January 25, 2010 |
It's not like Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing are new to the making of powerful documentaries. But even for them "12th and Delaware," which debuted Sunday at Sundance, was a disturbing, unnerving experience they don't hesitate to describe as life-changing. When Ewing half-jokingly tells someone, "I hope it haunts you for the rest of your days," she is referring as well to what it did to them. To say that the subject of their heart-rending new film is abortion in America is in some ways not saying enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2009 |
A clash in Oakland between freedom of speech and unfettered access to abortion clinics was resolved Tuesday when a federal judge ruled that a 2008 city ordinance barring abortion protesters from coming within eight feet of women entering and exiting abortion clinics is constitutional. "I am horribly disappointed," said the Rev. Walter Hoye, a Berkeley-based Baptist minister who challenged the so-called bubble ordinance after he was convicted of violating it last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2008 |
A woman who operated an abortion clinic that catered to low-income Latino women has pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of practicing medicine without a license, officials said. Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, 48, faces up to nine years in prison when she is sentenced Feb. 6. Bugarin once operated six abortion clinics in Southern California, including Clinica Medica de la Mujer in Chula Vista, which advertised on Spanish-language television in San Diego. Nine former patients identified her as the person who performed medical procedures on them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2008 |
Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, a onetime operator of six abortion clinics in Southern California, was charged Friday with 10 felony counts of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft. "This defendant preyed on women in the Hispanic community," San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said. Dumanis said nine women in the Chula Vista area have said Bugarin performed surgery on them. One delivered a premature baby who lived for only three hours, officials said. Bugarin, 48, faces similar charges in Los Angeles.
January 20, 2008 |
In American pop culture, the face of abortion is often a frightened teenager, nervously choosing to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. The numbers tell a far more complex story in which financial stress can play a pivotal role. Half of the roughly 1.2 million abortions each year in the U.S. are done on women who are 25 or older. About 17% are by teenagers. About 60% of the women have given birth to least one child before the abortion. A disproportionately high number are black or Latina.
December 1, 2007 |
It would seem an ideal time for Kansas politicians opposed to abortion to push that agenda, hard. The state's two biggest clinics are under criminal indictment, and two grand juries will soon convene to consider additional charges. But as the political season revs up, the executive director of the Kansas Republican Party has issued a stern warning to his fellow conservatives: Abortion is not a winning issue.
November 10, 2007
Re "Battling abortion isn't a holy war," Opinion, Nov. 4 Garry Wills asks us to overlook 2,000 years of clear, unanimous tradition that abortion is a particularly grave moral disorder punishable by excommunication. This teaching is based on Catholic Church doctrine. Wills claims that doubt exists as to when a human being comes to exist. The leading texts in human embryology don't share that doubt because they clearly state that human development begins at fertilization.
August 28, 2007 |
A federal judge in Kansas City temporarily blocked a new state abortion law after Planned Parenthood said the law would harm women by drastically reducing the number of clinics available to provide abortions. The law, which was scheduled to take effect today, would put more abortion clinics under state supervision by categorizing them as outpatient surgery centers, requiring them to meet specific state building, staffing and health standards.
July 31, 2007 |
For years, Portuguese women seeking an abortion crossed over the border to Spain, where Yolanda Hernandez awaited. Now, Hernandez is coming to them. In the abortion business for nearly three decades, Hernandez is opening Portugal's first private abortion clinic. Sitting on the top of a hill just off an important Lisbon thoroughfare, Avenida da Liberdade, this imposing white building is no back-alley basement.
July 28, 2007 |
A man accused of trying to bomb a clinic where abortions are performed pleaded guilty in Austin to attempted use of a destructive device. Paul Ross Evans, 27, remained in federal custody awaiting sentencing and faces up to 40 years in prison with the plea agreement. He was indicted on multiple charges and could have been sentenced to life in prison if convicted. Evans was arrested in April after a bomb was found in the parking lot of the Austin Women's Health Center.