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Supreme Court strikes down abortion restrictions

By Richard Wolf WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court delivered its most significant ruling on abortion in a generation Monday (June 27), striking down restrictions on Texas clinics and doctors that threatened to make the procedure more difficult for women to access. The divided court, acting on the last day of a term in which it […]

Anti-abortion groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (RNS) by Steve Rabey For the past five years, Catholic priest Bill Carmody led a weekly Mass in the parking lot of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility where a gunman killed three people last Friday (Nov. 27). In fact, Carmody had been in the parking lot with a handful of protesters […]

New online atlas ‘heat-maps’ views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration

The latest edition of the American Values Atlas, released Wednesday (Feb. 25), allows users to “heat-map” views on those issues across all 50 states and 30 metropolitan areas to see where attitudes blow hot or cold.

GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary

Abortion opponents marking the huge annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday (Jan. 22) and anticipating legislative gains by a Republican-dominated Congress were thrown into disarray after GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew an anti-abortion bill that had been seen as a done deal.

Case ‘is’ a horror, but no reason to leave RCRC

By Steve Copley, Special Contributor… The Kermit Gosnell case is as horrible as you think it is. And it illustrates precisely why it should not be used to argue for further restriction of access. Women living in poverty in Philadelphia felt that Gosnell was their only option when they needed an abortion, in part because […]

How will United Methodists respond to Gosnell horror?

By Matt O’Reilly, Special Contributor… United Methodists have an impressive record for faithfully responding to tragedy. In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, Methodist congregations responded with an outpouring of love and intercession. We have preached, prayed and worked to transform the systems that not only allow but sometimes even enable such terrible acts. The […]