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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.

Michigan Rep. Hoogendyk preparing to challenge Upton in 6th Congressional District?

By | 01.10.12 | 9:29 am

Former Michigan state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk is likely to announce next week that he will challenge Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) in the GOP primary in August.

Ski industry exploited ‘lax regulatory environment’ under Bush, says former Forest Service official

Going to court may be “the best way” to resolve a dispute over water rights between the U.S. Forest Service and the National Ski Areas Association, according to a former Forest Service ski area permit coordinator.

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.”

(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.

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.

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.

Abortion foes to try to pass ‘personhood’ bill through Mississippi Legislature after failure in ballot box

Though voters soundly rejected a state “fetal personhood” measure that appeared on Mississippi’s November 2011 ballot, reps for Personhood USA say they still have hope — in the state’s legislature.