Domestic News: In Iowa, a bill defining life as beginning at conception passed through its first hurdle, it passed in a 3 person House subcommittee by a 2-1 vote. It then moves onto the House Human Resources Committee. Pro-life leaders are optimistic that it will move out of that committee and get approved by the general House, but in the Democratic controlled Senate, the bill's future is uncertain. In North Dakota, a bill banning all abortions passed the State House of Representatives in a 68-25 vote. Around February 25, the bill will move onto the State Senate. After 2010 Republican gains in Maine, pro-life legislators are pushing to tighten Maine's abortion laws. Proposed legislation would require a 24 hour waiting period, parental notification, and require a reading of a detailed description of the fetus to any woman or teenager prior to performing an abortion. Another bill would make it a separate crime when a person harms an unborn child while assaulting a pregnant woman.
International News: Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber is, apparently, pro-life. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Bieber said, "I really don't believe in abortion. It's like killing a baby?" New Zealand high court overturned a requirement by the nation's Medical Council which required doctors confronted with patients who did not want to continue their pregnancy to recommend an abortion. According to LifeNews, the requirement violated "...the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act, which legalized abortion but provided conscience rights."
Editorial: Peter Tuci of the Daily Caller has a new piece entitled, "We should pay women not to get abortions." It's an interesting piece and worth a read.