

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National anti-abortion rights group hires former Planned Parenthood director

By | 12.09.11 | 2:03 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion-rights group that has its sights set on Planned Parenthood, announced yesterday that the group has hired Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood employee turned high-profile anti-abortion advocate.

Reproductive rights groups compare Obama to Bush for Plan B decision

By | 12.08.11 | 12:26 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Women’s health advocates all over the country were stunned yesterday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reversed an FDA request to expand access to over-the-counter emergency contraception for teenagers under the age of 17. In press releases denouncing the decision, a common theme has emerged: President Obama has followed in

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Rep. DeGette laments HHS move against expanding access to emergency birth control

By | 12.08.11 | 9:46 am | More from The Colorado Independent

Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, head of the pro-choice caucus and a staunch advocate for women’s health rights, said she was disappointed that the Obama administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday opposed a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration, announcing she would deny a More…

Personhood Florida launches new petition

By | 12.07.11 | 8:50 am | More from The Florida Independent

A group that wants Florida to define life as beginning at the moment of conception has officially launched its “personhood petition.”

According to the new post on Personhood Florida’s website, the new Florida ProLife Personhood Amendment is based on language endorsed by the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.

NOW asks Obama to resist demands from bishops on birth control

By | 12.06.11 | 5:53 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest organization of feminist activists in the U.S., has joined reproductive rights advocates in asking President Obama not to cave in to pressure from the Catholic leaders asking that he strike a recent decision that increases access to birth control for women.

Gingrich clarifies stance on abortion, believes life begins at implantation, not fertilization

By | 12.05.11 | 1:55 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Would-be Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich has come under fire for floating the idea of a national “fetal personhood” measure similar to the one recently defeated in Mississippi.