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January 29, 1987
Two young people from Guerneville have been arrested and charged with grand theft for selling what they said was their unborn child to two childless couples. Two undercover Sonoma County sheriff's deputies posing as parents also wanting to adopt babies arrested Edwin N. Tonkin, 23, and Leann M. Wild, 21, after they agreed to sell them their unborn child. Tonkin and Wild were booked on the grand theft charges and placed in the Sonoma County Jail in Santa Rosa with bail set at $10,000 each.
May 11, 1989
I have just finished reading "Alcohol on Trial" (by Joni Blackman, May 4). A more appropriate title would have been "Alcoholic on Trial." I have never in my life felt such anger toward a person I've never met. The Thorps claim that they never heard that alcohol could harm an unborn child. Candy Thorp has already had two children. How did she think those unborn infants got their food supply? Did she ever go to a doctor? A competent obstetrician will always tell an expectant woman what she should and should not eat or drink.
May 7, 1989
"Drug Babies Push Issue of Fetal Rights" immediately caught my eye as I picked up my morning paper (April 25). Fetal rights for drug babies? I thought Roe vs. Wade guaranteed that no fetal rights--including life--could take precedence over the mother's rights, even her right to kill her unborn child deliberately through the agency of a doctor and a few tools. Why would inducing drug dependency in the unborn or subjecting her fetus to the dangerous side effects of her own drug abuse be considered worse than terminating the fetus' life?
September 9, 2000
Let me see if I've got this straight: A left-handed relief pitcher, showing his immaturity, mouths off to a magazine reporter and is fined, suspended and vilified by your columnists. An NFL defensive back physically beats his pregnant wife, putting both her and her unborn child's health in danger, and he receives a suspended sentence and probation. One broke no laws at all and hurt nobody but himself with his stupid comments. The other committed a major crime, physically harming someone, but I guess it's not a juicy or trendy enough subject for your columnists.
April 8, 1993
Concerning the March 4 Dianne Klein column "Law Needed to Protect Homes From Picketers," a more apropos title that deals with the heart of the real issue: Law Needed to Protect the Mutilation of the Most Defenseless--the Unborn Child . . . There are no articles from you on this vital protection of precious life matter, yet there's support for the Children's Defense Fund, etc., and if you murder a pregnant woman, the charges will be for...
November 13, 1991
We have forgotten about an important and unlauded hero in Magic Johnson's HIV tragedy--his wife. Can you imagine the terror of realizing that not only your husband, but possibly you and your unborn child may be HIV-positive? Thank God that so far she and her child have tested negative. As someone who co-facilitates a support group that includes wives married to men who are HIV-positive, I can tell you that they experience fear and betrayal, mourn the loss of their dreams and face uncertainty for the future of their children.
February 2, 1993
In response to "Clinton Revokes Abortion Curbs," Jan. 23: My generation has a song to sing and we must pass it on with notes that are pure and clear: that an unborn child is just that, a child, that if we cease to protect this most vulnerable member of the human family, our hearts will harden, that "choice" means no choice for the baby, that we cannot continue to be tender toward the weak and needy if we are not tender toward the unborn....
April 7, 1993
Re "A Shadow of Doubt" (March 17): I am deeply offended by Elizabeth Volz's comment regarding "the people in the middle who don't care" about the abortion issue. We people who fail to march are not people who "don't care." We do care--we just don't care for the extremist views of either side, or the lengths to which they are willing to go to promote their own causes. I do not believe that every woman has a right in any circumstance at any time to take the life of her unborn child.
May 17, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
In a highly unusual move, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy granted an emergency request by a legal guardian for an "unborn child" Tuesday and blocked a 15-year-old Florida girl from having an abortion. Kennedy's order was issued about three hours after the Florida Supreme Court said that the girl could go ahead with her abortion. The full U.S. Supreme Court will consider the issue Thursday and may lift or continue Kennedy's order then. Possibly Decisive Votes Kennedy, former President Ronald Reagan's third nominee to the high court, and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor hold the two unknown and probably decisive votes in a major abortion case now pending before the court.
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