Hot News Stories (2/11/16)

ABC News (USA)
Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015.

Huffington Post (USA)
Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. “This push for more abortion access is heartbreaking, especially since there are different degrees of microcephaly,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said at a hearing about the virus.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Crisis pregnancy centers operated by religious opponents of abortion are advocating for the right to deny abortion information to pregnant women considering their options. Many medial experts say these centers provide misleading accounts of rare abortion complications and of long-terms effects that have yet to be proven. For example, the centers often suggest that abortion is linked to breast cancer, but the National Cancer Institute states that “women who have had an induced abortion have the same risk of breast cancer as other women,” and that abortion has not been linked to other cancers.

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