MANCHESTER, England -- Abortions on grounds of gender are legal in Britain, the country's top prosecutor clarified in a letter to the government.
Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions, said in an Oct. 7 letter to Attorney General Dominic Grieve that the 1967 Abortion Act "does not ... expressly prohibit gender-specific abortions."
In the letter, released to the media Oct. 7, he explained the reasons why the Crown Prosecution Service had declined to lay charges against two doctors who had agreed to arrange abortions of female fetuses because of their gender.
VATICAN CITY -- In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice.
"In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!" the pope said Sept. 20 to a gathering of Catholic gynecologists.
Pope Francis characterized abortion as a product of a "widespread mentality of profit, the 'throwaway culture,' which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many."
DUBLIN -- Irish pro-life campaigners vowed to work to repeal a new law that permits abortion in limited circumstances.
President Michael D. Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill July 30 after tense parliamentary debates, during which several legislators resigned.
A day earlier, the president exercised his constitutional prerogative by calling a meeting of the Council of State to advise on whether he should sign the law or refer it to the country's Supreme Court to test the constitutionality of the bill.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The drama in Texas over abortion that drew national and international attention came to an end, for the moment, after the state House of Representatives, then the state Senate, voted to adopt tougher abortion regulations.
Gov. Rick Perry promised to sign the bill into law soon.
The law prohibits abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy, requires abortion clinics to be certified as surgical centers and increases regulations on doctors and abortion-inducing drugs.
Gov. Jay Nixon has taken no action on legislation preventing the spread of telemedicine abortions in Missouri, meaning it will become law next month.
The governor has exercised a provision in the Missouri Constitution that gives the governor the option of taking no action on legislation. The bill then becomes law, as if the governor had signed it. Nixon has exercised this provision several times with abortion-related and other legislation. The telemedicine law will become effective Aug. 28.