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December 27, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Rick Perry, in the midst of a furious late-stage effort to finish strongly in next week's GOP Iowa caucuses, said at a town-hall-style campaign event here that his views on abortion has shifted and that he now believes the procedure is unacceptable in all circumstances. Assuredly, the Texas governor has never been a moderate on the issue. But until recently, he had said an abortion might be justifiable in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life was in danger. Tuesday, in the last leg of a four-stop bus trip across southwestern Iowa, Perry was asked a question by a local pastor about his abortion views, noting that the candidate had recently signed a pledge to oppose abortion in every situation and asking whether he had changed his mind.
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NATIONAL
October 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The governor of Pennsylvania compared same-sex marriage to incest, sparking the latest uproar in the state's ongoing battle over whether to allow gays to wed. Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, was interviewed on WHP-TV in Harrisburg, where the anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally wed in the state. "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said in the interview aired on Friday.
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NEWS
August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
An alleged polygamist who deputies say married his brother's 16-year-old daughter was charged in Salt Lake City with incest and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The girl, now 17, is believed by authorities to have been secretly married in October to her uncle, David O. Kingston, 32, in an arrangement made by her father. Under Utah law, sexual relations with a niece or nephew is considered incest.
OPINION
August 31, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
It's puzzling that people are shocked that, on abortion, the Republican platform contains no exceptions for rape or incest or to protect the health of a woman. "The question of abortion is one of the most difficult and controversial of our time. " That sweet reason is from the 1976 Republican platform , three years after Roe vs. Wade, which ruled that a woman's right to abortion is protected by the Constitution. The platform went on in the same moral-relativist vein. "There are those in our Party who favor complete support for the Supreme Court decision," and those who want that decision "changed by a constitutional amendment.
NEWS
June 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A teenage girl who grew up in a polygamist sect testified at her uncle's incest trial that she had four sexual encounters with him after becoming his 15th wife. The girl, now 17, took the stand in Salt Lake City as the prosecution's star witness against David O. Kingston, 32. The girl said she repeatedly tried to avoid her husband-uncle. Kingston is charged with incest and unlawful sexual contact.
NEWS
July 10, 1999 | Associated Press
A judge sentenced a prominent polygamist Friday to up to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence, for having sex with his 16-year-old niece. District Judge David S. Young ordered David Ortell Kingston to serve two consecutive terms of up to five years each for incest and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Young also fined Kingston $10,000 and ordered him to pay court expenses. He was convicted June 3, after his niece testified that she became his 15th wife and that they had sex four times.
NEWS
November 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Golden, Colo., dismissed incest charges against an 11-year-old Swiss American boy, paving the way for the youth to return to Switzerland, where his case has become a cause celebre. State Judge James Zimmerman ruled that the youth's right to a speedy trial under the Colorado constitution had been violated and freed him without any conditions. A lawyer for the boy's family said the youth will return to Switzerland "in short order" but wouldn't explain further.
NEWS
July 31, 1998 | Associated Press
A 12-year-old girl allegedly impregnated by her 17-year-old brother had a late-term abortion in Kansas, a lawyer for her parents said Thursday. "She went through the procedure," attorney Lauren Tomayko said. "There were no complications. She's doing very, very well." Tomayko refused to say when the procedure was performed. The girl was 29 weeks pregnant, or late in her seventh month. She was involved in a highly publicized legal battle to obtain the abortion.
NEWS
September 14, 1988 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Under strong pressure from the Reagan Administration and the House, the Senate on Tuesday removed from a major funding bill a provision it had approved two months ago that would have allowed Medicaid-funded abortions for poor women who are victims of rape or incest. On a 47-43 vote, the Senate instead reaffirmed current federal law, which permits the government to pay for abortions only when a mother's life is in danger.
NEWS
July 28, 1988 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Signaling a major shift on the abortion issue, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to permit Medicaid-funded abortions for the victims of rape and incest, provided victims report the crimes immediately and states agree to accept such funds. Democrats and Republicans joined in the 73-19 vote, marking the first time since 1981 that the Senate has approved a liberalization of abortion laws.
