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October 13, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
Irene Vilar's house, a charming old place on a leafy block outside Denver, is a monument to her mothering. Half the downstairs has been transformed into a preschool, with picture books, educational toys and art supplies in organized disarray. Outside, her little girls, 3-year-old Lolita and 5-year-old Loretta, are decorating the walkway with brown-eyed susans plucked from the garden. It is a scene of almost magical domesticity. Inside, their mother, a striking 40-year-old literary agent with big, brown eyes, long, straight hair and a Spanish-inflected lilt that gives away her Puerto Rican roots, is describing how, from the age of 16 to 33, she could neither stop herself from conceiving, nor from terminating her pregnancies.
January 6, 2008 | Sam Dolnick, Associated Press
Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills. A team of maids, cooks and doctors looks after the women, whose pregnancies would be unusual anywhere else but are common here. The young mothers of Anand, a place famous for its dairy industry, are pregnant with the children of infertile couples from around the world.
July 30, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A 45-year-old woman has admitted suffocating eight babies immediately after giving birth to them, authorities said, in the latest, and worst, case of infanticide to rock France in recent years Dominique Cottrez, a resident of the quiet northern village of Villers-au-Tertre, said she hid the bodies in the garden of a previous home and in her current garage from 1989 to 2006 or '07, according to authorities. Though the case is unusual in its high death toll, the details are all too familiar in a nation where in recent years infants' bodies have been found, some in freezers and some burned.
May 14, 1993
Responsible citizens spay or neuter their cats and dogs to ensure that unwanted kittens or puppies are not procreated. Should we, as responsible adults, ensure that our sexually active teen-age daughters and little sisters have contraceptives implanted in their bodies to prevent unwanted pregnancies? Throughout history, girls and women were left to deal with unplanned pregnancies. After all, it is only they who can "get into trouble." Why not take a broader approach and have "reversible" vasectomies performed on teen-age boys?
May 11, 1986
Women who use intrauterine devices may face up to three times the risk of unplanned pregnancies after they switch to other birth control methods, a study warns. The recent withdrawal of most IUDs from the market thus may lead to an estimated increase of 123,000 unwanted pregnancies annually among the 1.4 million women now using IUDs, according to an article in Family Planning Perspectives, a journal of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
January 27, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Maternal mortality is rare. But the rates are increasing in the United States and elsewhere for a number of reasons. In an editorial published Thursday, British researchers point out that in-vitro-fertilization-related pregnancies are an additional risk factor for maternal death. The major causes of death to new mothers are rare catastrophes, such as hemorrhage and blood clots. The incidence of these problems is increasing, possibly because more pregnant women today have health problems, such as diabetes, obesity or some other chronic condition.
July 8, 1989
It's a terrible irony that on the eve of our Independence Day the Supreme Court restricts the independence of half the citizens, and that the topic of desecration is centered on the flag while the desecration of women's bodies and lives through unwanted pregnancies is now certain. NANCY WILLIAMS Ventura
May 17, 1987
Sally Nava Kanarek states (Letters, May 10) that there is a "blatant lack of prosecution" by the district attorney's office of thousands of cases of unlawful sexual intercourse with minors in Orange County. Her allegations apparently stem from statistics showing 7,000 pregnancies by female minors per year in the county. Although we appreciate Kanarek's concern and agree that the level of teen-age pregnancies is a serious social difficulty, the suggestion that the problem can be overcome by law enforcement or that prosecutors are not fulfilling their responsibilities by filing as many cases as there are pregnancies is erroneous.
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