September 17, 2016 |
In a speech Thursday at the University of Notre Dame, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput called presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "very bad news for our country. " Chaput said that since he first voted in 1966, "the major parties have never, at the same time, offered two such deeply flawed candidates. " He said he believes each candidate is detrimental to the nation in different ways. "One candidate, in the view of a lot of people, is a belligerent demagogue with an impulse-control problem.
September 9, 2016 |
WHEN YOU HAVE a certain reputation for being, let's just say, unambiguously pro-life, people who don't share your beliefs will be, let's just say, wary about talking to you. And if, in addition to that, you write a regular column about being pro-life, or you host a radio show where you're not shy about your views, or you appear regularly on television and they stick you in the "anti-abortion" chair in the studio, it's no surprise that people who think...
September 2, 2016 |
A VERY DEAR FRIEND of mine scolded me on Facebook for not letting people know that I'm an immigration lawyer with a "vested interest" in immigration policy, before writing anything on the topic. Actually, short of walking around with an inflatable kiddie pool and carrying a torch while chanting "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," I think I've been pretty open about what I do from 9-5. But, in the interest of full disclosure and Facebook harmony, here it is again: I have practiced immigration law full time for over 20 years.
June 29, 2016 |
In a big win for abortion-rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas abortion law that required clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards and doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital. The 5-3 ruling was the most significant since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, which set the precedent that states could impose abortion restrictions as long as they did not create an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions. An undue burden existed if a restriction's "purpose or effect is to place substantial obstacles" in the path of women who want an abortion, including "unnecessary health regulations.
June 25, 2016 |
A national abortion rights group on Thursday criticized Philadelphia Media Network for refusing to publish a prominent digital ad on Philly.com. The National Partnership for Women and Families wanted to publicize its "Lies into Laws" campaign against restrictive state abortion laws with a one-day, $17,600 "home-page takeover" ad that would wrap around the top and both rails of Philly.com's landing page. The partnership declined the company's offer of an ad that would be randomly placed in a less prominent spot on the website, saying such an ad would have "reduced impact and visibility.
March 6, 2016 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - With a fight over the Supreme Court vacancy dominating debate in the U.S. Senate, four Pennsylvania Democrats running to join the chamber laid out their visions of what they want to see in a new justice Friday night. Their answers at a forum before the party faithful touched on respect for abortion rights, limiting money in politics, supporting same-sex marriage, and, for one, endorsing gun rights. The quartet are running to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November in a contest that could help reshape the Senate.
January 29, 2016
ANN RICHARDS, former governor of Texas, became famous for one quip about George H.W. Bush by saying, "He was born with a silver foot in his mouth. " You have to admit it was amusing. OK, you don't have to, but a lot of people enjoyed the viper-like humor. Ann's daughter Cecile, president of Planned Parenthood, has carried on the tradition of joking about body parts. Well, not Cecile herself, but some of the people who work for her. There is no one with a pulse who hasn't seen or heard of the undercover videos filmed by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood employees are seen munching on salad and chuckling about how they could perform abortions in such a way as to preserve the choicest organs.
January 23, 2016
By Dayle Steinberg On the 43d anniversary of Roe v. Wade , the stakes for women's health and rights are higher than ever, with the most serious challenge to abortion rights in decades looming. On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Whole Women's Health v. Cole , a case that could determine the fate of women's fundamental right to access to safe and legal abortion in the United States. At issue in this case are two provisions of a 2013 Texas law that threaten to further restrict access to abortion in a state where nearly 30 health centers have already closed.
December 29, 2015
NEW YORK -With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas.
June 13, 2015 |
A memorial service Wednesday at Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls, where the so-called Gosnell babies are buried, underscores the importance of a new study showing the national abortion rate has declined. About 40 people prayed over the graves of 47 cremated fetuses discovered in the 2010 raid of an abortion clinic operated by Kermit Gosnell, who is serving a life sentence for murder in three of the deaths. Gosnell's 2013 conviction was hailed by proponents and opponents of abortion rights.