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August 29, 2007 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department asked a federal judge yesterday to order a Reading man to stop posting violent threats against abortion providers in Philadelphia, Allentown and Reading on an Internet site. U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan alleged that John Dunkle, 72, "encouraged his readers to kill a specific clinic physician by shooting her in the head. " In a sworn statement, Mary Blanks, a doctor, said she stopped working at Reading and Philadelphia abortion clinics "out of fear of John Dunkle's threats to my life.
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July 5, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the State of New Jersey yanked Steven Brigham's medical license last fall, the lead prosecutor lambasted the abortion doctor for 20-plus years of being "slippery and disingenuous. " Now Brigham is at it again, according to a complaint filed last month by the Attorney General's Office. The complaint is actually against Vikram Kaji, the 79-year-old medical director of Brigham's eight clinics in New Jersey, which make up the bulk of his multistate abortion business, advertised as American Women's Services.
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January 29, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Abortion providers have decided not to ask the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision to implement the Pennsylvania abortion- control law. Yesterday, the providers allowed to expire the deadline for filing a motion to reconsider. This means, barring an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, that the law should take effect within days after Feb. 4, the day the Third Circuit will issue an order to lift an injunction that has kept the law from taking effect since 1988.
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October 26, 1998 | By Rose Ciotta and Henry Goldman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The sniper who killed Barnett Slepian here two nights ago took the life of the last remaining physician who performed abortions at Buffalo's only abortion clinic, and providers of the procedure criticized police yesterday for not doing more to guard his life. U.S. and Canadian authorities had issued warnings last Monday to abortion providers throughout the Northeast, following a series of shootings that had occurred at this time of year since 1994. Slepian's death left Buffalo GYN Womenservices, the only abortion clinic in the city of 300,000, with no physician on staff.
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December 1, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has recommended that a group of abortion providers be awarded $157,339 in legal fees and costs for their appeal of Pennsylvania's abortion control law to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Daniel H. Huyett 3d filed the recommendation with the Third Circuit on Nov. 23, following his decision to award the same abortion providers $221,971 in fees and costs for their work in legal proceedings before him. Under federal law, the winner in a lawsuit is allowed to petition a judge to order the loser to pay the legal fees and costs the winner incurred.
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January 9, 1993 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Abortion providers yesterday opposed Pennsylvania's request that U.S. District Judge Daniel H. Huyett 3d disqualify himself from hearing new arguments on the state's abortion control law. The state Attorney General's Office has contended that Huyett's writing in a 1990 abortion opinion left the impression that he supports a woman's right to choose. But in a brief filed yesterday in federal court, lawyers for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania and other abortion providers argued that the request was untimely and a "disturbing and thinly veiled effort to judge-shop.
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July 31, 1996 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thirty-five anti-abortion protesters who blocked the entrance of a Delaware County abortion clinic in January were sued by the U.S. Justice Department yesterday under the two-year-old federal law protecting access to abortion providers. The 35 individuals - 20 from Pennsylvania, and the remainder from New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia - were among a group arrested Jan. 16 during a daylong protest that effectively closed the Reproductive Health and Counseling Center in Upland.
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December 30, 1995 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Straining for poise on the eve of a tragic anniversary, abortion providers from the two clinics where receptionists Shannon Lowney and Leanne Nichols were shot to death a year ago paused yesterday to remember their fallen colleagues and to highlight a planned merger growing out of the attack. One year ago today, a black-clad gunman spouting religious oaths sprayed the waiting areas of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts and Preterm Health Services with semiautomatic rifle fire, killing Lowney and Nichols and wounding five people.
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October 31, 1998 | By Rose Ciotta, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Every doctor performing abortions in North America is "vulnerable and a potential target" for the serial shooter now believed responsible for killing Dr. Barnett A. Slepian and injuring three doctors in Canada and one in Rochester, N.Y., since 1994, Canadian police said yesterday. With a pattern emerging in the wake of the Oct. 23 shooting of Slepian, "there is a legitimate concern" that the sniper attacks on physicians who perform abortions are "a North American problem," said Winnipeg Staff Sgt. Bill Vandergraaf, a member of the Canadian police task force investigating the shootings.
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November 23, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's long-running court battle over the regulation of abortion will cost taxpayers another $221,971. A federal judge awarded that amount in legal fees and costs to lawyers for a group of abortion providers who fought for six years to block implementation of Pennsylvania's strict abortion-control law. Under federal law, the winner in a lawsuit is allowed to petition a judge to order the loser to pay legal fees and costs incurred by...
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July 5, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the State of New Jersey yanked Steven Brigham's medical license last fall, the lead prosecutor lambasted the abortion doctor for 20-plus years of being "slippery and disingenuous. " Now Brigham is at it again, according to a complaint filed last month by the Attorney General's Office. The complaint is actually against Vikram Kaji, the 79-year-old medical director of Brigham's eight clinics in New Jersey, which make up the bulk of his multistate abortion business, advertised as American Women's Services.
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August 23, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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May 10, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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December 5, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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