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US presidential candidate Carson in call to ban abortion
US presidential candidate Carson in call to ban abortion

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson called for a ban on abortion in nearly all cases, and likened those seeking to terminate their pregnancies to slave owners, in comments certain to spark controversy.

US presidential candidate Carson in call to ban abortion
Tens of thousands march in Paris to back traditional family
Tens of thousands march in Paris to back traditional family

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against new laws easing abortion restrictions and legalising gay marriage, accusing French President Francois Hollande's government of "family phobia".

Tens of thousands march in Paris to back traditional family
Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs
Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs

Pro-choice supporters were set to converge on Madrid's streets Saturday to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion.

Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs
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US nuns can opt out of contraception clause

The US Supreme Court said Friday that religiously-affiliated groups could opt out of a provision in the new health care law that requires employers to provide insurance that includes contraception.

US nuns can opt out of contraception clause
France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics
France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics

Abortion and euthanasia will be among hot button issues on the table when Pope Francis meets embattled French President Francois Hollande.

France's embattled Hollande to meet pope, woo angry Catholics
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law

Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics joined in an open-air mass in central Madrid on Sunday to celebrate the Holy Family, just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law.

Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
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Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a judge's earlier decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure.

Argentina court grants abortion for teen rape victim
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US top court won't block restrictive Texas abortion law

The US Supreme Court Tuesday refused to block a law that restricts women's access to abortions in the southern state of Texas.

US top court won't block restrictive Texas abortion law
US report says little progress on China rights
US report says little progress on China rights

A US government commission said Thursday that China's human rights record has not improved under the country's new leadership and raised concerns on issues from minority rights to forced abortion.

US report says little progress on China rights
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit

President Barack Obama had warm words Wednesday for what he sees as Pope Francis' inclusive attitude in recent remarks urging the Roman Catholic church not to focus only on abortion or gays.

Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
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Kazakhstan PM opposes abortion ban

Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov opposed the Majilis deputy who suggested to ban abortions as they threaten the women’s life and health.

Kazakhstan PM opposes abortion ban
Texas abortion law passes despite protests
Texas abortion law passes despite protests

The Texas senate late Friday approved a bill setting some of the strictest limits on abortion in the United States, just weeks after a filibuster by opposition Democrats dramatically thwarted the measure.

Texas abortion law passes despite protests
US Supreme Court steps back into abortion battle
US Supreme Court steps back into abortion battle

After refusing a string of cases dealing with the hot-button issue of abortion, the US Supreme Court waded back into the fray on Monday by accepting a case dealing with protests at clinics.

US Supreme Court steps back into abortion battle
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US House passes bill banning abortion after 20 weeks

The US House of Representatives approved a Republican measure Tuesday restricting abortion to the first 20 weeks after conception, one of the most stringent pro-life bills in the past decade.

US House passes bill banning abortion after 20 weeks
Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church
Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church

El Salvador's Catholic Church accused activists Sunday of using the case of a woman who delivered a baby with cerebral malformation to "open the door" to legalized abortion.

Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church
Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism
Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism

Spain's centre-right government has vowed to "promptly" tighten the nation's abortion laws, angering the opposition Socialist Party which had eased access to the procedure.

Spain vows to tighten abortion law despite criticism
©REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
China performed 330 mn abortions since 1971: data

Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world's most populous nation.

China performed 330 mn abortions since 1971: data
Death sparks criticism of Irish abortion laws
Death sparks criticism of Irish abortion laws

Ireland's tough abortion laws came under fire on Wednesday following the death of an Indian woman after doctors allegedly refused her a termination because it was against the laws of the Catholic country.

Death sparks criticism of Irish abortion laws
VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion
VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion

US vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan stood by his pro-life credentials Thursday but said a White House led by Mitt Romney would not try to ban rape victims from seeking abortions.

VP pick Ryan bows to Romney line on abortion
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US abortion rates plummet with free birth control

Providing free birth control to women and teens in Missouri at high risk of unplanned pregnancies led to a drastic drop in abortion rates and teenage mothers.

US abortion rates plummet with free birth control