Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Midweek News Roundup: 05/18/11

Domestic News: MTV is running ads for Planned Parenthood, but has rejected ads from a pro-life group, Heroic Media. Heroic Media has been allowed to advertise on MTV in the past, but without prior notice MTV pulled Heroic Media's ads. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed legislation on Monday providing numerous new abortion regulations. Specifically, according to LifeNews these new laws, "...allow for inspections of abortion centers, allow women a chance to see an ultrasound before an abortion, and ban the use of webcam, or telemed, abortions." Similar legislation was passed by the legislature in 2003 and 2005, but was vetoed by former Governor and current Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (D). With the Presidential election coming up in the United States, many are wondering where the potential Republican candidates stand on abortion. We've got a nice list that our leader posted here and this is another good resource. Additionally, regarding potential contender Mitch Daniels (R-IN), he signed some sweeping, pro-life legislation last week.

International News: In Russia, legislators are working to curb abortions. How? By prohibiting abortions from being covered by state sponsored medical care. It would also prohibit abortions performed after the second half of the pregnancy, i.e. 20 weeks. Schools in New Zealand are coming under fire for helping students get abortions without their parents knowledge. They did not violate any law, but many parents are upset about not being informed about the medical procedure being performed in secret on their children.

Did I miss any news in my roundup that you feel is important? Feel free to add links in the comments!

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