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]
June 25, 2016 |
A national abortion rights group on Thursday criticized Philadelphia Media Network for refusing to publish a prominent digital ad on Philly.com. The National Partnership for Women and Families wanted to publicize its "Lies into Laws" campaign against restrictive state abortion laws with a one-day, $17,600 "home-page takeover" ad that would wrap around the top and both rails of Philly.com's landing page. The partnership declined the company's offer of an ad that would be randomly placed in a less prominent spot on the website, saying such an ad would have "reduced impact and visibility.
June 24, 2016 |
HERE ARE SOME of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to: Slavery. That's because slaves were human, and, even though the law treated them as property, the truth of their separate and sacred identity was obvious to the naked and uncompromised eye. The Holocaust. That's because Hitler's victims were human, with infinite gifts that elevated civilization, even though the laws - both expressed and implicit - treated them as lesser beings. Their humanity was evident.
June 23, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The House on Tuesday passed a politically charged bill that abortion-rights advocates say would make the state's regulations among the strictest in the nation. The legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in medical emergencies, instead of the 24 weeks under current law. The measure also would sharply curtail a procedure known as dilation and evacuation, which is used in second-trimester abortions and which the bill's supporters refer to as "dismemberment abortions," a term not medically recognized.