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‘Abortion is murder’ initiative could be headed to Ohio voters
Three Christians in Ohio are defiantly trying to overrule the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade by proposing a voter referendum that would classify abortion as “aggravated murder.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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Proposal would brand abortion as aggravated murder in Ohio
Petitions were submitted Friday to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office calling for an amendment to the Ohio Constitution branding abortion as aggravated murder. COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to amend the Ohio Constitution to classify abortion as aggravated murder has been presented to the Ohio attorney general for review.  Petitions were submitted Friday to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office --  the first step in a long process to reach the Ohio ballot. DeWine must decide whether the proposal moves to the second step by Monday.  A proposed constitutional amendment would not go on the ballot until at least 2017. The proposed constitutional amendment would "prohibit abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception, and classify it as aggravated murder in the state of Ohio." The amendment language includes provisions to allow for contraception to prevent pregnancy, would not affect procedures involving unfertilized eggs and would not affect procedures like invitro-fertilization.   You can read the proposal below. Mobile users click here. How does the process work?  Ohio law requires that the proposal be accompanied by at least 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters.   DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney did not have an estimate for the total number of signatures submitted. They were submitted on about 100 separate petitions and referred to county boards of election for validation. After the elections boards complete their work, the total will be counted.  In addition to meeting the signature threshold, the attorney general must decide if the summary proposed for the amendment is a fair representation of the amendment language as a whole.  Is the language reviewed for constitutionality?  The review process does not examine whether the proposed amendment would survive a constitutional challenge if enacted.   DeWine does not pass judgment on the merit of the amendment -- only whether the summary that will appear on petitions accurately describes the proposed ballot issue.    The Ohio Supreme Court would have exclusive jurisdiction to hear a challenge to the amendment, Tierney said.  The issue could come into play if the proposal moves forward at all.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that under the U.S. Constitution, the ability for a woman to chose to have an abortion is a protected right.  The measure proposed in Ohio is similar to one proposed earlier this year in Oklahoma, said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, an abortion rights advocate.   That effort was proposed for the 2016 Oklahoma ballot. In March 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected the initiative petition, saying that the proposal would violate U.S. Supreme Court rulings.  In the past, DeWine has sometimes weighed in with his opinion of a proposal after announcing his legal ruling on whether it meets the signature requirements and is in proper form. DeWine, for example, was not in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but his office agreed that that amendment, Issue 3 in 2015, was in proper form to advance.  Tierney said it is too soon to say what DeWine's personal reaction might be. It's no secret that DeWine does not support abortion. But he also might shy from  taking a position on this proposal given the potential constitutional issues. What happens next?  If the language is deemed to not be a true summary of the amendment, or if too few signatures were submitted, the group that submitted the issue can start over and then resubmit.  That would involve correcting language if necessary and collecting new signatures. These petitions were submitted by three people. The Columbus Dispatch identified them as Laura Burton of Cleveland, Anthony Dipane of Munroe Falls, and Dustin Paulson of Strasburg - none of whom are not connected with Right to Life or other organized anti-abortion rights groups.  If the issue clears DeWine's review, the Ohio Ballot Board would consider whether it is one constitutional amendment or whether it should be broken into multiple issues. If approved, backers could then begin gathering signatures .  To get on ballot, petitioners would have to collect signatures from 305,591 registered voters. The total is equal to 10 percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial contest. Those signatures must be gathered from at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, and in each of 44 counties, the total gathered must amount to 5 percent of the 2014 gubernatorial vote locally.
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What we learned about Neil Gorsuch during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees act out a peculiar Washington ritual in which inquisitive senators gather before TV cameras to hear an aspiring justice politely refuse to answer their questions on all the pressing legal issues of the day. To no one’s surprise, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch,...
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Russia, the Supreme Court and the travel ban: Notable storylines from Trump's week
By now, most of the storylines have been set. The news that’s dominated Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be here for a while. Might as well settle in: Last weekend I. O.U.S.A.? President Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday. In back-to-back tweets Saturday, he said they...
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Norma McCorvey, at center of landmark abortion ruling, dies
DALLAS (AP) — Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, has died. She was 69.
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Woman at center of landmark ‘Roe v. Wade’ case dies
DALLAS — Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died yesterday. She was 69.McCorvey died at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas, said journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey and was with her and her family when she died. He said she died of heart failure and had been ill for some time.
