Reproductive health

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Reproductive health is a general term covering birth control, contraception, and family planning. It also may include the issues of abortion, reproductive rights, and right to life, as well as the pro-life movement.

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  • David Espo, "U.S. Senate votes to ban 'partial-birth' abortions in late pregnancies," AP, March 13, 2003.
  • Robin Toner, "House Bans an Abortion Method," The New York Times, June 5, 2003: On June 4th, "The House overwhelmingly approved legislation tonight to outlaw what abortion opponents call partial birth abortion, putting the anti-abortion movement on the brink of a major victory."
  • Judy Keen and Kathey Kiely, "Bush: USA isn't ready for total abortion ban," USA Today, October 29, 2003: "President George W. Bush, who campaigned as an opponent of abortion, said Tuesday that Americans aren't ready to support a complete ban. ... Next week, he will sign into law the first federal restriction since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973. The new law will outlaw a procedure that opponents have labeled 'partial-birth abortion.' ... Bush has never called for a ban on all abortions."
  • Tom Raum, "Abortion Bill May Trigger Election Fight," White House AP, November 6, 2003: "President Bush's signing of a ban on a certain type of abortion helps him shore up re-election support within his party's conservative core. It also appears to be triggering some unintended political consequences, from mobilizing abortion-rights activists, who consider it the first attack on the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, to setting up a divisive election-year battle over the court's next vacancy. ... Given the strong passions surrounding any abortion question, the president's signing of a bill Wednesday that outlaws what critics call partial-birth abortion could have political ramifications far beyond the medical and ethical issues at stake."
  • Peter Wallsten, "If Ax Falls on Roe, It May Also Split GOP," Los Angeles Times, July 4, 2005. Re retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.