February 14, 2014 |
STEVEN MASSOF, the unlicensed "doctor" who testified of cutting the necks of hundreds of babies in an abortion clinic that made him feel like a "fireman in hell," was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in state prison yesterday. "I'm not here to make excuses. I'm here to take full responsibility for my actions and my inactions," an emotional Massof, 51, said before being sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. Massof, originally from Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty in November 2011 to two counts of third-degree murder in the deaths of two babies and to related crimes.
February 6, 2014 |
John Patrick Stanton, 86, of Jenkintown, a leader in the anti-abortion movement in the Philadelphia area for more than four decades, died Friday, Jan. 31, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Until the week he died, Mr. Stanton worked on issues concerning the unborn and mothers with unplanned pregnancies. He founded the Pro-Life Coalition of Southeast Pennsylvania and later established a statewide organization, the Pro-Life Federation. Mr. Stanton was a cofounder of the Pro-Life Educational Foundation, and simultaneously served as treasurer for the Pennsylvania branch of the National Right to Life Committee.
January 28, 2014 |
THREE OF THE four Democrats seeking the 13th Congressional District seat in the May 20 primary mostly agreed on a wide range of political topics in their first candidate forum yesterday. Two candidates, state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, sparred on one issue more likely to be decided in Harrisburg than in Washington, D.C.: "vouchers" to use public-school money for private-school tuition. And Boyle took a sharp shot at the missing candidate, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, comparing her record on Social Security to that of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican deeply unpopular with members of Democracy for America, one of the forum's sponsors.
January 24, 2014
FORTY-ONE years ago, women and their families secured a victory when the United States Supreme Court affirmed our right to safe and legal abortion. In Roe v. Wade, the court confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Yet, the fight for a woman's ability to make her own reproductive decisions continues. Since 2010, when tea-party politicians were elected to legislatures across the country, we've seen an unprecedented assault designed to erode access to safe and legal abortion.
January 7, 2014
A NEW study about abortion makes it clearer than ever that it's becoming a luxury that only the wealthy will be able to afford. New draconian state laws are forcing so many abortion facilities to close that only women who can afford to travel will be able to access the procedure. The Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization, has reported that more abortion restrictions were enacted in the United States in the past three years than during the previous decade. Some 22 states enacted 70 laws curtailing abortion rights last year alone.
December 5, 2013 |
Three years ago, New Jersey regulators suspended abortion provider Steven Brigham's medical license for endangering and deceiving patients. During the suspension hearing, he testified that he was covered by medical malpractice insurance. Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.
November 28, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has ordered a new abortion clinic in Philadelphia to shut down because it did not disclose its affiliation with Steven Brigham, an abortion provider whose history of flouting health and abortion laws got him banned from operating in the state. The department suspended the registration of Integrity Family Health on Bustleton Avenue and gave it 30 days to file an appeal or the revocation will be permanent. "No abortion-related services of any kind may be offered after Nov. 29," the deputy secretary of health, Anna Marie Sossong, wrote Monday to Kimberly Glunt, president of Integrity Family Health.
November 13, 2013 |
If you're a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn't you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world? In particular, wouldn't you hope they'd get the proper medical attention during and after their pregnancy? This would seem a safe assumption, which is why it ought to be astonishing that conservatives are positively obsessed with trashing the Affordable Care Act's regulation requiring insurance policies to include maternity coverage.
November 7, 2013 |
Has abortion provider Steven Brigham opened a new clinic in Pennsylvania, even though the state has barred him from doing so, and even though abortion clinics are being scrutinized under a recently enacted state law? His critics think so. The new clinic, Integrity Family Health, is on Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The state Department of Health did an initial inspection and issued a permit, called a registration, eight weeks ago, then added the facility to its online list of abortion clinics in the Keystone State.
September 6, 2013 |
MIAMI HEAT player Udonis Haslem might be having second thoughts about being so public about his longtime relationship with Faith Rein . The couple, whose wedding recently was profiled in The New York Times , revealed that they'd terminated a pregnancy early on in their relationship. The eyebrow-raising revelation caused a bit of a stir online as bloggers weighed in on the surprising admission made in the Times ' Sunday Styles section. The unintended pregnancy happened while he was a senior and she was a junior at the University of Florida.