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On the June day that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Pennsylvania law restricting abortion, a new breed of feminist descended on the Federal Building in Los Angeles. Although there were hundreds of protesters, about 50 women were there in what might be called a performance protest. Some pounded fiercely on drums while others, dressed in black judicial-like robes, marched and chanted, "No choice, no peace."
April 11, 1993 | TOM BATES, Portland-based Tom Bates, a former senior editor of this magazine, last wrote about the Spanish priest Bartolome de las Casas.
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN A PANTY GIRDLE can be a girl's best friend. For Julie Williamson, the moment came one afternoon in 1969, not long after the smart, ambitious, 29-year-old legal secretary had gone to work for Bob Packwood in the freshman senator's Portland office. She was alone talking on the telephone when her 36-year-old employer strode in and kissed her on the back of the neck.
September 13, 1991
Why is it that criticizing the Catholic Church's attempts to limit safe-sex education and reproductive rights is Catholic-bashing, but terming lesbians and gay men repugnant, as the church has, is not gay-bashing? MARK KOSTOPOULOS Los Angeles
June 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League launched an offensive against Texas Gov. George W. Bush, even as the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination picked up another endorsement. A week before Bush was to make his first campaign trip to Iowa, Kate Michelman, president of the abortion rights group, was in the state meeting with supporters in hopes of organizing a bloc of such voters.
June 3, 2001 | ERIC COHEN, Eric Cohen, former managing editor of The Public Interest, is a resident fellow at the New America Foundation
At various points in U.S. history, issues and events come along that make old ideologies obsolete, that make existing coalitions untenable, that make the contradictions within parties too pressing to ignore. When this happens, the old assumptions about politics no longer hold. The old battles begin to make little sense. The genetic revolution--like slavery, civil rights and the Cold War before it--is such an event. In time, it may overshadow them all.
April 18, 1993 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Patrick Goldstein is a frequent contributor to Calendar
In Adrian Lyne's new film, "Indecent Proposal," billionaire playboy Robert Redford comes to visit Demi Moore at her realty company. As he walks into her office, we catch a glimpse of Moore's secretary, a blond bimbo busily filing her nails and reading "Backlash," Susan Faludi's 1991 expose of the war against women's rights. The shot is meant as a playful jab at Faludi. But after seeing Lyne's new film, in which Redford offers a happily married young couple $1 million for a one-night stand with the sultry wife, the outspoken author--and many of her female Hollywood peers--are in no laughing mood.
December 6, 1990
It was most interesting to read of the conservative antics of Harvard University's AALARM group. Poor boys--all they want is a little respect for bashing the rights of all of those they don't agree with--and I can bet you that AALARM members would do the same thing to groups they disagree with if they could. I was most interested to note that the bulk of their despair was directed toward sexual issues they don't agree with (gays, women's reproductive rights). Will The Times treat us to AALARM's views on racial issues in the next episode?
November 13, 1993
Kelsey Grammer, Teri Garr, Richard Lewis, Mo Gaffney, Bob Saget, Richard Belzer, Judy Tenuta and John Mendoza are scheduled to perform at "Comic's Choice 2," an abortion-rights benefit being held Sunday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Proceeds will go to the National Council of Jewish Women/L.A.'s Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, which provides financial assistance to low-income women with problem or crisis pregnancies. Tickets for the 7 p.m. program range from $10 to $100.
June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A state law banning a type of late-term abortion is unconstitutional because it lacks an exception to protect a woman's health, a federal appeals panel ruled. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a 2003 ruling by a federal judge that said the law was "unconstitutional on its face."
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