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Pope Francis Tells Priests They Can Forgive Women Who've Had Abortions

But only if they seek forgiveness during a certain time.<p>According to the Roman Catholic Church, abortion is so significant a sin that those who receive or perform one are automatically excommunicated from the church. But Pope Francis is now telling all priests that they can forgive women who've had …

A moving set of photos has reignited a debate about abortion in China

There are about 13 million abortions conducted every year in China. The US, by comparison, which has about one-quarter of the population, conducts around one million annually. Forced abortions, as part of the government’s one-child policy, have long been used to contain the country’s population …

Two Congresswomen Explain How El Salvador's Abortion Ban Destroys Women's Lives

The country's draconian abortion ban has led to far too many women being shamed, abused, and sentenced to prison.<p>In 2004, Cristina Quintanilla was pregnant for the second time. Eight months into her pregnancy, she started feeling discomfort, which she assumed at first was normal. One night the pain …

Religious Liberty and Restoring Access to Abortion

Representative Henry Hyde of Chicago made his intentions clear in 1977 when he proposed a ban on funding abortion services with federal money. "I certainly would like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion, a rich woman, a middle-class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the …

Clock ticks: Still no legal abortion for ISIS rape victims

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Kurdish rights activists and lawmakers are demanding the regional parliament rapidly legalize abortion for women raped by …

Yazidis

I Went to Nigeria and Kenya to Work in Reproductive Health, and It Made Me Realize How Dangerous Lack of Abortion Access Can Be

<i>"When it comes to HIV, family planning, and reproductive health, you are either infected or affected."</i><p>After spending a month in Africa for a work trip, I was completely enthralled with the experience, the people, and the stories I heard everyday. The above quote was said in a conversation with a …

Ben Carson likens abortion to slavery, wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned

By Vanessa Williams<p>Vanessa Williams<p>Reporter on the National desk.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ben Carson argued Sunday that abortion should be outlawed in almost all cases, and he likened women who terminate their pregnancies to "slave owners."<p>Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether a woman should have the …

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Carson compares abortion to slavery

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ben Carson on Sunday compared abortion to slavery, saying he'd like to see the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade overturned so that the practice can be made illegal.<p>"Think about this. During slavery -- and I know that's one of those words you're not supposed to say, but I'm saying it -- …

Foreign Influence Shapes Ireland's Abortion Debate

<i>This is the second in a two-part series about the controversy surrounding the abortion ban in Ireland. The first part, about the growing movement to repeal the ban, can be read here.</i><p>The money trail<p>In December 2012, as outrage over the billboards grew, Joseph Scheidler, the national director of the …

Isn't It Time We Banned Anti-Abortion Protestors From Health Centres?

On a quiet back road near my home in north London there's an innocuous looking low-rise building that's occasionally surrounded by people waving …

Banned abortion video leaked, appears to show clinic owner advocating burning of fetuses

Hidden camera footage shot by a pro-life group and leaked online despite a court order purportedly shows a Michigan abortion provider talking about dumping fetuses in a garbage disposal, giving them back to patients in a “gift bag” and even burning them for heat.<p>U.S. District Judge William Orrick …

Helen & Graham Linehan's Amnesty video damns Ireland's barbaric abortion laws

In 2004, Helen Linehan terminated a pregnancy she had conceived with her husband, IT Crowd/Father Ted creator Graham Linehan, after discovering that …

China's one-child policy led to forced abortions and other atrocities

China is abandoning its one-child policy after more than 30 years. The policy was implemented in order to curb population growth, but it has had unintended consequences. Because of China's traditional preference of boys over girls, the country's demographics are now skewed, with 34 millions more …

Pregnancy-Prevention Program Reduces Teen Abortions by 50 Percent--And It's Still Controversial

Last week, the Colorado Department of Health and Ennvironment (CDPHE) blasted a news release to reporters crediting a pregnancy-prevention program for reducing teen abortion and pregnancy rates by 50 percent in Colorado, an increase of over 10 points from a year ago.<p>The program provides free or …

‘It was the scariest thing I've ever done’: the Irish women forced to travel for abortions

Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian<p>Helen, lead nurse at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic in Liverpool, which treats around 30 women a …

Abortion Debate Ended By Christian Pastor Jeff Crawford: 'God Owns Women's Bodies'

A Christian pastor ended the abortion debate on Sunday, providing a definitive answer for the tension between the right of a mother and that of her …

8 Critical Theory Books That Came Out in October

Arendt, Barthes, Nietzsche and more.

Why God Didn’t Even Exist in the First Place

I was writing away mindlessly in my philosophy class, taking notes on my peers ’presentation on <br>Western Philosophers. I was copying down word after …

Faith

Atheist Richard Dawkins Breaks Down Why He Believes the 9/11 Hijackers ‘Were Not in Themselves Evil’

Atheist biologist Richard Dawkins said in an interview with an Irish media outlet on Sunday that he believes that it is self-centered for people to do good simply to “curry favor with God.”<p>Dawkins, who is widely known for his oft-times blistering critiques of religion, also told Raidió Teilifís …

Mill As Science Fiction Author

In addition to teaching Nietzsche, I’m teaching Science Fiction and Philosophy. (Yes, I lead a charmed life.)One of the fun games hereabouts is …

Who Created God? – The Secret History of "Spirit-Force"

<b>This essay examines the question of why human beings have always had such a strong need to believe that gods are overlooking and protecting them. I</b> …

"Origin of the Universe Riddle Solved- and,er, It Wasn't God" Claim Canadian Physicists

A Group of researchers have made what may turn out to be the most significant discovery in HISTORY – how the cosmos came into being from nothing. The …

Why John Stuart Mill Matters: Think for Yourself

<b>The first post in a series looking at John Stuart Mill and the defence of individual liberty.</b><p>The great English philosopher and thinker John Stuart …

British Philosophy

Bad Religion’s Frontman Has a New Theory About Evolution and Coexistence

SoCal punk legend Greg Graffin has a new theory on what drives natural progression.<p>Each fall, mild-mannered Greg Graffin, a zoology PhD, lectures about evolution at Cornell University. For the rest of the year, he stirs up mosh pits as the frontman of SoCal punk legends Bad Religion. Last month, …

Should We Really Trust the Universe?

It's not often that any of us change a long-held view about an important matter, but it happened to me recently. I got on a plane from Gatwick and when I arrived in Naples I had completely changed my mind on something I have been banging on about for many years. If I am right in my new view, it has …