That a woman consented to use her body as a surrogate was irrelevant, because there are some acts to which nobody is permitted to consent. As well-meaning as this approach might have been, its underpinnings are inescapably sexist.
Whereas the pro-choice movement was caught flat-footed by the surge of Democrats who voted for the Stupak amendment, they'll likely re-arm to fight anti-abortion language in any final health care reform bill.
Belmont Abbey College argued in court that it was a secular institution in order to receive state funds, but then removed birth control from its employee health care plan. Their reason? The Catholic Church.
The family planning debate affects people far from the halls of Brussels -- people like Lisa, who was raped by a family member then told to by a local "doctor" to swallow acid and rub it all over her genital area.