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.
April 30, 2016 |
The Virginia Health Department has indefinitely suspended the license of a Fairfax clinic owned by discredited abortion doctor Steven Brigham, citing dozens of violations, including dirty equipment, expired drugs, unlicensed medical personnel, and haphazard storage of patient records. A two-day inspection on April 4 and 5 led to the immediate shutdown, according to the 52-page inspection report. The facility is part of Brigham's abortion-clinic chain, called American Women's Services and headquartered in Voorhees.
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.