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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.
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.
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.
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.
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