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Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, dead at 69
McCorvey died of a heart ailment at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas.
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Norma McCorvey, 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade, dies at 69
Her death was confirmed by Joshua Prager, a journalist currently at work on a book about Roe v. Wade. The cause was a heart ailment. Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Saturday at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69. Her death was confirmed by Joshua Prager, a journalist currently at work on a book about Roe v. Wade. The cause was a heart ailment. McCorvey was a complicated protagonist in a legal case that became a touchstone in the culture wars, celebrated by champions as an affirmation of women's freedom and denounced by opponents as the legalization of murder of the unborn. When she filed suit in 1970, she was looking not for a sweeping ruling for all women from the highest court in the land, but rather, simply, the right to legally and safely end a pregnancy that she did not wish to carry forward. In her home state of Texas, as in most other states, abortion was prohibited except when the mother's life was at stake. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its historic 7-to-2 ruling, written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, articulating a constitutional right to privacy that included the choice to terminate a pregnancy. The ruling established the trimester framework, designed to balance a woman's right to control her body and a state's compelling interest in protecting unborn life. Although later modified, it was a landmark of American jurisprudence and made Jane Roe a figurehead - championed or reviled - in the battle over reproductive rights that continued into the 21st century. McCorvey fully shed her courtroom pseudonym in the 1980s, lending her name first to supporters of abortion rights and then, in a stunning reversal, to the cause's fiercest critics as a born-again Christian. But even after two memoirs, she remained an enigma, as difficult to know as when she shielded her identity behind the name Jane Roe. She admitted that she peddled misinformation about herself, lying about even the most crucial juncture in her life: For years, she claimed that the Roe pregnancy was the result of a rape. In 1987, she recanted, saying that she had become pregnant "through what I thought was love." Although the details of her account were legally unimportant, abortion foes pointed to the lie to discredit McCorvey and her case. According to the most sympathetic tellings of her story, she was a victim of abuse, financial hardship, drug and alcohol addiction, and personal frailty. For much of her life, she subsisted at the margins of society, making ends meet, according to various accounts, as a bartender, a maid, a roller-skating carhop and a house painter. She found a measure of stability with a lesbian partner, Connie Gonzalez, but even that relationship reportedly ended in bitterness after 35 years. Harsher judgments presented McCorvey as a user who trolled for attention and cash. Abortion rights activists questioned her motives when McCorvey decamped in 1994, after years as a poster child for their cause, and was baptized in a swimming pool by the evangelical minister at the helm of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue. The minister, Flip Benham, told Prager, who profiled McCorvey in Vanity Fair magazine in 2013, that he had come to see McCorvey as someone who "just fishes for money." By her own description, she was "a simple woman with a ninth-grade education." She presented herself as the victim of her attorneys, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, whom she accused of exploiting the predicament of her unwanted pregnancy to score a victory for the abortion rights cause. Roe v. Wade, which became a class-action suit, was a watershed for women in general but irrelevant for McCorvey in particular. After an initial court victory for her, Texas mounted an appeal that dragged on long past McCorvey's due date. By the time the Supreme Court announced its decision, her baby was 2 1/2 years old. She had given the child up for adoption and learned of the ruling in a newspaper article. Norma Nelson - her middle name was variously spelled Lea, Leah and Leigh - was born in Simmesport, Louisiana, on Sept. 22, 1947. Her father, a television repairman, was largely absent from her life. She grew up in Texas, spending part of her adolescence in a Catholic boarding school and at a reform school for delinquents. Her mother told Prager that she beat her daughter in fits of rage over the "wild" behavior that included sexual promiscuity with men and women. In her teens, Norma began a short-lived marriage to a sheet-metal worker, Elwood "Woody" McCorvey. Her mother raised their daughter, Melissa. McCorvey's second baby, born out of wedlock, was adopted by another family. She said she became pregnant with the Roe baby during a relationship in Dallas. An adoption lawyer referred her to Coffee who, like Weddington, was a recent law school graduate seeking a plaintiff to test the constitutionality of the Texas abortion law. At the time, many well-to-do women seeking abortions traveled to states or countries where the procedure was legal or easily available, according to Leslie J. Reagan, a historian and the author of the volume "When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973." Women like McCorvey, who did not have money to travel, had several undesirable options. They could entrust