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A Guide to the Abortion Issue

Pharmacy Rights Battleground: Washington State
7 June 2006. The Washington State Board of Pharmacy has issued a draft rule which would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions. This article details the rule and objections to it as well as how this issue fits into a larger topic, culture war.

NARAL State Bill Tracker
NARAL provides one-click access to any state in the country - with a profile of pending state legislation relating to abortion.

Abortion in the News
Breaking news and blog archive about abortion issues in the United States.

Issue Summary: Abortion
This issue summary provivdes background about abortion in America and presents various points of view on the political aspects of the issue.

Abortion: A Buddhist Perspective
Guide Anthony Flanagan reviews the teaching of Buddhism as it relates to abortion, specifically looking at the definition of when life begins.

A History of the Abortion Issue in the United States
From the 1820s to today, Women's History Guide Jone Johnson Lewis chronicles the controversy surrounding abortion.

Catholicism and Politics
Review of position of Catholic Church on abortion and Iraq; statement of Southern Bishops on abortion and communion.

Judaism and Abortion
Rabbi Simmons explains the nuances of how Jewish law applies to abortion.

Late Term Pregnancy (LTP) Abortion Ban
Civil Liberties Guide Andrew Somers provides an overview of the "partial birth abortion" ban.

NPR: 30th Anniversary of Roe v Wade
These seven news analyses from National Public Radio provide a look at the abortion issue from many facets.

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
Text and history of the bill that passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in 2003; from the Library of Congress.

Roe v Wade
Text of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the first two trimesters by overturning a Texas law that criminalized performing abortions unless a woman's life was at risk; From the Touro Law Center.

Roe v Wade : 25 Years Later
This 1998 special report from CNN examines the right to privacy, provides an interview Norma McCorvey (a.k.a. Jane Roe) and details the rhetoric used in the debate.

Roe v Wade : Its History and Impact
Planned Parenthood puts the court ruling into context, noting that in 1965 it was illegal for married couples to buy contraceptives until the Supreme Court ruled that "government cannot interfere with certain personal decisions about procreation, marriage, and other aspects of family life."

Why Does Catholicism Oppose Abortion?
Jessica Steinmetz, Guide to Catholicism, has penned a personal essay to explain the view of the Catholic Church.

Rick Santorum Biography
Read a biography of 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Learn about the candidate's political career and personal life. Learn about the controversies in which Rick Santorum has been involved.

2012 Republican Platform on Abortion
Read what the 2012 Republican platform on abortion states. Learn about the controversy surrounding the party platform on abortion. See where 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan stand on abortion.

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