By WeNews Staff
Friday, July 8, 2011
A federal appeals court ruled that the United States government cannot require U.S. organizations that receive U.S. foreign assistance for HIV/AIDS eradication efforts to denounce prostitution. The challenge to the policy was brought by the Alliance for Open Society International and Pathfinder International, international nonprofit organizations working to eradicate HIV/AIDS.
Kansas pro-choice advocates have raised concerns that new legislation would compromise women's privacy. The law enacted last week requires abortion providers to apply for an annual license and gives the state's health department complete access to patient medical records, reported the Associated Press June 5. Anti-choice leaders claimed pro-choice activists' privacy fears were only raised to avoid scrutiny of abortion provider clinics.
The same legislation allocated up to $331,000 in federal funds away from the state's two Planned Parenthood clinics in Wichita area, Forbes reported July 5. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri have filed a lawsuit challenging the defunding. Wichita is where Dr. George Tiller, a provider of later-term abortions, was murdered two years ago by an anti-choice gunman.
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