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August 16, 1985
Re the snub of TV networks on birth control campaigns: The Dutch have practically no problem with teen-age pregnancy. They also provide condoms through ubiquitous vending machines. We, on the other hand, have more teen-age pregnancy than any other industrialized country, while allowing a vocal, "religious" minority to intimidate an entire media industry. SUSU LEVY Encino
June 20, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
HIV-positive women who give birth more than four hours after the rupture of the fetal membranes--breaking of their water--are nearly twice as likely to transmit the virus to their infants as women who give birth less than four hours afterward, according to a study in the June 20 New England Journal of Medicine.
November 27, 1990
An inexpensive and effective way to prevent child abuse and neglect would be to focus on the prevention of the birth of unwanted children. SANDRA SAVETT, Santa Monica
December 5, 1993
Regarding Hollywood's interest in the moribund ("Death Takes This Holiday," by Terry Pristin, Nov. 21): If people have to be told they are dying in order to begin living the lives they previously took for granted, what hope is there for those still nestled in the cocoon of health? We might realize that at the moment of birth, we are an instant closer to death or, to lessen the terror of death, accept that the thing we fear most has already taken place at a future moment already dissolved in a timeless past.
October 18, 1987
I have just read Peter Steinfels' review of "Politics, Power and the Church" (The Book Review, Sept. 27) and it provokes a recommendation. You scrupulously identify your reviewer. Steinfels is the editor of Commonweal. When you are publishing a review of an evidently contentious and controversial book, ask the reviewer to tell the reader a few facts about the author. Who is Lawrence Lader? What else has he written? What are his qualifications--if any? Steinfels' half page critique finds nothing in Lader's work except bad logic and rampant bigotry.
September 6, 2012 | By Hilary MacGregor
The first question is whether you want documentary evidence of childbirth. If the answer is yes, there are a few things to consider: Pros : Mothers can catch magical moments they missed during the event itself. Cons : Professionals say mothers must be careful who is invited into the birthing space. Maternal stress can hinder the actual birth. Cost : Jodie Myers ( charges $1,395 for raw footage of a home-birth, up to $3,500 for an edited, documentary-quality short film shot in the hospital.
April 30, 2009
Re "Adoptive son is arrested in killing," April 27 I am the mother of an adopted daughter and a son by birth. I saw no reason to point out that the son in this story was adopted. Calling attention to this detail about a person who allegedly committed murder makes an unspoken connection between the two facts. I doubt journalists wrote of the Menendez brothers: "Birth sons arrested in killings." Unless being adopted is relevant to the story, it should be omitted. Lori Precious Topanga
September 5, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Last week, Republicans adopted a platform that argued in favor of limiting marriage and requiring at least some women to pay more for birth control. This week, Democrats are reminding viewers over and over that they support expanding marriage to gays and lesbians and making all manner of contraception freely available. Against that backdrop, the conservative Heritage Foundation released a report Wednesday highlighting the rapid increase in out-of-wedlock births and the high incidence of poverty among children being raised by single mothers.
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