April 21, 2016
By Michael J. McMonagle At least 1,878 reasons exist to pass House Bill 1948 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This bill would ban the killing of children in the womb by dismemberment and ban abortions committed after 20 weeks' gestation, with the same exceptions allowed under current state law, which are in cases of rape or incest, or to prevent the death or loss of major bodily function of the mother. According to state Health Department statistics for 2014, 328 abortions were performed in the commonwealth after 20 weeks' gestation, and 1,550 children were killed by dismemberment, in a procedure known as a dilation and evacuation (D&E)
April 18, 2016
Frank Wilson is a retired Inquirer book editor Thanks to those videotaped interviews in which representatives of Planned Parenthood sound to many people as if they're discussing the sale of body parts obtained by means of abortion, Margaret Sanger - the woman behind Planned Parenthood - is being paid attention to again. Why, there's even an online quiz you can take consisting of a set of quotations, some by Sanger, others by Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged . You have to figure out who said which.
April 14, 2016 |
By David S. Cohen The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a blatantly unconstitutional bill that would infringe on the most basic aspects of the doctor-patient relationship and cost this cash-strapped state hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. And it's doing so with lightning speed that is designed to carve thoughtful deliberation out of the process. The bill takes aim at almost all second-trimester abortions, as well as a good number in the first. Introduced on April 1, House Bill 1948 would ban dilation and evacuation, one of the most common surgical abortion procedures, and outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
April 8, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Democrats who oppose a bill placing new limits on abortion failed Wednesday to delay a vote on the measure, setting the stage for the full House to consider the legislation as early as next week. Democrats in the chamber tried to postpone until mid-June a vote on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy - except in medical emergencies - instead of 24 weeks under current law. The measure also would sharply curtail medical use of a procedure known as dilation and evacuation.
April 6, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Will abortion issue derail Trump? The explosive, emotionally charged, and controversial subject of abortion may be the topic that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finally implodes and self-destructs on ("Trump creates stir on abortion 'punishment,' " Thursday). First he took the highly unpopular stance of saying women should be punished for having illegal abortions. Then he took two different positions within a few hours, which made it look as though he didn't know what he was doing.
March 1, 2016 |
IT MUST have seemed like a win-win at the time. Clothing retailer Lands' End, desperate to refurbish its image into something relevant and chic, featured an interview with legendary feminist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog, complete with a photo spread of Steinem modeling items from the firm's latest collection. Steinem, for her part, got her new book plugged in the catalog copy. Now it's all turned into a spectacular embarrassment. Faced with an explosion of outrage from anti-abortion groups and customers, Lands' End has pulled the feature from its website and even appears to have canceled an arrangement to donate $3 to the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality every time a customer ordered the group's monogram stitched into an item.
February 27, 2016 |
Pilot error by the captain and first officer was the "probable cause" of the aborted takeoff and subsequent nose-gear collapse of US Airways Flight 1702 in March 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. None of the 149 passengers and five crew headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., just before 6 p.m. March 13 was injured. All were evacuated on emergency slides at Philadelphia International Airport. "The flight crew members exhibited a self-induced pressure to continue the takeoff, rather than taking the time to ensure the airplane was properly configured," the NTSB said in a final report.
February 4, 2016 |
Discredited abortion doctor Steven Brigham may be entitled to manage the New Jersey clinics he was ordered to sell when that state took his medical license in 2014 for endangering patients. That's part of a ruling released Tuesday by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, the same regulators who yanked his license after he was found to be illegally performing dangerous late-term abortions. As part of that action, Brigham was ordered to sell his interest in his seven New Jersey clinics.
January 29, 2016
ANN RICHARDS, former governor of Texas, became famous for one quip about George H.W. Bush by saying, "He was born with a silver foot in his mouth. " You have to admit it was amusing. OK, you don't have to, but a lot of people enjoyed the viper-like humor. Ann's daughter Cecile, president of Planned Parenthood, has carried on the tradition of joking about body parts. Well, not Cecile herself, but some of the people who work for her. There is no one with a pulse who hasn't seen or heard of the undercover videos filmed by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood employees are seen munching on salad and chuckling about how they could perform abortions in such a way as to preserve the choicest organs.
January 29, 2016 |
CLIVE, Iowa - Ted Cruz on Wednesday ratcheted up his criticism of GOP presidential rival Donald Trump, belittling the celebrity real estate mogul as a "fragile soul" for refusing to participate in Thursday's debate and likening him to an "imperial dictator. " Cruz, a first-term senator from Texas, and Trump are locked in a dead heat before the Iowa caucuses begin the presidential nominating contest on Monday. The two candidates in recent weeks have dropped all pretense of the mutual non-aggression pact they once held as outsiders attacking the Washington establishment.