OPINION
August 23, 2012 | Meghan Daum
Like any sentient person, I was appalled by Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape. " I was shocked by the Limbaugh-ian proportions of his ignorance about the female reproductive system ("in cases of legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down") and remain flabbergasted that he hasn't caved in to party pressure to quit his Senate campaign. But unlike the many people proclaiming their outrage on Facebook and Twitter, I'm actually grateful to Akin.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Michael Finnegan and Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
RALEIGH, N.C. - Rep. Paul D. Ryan  shrugged off differences with Mitt Romney on abortion policy Wednesday, saying Romney's views, while more moderate than his, were "a good step in the right direction. " Ryan, the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate under Romney, has taken a sharply conservative view on abortion in the past, saying he opposes it in all circumstances except to save the life of the mother - a position that would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2012 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
There was no shortage of candidates to serve as traffic and planning commissioners in Garden Grove last March. More than 40 residents with university degrees and backgrounds in real estate, construction and traffic engineering applied for the 12 positions. Despite the number of volunteers and a city policy designed to limit nepotism, two people with family ties to the council — the son of the mayor and the husband of a councilwoman — were given seats. In May, Mayor William Dalton and the four council members arbitrarily named a planning commissioner to fill a vacant council seat, appearing to go against a voter-mandated advisory policy on how vacancies are to be filled.
NEWS
December 27, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Rick Perry, in the midst of a furious late-stage effort to finish strongly in next week's GOP Iowa caucuses, said at a town-hall-style campaign event here that his views on abortion has shifted and that he now believes the procedure is unacceptable in all circumstances. Assuredly, the Texas governor has never been a moderate on the issue. But until recently, he had said an abortion might be justifiable in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life was in danger. Tuesday, in the last leg of a four-stop bus trip across southwestern Iowa, Perry was asked a question by a local pastor about his abortion views, noting that the candidate had recently signed a pledge to oppose abortion in every situation and asking whether he had changed his mind.
NEWS
March 22, 2009 | William J. Kole, Kole writes for the Associated Press.
Long before Josef Fritzl and the horrendous crimes in his dungeon, Austria was maligned for its Nazi past, its right-wing politics and another high-profile abduction case. Now that Fritzl has been sentenced to life in a psychiatric ward, the nation, wounded by another dark episode, is eager to move on. "We are glad it ended so quickly," Chancellor Werner Faymann said Friday of Fritzl's four-day trial. But to those who portrayed Fritzl as the monstrous product of a country blemished by its complicity with the Nazis, Faymann had a stern message.
WORLD
March 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Gunmen seized four U.N. workers as they prepared to leave the town of Wajid and released them several hours later, the U.N. said. The four -- three international staff members and one Somali -- were seized in the southwestern town about 45 miles southeast of the Somali-Ethiopian border, on their way to an airstrip, the U.N. said. U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq announced that "the four people who were abducted have now all been released safely and are now in the hands of U.N. security." The U.N.
WORLD
April 29, 2008 | Julia Damianova and Tracy Wilkinson, Special to The Times
By his own confession, Austrian police say, Josef Fritzl held his daughter inside a hidden, windowless cellar for nearly a quarter of a century, raping her repeatedly and forcing her to give birth to seven of his children. When two of the children were freed this week, authorities said they were seeing sunlight for the first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1986 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Nancy Lozito said it took her years to realize that the mess her life had become--the bewildering depressions, the two violent and ultimately failed marriages, the stretches of unemployment--was rooted in the mess her childhood had been. And so years after what she describes as an abusive, sexual relationship that produced one child, Lozito filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking unspecified compensation from her ex-convict father.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
Two years ago, South Dakota voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed ban on abortions that proponents had hoped would set up a Supreme Court showdown over Roe vs. Wade. Next month, the state ballot will include another abortion ban with similar goals -- but observers say this one is far more likely to pass. The new ballot measure would allow for abortions in the case of rape and incest, exceptions that were not in the 2006 version.
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