The "audit" of nearly 7000 abortions performed in South Australia in 2009 and last year found that 3.3 per cent of women who used mifepristone in the first trimester of pregnancy - when most elective terminations occur - later turned up at hospital emergency departments, against 2.2 per cent who had undergone surgery.
And the rate of hospital admission jumped to 5.7 per cent for recipients of early "medical" abortions - using drugs - compared with 0.4 per cent for surgical patients re-admitted for post-operative treatment.
It looks like some higher up Democrat has gotten to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. The D.A. who filled charges against abortionist Kermit Gosnell and whose office put together the grand jury report detailing what can happen when abortion clinics aren't inspected is now claiming Pennsylvania law to treat abortion clinics as ambulatory facilities (which the grand jury report recommended) goes too far.
His letter ignited sharp reactions in Harrisburg. Said Rep. Matt Baker (R., Bradford), chairman of the House Health Committee and the bill's sponsor: "I don't understand why he wrote the letter and who influenced him. . . . It's almost as if he's trying to defend, on the one hand, his grand jury report. Then, on the other hand, he's raising all kinds of questions that contradict his own grand jury's recommendations."
The Los Angeles Times has an article on prolife legislation in various states.
"We are always monitoring a huge number of anti-choice laws," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which challenges antiabortion laws. "But what we are seeing this year is some of the most extreme restrictions, and they are passing at a rather sharp clip."
That is probably because of several factors, including the prominence of the abortion issue in last year's healthcare debate, as well as gains by Republicans, both at the state and national level, in November's election, advocates on both sides say.