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From the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol. 9, No. 17 -- Nov. 24, 2010


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Abortion Linked to Preterm Birth
But Why Aren't Women Being Told?


November is Prematurity Awareness Month, dedicated by activists to highlighting the risks of and impact created by preterm birth. According to the March of Dimes, more than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States alone each year.


Yet many people -- including women at risk of abortion and their loves ones -- are unaware that researchers studying findings from dozens of studies have concluded that abortion is linked to an increased risk of preterm birth among subsequently born babies.


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Woman Who Underwent Coerced Abortion Silenced During New Jersey Senate Hearing


A woman testifying at a New Jersey Senate hearing about undergoing a coerced abortion was stopped from speaking after the hearing chair told her that her that she couldn't talk about her experience with Planned Parenthood.


Darlene Dunn was testifying at a budget hearing about a bill to provide government funds to Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers. As she began her testimony, she was interrupted by Sen. Paul Sarlo, who was chairing the hearing. He told Dunn that "this is not a bill about Planned Parenthood . ... this is a bill about family planning and health care."


Dunn responded by saying, "When [I] walk into a place for family planning ... and I am scared to death in a crisis pregnancy and I am told you that have one option, that is not family planning. That is coerced abortion." Two other senators present attempted to defend Dunn's right to speak by saying the issue of abortion was relevant to whether or not Planned Parenthood received funds from the state.


Listen to an audio of the exchange here.



Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop Parental Notification Law in Alaska


Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a voter-approved parental notification law from going into effect in Alaska.


The law, which was passed by voters in August and is set to take effect Dec. 14, requires abortion businesses to notify parents 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor. Supporters of the law say it protects teens, saying parents may be unaware that their daughters could be facing physical or emotional harm and pointing to cases where sexual predators have used abortion to cover up abuse.


The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) launched a web page in response to the law, informing teens that they can have an abortion without notifying their parents if they talk to a judge, a controversial provision known as judicial bypass.






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