August 23, 2014 |
South Jersey-based abortion provider Steven Brigham, who has spent much of his two-decade career fighting charges of misconduct and negligence, suffered a major blow Thursday in his bid to keep his medical license in New Jersey. An administrative judge recommended permanent revocation of Brigham's medical privileges, which were suspended almost four years ago after one of his patients was critically injured during a botched abortion. If the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners upholds the judge's decision, Brigham, 57, will lose his eight clinics in that state, which have continued to operate and make up the bulk of his multistate business, called American Women's Services.
August 8, 2014
SEVERAL STATES have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every state where such a law has been passed, it would result in the closure of at least some abortion clinics, making it substantially more difficult for women to get the reproductive health care to which they are constitutionally entitled.
May 10, 2014 |
Though there are still four Democrats vying for Allyson Schwartz's seat in Congress, Marjorie Margolies was focused Thursday on Rep. Brendan Boyle. Saying she believed that the 13th District congressional race would come down to a choice between her and Boyle, she took aim at her opponent's record on abortion. "The difference between us is, he is anti-choice, and I am pro-choice," she said, speaking at a sparsely attended news conference in Norristown. Boyle has been criticized for supporting bills that strengthened regulations on abortion providers, including Act 122, which called for renovations to health centers and led to the closure of several Pennsylvania clinics.
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.
December 5, 2013 |
Three years ago, New Jersey regulators suspended abortion provider Steven Brigham's medical license for endangering and deceiving patients. During the suspension hearing, he testified that he was covered by medical malpractice insurance. Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.
July 17, 2013
Dr. Kermit Gosnell's conviction for killing three babies born alive has been cited around the country by politicians pushing for more abortion restrictions, supposedly to prevent further such atrocities. But passing more unnecessarily stringent laws may actually put more women in jeopardy by closing clinics and limiting access to safe and legal abortions. Lawmakers in several states have followed Pennsylvania's lead by subjecting abortion procedures and clinics to further restrictions that are more likely to shut down responsible providers than to improve patient safety.
June 22, 2013
Plane crash in Mich. kills 4 WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A pilot and three passengers were killed Friday after a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport northwest of Detroit. Airport spokesman Dave VanderVeen said the Cessna 172 went down about 1:40 p.m. Friday at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township. Three people aboard the private flight were killed instantly; the fourth died at a hospital. VanderVeen said three of the victims were male and one was female but couldn't identify them further.
June 3, 2013
Ashley McGuire is a senior fellow at the Catholic Association William Wilberforce and his fellow abolitionists helped to end slavery in the British Empire largely by convincing Britons of the full humanity of the slaves and by invoking shame and disgust at their condition and treatment. Abolitionists adopted mottoes such as "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" and used vivid imagery, including a diagram of a slave ship that showed slaves packed into a filthy, seaborne prison. Abortion abolitionists in the United States are increasingly adopting the same tactics.
May 15, 2013
Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of the very savagery that legalized abortion was supposed to end. His murder conviction Monday should leave both sides of the sanctity-of-life debate asking how he got away with it for so long. Gosnell had been performing abortions at his Women's Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia for 30 years before a 2010 drug raid there revealed fetuses stuffed into bags, milk jugs, and juice cartons. The state subsequently shut down the clinic, and a grand jury accused Gosnell of running a house of horrors.
May 15, 2013 |
No one on either side of the intractable abortion debate was sorry Monday to learn that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder. And in their reactions to the verdict, both opponents of abortion and advocates for abortion rights agreed that the Gosnell case was indicative of a problem. They defined that problem, however, in completely different ways. Michael Ciccocioppo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, said in an e-mailed statement: "For the sake of all Gosnell's victims, let us never forget the rampant disregard for life that was allowed to continue for decades in our state.