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.
July 15, 1985 |
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.
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June 21, 1991 |
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.
November 5, 1996 |
Mississippi is dropping its court fight to toughen its abortion regulations, already considered among the nation's most restrictive. Atty. Gen. Mike Moore said Monday that the state stands little chance of reversing a federal judge's ruling against the restrictions, which include a ban on abortion clinics within 1,500 feet of a church or school. U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour Jr. ruled on Sept.
November 29, 2007
Re "Foes of abortion shift to states," Nov. 23 The problem with defining a starting point for life is that it is actually an ongoing process. If life began at conception, then how can identical twins have completely separate minds? If there is a "person" present in the single cell created from sperm and egg, then how are two different people created when one cell becomes two separate identical cells?
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March 17, 1986 |
Drenched by a late winter downpour and spattered by mud, thousands of demonstrators slogged through the streets of Century City Sunday, parading for legalized abortion in a march that feminist leaders said was the largest of its kind on the West Coast. The marchers stood for more than two hours in a field of mud at Cheviot Hills Park, as feminist leader Eleanor Smeal, actresses Jane Fonda and Morgan Fairchild and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley urged them to defend abortion laws.
July 28, 2009 |
Nicaragua's total ban on abortion is a violation of human rights and is killing a growing number of women and children, Amnesty International said Monday in launching a campaign to have the measure repealed. In a report released in Mexico City, the international human rights organization said Nicaragua's law, which went into effect in late 2006, puts the Central American country among the 3% of the world's nations that do not allow abortion under any circumstance.
July 8, 2013 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday he would not seek reelection in 2014, a move that will end his reign as the longest-serving chief executive in state history and one of the most powerful. He did not rule out another run for president. Speaking to a hand-picked audience of supporters in San Antonio and quoting from the book of Ecclesiastes, Perry said there was a time for everything and, for him, "The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. " In a voice that sometimes quavered with emotion as he recounted his decade-plus in office, Perry said he would "work and pray" to determine his path forward.
August 7, 1989 |
The right to privacy is at the center in the current battle between two candidates for governor over whether a proposed criminal law reform initiative could end up making abortion a crime. The wide-ranging Crime Victims' Justice Reform Initiative contains a section saying a defendant's right to privacy--among several other rights--"shall not be construed" to provide greater protections than those granted by the federal Constitution. State Atty. Gen. John K.
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April 4, 1990
The past week has not been a good one for oppressively restrictive abortion laws: In Guam, where the law prohibits abortion unless pregnancy endangers the life of the mother, prosecutors wisely dropped charges against an attorney for telling women who wanted abortions they could go to Hawaii. In Idaho, Gov. Cecil D.