August 15, 2016 |
Comparing Hillary Clinton with Donald Trump, "both have astonishing flaws," and "neither is clearly better than the other," writes Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, in a column on the CatholicPhilly.com website. In an area expected to vote for Democrats in November as it has in recent presidential elections, the spiritual leader for the region's Catholics sees a moral (or immoral) equivalence between the two leading candidates for president. His comments, posted Friday, stressed that his views are personal "from a brother in the faith, not as teachings from an archbishop.
August 8, 2016
Marybeth Hagan is a writer in Merion Station The balloons have fallen and Democratic National Conventioneers went their merry ways. Yet one recurring theme of that Philadelphia political event left me uneasy. Democrats seem dead set on being the party that celebrates abortion and bills taxpayers for it. While some convention speakers spoke of abortion as "reproductive health care," others openly crowed the word. Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America's president, took that verbalization one step further and talked about her abortion years ago. "I wanted a family, but it was the wrong time," Hogue said.
July 27, 2016
Katie McGinty no doubt was hoping for positive attention and a campaign bounce coming out of her party's national convention right in her old hometown. She is, after all, positioned to possibly become the state's first woman U.S. senator in a year her party aims to elect the nation's first woman president. A "make history twice" tag makes for nice marketing. And McGinty has a coveted speaking slot in Thursday's lineup before Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination. Ah, but there's a downside due to her reference to a backside.
July 13, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - A contentious bill that would place new restrictions on abortions in Pennsylvania passed a key Senate committee along strict partisan lines Monday, despite a threatened veto from Gov. Wolf. The measure, approved in a 9-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in medical emergencies, instead of 24 weeks under current law. It would also sharply curtail a procedure called dilation and evacuation that is often used in the second trimester of pregnancy.
July 6, 2016
I SHARE the anguish expressed by Christine Flowers in her powerful op-ed on why she feels forced to vote for presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom she loathes. Her deepest concern is the possible Supreme Court justice the next president will nominate to replace late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, and possibly others. Hillary Clinton has already expressed support for Planned Parenthood and hailed the "victory" of the recent SCOTUS decision striking down a Texas law that abortion clinics be hospital-ready for emergencies.
July 1, 2016
ISSUE | ABORTION High court ruling a victory for women The Supreme Court's landmark ruling Monday protected access to safe, legal abortion by blocking two unconstitutional Texas restrictions that threatened to close all but nine health centers in the state ("Texas abortion ruling could have wide impact," Tuesday). The court recognized that requiring clincs to meet hospital-like surgical standards and doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital were unjustified burdens.
June 30, 2016
By Abigail Aiken and Catherine Aiken The international scientific community has mobilized in response to the Zika virus outbreak, racing to find ways to contain the emerging pandemic and grappling with understanding the health risks posed by the virus. However, the day-to-day reality of the Zika threat for women living in affected areas has not prompted similar attention or action. Despite advising women to delay or avoid pregnancy, the World Health Organization and the governments of affected Latin American countries have remained silent about the options that should be available to women who are already pregnant or who will be unable to avoid pregnancy.
June 29, 2016 |
In a big win for abortion-rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas abortion law that required clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards and doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital. The 5-3 ruling was the most significant since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, which set the precedent that states could impose abortion restrictions as long as they did not create an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions. An undue burden existed if a restriction's "purpose or effect is to place substantial obstacles" in the path of women who want an abortion, including "unnecessary health regulations.
June 27, 2016
Kathryn Kolbert argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court case that has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade In 1973 and the first years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade , abortion was legal, accessible in most states, and low-income women could pay for it with Medicaid. Today, there are more than 1,000 laws against abortion on the books nationwide and federal laws ban Medicaid and federal insurance or health plans from paying for it, affecting low-income Americans, government workers, and members of the military.
June 26, 2016 |
Writing from the Pennsylvania prison where he is serving three consecutive life terms, former West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and the Daily News. The 14-page typed document, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that public comments by Williams and Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, and two 2015 articles in the Daily News, "compromised [Gosnell's]