Detroit archbishop to lead national Catholic group on Joe Biden and abortion
DETROIT — The head of the Catholic Church in Detroit has been chosen to lead a new national group that seeks to guide how Catholics should respond to President-elect Joe Biden and the contentious issue of abortion.Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who leads the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, was named this week the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the last day of their annual fall meeting.Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who named Vigneron, struck a conservative tone in his remarks in emphasizing abortion and by saying Biden supports policies that “atta...
Detroit Free Press
Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith wins second term, beating GOP challenger Jason Lewis
MINNEAPOLIS — Democrat Tina Smith, appointed nearly three years ago as Al Franken’s successor in the U.S. Senate, won her first full term from voters Tuesday and defeated Republican challenger Jason Lewis in a race that could help decide the balance of power in Washington.A former Planned Parenthood executive and lieutenant governor, Smith won a special election in 2018 to serve out Franken’s term.Lewis, a former congressman running as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, worked for years as a conservative radio talk show host with a large following. But he lost his U.S. House seat in 201...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sen. Gary Peters opens up about his family's personal abortion story
DETROIT — Sen. Gary Peters, for the first time, opened up about his personal experience with abortion in an Elle interview published Monday.The Michigan Democratic incumbent shared details of the abortion his then-wife underwent in her second trimester to save her life. Peters went public with the story as his reelection campaign continues and Senate hearings begin for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.In the 1980s, Peters first wife, Heidi, was four months pregnant with their second child when her water broke, leaving the fetus without amniotic fluid, Pet...
Detroit Free Press
Abortion pill now easier for women to get during pandemic, but not in some states
ST. LOUIS — A recent court ruling temporarily easing restrictions on medication abortions during the pandemic has some Missouri women traveling to Illinois, where they can take advantage of the state’s laws that allow telemedicine for abortion care.Right now, that means a Missouri woman can, if she wants, cross the state border, find a place to park and have a virtual visit with an Illinois doctor via her smartphone. If approved, she can pick up the package of abortion pills a couple of days later at a designated address in Illinois — perhaps at a friend’s or acquaintance’s home or a post offi...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Commentary: Abortion foes should vote Democratic
The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, which could result in the eventual reversal of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, has brought this contentious issue to the forefront of the 2020 election campaign.Polls indicate that roughly one out of four abortion opponents refuse to vote for those who take strong positions supporting legalized abortion regardless of their stances on other issues. Republican efforts to highlight their anti-abortion position have cost Democrats the support of millions of voters who would oth...
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