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A Long Island woman, Nancy Klein, who underwent a controversial abortion to help her chances of recovery from a coma after a car accident in 1988, is now able to talk and recognize family members and is looking forward to the day when she can return home, her doctor said Friday. "She's come a very long way," said Dr. Caroline McCagg, medical director of the New Jersey head injury center where the 32-year-old woman has been undergoing treatment.
April 2, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Ellen McCormack, a New York housewife who briefly became a national figure in American politics when she twice ran for president, in 1976 and 1980, in campaigns designed to galvanize the antiabortion movement, has died. She was 84. McCormack died of congestive heart failure Sunday at an assisted-living facility in Avon, Conn., said a daughter, Kathy McCormack-Batterson. In the 1976 Democratic presidential primary, McCormack made history twice. She was the first female candidate to receive Secret Service protection and to qualify for federal matching funds.
August 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
Anti-abortion demonstrators stormed the Women's Health Care Services abortion clinic Tuesday in defiance of a court order against blocking it, and 130 of them were arrested. Two Operation Rescue leaders were also arrested Tuesday under a separate court order, and two others said they would surrender. About an hour after the clinic demonstration, the Rev. Pat Mahoney of Boca Raton, Fla.
October 20, 2010 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Dr. Mildred Jefferson, a nationally recognized leader of the anti- abortion movement and the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, has died. She was 84. Jefferson died Friday in Cambridge, Mass., said Anne Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. No cause was given. Jefferson was a leader in many anti-abortion organizations. In the late 1960s, she helped establish the National Right to Life Committee, which includes 50 state groups and more than 3,000 local chapters nationwide.
March 19, 1989 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Staff Writer
Most Americans personally consider abortion to be immoral--in fact, "murder." But they also believe deeply that each woman should be allowed to decide for herself whether to have an abortion, a nationwide survey by the Times Poll has found. Abortion clearly is an issue that tugs at the conscience and stirs up conflicting feelings about right and wrong and the practicalities of living in a complex society, the poll showed.
August 31, 1989 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The battle over abortion moved Wednesday to a Los Angeles fast-food restaurant--a Carl's Jr. outlet--where 100 pro-choice picketers protested the financial support that the founder of the Orange County-based chain has given to anti-abortion efforts. The picketers described the late-afternoon action as part of a national strategy to fight back against major funders of anti-abortion organizations, including Carl's Jr. founder Carl Karcher and Domino's Pizza magnate Thomas S. Monaghan.
April 28, 1990 | Associated Press
Anti-abortion leaders are hoping for "a massive display" of opposition to abortion at a Washington Monument rally today that will help put their movement back on the offensive after months of political setbacks. "We hope to impress the Congress. We hope to impress the nation," said Dr. J. C. Willke, president of the National Right to Life Committee.
August 9, 1989
Canada's Supreme Court unanimously struck down an injunction that had barred a 21-year-old woman from having an abortion, only hours after learning she had already gone through with the procedure. Daniel Bedard, the attorney for Chantal Daigle, asked the court to consider the case anyway, arguing that his client faced contempt charges. Daigle was appealing a Quebec court ruling upholding the injunction won by the woman's former lover.
July 17, 1992
Democrat Gov. Robert P. Casey, a strong supporter of Pennsylvania's restrictive laws against abortion, accuses his Democratic Party of adopting the "radical far-left" position on abortion (July 14). Why is it radical or extreme that a woman should have control over her own body? The Democratic Party does not advocate abortion over childbirth. What it does advocate is that abortions should remain medically safe for women who have already decided to have an abortion. There is a huge difference there, the meaning of which "right-to-life" constituencies have not yet grasped.
March 10, 1990 | From United Press International
The state House of Representatives voted 47 to 36 on Friday to approve a bill that would give Idaho the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. The measure, which now goes to the Senate, would make abortions illegal in the state as a means of birth control. It would ban all abortions except in cases of incest, profound physical or mental disability of the fetus or threats to the life or the health of the mother.
April 18, 2009 | Washington Post
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told an antiabortion audience in Indiana on Thursday night that, "for a fleeting moment," she considered having an abortion after learning that her son Trig would have Down syndrome. The experience, she added, "now lets me understand a woman's, a girl's, temptation to maybe make it all go away." Ultimately, Palin said, she decided she had to "walk the walk" concerning her long-standing antiabortion views.
June 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Colorado Right to Life was kicked out of the National Right to Life coalition on Wednesday, in part for publicly criticizing Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. The Colorado group and three others accused Dobson of misrepresenting the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision that upheld a ban on dilation-and-extraction procedures, called partial-birth abortion by opponents.
June 6, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
As they gathered Tuesday for a national strategy session, antiabortion activists faced an unexpected revolt in their own ranks. Some of the biggest groups in the movement, including Focus on the Family and National Right to Life, are under attack from fellow activists who accuse them of turning a godly cause into a money-grubbing industry. Those groups have raised tens of millions of dollars and trumpeted victory after incremental victory in the 34 years since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortions.
January 25, 2005 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Marching with evangelical purpose -- but with little sense that their convictions would quickly become law -- thousands of abortion opponents braved the cold and snow Monday to rally against Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to end a pregnancy. "It's so obvious to us, our belief in the rights of the unborn," said Barbara Parker, who came to Washington from St. Joseph, Ind., with her three children and her husband, Geoffrey.
October 6, 2003
At the beginning of his Sept. 30 commentary, "Partial-Birth Ban Takes Aim at Right to Privacy," William Saletan states that "it won't be the beginning of the end because the public won't stand for a broader ban on abortion." My feeling is that Saletan has misjudged the response of the public. Partial-birth abortion is murder, as anyone who has witnessed the birth of a 5-month fetus can attest. The new law will ban this atrocity. The 30-year debate will continue but, hopefully, this baby step will save many.
July 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in New Orleans blocked Louisiana from issuing specialty license plates, dealing a victory to abortion-rights activists who challenged the state's decision to allow "Choose Life" plates. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled that the state's system for specialty plates violates the 1st Amendment because it allows the antiabortion plates but not one for the opposing view.
March 30, 1993
In a March 21 article (Column Left), Ashley E. Phillips issued a blanket condemnation of the pro-life movement. She argued that the "real agenda" of the pro-life movement is the subjugation of women. The problem with her argument is that she paints with too broad a brush. When Phillips states that the war against abortion "is being waged by fundamental religious zealots" she ignores the secular approach of more mainstream organizations such as the National Right-to-Life Committee.
November 15, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Despite speculation that the Supreme Court is ready to reconsider its abortion rulings, the justices Monday refused to give a husband the right to block his wife's decision to have an abortion. The high court action cuts off a novel line of attack by anti-abortion lawyers who contended that prospective fathers had rights equal to mothers in deciding the fate of their "unborn child."
December 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
The longtime executive director of the state's largest antiabortion group has been charged with a felony after allegedly intercepting e-mail and voice messages from Planned Parenthood of Lincoln, an abortion-services provider. Nebraska Right to Life Director Julie Schmit-Albin, 46, was charged Friday along with former Planned Parenthood employee John F. Keller, 53, with intercepting communications.
July 28, 2002 | JENNIFER FISHER
Ever hear of choreophobia? From the Greek, it means "a fear of dance." I've been thinking about choreophobia since reading about the case of Iranian American Mohamad Khordadian, a 46-year-old pop dancer who lives in Los Angeles and was visiting his homeland when he was arrested for the crime of dancing. Iranian officials put it another way when they tried and convicted him of "promoting corruption among young people."
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