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.
April 12, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz on Thursday said that all of her campaign contributions are reported so anybody can ask questions about who may be trying to influence her, but gubernatorial rival Tom Wolf's $4 million loan from M&T Bank is a different matter. There is no requirement for a candidate to report details of personal loans. Schwartz said the public should know because such a large obligation could constrain him as governor. "What's his relationship with that bank? Who is he indebted to?"
January 24, 2014
FORTY-ONE years ago, women and their families secured a victory when the United States Supreme Court affirmed our right to safe and legal abortion. In Roe v. Wade, the court confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Yet, the fight for a woman's ability to make her own reproductive decisions continues. Since 2010, when tea-party politicians were elected to legislatures across the country, we've seen an unprecedented assault designed to erode access to safe and legal abortion.
January 7, 2014
A NEW study about abortion makes it clearer than ever that it's becoming a luxury that only the wealthy will be able to afford. New draconian state laws are forcing so many abortion facilities to close that only women who can afford to travel will be able to access the procedure. The Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization, has reported that more abortion restrictions were enacted in the United States in the past three years than during the previous decade. Some 22 states enacted 70 laws curtailing abortion rights last year alone.