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August 26, 2008
AFTER READING Christine Flowers' Aug. 22 op-ed on Sen. Obama's abortion record, I'm deeply disturbed. I'm a Democrat and will be voting for Mr. Obama in the fall. I'm vehemently pro-life, and will remain that way. But for Ms. Flowers to suggest that Sen. Obama essentially supports infanticide is truly repulsive. Ms. Flowers seems to be implying that at the time this bill was being debated in the Illinois Senate there weren't already laws protecting babies born alive after abortions.
NEWS
February 10, 1987
I respond to Vickie Fischer's Jan. 26 letter on legal abortion. She states that when abortion was illegal, women had to go to dark, dirty places to have abortions, and the maternal death rate was high. She also implies that legal abortion does not kill women. First, although there certainly were, and are, dark dirty places where illegal abortions are performed, the majority of illegal abortions before 1973 were performed by doctors. They were more back-door-to-the-office than back alley.
NEWS
February 24, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
SOMETHING had gone wrong with the abortion. That's all Marie Smith could think about as she vomited incessantly and shivered with a high fever, just a week after Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell had performed an abortion on her at his West Philadelphia clinic in 1999. Smith, 19 at the time, fell unconscious at her mother's home and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors confirmed her suspicions. Something had indeed gone wrong, but it was worse than she could have imagined.
NEWS
January 31, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / MELANIE ARNOLD
People gathered last Sunday in front of St. Agnes Church in West Chester for a "March for Life" protesting abortion. The protesters sang songs as they marched from the church to the courthouse. The ceremony included speeches.
NEWS
October 28, 1989 | By JEFF GREENFIELD
Here's some general advice about calculating the political fallout from the abortion issue: Don't make any hasty assumptions. In New Jersey and Virginia, Republican candidates for governor are hurting badly because they have supported rigid restrictions on abortions. In Florida, the Republican governor is a staunch foe of abortion, but the legislature handily buried his proposed restrictions. In Texas, anti-abortion Gov. William Clements has called for attempts to write new limits into state law. In Pennsylvania, however, the politics of abortion play out very differently.
NEWS
November 9, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Democrats and liberal advocacy groups have declared victory in what they called a Republican "war on women" and are celebrating the pivotal defeats of some GOP candidates who took rigid stands against abortion. However, the issues in dispute - notably access to contraception and abortion - are far from settled, and social conservatives are getting set for new confrontations. "We're going back to the drawing board," anti-abortion leader Marjorie Dannenfelser told fellow conservatives at a post-election gathering.
NEWS
October 21, 1987 | By MICHAEL DAYS, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Joseph Grace contributed to this report.)
The subject of abortion has made a belated appearance in the Philadelphia mayoral campaign. Mayor Goode's campaign aides received a letter last week that portrays Goode's Republican foe, Frank L. Rizzo, as being committed to "supporting the pro-life position in issues which are likely to be addressed by city government. " Goode, the letter said, has a "strongly pro-abortion record. " Goode contended yesterday that abortion is "not an issue in this campaign. " Nevertheless, Goode campaign aides didn't ignore the letter.
NEWS
January 4, 1998
As the 25th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision nears, we'd like to hear from you. Tell us about a time you counseled a loved one or friend on whether or not to continue a pregnancy. What did you advise? What were the results? Looking back, would you do anything differently? Send essays of 300 to 400 words to Community Voices/On Abortion to the address above.
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July 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 12, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
  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.
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