March 20, 2015
THE IDEA that human beings can be treated like property is not new. It's as old as the Pharaoh using the Israelites as tools to build his pyramids. It's as old as the slaves who were counted as three-fifths of a man by the Supreme Court of this nation. It's as old as the woman who, married to her rapist, could not claim injury because the law said you couldn't be charged with stealing something - a vagina - you already owned. And, to those of us who've been bleeding with righteous anger since that same law made unborn children maternal property in 1973, the insult to human dignity marches on unimpeded.
January 2, 2015 |
Minaj: Haunted by abortion They say it's the third rail of American public discourse, yet Nicki Minaj isn't afraid to share when it comes to abortion. While still a schoolkid at New York's famed LaGuardia performing arts high school, the Trinidad and Tobago-born songstress became entangled with an older man who got her pregnant. "I thought I was going to die," Minaj, 32, tells Rolling Stone. "I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through. " Minaj, who has said her latest studio album, Pinkprint , is her most personal, had an abortion, something that has "haunted me all my life.
November 26, 2014 |
PATRICIA HOSGOOD was such a dedicated anti-abortion activist that she didn't mind occasionally being arrested for demonstrating a little too fervently at an abortion clinic. She finally gave it up when a grandchild said, "Grandmom, please stop being thrown in jail. " But Patricia was a woman of strong opinions when it came to a cause close to her heart. If it meant handcuffs and being dragged away by cops, Patricia was willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort. Her husband, Dennis, was stoic about it. On two of the three occasions she was arrested, he made the trek to the 8th District police station at Academy and Red Lion roads to pick her up. A friend got her the third time.
October 11, 2014 |
The romantic comedy is turned on its head in Obvious Child , a hilarious and controversial comedy about true love, one-night stands, and abortion. A cross between a Woody Allen farce and a particularly filthy one-woman show by Sarah Silverman, the film features an incredible turn by Saturday Night Live alumna Jenny Slate. She stars as Donna, a stand-up comic approaching 30 who discovers her boyfriend and her galpal have been having an affair for months. Feeling ugly and unlovable, Donna gets carried away one night and has a drunken one-night stand with Max, a sweet graduate student ( The Office 's Jake Lacy)
October 10, 2014 |
Abortion doctor Steven Brigham's decades of disciplinary trouble came to a head Wednesday when the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners yanked his last remaining medical license. The board cited Brigham for doing late-term abortions that began in New Jersey and ended in Maryland, violating the laws of both states. It ordered him to pay a $140,000 penalty and as-yet-unspecified costs of prosecution, even though Brigham revealed that he is in dire financial straits from IRS liens imposed on him for not paying employee taxes.
August 23, 2014 |
South Jersey-based abortion provider Steven Brigham, who has spent much of his two-decade career fighting charges of misconduct and negligence, suffered a major blow Thursday in his bid to keep his medical license in New Jersey. An administrative judge recommended permanent revocation of Brigham's medical privileges, which were suspended almost four years ago after one of his patients was critically injured during a botched abortion. If the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners upholds the judge's decision, Brigham, 57, will lose his eight clinics in that state, which have continued to operate and make up the bulk of his multistate business, called American Women's Services.
August 8, 2014
SEVERAL STATES have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every state where such a law has been passed, it would result in the closure of at least some abortion clinics, making it substantially more difficult for women to get the reproductive health care to which they are constitutionally entitled.
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.