Posts Tagged ‘abortion’

Do Abortions Affect Women Negatively? Experts Debate

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

by Leigh Ann Otte

Have you been watching the Republican presidential debates? Or are you waiting for the big guns in the fall?

During every heated election cycle, some of the most contentious issues are related to health care. Should we have universal health care? What do we do about Medicare? Should abortions be legal?

We’ve held our own debates on these issues, skipping the politicians and going straight to medical experts. For this week, though, we go beyond the usual talking points—the normal election-cycle questions—and delve into a less-discussed issue related to a commonly debated topic: abortion.

There’s plenty of discussion about whether it should be legal. But some other aspects don’t get a lot of air time. So, to deepen understanding about the topic, we asked our debaters to answer a seemingly simple question: Does abortion cause long-term negative effects? Believe it or not, there’s disagreement over the answer. Some say it can lead to medical and psychological problems. Others say it doesn’t. In our debate, a pro-life ob-gyn and a pro-choice one give us their take.

What’s the most important issue to you this election cycle? Does it have to do with health care, or is that on the back burner for you right now?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Debate on Abortion. Does when life begins really matter?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Our second most popular Web site article is our abortion debate, “When Does Life Begin?” I doubt if this will be a big issue in the new Obama administration, but it will continue in the hearts and minds of many.


Conscience protection rule: pros and cons. A doctor’s opinion.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Let’s face it.  The conscience protection rule is all about abortion.  It could be called the abortion protection rule.

It’s a regulation the Bush administration issued that applies to employers who receive federal funds. It ensures that they respect employees’ right to refuse to participate in medical treatment that goes against their conscience.  In other words, they can’t be forced to do things they think are wrong.  They can’t be fired for refusing to go against their beliefs. They can’t be fired for not participating in abortions.

You can read the full 31 page pdf file at the Federal Register.  Depending on whom you ask, it’s a step backward or a step forward, too broad or too narrow.  Pro-life groups love it.  Pro-choice groups abhor it as much as the NRA hates gun regulations.

But what are the pros and cons of the conscience protection rule?  That partly depends on what you believe as fact or fiction.


Abortion and universal health care. Will health care issues sway your vote?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Today is the big day.  No more political ads.  I have a little different view than the mainstream on our duty to vote.  Certainly, I believe U.S. citizen has the right to vote, but our duty is to be informed before we cast the ballot.  This election will determine paths we will follow for years to come, with new laws and court decisions pending.  The economy is the news and worry now.  Maybe this is your one issue.  Or maybe it’s defense.


Obama, Pelosi (Catholic Church?) not sure when life begins. McCain sure it begins at conception. Abortion debate heats up on blogs.

Monday, August 25th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

“When does life begin?” In a recent debate, Barack Obama thought the answer was “above his pay-grade,” while John McCain said at conception. Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi chimed in on Meet the Press that no one is sure, not even the Catholic church doctors. (more…)

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