* Following the refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court last week to hear an appeal on legislation requiring abortuaries to comply with a number of regulations spanning matters from bookkeeping and air flow in clinics to the width of doors, U.S. District Judge Henry Herlong has granted the abortion mills 120 days to comply with the new law.

* Thousands of Roman Catholics will be boycotting a St Patrick’s Day parade in New York because Jay O’Donovan, the politician selected as grand marshal, supports abortion rights. The co-leaders of Staten Island’s Roman Catholic Church have urged parishioners to attend Mass instead. Groups have already started pulling out.

* Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright chose the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League’s annual “Power of Choice” luncheon in San Francisco as the location of one of her few public engagements since the end of the Clinton administration. She took the opportunity to condemn President Bush for reinstating the “crazy” Mexico City policy, banning foreign aid to programs that include abortion promotion. Her participation helped raise half a million dollars to fund pro-abortion activism in America.

* New Pennsylvania Republican legislator, Jeff Coleman, has introduced a proposal to produce a pro-life specialty license plate. It would cost motorists an extra $35, with $15 going to adoption agencies that do not promote abortion. The plate would read “Friends for Life in Pennsylvania,” playing on the old official state slogan, “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania.”

* The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 1185) last Wednesday that consider a fetus to be a child in matters of child abuse and neglect. HB 1185 will broaden the Oklahoma Children’s Code definition of a “deprived child” to include “an unborn viable child whose mother tests positive to alcohol or to a controlled dangerous substance and the health or life of the unborn viable child is determined to be at risk due to the exposure.”

* Massachusetts has decided to allow homosexuals to have “discreet” sex in public places. Under new guidelines, having sex in public places such as rest areas, beaches, and parks will not be considered illegal if the activity is adequately hidden from view.