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May 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Alaska Legislature passed two restrictive abortion bills, overriding vetoes by Gov. Tony Knowles. The new laws now face likely court challenges by abortion-rights activists. Both vetoes were overridden 40-19, the exact two-thirds vote Republican leaders needed to overturn the Democratic governor's action. One of the new laws requires pregnant teens 16 and younger to get a parent's or judge's permission for an abortion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1989
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that 16 years ago struck down many state laws forbidding abortion will be commemorated next Sunday during a 30-minute vigil to be conducted by the National Organization for Women, north county chapter, and the Unitarian Church of Orange County in Anaheim. Participants, each holding a candle, will gather at the corner of Glassell Street and Almond Avenue at 5 p.m.
NEWS
October 1, 1989
Anti-abortion activists staged rallies in several states, including Florida, where lawmakers are scheduled to re-examine abortion laws in a special session. Nearly 450 people were arrested nationwide on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to trespassing, police said. Protests were reported at women's clinics in Pittsburgh, Pa., Milwaukee, Philadelphia, near Detroit, in South Miami, near Boston, in Phoenix and throughout New Jersey.
NEWS
February 16, 2001 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bipartisan group of lawmakers launched a bid Thursday to overturn President Bush's ban on giving federal funds to international family planning groups that use other funds to pay for abortion-related activity. Backing the effort are several international health organizations concerned that the ban will force them to halt efforts encouraging their countries to liberalize abortion laws to reduce the number of women who die from illegal abortions.
NEWS
January 19, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
The numbers of abortion s performed annually worldwide has held steady in recent years, but the proportion of abortions that are considered unsafe is rising, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization. The study also found that about one in five pregnancies were terminated in 2008 and that “restrictive abortion laws” do not seem to deter women from seeking the procedure. One of the primary motivations for the study was to determine whether the number of unsafe abortions was increasing or decreasing, because these abortions are a major contributor to morbidity and mortality among women of childbearing age (between the ages of 15 and 44)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989
Hold it! Before we get into an all-out civil war between the pro-lifers and the pro-choicers that consumes the rest of the century, let's ask if either side can really win. The positions of both sides are so rigid that any laws passed in state legislatures will be widely violated. In a democracy, any law to be effective must be generally accepted by the populace. Abortion laws will take the imposition of a police state to enforce. The debate will consume our society, and divert attention from other pressing needs.
NEWS
November 18, 1989 | Associated Press
Gov. Robert P. Casey on Friday signed a bill giving Pennsylvania the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The action makes Pennsylvania the first state to take advantage of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in July that gave states more leeway in making their own abortion laws. Casey said he believes that the bill, which takes effect in 60 days, is constitutional and will not provide a test case to challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs.
NEWS
July 15, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
The Reagan Administration asked the Supreme Court today to overturn its landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortions. The Justice Department filed the friend-of-the court brief in two cases involving Pennsylvania and Illinois abortion laws that were thrown out by lower courts in decisions now on appeal to the Supreme Court. It marks the first time since 1954 that the government has asked the high court to overturn its own ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1991 | NAHID TOUBIA, Nahid Toubia is a physician from Sudan currently working as associate for women's reproductive health at the Population Council in New York
The development of the medical abortifacient pill mifepristone, popularly known as RU-486, is by scientific measures a breakthrough. But science cannot function in isolation from the realities of today's world. And in today's world, millions of women are living in low-income countries suffering from unprecedented economic crises and deteriorating health systems.
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