themselves to abortion providers who were not medical professionals or attempt to perform abortions on themselves - decisions that frequently resulted in infection or death - or they could obtain no abortion at all. McCorvey was not the first plaintiff to challenge a state abortion law, but Roe v. Wade was the first such case to work its way through the appeals process to the Supreme Court. She used the pseudonym Jane Roe to protect her privacy. The defendant, Wade, was the Dallas County district attorney, Henry Wade, an official responsible for enforcing Texas abortion laws. Years later, McCorvey expressed bitterness at what she described as her attorneys' unwillingness to help her find what she needed - an abortion, even an illegal one. "Sarah sat right across the table from me at Columbo's pizza parlor, and I didn't know until two years ago that she had had an abortion herself," McCorvey told the New York Times in 1994. "When I told her then how desperately I needed one, she could have told me where to go for it. But she wouldn't because she needed me to be pregnant for her case." "Sarah saw these cuts on my wrists, my swollen eyes from crying," she continued, "the miserable person sitting across from her, and she knew she had a patsy. She knew I wouldn't go outside of the realm of her and Linda. I was too scared. It was one of the most hideous times of my life." After the Supreme Court ruling, McCorvey did not live in total anonymity, as has been erroneously reported, but lived a mainly private existence before revealing herself in interviews and then in a memoir written with Andy Meisler, "I Am Roe" (1994). She worked in abortion clinics, "trying to please everyone and trying to be hardcore pro-choice," she told Time magazine. "That is a very heavy burden," she said. Moreover, she said that her social background as a poor high school dropout made her ill at ease among the largely upper-class and well-educated activists who helped make abortion a matter of urgent national importance in the 1960s and 1970s. "I wasn't good enough for them," she once said. "I'm a street kid." Her conversion came about when Benham, the head of Operation Rescue, opened an office near one of McCorvey's clinics and befriended her. She announced that she opposed abortion rights except in the first trimester - a position that put her in fundamental conflict with other antiabortion activists, who opposed abortion in all circumstances. Nevertheless, her defection was hailed as a victory for their cause. Weddington looked suspiciously on McCorvey's conversion and once described her former client as a person who "really craved and sought attention." McCorvey attributed her philosophical reversal to her being "worried about salvation." She wrote another memoir, "Won By Love" (1997), with co-author Gary Thomas, founded the Dallas-based Roe No More ministry and reportedly became a Catholic. She participated in antiabortion protests and was arrested in 2009 for disrupting the Senate confirmation hearings on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court. Gloria Allred, the women's rights lawyer who for a period represented McCorvey, told the Times in 1995 that McCorvey was justified in feeling abandoned by the women's movement. "She was shut out of many national pro-choice celebrations. She attended but for the most part she was not invited and it was a very hurtful experience," Allred said. "When she did speak . . . she was really very eloquent, not well-educated but speaking from the heart, and I think she had a lot of common sense in what she was saying about choice." But neither did McCorvey find a comfortable home among conservatives in the antiabortion movement, many of whom regarded lesbianism as immoral. "Neither side was ever willing to accept her for who she was," the historian David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and the author of "Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade," said in an interview. McCorvey supported herself in part through honoraria, book royalties and other income she generated from her role in the abortion debate. By 2013, according to Prager's article in Vanity Fair, McCorvey was relying on "free room and board from strangers." Survivors include her daughter Melissa and two grandchildren. Nothing is publicly known of the two children McCorvey gave up for adoption, according to Prager. "I don't require that much in my life," McCorvey told the Times in 1994. "I just never had the privilege to go into an abortion clinic, lay down and have an abortion. That's the only thing I never had." (c) 2017, The Washington Post. Emily Langer wrote this story.
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McCorvey, who was at center of Roe v. Wade, dies
McCorvey was unmarried, unemployed and pregnant for the third time when in 1969 she sought to have an abortion in Texas        
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Norma McCorvey, Roe v. Wade figure, dies
Norma McCorvey, known as "Jane Roe" in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that established a constitutional right to abortion, has died, according to a priest close to the family.
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Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v. Wade, is dead at 69
Later in her life McCorvey became an anti-abortion activist.         
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Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe of landmark abortion case, dies
Eric DuVallFeb. 18 (UPI) -- Norma McCorvey, who was Jane Roe in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in the U.S., died of heart failure, her biographer said. She was 69.
