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Abortion fight haunts U.S. top court hearing on healthcare law

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court arguments over federal healthcare policy were nearly finished on Tuesday when Justice Anthony Kennedy challenged Obama administration lawyer Donald Verrilli on abortion rights. "Under your view, a profit corporation ... could be forced in principle to pay for abortions," said Kennedy, often the deciding vote on the nine-member court.

Spaniards defend women's rights on jobs, abortion

Thousands rallied in Spanish cities on Saturday to mark International Women's Day with noisy demonstrations for equality at work and against the government's bid to curb abortion rights. The annual awareness day drew particular attention this year with campaigners defending women's labour rights as Spain struggles with a 26-percent unemployment rate despite exiting recession in 2013. It also reflected anger at a plan by the conservative government to end a right for women to abort on demand up to 14 weeks of pregnancy -- a reform that has yet to reach parliament.

Spanish parliament to press on with restrictive abortion bill

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Socialists failed on Tuesday to block an unpopular draft law restricting women's access to abortions, which has sparked large protests across the country and caused rare rifts in the conservative People's Party (PP) that sponsored the bill. In an unusual secret ballot, which gave its members a chance to go against the ruling party's line without being exposed, the PP, with an absolute majority in parliament, was able to defeat a motion to block the law.

Thousands protest abortion reform in Spain

Thousands of women marched in the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest against the Spanish government's plan to restrict access to abortion. They yelled "Freedom of abortion!" and waved signs such as "MPs and rosaries, out of my ovaries", targeting the Catholic Church as the supposed driver of the reform. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government said in December it would scrap a 2010 law that allows women to freely opt for an abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Thousands protest abortion reform in Spain

Thousands of women marched in the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest against the Spanish government's plan to restrict access to abortion. They yelled "Freedom of abortion!" and waved signs such as "MPs and rosaries, out of my ovaries", targeting the Catholic Church as the supposed driver of the reform. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government said in December it would scrap a 2010 law that allows women to freely opt for an abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Abortion-rights rally in Madrid over planned curbs

Thousands of pro-choice campaigners converged on the Spanish capital Saturday to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country. Demonstrators shouting slogans and carrying banners that read "It's my right, It's my life" crowded around a Madrid station to greet a "freedom train" of activists from northern Spain for the country's first major protest against the plan.

Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs

Thousands of pro-choice campaigners converged on the Spanish capital Saturday to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country. Demonstrators shouting slogans and carrying banners that read "it is my right, it is my life" crowded around a Madrid station to greet a "freedom train" of protesters from northern Spain.

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. A "freedom train" of protesters from northern Spain was due to arrive in Madrid later Saturday morning while supporting protests were also planned in Paris and London. Under pressure from the Catholic Church, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government announced on December 20 it would roll back a 2010 law that allows women to opt freely for abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Pope tweets backing for huge U.S. anti-abortion rally

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has used Twitter to back an annual anti-abortion rally, the March for Life, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of activists to Washington on Wednesday. "I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable," he said on his Twitter account in a message that was quickly re-tweeted thousands of times. The Argentinian-born pontiff has some 11.5 million followers on his Twitter account in several languages, @pontifex.

Pope tweets support for US anti-abortion 'March for Life'

Pope Francis on Wednesday tweeted his support for US Catholics taking part in the annual anti- abortion "March for Life" in Washington. "I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable," Francis wrote on his English-language twitter feed which boasts over three million followers. Despite bitter weather conditions, thousands of people are expected to join the 41st edition of the march, which was established to protest a 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide.
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