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Three Brief Items to end the Day

by | May 18, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

I’d like to end the day with three brief items. In Louisiana progress was made on two pro-life measures yesterday.

The House Health and Welfare committee backed a bill that gives mothers a chance to look at an ultrasound before having an abortion as well as listen to listen to their unborn baby’s heartbeat. SB708 also would change the wait between examination and the abortion from two hours to 24 hours.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” which is based on NRLC’s model act.

The bill would protect from abortion babies capable of feeling pain, defined as 20 weeks post-fertilization. The committee added a provision making the law inapplicable when the child has “a profound and irremediable congenital or chromosomal anomaly that is incompatible with sustaining life after birth.”

A class action has been lodged in the Australian Supreme Court by 50 women who were infected with hepatitis C after being treated at a Melbourne abortion clinic are taking legal action against the medical regulator.  They are seeking damages from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency on the grounds that the agency “failed in its duty to ensure the safety of patients at the clinic.”

“It is alleged that their anesthetist, Dr James Latham Peters, who had hepatitis C at the time, infected the women,” according to The Age. “Dr Peters is alleged to have been aware he had the virus for more than 10 years.” The clinic has been investigated for other offenses numerous times in the past.

The Associated Press is reporting that a newlywed husband is being held on murder charges “after his pregnant wife staggered into a western Arkansas police station with a stab wound to her chest and collapsed.” Celestia Duffin was seven months pregnant. Both she and her unborn son subsequently died.

Authorities believe that Duffin was driving with her husband James Herring “when Herring stabbed her and caused her to crash,” the AP reported. “The 32-year-old woman managed to run to the nearby police station, where she asked for help before collapsing and losing consciousness.”

The couple married a week ago, “but Herring told investigators they were already talking about divorce, [Fort Smith police spokesman Sgt. Daniel] Grubbs said.”

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