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 27, 2016
Kathryn Kolbert argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court case that has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade In 1973 and the first years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade , abortion was legal, accessible in most states, and low-income women could pay for it with Medicaid. Today, there are more than 1,000 laws against abortion on the books nationwide and federal laws ban Medicaid and federal insurance or health plans from paying for it, affecting low-income Americans, government workers, and members of the military.
June 26, 2016 |
Writing from the Pennsylvania prison where he is serving three consecutive life terms, former West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and the Daily News. The 14-page typed document, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that public comments by Williams and Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, and two 2015 articles in the Daily News, "compromised [Gosnell's]
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.
June 24, 2016 |
HERE ARE SOME of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to: Slavery. That's because slaves were human, and, even though the law treated them as property, the truth of their separate and sacred identity was obvious to the naked and uncompromised eye. The Holocaust. That's because Hitler's victims were human, with infinite gifts that elevated civilization, even though the laws - both expressed and implicit - treated them as lesser beings. Their humanity was evident.
June 23, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The House on Tuesday passed a politically charged bill that abortion-rights advocates say would make the state's regulations among the strictest in the nation. The legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in medical emergencies, instead of the 24 weeks under current law. The measure also would sharply curtail a procedure known as dilation and evacuation, which is used in second-trimester abortions and which the bill's supporters refer to as "dismemberment abortions," a term not medically recognized.
April 30, 2016 |
The Virginia Health Department has indefinitely suspended the license of a Fairfax clinic owned by discredited abortion doctor Steven Brigham, citing dozens of violations, including dirty equipment, expired drugs, unlicensed medical personnel, and haphazard storage of patient records. A two-day inspection on April 4 and 5 led to the immediate shutdown, according to the 52-page inspection report. The facility is part of Brigham's abortion-clinic chain, called American Women's Services and headquartered in Voorhees.
April 21, 2016
By Michael J. McMonagle At least 1,878 reasons exist to pass House Bill 1948 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This bill would ban the killing of children in the womb by dismemberment and ban abortions committed after 20 weeks' gestation, with the same exceptions allowed under current state law, which are in cases of rape or incest, or to prevent the death or loss of major bodily function of the mother. According to state Health Department statistics for 2014, 328 abortions were performed in the commonwealth after 20 weeks' gestation, and 1,550 children were killed by dismemberment, in a procedure known as a dilation and evacuation (D&E)
April 18, 2016
Frank Wilson is a retired Inquirer book editor Thanks to those videotaped interviews in which representatives of Planned Parenthood sound to many people as if they're discussing the sale of body parts obtained by means of abortion, Margaret Sanger - the woman behind Planned Parenthood - is being paid attention to again. Why, there's even an online quiz you can take consisting of a set of quotations, some by Sanger, others by Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged . You have to figure out who said which.
April 14, 2016 |
By David S. Cohen The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a blatantly unconstitutional bill that would infringe on the most basic aspects of the doctor-patient relationship and cost this cash-strapped state hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. And it's doing so with lightning speed that is designed to carve thoughtful deliberation out of the process. The bill takes aim at almost all second-trimester abortions, as well as a good number in the first. Introduced on April 1, House Bill 1948 would ban dilation and evacuation, one of the most common surgical abortion procedures, and outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.