A new movement seeks to award special certificates to fetuses that are stillborn, but pro-choice advocates worry that this is yet another step toward fetal personhood that could endanger abortion rights.
Thirteen years ago, Joanne Cacciatore delivered a stillborn fetus, a trauma that was compounded by the fact that she received a death certificate in the mail but no birth certificate -- a tangible memento she said would have helped her grieve.
Motivated by her loss, she mounted a grassroots campaign in her home state of Arizona to get the government to give parents who deliver stillborn fetuses the option of receiving a "certificate for stillborn birth" -- and in so doing unintentionally waded into the turbulent waters of abortion politics.
In the last three months, the Supreme Court fired off a trio of rulings that women's rights advocates say have wounded women's equality. But it saved a final bullet in for the last day of the 2006-2007 term.
In a 5-4 decision, the court on Thursday struck down a pair of voluntary plans to integrate public schools in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky. On their face, the cases are about race, but women's rights advocates say the court's decision will also have a profound impact on girls and women.
In March, a 14-year-old girl in foster care walked into a reproductive health clinic in Washington, D.C., seeking an abortion. She was HIV-positive, on dialysis because of kidney failure, and recently had spent time in a psychiatric ward after trying to commit suicide. Even though the girl could not afford the abortion she so badly wanted, she was able to get it thanks to funds provided by private donors.
Terri Herring is on a mission from God. Twenty years ago, the Mississippi resident, as a young, stay-at-home mom, headed “from the kitchen sink to the state capitol” to persuade lawmakers to restrict access to abortion. She and her friends celebrated their first victory that year when, in 1986, Mississippi passed a law requiring physicians to obtain written consent from both parents before performing an abortion on a minor.
An old joke in Washington has it that every member of the Senate sees a future president when he or she looks in the mirror.
Actually, make that he. Once again, it appears that the Democrats will entertain any number of pretenders to the presidential throne from the Senate -- among them John Kerry of Massachusetts, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, John Edwards of North Carolina, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Bob Graham of Florida and perhaps Joseph Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut -- plus several candidates from outside the Senate. But none will be female.