June 15, 1986 |
Two major conventions were held in this city this weekend, one by the National Right to Life Committee, the other by the National Organization for Women. And each group had a lot of uncomplimentary things to say about the other. Among the more compelling barbs came one from NOW president Eleanor Smeal, speaking about the presence of three Republican presidential hopefuls at the anti-abortion meeting five blocks away. "I can't wait until the press says the Right to Lifers have become an arm of the Republican Party," she said, noting her own organization's unhappy involvement with the Democrats over the years.
June 11, 1986 |
A chronological review of the key events concerning abortion in the past 13 years: Jan. 22, 1973: In Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the constitutional right to privacy guarantees women the choice of abortion, with states only allowed to regulate the conditions in the third trimester. This overturns criminal laws against abortion in Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, and opens the battle between pro-choice and anti-abortion forces over what new rules should govern. Sept.
July 6, 1989 |
Within hours of the Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on abortion Monday, people on both sides of the emotional issue were preparing for the next battlefront: the state legislature. "We're just going to have to fight, and it's going to be at a whole new level," said Janis Glenn, a spokeswoman for the Women's Suburban Clinic in Paoli, the only large clinic that provides abortions in the Main Line area and a frequent target of anti-abortion protests. "We feel that this decision is going to pave the way for the highly anti- choice Pennsylvania legislature to make abortion unavailable to some women," Glenn said.
July 9, 1989 |
State legislators from Delaware County say they are bracing for an outpouring of opinion from their pro-choice and anti-abortion constituents now that the Supreme Court has given states the authority to restrict women's access to abortions. Both sides of the abortion issue already have served notice that they intend to influence the legislators' voting on new and tougher anti-abortion legislation that Republican state Rep. Stephen Freind of Haverford is expected to introduce shortly after the legislature reconvenes in September.
February 24, 2010 |
SOMETHING had gone wrong with the abortion. That's all Marie Smith could think about as she vomited incessantly and shivered with a high fever, just a week after Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell had performed an abortion on her at his West Philadelphia clinic in 1999. Smith, 19 at the time, fell unconscious at her mother's home and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors confirmed her suspicions. Something had indeed gone wrong, but it was worse than she could have imagined.
November 27, 2009
LEAVE IT TO the Christian right to again use abortion to throw a monkey wrench at health care. Abortion has been legal for decades and represents separation from church in favor of state. I, as a taxpayer, pay for many government policies with which I disagree: war, capital punishment and denial of homosexual rights being some of them. But I want to see improvements for those bankrupted by health care. I separate my pet peeves from issues that benefit the majority. I simply ask the religious right to stop using their hot-button issues to deny the majority.
January 18, 2012 |
BOSTON - A Massachusetts court yesterday overturned a ruling by a judge who ordered a mentally ill woman to undergo an abortion against her wishes and be sterilized. The Massachusetts Appeals Court said the woman, who has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, had described herself as "very Catholic" and made it clear she did not want an abortion. The ruling reverses a decision by Family and Probate Court Judge Christina Harms, who found that the 32-year-old woman was not competent to decide whether to get an abortion.
February 22, 1989 |
National officials of Planned Parenthood outlined a $2 million campaign yesterday to preserve a woman's right to a legal and medically safe abortion in the face of the "greatest challenge" to that right since the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. A spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee said the Planned Parenthood campaign material "doesn't seem to be anything new," although he complained that some of it was misleading. The Planned Parenthood announcement was made on the day the Supreme Court gave anti-abortion forces another temporary victory by allowing Kentucky to enforce a parental consent law for unmarried girls under 18 who want an abortion while the law is being appealed.
February 2, 1989 |
As a pregnant Long Island woman lay in a coma, her husband urged a judge yesterday to appoint him her legal guardian so he can authorize an abortion that he says will save her life. Martin Klein, 34, of Upper Brookville, N.Y., said doctors tell him abortion of the 16-week-old fetus is necessary to save his wife, Nancy, 32, and aid her recovery. Her husband's petition is opposed by anti-abortion activists John Short and John Broderick, who have asked that they be named the fetus's legal guardians.
April 21, 2005 |
ABORTION fights crime. Now there's a statement about which the pro-life and choice people can finally unite - in their mutual disagreement. The pro-life folks won't like it because they'll see it as a justification for abortion, and the choice folks won't like it because they'll say it singles out, and offers a values statement, about those who abort. Yet it's a very reasoned conclusion reached in a hot new book by a brilliant professor. I'd love it to provoke some intelligent discussion about abortion and parenting, but I'm predicting that policymakers will run for the hills instead.