August 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- After saying he “can't defend” Rep. Todd Akin's suggestion that women don't get pregnant from rape, Mitt Romney stepped up his rebuke on Tuesday when he called on Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. But archives from Romney's previous presidential bid show that the Massachusetts Republican has historically supported the person who is the source of Akin's theory, Dr. Jack C. Willke, the father of the antiabortion movement. A physician and former president of the National Right to Life Committee, Willke was an “important surrogate” for Romney's 2008 presidential bid. Willke is the oft-cited source of the theory that rape-related pregnancies are “rare.” The theory is sometimes used by antiabortion advocates to argue that abortion laws should not contain exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest.
May 3, 1997 |
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.
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.
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.
December 1, 1999 |
President Clinton waived restrictions Tuesday on federal money for family planning abroad, triggering a $15-million limit on aid to groups that advocate abortion rights overseas. Clinton promised to try to wipe the restriction from future budgets, saying it has an unfair effect on what private, nongovernmental organizations can do within their own countries. Clinton said he would oppose inclusion of the restriction in any future appropriation bills.
June 16, 2012 |
POCATELLO, Idaho - When Pocatello police got a tip that Jennie Linn McCormack had ended her pregnancy by taking an abortion drug obtained over the Internet, they showed up at her apartment one cold January day in 2011 and demanded an explanation. McCormack eventually took them out to her back porch, where the remains of her fetus were on the barbecue, wrapped up in a plastic bag and a cardboard box. "My baby is in the box," McCormack said. Officers uncovered the frozen remains of a 5-month-old fetus and erected crime scene tape around the porch before taking her to the police station and charging her with a felony.
February 16, 2001 |
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.
January 19, 2012 |
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.