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January 3, 1992 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the front lines of today's abortion wars, where Roe vs. Wade is the rallying cry, the name Sherri Chessen Finkbine is an antiquity--if it is recognized at all. Yet the emotionally charged issue, which split Wichita, Kan., into two armed camps last year and promises to raise the temperature of an increasingly fiery presidential campaign by next fall, was first defined for many Americans by a frail young mother of four, known to "Romper Room" TV audiences in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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January 3, 1992 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the front lines of today's abortion wars, where Roe vs. Wade is the rallying cry, the name Sherri Chessen Finkbine is an antiquity--if it is recognized at all. Yet the emotionally charged issue, which split Wichita, Kan., into two armed camps last year and promises to raise the temperature of an increasingly fiery presidential campaign by next fall, was first defined for many Americans by a frail young mother of four, known to "Romper Room" TV audiences in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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January 11, 1992
In the process of portraying Sherri Chessen Finkbine's decision to abort in a sympathetic light, the lives of thalidomide-affected individuals were devalued ("When 'Miss Sherri' Got an Abortion," Jan. 3). Particularly offensive was Chessen's description of her fetus as "the head and torso." In 1962, there was no way Chessen's doctor could have known how severely affected by thalidomide her fetus was. Disabilities ranged from mild malformations of hands and/or feet to the full syndrome--fortunately rare--of no upper and lower limbs.
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June 20, 1992 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In "A Private Matter," a pro-choice movie on HBO that the producers claim was too controversial for the commercial networks, a woman facing the birth of a deformed baby has nowhere to turn for a legal abortion in her own country. (It airs at 8 tonight.
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June 23, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
TV or not TV. . . . ABOUT TIME: What poetic justice that Ted Turner is getting the prestigious Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. For years, the mainstream networks tried hard to belittle the renegade visionary as he went about building CNN and other cable channels, becoming the world's most significant TV figure in the 1980s.
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June 14, 1992 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sissy Spacek has never shied away from making controversial films. Over the past decade, she has starred in such political hot potatoes as Oliver Stone's "J.F.K.," Costa-Gavras' "Missing," "The River," which criticized the government's treatment of farmers, and last year's racial drama "The Long Walk Home." Spacek's latest film, HBO's "A Private Matter," tells the true story of Sherri Chessen, a mother of four small children who struggled to get a legal abortion in 1962.
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