September 14, 2005 |
In mid-1971, the Supreme Court agreed for the first time to hear a constitutional challenge to the long-standing state laws limiting abortion. Its decision to do so reverberates today. At that time, Texas and 30 other states had laws, dating from the 19th century, that made an abortion a crime unless it was performed to save the mother's life.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 13, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Following a national trend of new get-tough abortion legislation, Arizona has passed a law that severely restricts the procedure, banning most abortions after 20 weeks - setting the stage for another showdown between social conservatives and women's rights groups. With GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's signature on the Republication-sponsored legislation, Arizona took a stand on an issue that could become fodder during this year's presidential campaign. Proponents say the law protects fetuses, which they say can feel pain after five months of development.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
March 8, 2002 |
By a razor-thin margin, voters rejected a government plan to tighten Ireland's tough abortion laws, official returns showed Thursday--a victory for those pushing for greater abortion rights. The result from Wednesday's referendum left in legal limbo a decade-old Supreme Court judgment that sought to legalize abortions for women whose pregnancies threatened their lives, including from suicide.