Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Life Links 4/2/13

Some Democrats in Pennsylvania are wary of nominating Allyson Swartz, a Congresswoman who founded and ran an abortion clinic, as a candidate for governor.
But as the five-term U.S. representative from Montgomery County prepares her campaign for the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, many in her party, including backers of possible rivals, fret that Schwartz's political profile could make her vulnerable to Republican attacks in a general election.

The concern mentioned most often: Not only does Schwartz strongly support abortion rights, but before entering politics, she ran a Philadelphia women's health clinic where abortions were performed.

"A dream candidate for Republicans," one Democratic strategist warned.

In an interview with Sarah Kliff, Tammi Kromenaker, the operator of the only abortion clinic in North Dakota, notes that there is room for only one abortion clinic in North Dakota. 

SK: How long have you been the only abortion clinic in North Dakota?

TK: Since February 2001. Just to be clear, we're not like Mississippi where other clinics have been legislated out of existence. This population is small, and it can only support one clinic. There was one that opened in 1991 and closed in 2001. There were two clinics for about two and a half years, but Fargo can't support more than one clinic.

In Israel, a woman has been arrested after a home birth resulted in a dead child.  An autopsy is being done to determine whether the child was stillborn, as the mother claims. 

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