July 17, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Bob Casey, an antiabortion Democrat, plans to vote Wednesday for a bill that would overturn the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision and force most businesses to offer employees the full range of contraceptive coverage, even if the owners raise religious objections. The Pennsylvanian is siding with fellow Democrats - who argue that they are protecting women's right to decide their own health care - and against many religious groups and Republicans, who say the court ruling protected religious liberties.
June 23, 2014 |
They had the Hollywood premiere for Obvious Child a few weeks ago, and Gabe Liedman , who plays a stand-up comedian and best buds with Jenny Slate 's lead character in the hot-button indie, walked the red carpet with the stars. "It was cool," he says, on the phone from L.A. But for the 32-year-old comic and Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer, it's even cooler to know that the film opened Friday at the Ritz Five. Liedman grew up in Queen Village, just a few blocks south of the Center City art house.
June 20, 2014 |
WHEN IT COMES to movies about unplanned pregnancies, ultraliberal Hollywood is surprisingly squeamish on the subject of abortion. The most famous example of this is "Knocked Up," about a gorgeous and with-it single woman who decides to go forward with her one-night-stand pregnancy, even though it means trying to make a suitable mate out of unemployed potbellied pothead pornographer Seth Rogen. Alternatives were not considered. The word abortion was not mentioned - one character describes a procedure to terminate the pregnancy as something that rhymes with "smashmortion.
June 17, 2014
MISS PENNSYLVANIA Valerie Gatto was 6 when her mother told her: "Something bad happened to me. A very bad man hurt me, but God gave me you. " That was Gatto's first hint that she was the product of rape. Gatto, a semifinalist during last week's Miss USA pageant, has since made it her life's mission to teach women to protect themselves from sexual assault. She also is intent on "showing people that your circumstances do not define your life. " Out of the darkness, comes light.
May 15, 2014
IN HER opinion piece on Emily Letts' video, Christine Flowers conflates a number of issues to which Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC would like to respond. While Planned Parenthood had nothing at all to do with the abortion video, the point is that abortion is a deeply personal, often complex decision for a woman to make. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health-care provider.
May 14, 2014
Campaign litter I wonder if congressional candidate Brendan F. Boyle would let me know where he lives so that, on my next trash day, instead of leaving my trash at the curb to be picked up, I can spread it around his neighborhood for all to see. If he doesn't think this is a good idea, why is he leaving his trash - that is, political signs - all over my neighborhood? It's trash and an eyesore, and I expect better from anyone seeking my vote. Ken Myers, Lafayette Hill Disclosure salute Responding to a letter from a group of retired Pennsylvania judges, only 11 of 47 congressional candidates in the Pennsylvania Primary committed to support federal legislation that would require full, complete, and immediate disclosure of all contributions exceeding $10,000.
May 12, 2014 |
I JUST wanna tell my story!" a desperate-sounding Emily Letts says into the camera, twice, her big-blue eyes pleading with us to hear her, hear her, oh, please, just hear her . And what does this 25-year-old former actress want to tell us? That having an abortion can be a "positive" experience! That is why Letts has recorded her own abortion. The video, parts of it dramatically lit and musically soundtracked, is chirpily titled "Emily's Abortion Video" and it has gone viral.
May 9, 2014
"REPELLENT" is a fairly strong word that, if used too often, loses its power. It has such potency that I reserve it just for things that make my stomach turn and my head spin, things that make me question humanity, things that have a rancid smell and an ugly outer shell. Emily Letts is one of those rare creatures who fits my idea of "repellent. " In fact, Emily and the whole Planned Parenthood crew that support her are prima facie evidence that the world is filled with what Hannah Arendt famously referred to as the "banality of evil.
May 9, 2014 |
In the annals of abortion commentary, Emily Letts' decision to use social media to tell the story of her abortion is not unique. But the reaction may be. The 25-year-old was six weeks pregnant when she filmed her November abortion at the Cherry Hill Women's Center, where she works as a counselor. Her three-minute video - with a choppily edited monologue and a view of nothing more graphic than her blue hospital gown - went on YouTube on March 14. Since then, it has gone viral, turning her into the subject of commendation, condemnation, and plain old curiosity in both the traditional and new media worlds.
March 28, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives have joined in calling for legislation banning lawmakers from accepting money from lobbyists and others with a stake in state business. On Wednesday, the Republican and Democratic chairs of the House State Government Committee said they would introduce legislation to prohibit public officials and employees from accepting cash gifts from individuals, including lobbyists and the principals they represent.