July 4, 2008 |
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says "mental distress" should not qualify as a justification for late-term abortions, a key distinction not often embraced by supporters of abortion rights. In an interview this week with Relevant, a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain "a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother." Obama then added: "Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother.
June 17, 2003
Re "Pro-Choice Feminists' Shameful Deception," by Norah Vincent, Commentary, June 12: It is indeed shameful to see the amount of irresponsible sloganeering that exists about abortion. The most recent example is not NARAL Pro-Choice America's objections to the partial-birth abortion bill but the demagoguery involved in the birth of this legislation. The basis already exists in Roe vs. Wade to control access to all late-term abortions, not just to a surgical procedure that Vincent doesn't like, and which, not coincidentally, can be used as effective graphic propaganda.
April 30, 2013 |
After six weeks of testimony, a Philadelphia jury began deliberating the fate of a veteran doctor accused of four counts of murder while performing late-term abortions in his clinic that served poor women. The case, which has reignited passions over the thorny issues surrounding abortion rights, went to the jury of seven women and five men on Tuesday. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of four babies that the prosecution contends were delivered alive during late-term abortions, then killed when their spines were cut with surgical scissors.
November 3, 1999 |
Maine voters on Tuesday defeated a ban on certain late-term abortions and approved a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. With most of the precincts reporting, the anti-abortion proposal lost with 154,580 opposed and 126,116 in favor. The medical marijuana measure had 130,752 votes in favor to 82,666 opposed.
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February 8, 2010 |
Susan Hill, a national women's rights advocate and the owner of several abortion clinics around the country, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Raleigh, N.C. She was 61 and had breast cancer. Hill focused on establishing clinics in rural areas where women had no access to abortion services. She opened more clinics than anyone else in the United States, sometimes drawing 1,000 protesters at a time. She sued protesters 34 times for blocking entrances and physically preventing women from entering the facilities.
June 2, 2009
The assassination of Dr. George Tiller, long targeted by extremists because he performed late-term abortions, is a reminder that fringe adherents of the "pro-life" movement are willing to desecrate the very value they claim to champion. But it distorts reality to insinuate that millions of Americans who oppose abortion condone such tactics. Tiller's killing shouldn't be exploited by activists on either side to score political points.
November 10, 2009 |
The man accused of killing a Wichita abortion provider confessed in an interview Monday, saying he had no regrets because "preborn children were in imminent danger." In a 20-minute phone call from the Sedgwick County Jail in Kansas, Scott Roeder told McClatchy Newspapers that he believes shooting Dr. George Tiller saved lives. "I've already been told that there's at least four women that have changed their minds and are going to have their babies," Roeder said. "Even if it was one woman, then who would have a regret for a motive of protecting preborn children?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997
As a resident of the 46th Congressional District, I agree with my good friend Msgr. Jaime Soto's plea ("Vote Fraud Debate," Letters, Nov. 17) to focus on the issues facing the neighborhoods here. Too long the rhetoric and heat has been about extraneous party jockeying for a better position in the next election. I do disagree with Msgr. Soto and his analysis of Rep. Loretta Sanchez's position on a woman's right to an abortion. I believe this congressional district mirrors the nation in wanting women to have the final say about if and when to bring a child into the world.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court told the high court of Oklahoma on Thursday to clarify a new state law restricting the use of the RU-486 abortion pill, setting the stage for a possible future ruling on how far states can go in regulating the practice of abortion. Legislators in several states, including Oklahoma, have passed laws to strictly regulate the practice of abortion. Among them are measures that require all women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound test. Oklahoma also adopted a law restricting the use of RU-486.