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August 26, 2012
Re "Bringing clarity on abortion," Opinion, Aug. 23 What both sides need to focus on is this simple fact: Abortion is unequivocally the termination of human life. Regardless, all women must be allowed the freedom to carry out this difficult decision - no matter the circumstance - because the alternatives demand it. Further, women of means will always have access to this choice regardless of laws. You see, contrary to Meghan Daum's contention I, like most sentient people I know, am both pro-choice and anti-abortion; it is not an either-or proposition.
April 9, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
For months, Republicans on Capitol Hill had talked about slashing spending and downsizing the federal bureaucracy. But as a government shutdown threatened this week, the thorniest and most divisive of social issues again resurfaced: abortion rights. Republicans in the House were insisting that a final budget package include a provision to strip financing from Planned Parenthood, long a target of conservative ire. Democrats accused House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) of holding up a potential compromise on the 2011 budget over a last-minute insistence on including abortion-rights restrictions.
October 22, 1989
McDowell considers abortion "a political question of the first order--that is to say, it is a moral issue," I disagree. As a moral issue, it should be resolved by the individual, not by Big Brother. McDowell also implies that the Webster case returned the abortion issue to the states from the federal government. To the contrary, it removed some of the power and responsibility of the citizens and gave it to the states. Conservatives who champion the individual and are wary of centralized authority cannot avoid the contradiction of these principles by praising Webster.
June 23, 1992
Germany's Bundestag, or lower house of Parliament, tackles the most controversial issue still dividing the country when it debates a new abortion law Thursday. Under the Communist regime, East German women could obtain free, legal abortions upon demand. But western Germany permits abortion only if necessary for medical reasons, because of rape, severe birth defects or dire social need.
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