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September 8, 2003
Re "All Americans Can't Grow Up to Be President," Commentary, Sept. 4: Robert B. Cox is wrong; his children can run for president. It's not where you were born but your status at the time of your birth that is relevant. A "natural born Citizen" is someone who has not been "naturalized" -- in other words, someone who is an American citizen from birth. If both your parents are U.S. citizens at the time of your birth, you are an American citizen, regardless of where you were born. The local American embassy will even provide you with an American birth certificate.
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
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
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