Should religion play a role in the abortion and family planning debate?
Father Joseph Tuscan, right, joins others in prayer in front of the Planned Parenthood building in York, Pa., Feb. 14, 2011. The group was part of a national protest to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Jason Plotkin)
The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with a variety of health care services for women. The Virginia General Assembly last week approved legislation that requires abortion clinics to be regulated as hospitals, and providers say the stricter regulations will force many of them out of business. Both measures were pushed by anti-abortion activists. Should personal and religious views be allowed to prevent women from having access to a legal medical procedure?