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August 2, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For many Americans, abortion is a political issue. Though many of us may participate in marches, make donations, vote for candidates based solely on their stands on abortion, it remains mostly a theoretical issue. But for some people, abortion, and the conflict surrounding it, defines their daily life. "12th and Delaware," a documentary by Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp"), offers a glimpse into the literal intersection of those who support legal abortion and those who do not. On one side of the street in Fort Pierce, Fla., A Woman's World provides abortions.
February 18, 2010 | By Lisa Girion
A judge Thursday denied state medical authorities' emergency request to pull a physician's license based on evidence they gathered in an undercover sting at an abortion clinic. The Medical Board of California had accused Dr. Andrew Rutland of violating a court order to not perform surgeries and first trimester abortions. Administrative Law Judge James Ahler issued the order in January, temporarily restricting Rutland's license pending a full hearing over his role in the death of a woman after an abortion last summer in a San Gabriel clinic.
February 8, 2010 | By Leah Friedman
Susan Hill, a national women's rights advocate and the owner of several abortion clinics around the country, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Raleigh, N.C. She was 61 and had breast cancer. Hill focused on establishing clinics in rural areas where women had no access to abortion services. She opened more clinics than anyone else in the United States, sometimes drawing 1,000 protesters at a time. She sued protesters 34 times for blocking entrances and physically preventing women from entering the facilities.
January 25, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
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.
August 5, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
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.
December 5, 2008 | Tony Perry
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.
June 22, 2008 | Tony Perry
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 | David Crary, Associated Press
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 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
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.
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