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Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey dies at age 69
Norma McCorvey — better known as the “Jane Roe” behind the landmark Supreme Court abortion case Roe v. Wade — has died at an assisted living facility in Texas. McCorvey was 69, and died Saturday of a heart ailment, the Washington Post reported. McCorvey was 22, unwed, poor and suffering from addiction when she sought...
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McCorvey, who was at center of Roe v. Wade, dead at 69
The Washington Post reports Norma McCorvey died in an assisted-living facility in Texas.
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Reports: Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v. Wade, is dead at 69
Later in her life McCorvey became an anti-abortion activist.        
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Norma McCorvey, once-anonymous plaintiff in 'Roe vs. Wade,' dies at 69
Norma McCorvey, the once-anonymous plaintiff in the “Roe vs. Wade” case that led to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion, has died. She was 69.  McCorvey, who later joined the anti-abortion movement, died Saturday in Katy, Texas, the Associated Press reported. As the plaintiff in Roe...
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Norma McCorvey, Roe v. Wade plaintiff, dead from heart ailment at age 69
Norma McCorvey, the pseudonymous plaintiff at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, Roe V. Wade, passed away Saturday from a heart ailment, The Washington Post reported. She was 69. McCorvey's death was confirmed to the newspaper by Joshua Prager, a journalist currently in the midst ...
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Norma McCorvey, of Roe v. Wade fame, dies in Katy at 69
Norma McCorvey, the Texas woman behind the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, died Saturday at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69.
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Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69
Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Saturday at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69.
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Morning Spin: AG Madigan, Rauner set for court clash on state worker pay Thursday
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin A Downstate judge Thursday afternoon will take up the question of whether or not state workers should continue to be paid...
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Planned Parenthood fights back as GOP targets its financing nationwide
At least 15 states are trying cut the organization out of tens of millions of dollars it receives for reproductive health care.       
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Planned Parenthood protest in Detroit turns into women’s rights rally
An anti-abortion demonstration looked more like a women's rights rally in Detroit as 300 opponents swarmed the event.        
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Las Vegas rally protests federal funding for Planned Parenthood
About 50 people gathered at one of the Las Vegas Valley’s two Planned Parenthood locations, 3220 W. Charleston Blvd., and stood quietly on the sidewalks surrounding the clinic, chatting or reciting the Hail Mary prayer.
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Pro-life activists rally in Warminster and nationwide

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Anti-abortion activists, counter-protesters rally across U.S.
SEATTLE — Anti-abortion activists emboldened by the new administration of President Donald Trump staged rallies around the country Saturday calling for the federal government to cut off payments to Planned Parenthood, but in some cities counter-protests dwarfed the demonstrations.
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Planned Parenthood protest turns into women’s rights rally
An anti-abortion demonstration looked more like a women's rights rally in Detroit as 300 opponents swarmed the event.        
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Anti-abortion activists, counter-protesters rally around US
SEATTLE — Anti-abortion activists emboldened by the new administration of President Donald Trump staged rallies around the country Saturday calling for the federal government to cut off payments to Planned Parenthood, but in some cities counter-protests dwarfed the demonstrations.
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Planned Parenthood protesters face its supporters
An anti-abortion demonstration looked more like a women's rights rally in Detroit as 300 opponents swarmed the event.        
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Letter: Rethinking abortion
Rethinking abortionThe article by Nancy Greenwood “Before Roe v. Wade” (Monitor Forum, Feb. 2) made me think. I, too, am in my sixties and remember those days when the Supreme Court made abortion legal. Like her, I rejoiced in it back then. But now I am not so sure.How many abortions have occurred...
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Religion in the courtroom: Neil Gorsuch’s faith and writings draw close attention
More than most issues, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s writings on the intersection of religion and the law have faced intense scrutiny ahead of his Senate confirmation hearings. So too has his personal beliefs as a Catholic-turned-Episcopalian who now worships at a self-described "largely liberal" church in Boulder.
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Ohio effort would ban most abortions after 13 weeks
Abortion opponents want to outlaw a surgical procedure, dilation and evacuation.       
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Colorado House panel rejects “abortion reversal” pill bill; two others expected to follow
Colorado House Democrats on Thursday rejected a bill that would have required abortion providers to give patients information on an "abortion reversal" pill, whose effectiveness is disputed by medical groups.
