Thursday, February 28, 2013

Life Links 2/28/13

An Alabama health committee heard testimony on legislation to regulate abortion clinics.  One ob/gyn noted some of the problems created by circuit-riding abortionists.

Matt Phillips, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Montgomery, spoke in favor of the bill and said the hospital privileges were an important requirement.

"In these botched abortions, when the patient is in trouble, it's usually at night," Phillips said. "The abortionist has already gone back to their own town. Then the patient arrives at the ER, unattended. In that case, oftentimes, we're called to the ER to clean up the mess. Now I don't mind cleaning up the mess because I took a Hippocratic Oath to take care of people. But it's good care to be able to stay and take care of your patients."

Politico interviewed Ilyse Hogue about how NARAL will "redefine" choice.

The new head of NARAL Pro-Choice America is ready to redefine "choice." It's the right to end a pregnancy — and the right to start one, including access to pricey fertility treatment.

Once a baby is born, parents should have paid family leave to take care of them.....

"Choice is a dynamic thing," she told POLITICO in an interview in her new office last week. "It's not like the definition of choice 40 years ago necessarily is the same definition. It will always be access to safe and legal abortion. … But that's the beginning of the conversation; that's not the end of the conversation."

The Arkansas legislature have overridden Govenor Beebe's veto of their 20-week abortion ban. 

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