Northern Ireland, home of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, must allow women to terminate their pregnancies when they are carrying a fetus with fatal disabilities, the Belfast High Court ruled November 30. In Northern Ireland, abortion is illegal, punishable by life imprisonment, except where the life or health of the expectant mother is at stake.
Not Dead Yet is working to ensure its voice is heard in the development of the Obama Administration’s new proposal to reimburse doctors for end-of-life counseling. Current federal Medicare law prohibits doctors from being reimbursed from such services. In July, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its latest annual rules for paying Medicare
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit struck down North Dakota’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion law July 22, opening the door for potential review by the Supreme Court. Nationwide, almost all of the attention has focused on the bill’s ban on abortions after six weeks, which is when fetuses generally first possess a detectable heartbeat.