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Tennessee anti-abortion groups at crossroads on restrictions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee anti-abortion group is urging state lawmakers invigorated by Donald Trump's presidential victory to hold off on passing new abortion restrictions until the courts decide the fate of several major abortion laws. The wait-and-see approach seems odd for a Bible belt state after Trump's election ...
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Laws to ban abortion after 20 weeks: What's happening in Pa. and elsewhere

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EMILY's List begins 'most aggressive' female recruitment effort
EMILY’s List is doubling its resources to connect women with the tools they need to run for office       
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Spotlighting the dangers and frequency of CMV
Congratulations for spotlighting CMV (cytomegalovirus), a disease that can ruin the life of a fetus and baby. CMV is as bad as the Zika virus but hasn’t gotten media attention.
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Relax, liberals: Trump's more of a populist than an archconservative
To the editor: Like many stunned progressives, I’m struggling with grief. I’m fearful for the economy, the environment and the message we’re sending about values and compassion. But perhaps a President Trump won’t be apocalyptic after all. (“What to make of Trump one week in: He's unpredictable...
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Tennessee woman charged with attempting coat hanger abortion
A woman is facing three felony charges after nearly bleeding out from an attempted coat hanger abortion at 24 weeks. Anna Yocca, 32, was arrested in December for attempting to terminate her pregnancy in Tennessee, a state with only seven abortion clinics. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Georgia bill would ban burqas while driving
Old ideas that never had a realistic chance of becoming law are being brought out for another try.
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Conservative GOP lawmaker proposes abortion ban
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana lawmaker says he will propose legislation effectively banning abortion in the state, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring it unconstitutional. State Rep. Curt Nisly, a Republican from Goshen, says he'll sponsor the bill when the Legislature meets in January. Abortion-rights groups are certain to ...
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Can Trump undermine abortion rights? Not so fast
Reversing Roe v. Wade will take more new justices, then action by state legislatures.         
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Pragmatic Donald Trump appears on "60 Minutes": Darcy cartoon
Trumpcare will include parts of Obamacare. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In his first post-election press conference, President Obama said he thinks President-elect Donald Trump is ultimately pragmatic, not ideological.  "And that can serve him well, as long as he's got good people around him." Pragmatic Trump appeared in an interview on "60 Minutes" with Lesley Stahl.  And the pragmatism served the president-elect well. Trumpcare will include parts of Obamacare Trump said whatever replaces Obamacare will retain at least two of the best elements of Obamacare.   Pre-existing conditions will not preclude coverage.  And Trump said he wants to make sure young adults living with their parents can still be covered under their parent's policy.    Years ago, Trump favored a single-payer model like in Canada.   If Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced, Obama could do worse than Trump overseeing that process, given Trump's past support of a single-payer plan. Prosecution of Hillary unlikely. Stahl asked Trump about his campaign vow to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. Trump signaled that threat was not only on the back burner, it likely was no longer even on the stove.   "Well, I'll tell you what I'm going to do, I'm going to think about it, " said Trump.  "Um, I feel that I want to focus on jobs.  I want to focus on healthcare.  I want to focus on the border and immigration and doing a really great immigration bill." Trump said of the Clintons, "I don't want to hurt them.  I don't want to hurt them.  They're good people and I don't want to hurt them.  And I will give you a very good and definitive  answer the next time we do 60 minutes together."    What Trump really wanted to do, was just win the election, not prosecute his former wedding guest and someone he had donated money to. Gay Marriage and Roe v Wade. Trump said gay marriage was a settled matter by the courts.   He said he would appoint pro-life Judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.  He said if Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortion rights decisions would revert to the States.  But Trump said, "We'll see what happens.  It's got a long way to go, just so you understand.  That has a long, long, way to go."    I got the sense that the former pro-choice Trump really wouldn't care if it was never overturned during his term. Obama said Trump's pragmatism would serve him well, "as long as he's got good people around him."    In the days after the "60 minutes" interview, Trump installed lightning rod Steve Bannon as his chief strategist.   One of the many reasons that was a bad choice, was that it took attention away from the good first impression President-elect Trump had left in his first post-election interview on "60 minutes."
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Can President Trump undermine abortion rights? Not so fast
Reversing Roe v. Wade will take more new justices, then action by state legislatures.       
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'Values' voters learn to live with Trump
At the annual Christian conservative Values Voter gathering in Washington the animating force was Hillary Clinton.        
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