U.S. NOMINEE GRILLED OVER ABORTION VIEWS Circuit Court nominee Judge Dennis W. Shedd faced tough questioning yesterday by a Democrat-controlled Senate panel. Nominated by President Bush to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Shedd declined to state his abortion views, saying it would require his recusal in future court hearings on the issue. “I will not do anything but apply the law,” Judge Shedd said in response to questions from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat, who threatened to resubmit his abortion questions to be answered in writing because Shedd’s response “is not acceptable to get my vote.”   WOMEN BEAR BRUNT OF FERTILITY INTERFERENCE Fertility treatments mean that too many women are “prodded with needles, injected with drugs or have their eggs removed, mixed with sperm and put back again to overcome a problem in their partner,” according to Reuters news agency. Reuters quotes Professor Hans Evers, chairman of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), who adds: “If there is an advance in treatment it should be in male infertility.” If scientists could discover a way to boost falling sperm counts, demand for in vitro fertilization and other fertility techniques for women would halve, according to


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