CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 |
The battle over abortion continues to rage, and both sides got good news this week. In a win for antiabortion forces Tuesday, an ideologically split Supreme Court refused, 5-4, to stop the implementation of a Texas law aimed at squeezing abortion providers out of the state by requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Doctors don't need admitting privileges; abortions are among the safest medical procedures performed today. Any emergency room physician is capable of handling a post-abortion complication.
November 21, 2012 |
The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The decline is outlined in the annual abortion surveillance data for the year 2009, the latest available. It was published on Wednesday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC. An important way to reduce abortions is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies.
June 8, 2007 |
The state Senate voted in Concord to repeal a law requiring parental notification for minors to get abortions. The 2003 law, which has been bogged down in legal fights, required abortion providers to notify at least one parent 48 hours or more before performing an abortion on a minor. The Senate's 15-9 vote came after the House passed the measure, 226-130. Democratic Gov. John Lynch has said he will sign it.
August 23, 2011 |
Obstetricians and gynecologists are trained as women's health specialists. But only 14% provide abortions. The nationwide survey of 1,144 ob-gyns published Monday found a lower rate of abortion providers than a 2008 survey did, which put the figure at 22%. Other doctors, such as family practice physicians, may also provide abortions. And there is some evidence that the number of ob-gyns willing to provide abortions may increase in the future. The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago and Duke University, found that younger doctors, ages 35 or younger, were the most likely to perform abortions, compared with other age groups.
June 1, 2009 |
Bombings. Butyric acid attacks. Sniper shootings. Letters filled with fake anthrax. These are some of the tactics used over the years by antiabortion extremists. The slaying of Dr. George Tiller in his Kansas church Sunday was part of a decades-long history of domestic terrorism aimed at abortion providers, carried out by a small minority of the much broader and generally peaceful movement that opposes abortion.
June 28, 2009 |
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has ended a joint venture between a hospital system founded by the archdiocese and a Missouri-based health insurer, fearing it linked Catholic hospitals too closely to abortion providers. O'Malley has been criticized for allowing Caritas Christi Health Care to partner with Centene Corp., which covers abortion services. With the decision, Caritas will still provide healthcare to patients, including those covered by Centene -- though it won't provide services that violate Catholic teachings.
September 22, 2001 |
Clayton Lee Waagner, 44, an escaped inmate from Illinois who has threatened to kill abortion providers, was placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, the bureau said. Waagner escaped in February from a Clinton, Ill., jail where he was awaiting sentencing on federal firearms and auto theft convictions. He also is being sought for a Pennsylvania bank robbery, firearms violations in Tennessee and a carjacking in Mississippi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1998
It is hard to fathom how The Times could allow Michael Ramirez's irresponsible cartoon to run Oct. 28. This cartoon, published days after Dr. Barnett Slepian was tragically murdered for helping women safely, legally and conscientiously end their pregnancy, contributes to the social climate of hate created by years of inexcusable rhetoric from the so-called right-to-life movement and the religious political extremists with whom it aligns. For such hatemongers, sound bites and cartoons such as Ramirez's are just a game.
February 6, 1999 |
An Internet service provider has shut down an anti-abortion Web site that an Oregon jury said constituted a threat to abortion providers. The move Thursday night came a day after the creator of the Web site, Neal Horsley, said he planned to add video cameras at abortion clinics in five American cities as well as in England and Japan to monitor activities for the Web.
July 18, 2013 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the nation's toughest set of abortion restrictions into law Thursday, declaring a major victory for abortion opponents after weeks of divisive political debate. The bill passed over the strong protests of Democrats and abortion-rights supporters. Abortion-rights activists and clinic operators say the measure will force the closure of all but five of the state's 42 abortion providers. In a signing ceremony at the state Capitol in Austin attended by more than 100 Republican lawmakers, the Republican governor praised the measure as a landmark in protecting unborn children and women's health.