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The daughter of a plaintiff in a landmark abortion rights case said Friday she has decided to join the campaign for a woman's right to abortion, a stance opposite that of her biological mother, an outspoken abortion foe. Melissa Able, 19, of Atlanta, said she will attend a massive pro-choice rally in Rancho Park on Sunday, her first foray into the loud and prolonged abortion rights fray.
October 31, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
PALM DESERT - Doris Payne - demure, elegant and 83 - is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn't use muscle and she doesn't rely on guns. Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe. Her most recent alleged theft found her on El Paseo, the luxurious row of shops in Palm Desert. Jeweler Raju Mehta thought she fit right in with his customers.
June 23, 1986 | Associated Press
A judge ruled today that a terminally ill, 37-year-old woman can be disconnected from a respirator, as she has requested, because it would be cruel to sustain a life "so wracked with pain." Superior Court Judge Henry H. Wiley issued his decision after hearing arguments in the case of Kathleen Farrell, who has Lou Gehrig's disease and has said through her husband that she is concerned about the effect her illness is having on him and their two teen-age children.
January 22, 2013
Forty years ago Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. This one sweeping decision transformed abortion from what was often a secret, illicit and dangerous act, sometimes crudely self-inflicted, into a generally legal and safe procedure. But it also turned abortion, always an emotional issue, into one of society's most divisive. Unlike many landmark Supreme Court cases that have become accepted parts of our culture - such as Brown vs. Board of Education, which declared school segregation unconstitutional, or Loving vs. Virginia, which overturned state bans on interracial marriage - Roe did not lead to a clear national consensus on abortion.
May 20, 1990 | Alice Kahn
It is a story as old as maybe 1983: female bonding at the health club. As Tim Leary might say, work out, work on, work in. "Guess who called me last night?" Bree Wellington puffed out as she and her friend Mai Blender rounded the 20th lap on the jogging tier. Each lap was an eighth of a mile. The longer they ran, the more deeply they delved into their psyches and the less capable they became of computing the mileage. "Was it Dan Quayle?" Mai asked. "Connie Chung? Wolfgang Puck?"
February 17, 1995
Until this week, the coastal area between Ventura and San Luis Obispo mercifully had experienced little of the violence that has plagued physicians' offices and abortion clinics elsewhere in the country. In large measure, women could obtain family planning services, including abortions, without suffering harassment. In the last week, however, arson-linked fires have occurred at clinics in San Luis Obispo and Ventura and at a private medical office in Santa Barbara.
February 3, 1989 | MICHAEL NOVAK, Michael Novak is a theologian and an author who writes a column in Washington
You can feel it in the air. In 1989 major changes are occurring in the way Americans regard abortion. The nation has now had 16 years of experience with the dramatic change in U.S. law wrought by Roe vs. Wade. Restlessness abounds. Let us hope that reason prevails. At present, 4,100 abortions are taking place every day, 29,000 a week, 125,000 a month, 1.5 million a year. Eighty-one percent of the women who obtain abortions are unmarried. Only 3% of them cite health as the major reason.
February 18, 1989
Novak takes issue with Erica Jong and contends that abortion is not about political power, but about "feminist political power." In that "march," he says, "the bodies of infants in the womb were the first to be marched on." Of course, he's right in a sense; if women never spoke up, there wouldn't be an issue, and men could continue to do precisely what was convenient for them. Novak's image of women freely sacrificing our unborn babies in a militant gesture as a price to pay in our quest for equal rights provides the first clue that the real issue for him is not so much the rights of the unborn fetus as the fact that women now have a voice in the discussion.
November 15, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear
For decades, Sister Donna Quinn has championed the rights of women to use contraception, seek ordination and end unwanted pregnancies. The Dominican nun has picketed for abortion rights in the nation's capital, petitioned the pope to select a female archbishop and escorted women into abortion clinics. But as the Vatican turns up its scrutiny of the nation's nuns and America's Roman Catholic bishops refuse to support universal healthcare if it covers abortion, Quinn has put her crusade on hold.
November 7, 2003 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction against the new federal law banning what some call "partial-birth abortion," saying the controversial legislation suffered a "constitutional infirmity." The temporary restraining order passed down by U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton was the third court triumph for abortion-rights advocates since President Bush signed the legislation Wednesday.
March 23, 2002 | From Associated Press
A paralyzed woman who wants doctors to remove the ventilator that keeps her alive has a right to die, a British judge ruled Friday. The case was apparently the first in Britain in which a mentally competent patient had applied for the right to terminate life-sustaining treatment. The High Court ruling was relayed by video link to the hospital bedside of the woman, identified only as B.
With the lights dimmed and candles burning, midwife Karni Seymour-Brown patiently held hands with the mom-to-be and offered soft words of advice and encouragement between contractions. Big deep breaths. You're doing great. Push down low. And just before midnight, surrounded by friends and family, Vera Fedotowsky-Long squatted in an oversized bathtub, pushed one final time and gave birth to a 7-pound, 2-ounce boy.
July 9, 2000 | EILEEN E. PADBERG, Eileen E. Padberg is a Republican political consultant in Irvine
Much has been said about the gender gap and the Republican Party. As the election for president draws near, more and more pundits will be asking, "What is the gender gap and is it real?" The gender gap is a serious, well-thought-out and intelligent disagreement on substantive social issues.
July 29, 1999
A woman who was told not to breast-feed at a Borders bookstore has settled her civil rights lawsuit against the chain, her attorney said Wednesday. Terms of the settlement, reached within the past week, were not disclosed. "It was a very unsettling experience," Kerry Madden-Lunsford said in a statement. "But I was heartened that Borders was so quick to recognize their mistake and work to rectify the situation."
August 21, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
If Jim Murray had a chance to write one more column, some think it would be about the woman on his right. "Jim said he always wanted me on his right. That way, he could keep an eye on me," said Linda McCoy-Murray, laughing through tears. Some think Jim Murray would have enjoyed telling the world more about this bright light that streamed back into his life 12 years ago, while he mourned the loss of his wife, one of his sons, his left eye.
Allene Klass hadn't given much thought to abortion in 1971. A nurse married to a doctor, she was in her early 30s and had just given birth to her fifth child. She and her parents ran a small, struggling rehabilitation hospital on the northwest side of town. The Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion was still two years away. But abortions were already legal in Oregon and available at the University of Oregon Medical School, now OHSU Hospital.
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