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January 31, 2003
RE THE editorial "Bush Would Give Us Little Choice" (Jan. 22): "The new governor has values . . . to do what's right. " If he thinks it's fine to dismember a defenseless, growing person in the womb and not care about the emotional, physical and spiritual aftermath the mother must face, why do you think he has the values to do what's right for you? Do you think Mr. Rendell will be available to aid the broken-hearted and suffering women after abortion? Doubt it. Dianna DeBarberie, Havertown Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, is the day former Mayor Rendell became governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 28, 2002
MISINFORMATION and conjecture are the basis for Michelle Malkin's column of Jan. 14 ("The Abortion Empire Strikes Back"). We know that in Pennsylvania, crisis pregnancy center practices are suspect because we hear from our patients that they were not given complete and accurate information for an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. If they discuss abortion, it is presented as an unsuitable option. In contrast, a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy will receive full information from Planned Parenthood staff about adoption, abortion or parenthood.
NEWS
May 21, 1997
Cowardly silent when physicians were being stalked, harassed and even shot for serving patients who chose abortion, the American Medical Association has decided for the first time to take a position on an abortion bill. It now supports a ban on a procedure medically known as intact dilation and extraction, which opponents term "partial-birth" abortion. This is the same AMA that last year condemned health maintenance organization guidelines that commonly prevent physicians from telling patients about costly medical procedures.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Beth Fouhy and Julie Pace, Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. - Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate Wednesday over hot-button social issues and answering for differences between their personal positions on abortion, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified party. The discussion lingered while President Obama and Romney tangled from afar over issues such as education and the deficit. The GOP ticket dealt with a renewed focus on abortion in the aftermath of comments about "legitimate rape" from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, remarks that have caused an uproar and generated demands from Romney and party leaders for the congressman to quit the race.
NEWS
July 12, 1993 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Ron Goldwyn contributed to this report
In the war over abortion, much of the fighting is being done with language. Is it an "abortion clinic" or a "killing center"? A "fetus" or an "unborn child"? A "surgical procedure" or a "baby-killing"? When Operation Rescue pulled into town over the weekend, many abortion rights activists not only complained about its methods, but its name as well. What they were doing wasn't a "rescue," came the complaint, but "terrorism. " "Both sides are using language skillfully to have the debate seen in their terms," said Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at Stanford University who's the usage editor of American Heritage Dictionary and language commentator for the public radio show "Fresh Air. " "If you win the linguistic fight," Nunberg said, "you hold the high ground.
NEWS
July 26, 1992
In an unguarded, apparently unscripted moment on a TV talk show last week, Vice President Quayle seemed to speak from the heart. The question on the table was what Mr. Quayle would do if his own daughter "came to you with that problem that all fathers fear. " Nice bit of delicacy there: We'd submit that the problem at issue (called pregnancy by the euphemism-impaired) is one that all daughters (and sons) fear as well. The Vice President said he'd counsel his daughter and "support her in whatever decision she made.
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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
July 15, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis was filibustering an antiabortion bill on the floor of that state's legislature last month when her counterpart in New Jersey called her office. Barbara Buono, a Democratic state senator running against Republican Gov. Christie, tweeted a picture of herself calling Davis' office to send a message that she was "proud of her stand for women. " That contrasts with what happened three days later, when Christie's office issued a Friday news release to announce that he had quietly vetoed nearly $7.5 million in funding for family-planning services.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Democrats in the Texas Senate on Friday questioned whether proposed abortion restrictions are constitutional and whether they would make it more difficult for women in the state to obtain health care. Democrats grilled the Republican author of a bill that has prompted fervent demonstrations and put Texas at the center of the nation's abortion debate. Following Friday's debate, the Senate was scheduled to vote on the tough abortion restrictions and could send the bill to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has said he will sign it. As senators debated, they could clearly hear hundreds of protesters outside of the chamber in the Capitol rotunda cheering, chanting, and singing, "We're not going to take it anymore.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
DUBLIN, Ireland - After decades of delay and months of argument, Ireland's lawmakers agonized Wednesday over government plans to pass an abortion bill for the first time in this predominantly Catholic country. Prime Minister Enda Kenny acceded to lawmakers' demands for an extended round-the-clock debate of the bill, which would authorize abortions for medical emergencies. His concession meant that the vote, long scheduled for Wednesday night, was pushed into the early hours of Thursday as lawmakers debated 165 potential amendments.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House began debating a bill on Tuesday that would impose tough new restrictions on abortions, as national activists on both sides of the issue descended on the state Capitol. Republican Rep. Jody Laubenberg, of Parker, outlined the bill that would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Exceptions to the ban would only be allowed when the women's life was in imminent danger.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - As she spoke late into the night, railing against proposed abortion restrictions, a former teen mom catapulted from little-known junior Texas state senator to national political superstar in pink running shoes. Wendy Davis needed last-minute help from shrieking supporters to run out the clock on the special session of the state Legislature and kill the contentious and sweeping bill, but her old-fashioned filibuster earned her widespread praise from fellow abortion-rights supporters - including a salute from President Obama.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
For six weeks, Dr. Kermit Gosnell sat largely impassive, like an invited guest at his murder trial, offering an occasional smile while taking prodigious notes with a spring-green pen. And yet Gosnell is the center of the "firestorm," as his defense attorney, Jack McMahon, put it in closing arguments Monday, the vortex of the reignited abortion debate four decades after Roe v. Wade . No matter what the verdict, Gosnell has become the opportunity...
NEWS
December 19, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements. The language in question had appeared in updated policies announced Monday and scheduled to take effect Jan. 16. After an outcry on social-media and privacy- rights blogs, the company clarified that it has no plans to put users' photos in ads. What had riled users and privacy advocates was Instagram's assertion that it may now receive payments from businesses to use its members' photos, user name and other data "in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation" to them.
TRAVEL
September 17, 2012 | By David Koenig, Associated Press
DALLAS - Airlines give many reasons for refusing to let you board, but none stir as much debate as this: How you're dressed. A woman flying from Las Vegas on Southwest in the spring says she was confronted by an airline employee for showing too much cleavage. In a recent case, an American Airlines pilot lectured a passenger because her T-shirt bore a four-letter expletive. She was allowed to keep flying after draping a shawl over the shirt. Both women told their stories to sympathetic bloggers, and the debate over what you can wear in the air went viral.
NEWS
August 23, 2012 | By Beth Fouhy and Julie Pace, Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. - Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate Wednesday over hot-button social issues and answering for differences between their personal positions on abortion, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified party. The discussion lingered while President Obama and Romney tangled from afar over issues such as education and the deficit. The GOP ticket dealt with a renewed focus on abortion in the aftermath of comments about "legitimate rape" from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, remarks that have caused an uproar and generated demands from Romney and party leaders for the congressman to quit the race.
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