May 9, 2014 |
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.
July 15, 2013 |
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.
July 14, 2013 |
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.
July 12, 2013 |
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.
July 11, 2013 |
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.
June 28, 2013 |
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.
May 2, 2013 |
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...
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.
September 17, 2012 |
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.
August 23, 2012 |
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.