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September 26, 1986
Pennsylvania's anti-abortion forces have a genius for timing and packaging their legislative moves. The state Abortion Control Act they sponsored four years ago landed on Gov. Thornburgh's desk in the middle of his re-election campaign, winning approval despite the governor's better legal instincts. The U.S. Supreme Court, of course, threw most of it out, saying its real motive was to inhibit a woman's legal right to abortion. But the House - Rep. Stephen F. Freind (R., Delaware)
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April 10, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Arsonists torched one Florida abortion clinic and may have been responsible for a fire at another early yesterday, authorities said. Deborah Struthers, president of the All Woman's Health Center in Ocala and the Fort Myers Woman's Health Center, said both places were hit about the same time. The Ocala fire was the second in less than 10 days. Someone tried to burn the clinic down early March 31. Officials said yesterday's blaze looked like the work of the same arsonist. Authorities were still looking into the cause of the Fort Myers fire yesterday afternoon.
NEWS
January 4, 1995
As the mourning continues for the two receptionists brutally killed in Brookline, Mass., Friday, as the security at abortion clinics there and around the nation is reinforced once again, it is essential to remember this: Today in America, abortion does not, under the law, equal murder. It is true that many in this nation hold a deep conviction that destroying a fetus is akin to murder. But the highest court in this nation of laws has held that abortion, in most circumstances, is a legally protected act, not to be equated with murder of a live human.
NEWS
June 2, 1986 | By Frederick Cusick, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Senators opposed to abortion are expected to try to pass legislation this week that would require all abortion clinics in the state to comply with the state's Certificate of Need Law. The law, which is designed to control medical costs by requiring hospitals and other major medical facilities to get state approval before undertaking expansions, has never before been applied to abortion clinics. A measure placing the clinics under the law is expected to be offered by state Sen. M. Joseph Rocks (D., Phila.
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August 5, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Abortion-clinic volunteer escorts will wear bulletproof vests when they accompany women visiting two clinics in Pensacola, Fla., a national foundation said yesterday. The Feminist Majority, which supports causes related to women's rights, said it bought the gear to protect the volunteers. There have been two fatal shootings at Pensacola abortion clinics in the last 18 months, most recently the slaying last Friday of Dr. John Britton and escort James Barrett at the Ladies Center clinic.
NEWS
November 27, 1990 | By Henry Goldman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a ruling that broadens the right of women's health clinics to sue abortion protesters, a federal appeals court yesterday granted several clinics the right to join such lawsuits even when they had not been specific targets of the demonstrators. In some of the toughest language yet, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision and rejected the arguments of anti-abortion activists who had participated in Operation Rescue, a series of July 1988 demonstrations at Philadelphia-area clinics.
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December 23, 2011 | By Marc Levy, Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Without fanfare or comment, Gov. Corbett on Wednesday signed into law tough standards for 24 Pennsylvania abortion clinics as well as a Republican-crafted remapping of state congressional districts. Both bills generated controversy, but the clinic proposal sparked a pitched battle between proponents and foes of abortion rights. The bill's backers said it would prevent horror stories such as those in a grand jury report about physician Kermit Gosnell's long-uninspected West Philadelphia clinic.
NEWS
July 14, 1993 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Paul Maryniak contributed to this report
A new city law banning blockades of abortion clinics failed its first court test yesterday when a Municipal Court judge ruled it illegal. The decision was the second victory for anti-abortion activists, whose anticipated Operation Rescue demonstration prompted a clinic in Paoli, Chester County, to reschedule operations. The demonstration drew about 300 pickets, making it the biggest anti-abortion turnout since the "Cities of Refuge" campaign began here five days ago. In ruling the city's ordinance "invalid," Municipal Judge Louis G. Retacco dismissed charges against 75 defendants who had challenged the law on April 10 at two Center City clinics.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A controversial bill imposing stricter standards on abortion clinics in Pennsylvania cleared the state Senate Tuesday and now heads to the House, where its fate is uncertain. By a vote of 38-12, the Senate passed legislation - prompted by a grand jury's report exposing horrific conditions at a Philadelphia abortion clinic - that would increase inspection, space, staffing, and other requirements for the 20 clinics operating throughout the state. The bill, which changed dramatically since its introduction earlier this year, needs House approval and Gov. Corbett's signature to become law. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
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October 13, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
CANADENSIS, Pa.- 7:30 a.m: A school bus cruises along a foggy country road, carrying children to school. A few cars back, a black armored vehicle rolls past a blinking sign. "Closed to hunting," it reads. Minutes later, a man waits for breakfast at the nearby Mountainhome Deli. "Did they get that guy last night?" he asks a woman behind the counter. "No, no, no," she tells him, resigned. It is Wednesday, the start of another day, the new normal in the Poconos. "That guy" needs no introduction.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
LAST WEEK'S U.S. Supreme Court ruling eliminating safety barriers between protesters and patients at clinics where abortions are performed in Massachusetts was insensitive and insulting, yes - but hopefully narrow enough to have limited impact at other clinics. The court banned 35-foot buffer zones around the state's clinics, ruling with the plaintiffs that the enforced distance prevented them from exercising their free speech and providing "counseling' to women entering the clinics for abortions.
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May 22, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Margo Davidson survived challenges Tuesday from primary opponents who cast her as too conservative for her strongly Democratic 164th District in Delaware County. Davidson won a close race over Billy Smith, a defense lawyer from Lansdowne. A third candidate, Dafan Zhang, finished in a distant third place. Davidson, a two-term incumbent from Upper Darby, made history when she was elected in 2010 as the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th District.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
WITH TOM WOLF firmly in control of Tuesday's Democratic primary election for governor, we have to wait and see who is likely to share his ticket in November. That's right, we're talking about the race for lieutenant governor, that one-heartbeat-away post with the principal task of overseeing the state Senate. Haven't been paying attention? Don't feel bad. You're not alone. Two Democrats - state Sen. Mike Stack III of Philadelphia and former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown - are neck-and-neck front-runners in two polls this week on the five-man field.
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May 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margo Davidson made history four years ago when she became the first Democrat, the first female, and the first African American state representative in her Delaware County district. But since that election, the political landscape has changed. The district's lines have been redrawn and it is now solidly Democratic. Perhaps more significantly for Davidson, who is considered a somewhat unconventional Democrat, she has two challengers from her own party. Billy Smith, 39, a defense attorney and former Lansdowne Borough councilman, is campaigning against Davidson's vote to increase restrictions on abortion clinics and her support for school vouchers.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
THE FOUR Democrats seeking to challenge Gov. Corbett 's bid for a second term entered the last two weeks of their primary race with goals well-defined. Tom Wolf wants to stay in character as the calm, confident, in-command front-runner. Allyson Schwartz seeks to reclaim her mantle as the liberal lioness leading the pack. Rob McCord strives to emphasize his endorsements while continuing as the troublemaker. And Katie McGinty hopes Schwartz and McCord do the job of tearing down Wolf while failing to elevate themselves.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
Now whom to call? The passing of Harold Ramis this week was a body blow for many fans, especially later baby boomers. His brilliant writing took the smug, iconoclastic, and chaotic comedy of Saturday Night Live and SCTV and translated it brilliantly for the big screen with massive, generational, crossover appeal. His list of writing and acting achievements reads like a rite of passage for us. His characters' dialogue entered the everyday lexicon - from Carl Spackler in Caddyshack to the accidental hero, Pvt. John Winger (Bill Murray again)
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 5, 2013
A MASSACHUSETTS law that says that "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the past few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
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