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Abortion trials force political shift in N. Ireland

Belfast - The prosecution of women in Northern Ireland over abortion has become a key campaign issue ahead of regional elections on Thursday, with unprecedented political support for reforming the law.

Protest planned to support Argentine woman jailed for miscarriage

Buenos Aires - Women's and abortion rights groups will march Thursday demanding the release of a woman sentenced to eight years in jail following a miscarriage.

Former Polish first ladies slam proposed abortion ban

Varsovia - Three former Polish first ladies on Tuesday denounced a proposal to tighten the abortion law, already one of the most restrictive in Europe, saying it would only "aggravate women's tragedy".

Thousands protest against proposed Poland abortion law

Varsovia - More than 3,000 people protested in Warsaw on Saturday against proposals to tighten Poland's abortion law, which is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

Polish abortion proposals draw protests

Varsovia - Proposals to tighten an already restrictive abortion law on Sunday drew thousands of people to protests in Poland.

Trump says U.S. abortion laws 'set' for now

Washington - US abortion laws are set for now, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said, reiterating that he thinks abortion is "murder" days after igniting a firestorm by suggesting women who have them should be punished.

Trump: Women who get illegal abortions should be 'punished'

Washington - Women who have illegal abortions should be punished, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said, before backpedaling after a firestorm erupted over his latest controversial comment.

Polish Catholic Church calls for total abortion ban

Varsovia - Poland's Catholic Church on Wednesday called for a total abortion ban, as pro-life activists seek to tighten the law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

Pro-life Poles seek to tighten restrictive abortion law

Varsovia - Pro-life activists in Poland want to tighten an abortion law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe, but the move risks a backlash against the new right-wing government.

Chile lawmakers authorize abortion in limited cases

Santiago - Lawmakers in Chile's lower house of Congress on Thursday approved abortion in limited circumstances, the first step towards lifting a decades-old ban on the practice in the socially conservative South American country.

US Supreme Court split on high-stakes abortion case

Washington - Sharp divisions appeared Wednesday as the US Supreme Court heard its most important abortion case in a generation, with far-reaching implications for women's ability to end an unwanted pregnancy.

Key U.S. Supreme Court rulings on abortion

Washington - There a few issues that have roiled American political life as much as abortion.

US Supreme Court weighs high-stakes abortion case

Washington - The US Supreme Court takes up Wednesday the biggest challenge in decades to legalized abortion, a divisive issue being addressed in the middle of the presidential campaign.

Vatican says chill, Pope not backing pill

Vatican City - The Vatican on Friday moved swiftly to dampen claims Pope Francis had signalled a significant relaxation of the Catholic Church's ban on contraception in response to an outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America.

Pope Francis on Zika: Abortion a crime, contraception a lesser evil

Vatican City - Pope Francis insisted Thursday that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at risk of contracting the Zika virus."Abortion is not a lesser evil.

Op-Ed: Kentucky lawmaker wants men to get a note from wife to buy Viagra

Frustrated with lawmakers telling women what they can or can't do with their bodies, a Kentucky legislator has proposed a bill that will place restrictions on men trying to purchase Viagra.

Northern Ireland rejects bid to relax abortion law

London - The Northern Ireland regional assembly voted against relaxing strict abortion laws on Wednesday, despite a ruling by the Belfast High Court that the legislation breaches human rights.

Brazil's Catholic Church rejects Zika abortion argument

Bras - The Catholic Church in Brazil on Wednesday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly.

Zika fear reignites Brazil's abortion debate

Bras - The Zika virus scare is reopening debate over abortion in Brazil, where some are asking the painful question: is it right to risk having a baby with microcephaly?

Planned Parenthood cleared, activists indicted over videos

Houston - In a surprise twist, a Texas grand jury has cleared Planned Parenthood of misconduct related to the alleged sale of fetal body parts and has instead indicted the activists who recorded the undercover videos that prompted the investigation.

U.S. grand jury indicts anti-abortion activists

Washington - A Texas grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct against a major US abortion provider has instead indicted two anti-abortion activists who filmed the group in videos publicized by conservatives, officials said.

Planned Parenthood sues anti-abortion group for secret video

New York - Planned Parenthood, the US women's health care provider perennially attacked by conservatives, filed a lawsuit Thursday against an anti-abortion group it says filmed it illegally.

Colombia confirms capture of alleged rebel 'abortion doctor'

Estanzuela - A man who allegedly forced female FARC guerrilla fighters to have abortions was arrested in Spain, Colombian authorities said on Saturday.

N.Ireland abortion law 'against human rights'

London - Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion legislation is in breach of human rights law, the Belfast High Court found on Monday in a judgement hailed as "historic".

Bill restricting Brazil abortions inspires anger, angst

Rio De Janeiro - It's a disturbing scene: a Brazilian rape victim arrives at the hospital seeking an abortion, but first she must prove she was raped and undergo invasive questioning.

Obama signs bill averting US government shutdown

Washington - Congress and President Barack Obama steered the US government clear of a shutdown hours before a midnight deadline, approving temporary federal spending that does not defund a women's health care provider as Republicans hoped.

Thousands join Irish march for easing abortion law

Dublin - Thousands of people marched in Dublin on Saturday calling for an overhaul of Ireland's strict abortion laws, as a campaign for change gathers momentum ahead of the upcoming general election.Ireland has some of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws.

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.

Op-Ed: What does Mike Huckabee get wrong about science? A lot, it seems

What does Mike Huckabee get wrong about science? I did some digging and came to the conclusion that perhaps the question should be: "Does Mike Huckabee ever get anything right about science?"

Chilean Congress takes first step towards legal abortion

Santiago - Chile's Congress took its first step toward legalizing abortion in some cases, a practice that has been legally banned for decades in the socially conservative nation.
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