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.
July 1, 2016 |
I VOWED that I would never vote for Donald Trump. I have written, at last count, seven columns explaining why he repulses me. That is still true; his being and character necessitate spiritual Dramamine. He is, to put it simply, the human equivalent of mayonnaise, the single most disgusting substance I have encountered in my 54 years on Earth. And yet, of course, the rest of this column will be devoted to why, barring some deus ex machina named Paul Ryan, I will vote for him in November.
June 29, 2016 |
IF YOU WANT to read brainy prose about Monday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding abortion restrictions in Texas, you should totally check out the opinion that Justice Stephen Breyer penned for the court. Pour yourself some tea, lift it with a raised pinkie, and savor Breyer's facility with the English language. I'm telling you, the man has a way with words. But if you're squeezed for time, let me sum up for you the court's opinion in one sentence: "Don't make s--- up and expect us to buy it. " Hence, the court gutted the Texas bill called H.B. 2, which, in the guise of protecting a woman's health, instead impinged on her right to have an abortion.
June 28, 2016 |
Update from the Associated Press: The Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The original column continues below: KERMIT Gosnell's ears must be burning. For months, his name has been dropped again and again by anti-choice advocates in Texas who are invoking Gosnell to justify restrictions that have made it harder than ever for women to exercise their legal right to an abortion.
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.
April 9, 2016 |
ISSUE | ABORTION They're medical clinics Please stop referring to the targets of violence as abortion clinics ("Threats, violence were up at abortion clinics in 2015," Wednesday). These are medical clinics that offer women services that include the legal procedure of terminating a pregnancy. |Marie Conn, Hatboro, email@example.com
March 3, 2016
By Denelle Weller I come from a family of health-care providers and was raised to do what I can to take care of the people around me. My grandmother was a nurse in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, and now I have been a nurse in the same state for over a decade. As a nurse, I see individuals from all walks of life, which has shown me there is no one-size-fits-all solution to people's health-care needs. I've worked in several departments within my hospital, but no matter the setting, I've come to appreciate that people need the ability to make the choice that is right for them and their families.
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.
September 25, 2015 |
ABOUT 25 anti-abortion activists rallied outside a Center City Planned Parenthood yesterday morning to help kick off a national "40 Days for Life" blitz of anti-abortion protests. It went the way most anti-abortion protests go: with pamphleteering anti-abortion activists praying, singing and exhorting passing patients to "Change your mind! Keep your baby!" while those women, ushered inside by volunteer escorts, reacted with tears, middle fingers or averted eyes. But it was unusual in that organizers hoped it would be the flame to ignite an explosive anti-abortion fervor in the thousands of Catholic faithful coming to town this week for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit.