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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.
November 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
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?
March 17, 1986 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
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 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
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 | PHILIP HAGER
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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.
California's Catholic bishops have decided to put on a positive face in their fight against abortion. The nearly two dozen bishops, at a two-day meeting this week in San Diego, chose Los Angeles Archbishop Roger M. Mahony to chair a committee urging dioceses to increase health services for women with problem pregnancies in hope that they will not get an abortion.
August 20, 2012 | By Michael McGough
The Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Missouri is rightly being excoriated for his suggestion that a "legitimate rape" seldom results in pregnancy because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. " This pseduo-scientific theory, which I remember from debates about abortion laws in Pennsylvania, has amazing staying power among abortion foes. But in endorsing it in what he later called "off-the-cuff remarks," Rep. Todd Akin committed a major gaffe.
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