Presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who signed a pledge against abortion rights, and businessman Herman Cain, who has not, seen at the taping of a radio show in New Hampshire in May.
July 28, 2011 The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America says that none of the declared Republican candidates for president — nor any of those thought to be waiting in the wings — would pass muster with voters who support a woman's right to choose.
(March 29, 2011 file photo from Chicago): Controversial anti-abortion billboards depicting President Obama. They were sponsored by ThatsAbortion.com.
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July 18, 2011 While black women are 13 percent of the nation's female population, they account for 30 percent of all abortions in the U.S. Strong voices on both sides debate the causes.
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July 14, 2011 In the first half of 2011, states enacted a record 162 new laws or changes to existing laws that affect reproductive health. There were 80 new abortion restrictions — more than double the previous record of 34 seen in 2005.
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June 17, 2011 The House of Representatives' 2012 farm and food spending bill contains deep cuts to programs that feed poor women and their babies, but it avoids making big cuts to farm subsidy programs.
June 16, 2011 The North Carolina Legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and approving a state budget that bans public funds from going to Planned Parenthood. That makes North Carolina the third state in a month to move toward restrictions on government funding of the group.
June 9, 2011 The millennial generation supports gay marriage. And the same group also supports abortion rights, but is conflicted in doing so. Overlapping majorities of respondents to a new poll described themselves as both "pro-choice" and "pro-life."
June 1, 2011 An NPR-Thomson Reuters poll finds 52 percent of Americans believe abortion should remain legal in all or most cases. Yet 59 percent said they believe having an abortion is wrong.
May 27, 2011 Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court charging that a South Dakota abortion law set to take effect in July violates both free speech rights and a woman's right to obtain an abortion.
Stewart Schwartz of Laurel, Md., attends a rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill on April 7, 2011.
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May 19, 2011 The cost of unintended pregnancies is large, and much of the bill — about $11 billion per year — is ultimately picked up by the government, a new study finds.
May 4, 2011 The end of bin Laden, and the nation's bipartisan sense of satisfaction about it, led President Obama to ask lawmakers Monday evening to extend that feeling to other areas. No such luck. House Republicans on Wednesday approved controversial anti-abortion legislation opposed by most Democrats.
May 4, 2011 Republicans in the House of Representatives won easy approval of a bill that would eliminate tax subsidies for some health insurance plans that cover abortion. But the bill faces more significant opposition in the Democrat-led senate.
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April 13, 2011 When Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep asked Rep. Tim Scott why the House GOP brought the social issue of abortion into a spending fight, the South Carolina lawmaker said Planned Parenthood funding was a spending issue, seemingly redefining the nature of the issue.
March 23, 2011 A new law that imposes the longest waits for abortions in the country is vulnerable to constitutional challenge. Supporters of abortion rights have vowed to file suit. And abortion opponents are uncharacteristically mum.
March 22, 2011 The new law is part of a national trend as Roe v. Wade faces new challenges in many states.
March 15, 2011 In a pointedly worded op-ed, Christine Todd Whitman, the former New Jersey governor, accused social conservatives of trying to "hijack" the budget process to advance their efforts to undermine abortion rights and in a way that will cause harm to many people.
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