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February 9, 2011
Abortion-rights supporters breathed a sigh of relief last week when a troubling word was removed from a controversial antiabortion bill. They shouldn't have. This piece of congressional legislation and a related bill are still loaded with harmful provisions that would turn back the clock on women's rights to make their own medical decisions. FOR THE RECORD: Abortion: A Feb. 9 editorial about a proposed antiabortion bill in Congress said that some Roman Catholic hospitals object to abortion.
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NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
A New Jersey judge has issued a decision allowing a woman to bar her ex-fiance from the hospital delivery room while she gives birth to their baby. I should think so. I can't think of anything more embarrassing than being forced to have a man with whom I'd broken off having intimate relations and whom I wasn't eager to see again, period, watching me, while nearly naked, have to deal with the pain, stress, blood and general mess of childbirth. Especially if the guy was jerk enough to file a lawsuit against me so that he could barge his unwanted way to my bedside.
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NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' valiant effort to prevent a vote on an overly restrictive state abortion bill apparently succeeded only in blocking the vote Tuesday night.  Republican Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that he would call another special session of the legislature for  Monday. Davis, a Democrat, managed to filibuster for 13 straight hours on the Texas Senate floor Tuesday night, eating up precious minutes as the clock wound down on the legislature's special session, which expired at midnight.  Davis, in a dress, long jacket and pink gym shoes, stood for hours to thwart the Republican-dominated state Senate from passing the bill, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, which is usually about 24 weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Is it good news that the national abortion rate is at its lowest level since 1973, the year it was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court? Your reaction will depend on two things: how you feel about abortion and the reasons the rate has fallen. Has it dropped because so many states have passed new laws aimed at squeezing abortion clinics out of business, and raising so many obstacles that women seeking abortions will simply give up and go home? Or has it dropped because there are fewer unintended pregnancies?
OPINION
February 13, 2011
Abortion and the government Re "Attacking abortion rights," Editorial, Feb. 9 The great government takeover of medicine has finally arrived. President Obama's healthcare reform? No. What we have instead are two antiabortion bills by Republican congressmen. These bills would use the tax code to discourage citizens from purchasing private health insurance policies that cover abortions. Incredibly, even small businesses could not deduct the cost of their employee insurance plans if abortions were covered.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1990
Almost daily I have endured Pat Robertson's one-sided commentary on the Family Channel (previously the Christian Broadcasting Network), dealing not only with abortion but also with prayer in school, religious displays on public property, censorship and other topics dear to ultra-conservatives. It seems that Robertson has been able to present one side of the abortion issue over many years without creating a public furor. Shouldn't TBS, with only two shows (on abortion rights), be allowed the same right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2012 | Sandy Banks
The subject was reproductive rights, the audience was fervently pro-choice and the panelists were activists from Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and the ACLU. But although the players may have been typical, the game plan was anything but. What was billed as a political strategy session last month by the L.A. chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women seemed to unexpectedly open a new front in an old war over access to abortion: Personal confession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1993
A frightened abortionist recently said, "I have a relatively secure, easy life that I'd like to finish off in the time God's allotted me" (L.A. Times, March 21). Now, that's an interesting quote from someone who routinely finishes off the lives of others. It sounds more like a quote from one of the babies he has aborted. KEVIN MICHAEL Redondo Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
With her eye on voters sensitive to social issues, Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer turned the conversation in her race for reelection squarely to the heated topic of abortion rights Thursday, lining up celebrities, advocacy groups and fellow legislators to help make the case that her Republican rival Carly Fiorina's stance is "a direct threat" to the rights of women in California and the nation. "Make no mistake about it, a woman's right to choose is on the ballot in California this year," Boxer said during a news conference at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel, where she noted that Fiorina has said she would support overturning Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1992
About 60 abortion rights advocates demonstrated peacefully for three hours Sunday outside St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles to protest the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to abortion. Worshipers at the 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, walked past protesters to enter the church, authorities said.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
The U.S. abortion rate fell in 2011 to its lowest level since the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing the procedure,  Roe vs. Wade , according to a new study. Research by the  Guttmacher Institute , a nonprofit organization that supports abortion rights, found that in 2011 there were 16.9 abortions for every 1,000 women ages 15-44. In 1973, the rate was 16.3 abortions per 1,000 women. In all, there were about 1.1 million abortions in 2011, down 13% from 2008, according to the report, which is to be published in March.
OPINION
November 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It's disappointing that the Supreme Court denied a request to temporarily block an onerous new abortion law in Texas from taking effect while a federal appellate court determines whether the law is constitutional. The high court's decision could force as many as a third of the abortion clinics in Texas to close, creating a hardship for thousands of women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The Supreme Court's decision was the wrong one. Now supporters of abortion rights must turn their attention back to the appellate court, which we hope will declare the underlying law unconstitutional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Evan Halper
HERNDON, Va. -- Some of the old-timers who came out to vote Tuesday in this suburb near Dulles International Airport can remember a time when a social conservative like the state GOP's gubernatorial nominee would have dominated election returns here. Herndon was a sleepy burg full of dairy farms then. Its main link with Washington, D.C., was a train stopping to pick up a milk shipment on its way to Union Station. The area has since boomed into an appendage of Washington with a population exceeding 24,000, and the massive demographic changes it has gone through in the process reflect one of the biggest headaches for Republicans nationwide.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a surprise victory for defenders of abortion rights, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Oklahoma's appeal of a state law that would have effectively prevented doctors from prescribing two drugs commonly used to induce abortions in the first nine weeks of a pregnancy. The court's one-line order suggests most of the justices are not willing to even consider a state law that goes that far. In June, the high court had tentatively agreed to hear Oklahoma's defense of the 2011 law, which restricted how doctors could prescribe the abortion-inducing drugs.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
WASHINGTON - The legal push in some Republican-controlled states to restrict abortion rights suffered a setback Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Oklahoma's appeal seeking to reinstate a law that effectively banned the use of abortion-inducing drugs. The court's decision delivered a surprise victory for abortion rights groups and was seen as a sign that while conservative justices may be open to giving states new powers to restrict abortion, they are not ready to impose sweeping new limits that would significantly interfere with women's constitutionally protected rights.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Carla Hall
It's unfortunate that an appellate court judge in Texas on Thursday lifted an injunction against two onerous restrictions in that state's new abortion law. Just days before, a lower court federal judge had ruled those restrictions unconstitutional because they hindered a woman's legal right to an abortion. This restrictive and unfair law has had an embattled path to daylight, and it's not over yet. No wonder that U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the first federal judge to rule on it, observed in his opinion that abortion “is the most divisive issue to face this country since slavery.” This is the law that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis famously blocked from being passed in late June when she filibustered for 13 hours, standing in pink gym shoes, on the floor of the state Legislature as a special session came to a close.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Oklahoma's high court on Tuesday set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether states can restrict doctors from prescribing two drugs used to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The case could be the first test of whether the court's conservative majority will uphold a string of new state laws across the country that seek to strictly regulate legal abortions. In the last three years, Republican-led states have passed laws to limit abortion without banning it outright.
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