Hot News Stories (4/5/13)

Reuters (USA)
A federal judge on Friday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make “morning-after” emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.

Miami Herald
(Miami, FL)
Two Florida state Republicans crossed party lines and voted against a so-called sex-selective abortion bill that did pass this week on party lines.

CBS News
(USA)
The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would ensure that pharmacies could refuse to stock certain prescription drugs, such as emergency contraception.

GMA News
(USA)
Stem cell research, a relatively controversial topic in many circles, may have gotten a major boost from the Catholic Church, with an introduction for a book on the subject by no less than now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The Texas Statesman
(Austin, TX)
The Texas House avoided a protracted, potentially volatile debate Thursday when both sides of the abortion issue agreed to withdraw about a dozen family-planning amendments from consideration.

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