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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1999
Your Nov. 17 editorial, "Pragmatism on U.N. Dues," lauds the president for compromising on international family planning practices so that Congress would agree to begin paying our arrears. The cost: "bending slightly on the principle of abortion rights." The plain effect of this is a reversal of the administration's long-standing policy of not sacrificing women's health for short-term gain. The moneys from this capitulation would go to international family planning agencies that do not necessarily advocate abortion, but may want to mention the availability of that option to their clients if it is legal.
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NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Jon Healey
A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday ruled unconstitutional one of the most controversial features of the Patriot Act: the ability of the FBI to demand records from phone companies, Internet service providers, banks and credit agencies in complete secrecy and without judicial review. The "national security letters" issued by the FBI don't cover the content of someone's communications, just the circumstances. But that information alone can be highly revealing ; for example, the letters can be used to catalog which websites someone visited and with whom they corresponded by email.
OPINION
June 16, 2004
Re "U.S. Right Squeezes Lifesaving Aid to Africans," Commentary, June 10: Barbara Crossette writes on the effect of the "gag rule" [the Republican ban on giving aid to groups that counsel people on abortion] on the Young & Wise AIDS prevention program in Ghana and on the withdrawal of U.S. funds from the United Nations Population Fund. We Americans ought to be paying more attention. The Bush administration hopes that only its "fanatical faithful" will pay attention but that for the rest of us, these mean-spirited policies will pass under the radar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1992
Senator-elect Barbara Boxer has instituted a rule that all news media contacts have to go through the press secretary (Dec. 10). Reporters must "commit" to this rule to be afforded cooperation. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has issued similar orders concerning her office. Boxer says this is not to keep the message straight--it's just to be orderly and efficient. Feinstein's office says it's not a gag rule, it's an office procedure. Are you people--oops, sorry--are reporters going to take this lying down?
NEWS
July 18, 1991 | PAUL HOUSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate approved legislation to cancel a "gag rule" against abortion counseling in federally funded health care clinics Wednesday but ducked a recorded vote that might have demonstrated whether a threatened presidential veto could be overturned. The action followed a related House move last month to bar Administration enforcement of regulations that had been upheld in May by the Supreme Court. As in the Senate, House members avoided an up-or-down vote on the politically potent issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1996
"No counsel may discuss anything connected with this trial with the media or in public places. This order encompasses all parties, attorneys and witnesses under the control of counsel." So Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki decreed Tuesday in the O.J. Simpson civil case, to be tried beginning next month. The gag rule may be the most sweeping ever in a civil case. It goes way too far.
OPINION
March 25, 2005
Re "A Misguided Anti-Vice Pledge," editorial, March 20: I agree that ideology should not sway us from supporting what actually helps people. So why not also support faith-based initiatives here in the U.S.? They are staffed by honorable, self-sacrificing people who have proved to be more effective at lifting people out of the sinkhole of despair and substance abuse than any gray government agency. However, your use of the secularists' favorite slander, "proselytizer," betrays your true feelings about such "pro bono" work done by Christians like Dr. Bill Frist and countless others.
NEWS
February 3, 1988 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
A national coalition of medical groups and family planning organizations Tuesday launched a broad attack, including lawsuits, against new federal rules that prohibit clinics from advising women on abortions. Under the new rules, issued by the Health and Human Services Department and published in the Federal Register, family planning organizations receiving federal funds cannot provide abortion referrals, cannot lobby for abortion rights and cannot take legal action in support of abortions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1991
More than 100 opponents of abortion restrictions marched Wednesday outside the federal building in Hawthorne to protest last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding government regulations that prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from counseling clients about abortion.
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