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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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 | 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.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, including one that bans abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can come as soon as six weeks after conception. A second bill signed by the Republican governor bans abortions solely for the purpose of gender selection and genetic abnormalities. And another requires that any physician who performs abortions must have staff privileges at a nearby hospital. The three new laws -- and a previously approved resolution calling for a November referendum on a constitutional amendment that is designed to protect life at any stage of development -- places the state at the forefront of efforts to limit abortion rights.
NEWS
January 24, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the street below, vendors hawked incense, guavas and sugar-cane juice while a Hindu priest intoned mantras to Lal Sain, a water god. On the top floor of a dirty-yellow, two-story house the doctors and nurses were ready for the next patient. The gynecological table with its steel stirrups had been covered with a worn but clean green sheet. The room reeked of disinfectant. If all went well, the surgery, performed 10 times a day on average, would take five minutes.
NEWS
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.
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