Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

Mar 17, 2014

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, have been abandoned in a Chinese “safe haven” in just over six weeks — more than five a day — since it opened in late January, authorities said. The “baby hatch” in Guangzhou, in the ...

Mar 7, 2014

New Texas abortion law closes two more clinics

The last abortion clinic in the vast, impoverished Rio Grande Valley closed Thursday, along with the sole remaining clinic in the 100-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between the big city of Houston and the Louisiana border, posing a tall obstacle to women seeking to end pregnancies ...

Ovary removal aids high-risk women as young as 35

Feb 27, 2014

Ovary removal aids high-risk women as young as 35

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35. Women who inherit either of two ...

Feb 27, 2014

U.S. ponders viability of three-person embryo technique

Genetic experts cautioned the U.S. government Tuesday that it could take decades to confirm the safety of an experimental fertilization technique that would create babies from the DNA of three people, with the aim of preventing children from inheriting some debilitating diseases. The Food ...

Rules of manhood slowly evolving

Feb 17, 2014

Rules of manhood slowly evolving

by David Crary

Traditionally, the American male was measured against the stoic hero who shook off all doubts, vanquished all foes and offered women a muscular shoulder to cry on. But that was before feminism, gay rights activism, and metrosexuals. Husbands took on a greater share of ...

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

Feb 5, 2014

Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules

New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the fact that they were even publicized. The ...

Report: U.S. abortion rate lowest since 1973

Feb 3, 2014

Report: U.S. abortion rate lowest since 1973

The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, a study said Monday, pointing to the effect of increased contraception use rather than growing restrictions on access to the procedure. In 2011, an estimated 16.9 ...

Forced life support saving 'abnormal' fetus

Jan 23, 2014

Forced life support saving 'abnormal' fetus

A pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman who is being kept on life support over her family’s protests is carrying a fetus that is “distinctly abnormal,” attorneys for the woman’s husband said Wednesday. Marlise Munoz remains hooked up to machines in a Fort Worth hospital while ...

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

Jan 19, 2014

China mom homeless after 17-year hunt for son

The 17-year hunt for her kidnapped son cost Ye Jinxiu her marriage, home and family. And when she found her boy, now a grown man and stranger, he wanted nothing to do with her. Now 59, homeless and alone again, Ye roams the streets ...

Thai teen pregnancies rise without sex ed

Jan 17, 2014

Thai teen pregnancies rise without sex ed

Days away from giving birth and living apart from her family, 16-year-old Ying is one of a growing number of Thai teenagers to fall pregnant every year in a country where sex education is focused on the married. Despite its anything-goes image, Thailand has ...