February 17, 1994 |
Pennsylvania's on-again, off-again abortion law is off again - for now. Yesterday, after the years-old law had been in effect less than two days, a Commonwealth Court judge blocked some of its most controversial parts. For now, pregnant teen-agers will not need a parent's or judge's permission before getting an abortion. Also, women seeking an abortion will not have a mandatory 24-hour wait, or get a mandatory lecture by a physician about fetus development, the abortion procedure, and alternatives for continuing a pregnancy.
October 27, 1991 |
In many ways, the federal court decision last week upholding almost all of Pennsylvania's abortion-control law was like an earthquake that scientists had tried in vain to predict. When it finally occurred, it was at the wrong time, in the wrong place and it altered the landscape in ways no one had anticipated. For almost two decades, abortion-rights proponents have struggled to preserve Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States. For most of the last decade, that struggle has been in the face of an increasingly conservative high court that most assume eventually will reverse the landmark 1973 ruling.
February 16, 1994 |
Teen-agers were turned away at abortion clinics yesterday as the state's tough abortion law took effect. Meanwhile, abortion-rights activists filed a lawsuit - CHOICE vs. Ernie Preate Jr. - seeking an injunction against the law until clinics are supplied with state-mandated booklets that the law says must be made available to women seeking abortions. Commonwealth Court Judge Dante Pellegrini of Harrisburg said he would not rule on the suit before tomorrow. At the Planned Parenthood clinic in Center City, four teen-agers were turned away by early afternoon, said Jane Coombs, executive director.
June 19, 1991 |
The Louisiana Legislature yesterday overrode Gov. Buddy Roemer's veto of the nation's strictest abortion law, which outlaws most abortions and sets prison terms for doctors who perform the procedure. Supporters of the bill said they hoped the court challenges would lead to reversal of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established abortion rights, Roe v. Wade. Opponents of the legislation said they would immediately move in court to stop enforcement. The Senate voted 29-9, three more than the two-thirds majority required to override Roemer's veto Friday of the measure.
April 5, 1990 |
King Baudouin temporarily gave up his throne yesterday because his "moral objections" would not let him sign a controversial law legalizing abortion. The government issued a statement saying it had declared the devout Roman Catholic unable to reign - a procedure last used in 1940 when his father, King Leopold III, surrendered to Nazi invaders. A bill normally becomes law only after it is signed by the king and published in a gazette, so the deal allowed the abortion law to take effect over the king's objections.
February 3, 1994 |
Abortion providers asked a federal appeals court yesterday to stop implementation of Pennsylvania's abortion control law while they petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take a new look at the law's constitutionality. Unless the eleventh-hour attempt succeeds, the 6-year-old law could take effect next week. The request for a stay, by Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania and other abortion providers, was opposed by state officials. State Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr.'s office is expected to file a response tomorrow to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
July 3, 1998 |
A federal judge yesterday blocked Nebraska's law that made it a crime to perform certain abortion procedures, joining judges in most states who have prevented the laws from taking effect. In Lincoln, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf ruled that Nebraska's law, which was passed last year, was overly broad and therefore an unconstitutional bar against a woman's right to an abortion. "I'm not surprised at the ruling, but it's really fortunate that courts continue to protect citizens from politicians and their agendas," said Susan Hale, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood in Nebraska.
November 11, 1988 |
For the second time in three years, the Reagan administration has asked the Supreme Court to consider overturning the bitterly controversial 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. The Justice Department filed a brief yesterday in a Missouri case in which the state seeks to restore major provisions of an anti-abortion law. A federal appeals court ruled in July that the provisions are unconstitutional. Last month, Missouri asked the Supreme Court to reverse the appeals court ruling and uphold the two-year-old law. One invalidated part of the law says that human life begins at conception.
February 8, 1994 |
A last-ditch effort by abortion-rights activists to put off Pennsylvania's abortion law was dashed late last night by the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice David H. Souter turned down a request to uphold an injunction that has blocked the six-year-old law - considered the strictest in the country - from taking effect. The law can now kick in as early as tomorrow. "It's not a big surprise," said a weary Carol Tracy, head of the Women's Law Project, which has led the court challenge to the law since it was passed in 1988.