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.
December 4, 2015
I DIDN'T KILL three people at Planned Parenthood. I didn't wake up one morning, forget to take my meds, get my fill at some of my favorite pornographic websites, smoke a few joints, load up my (probably registered) semi-automatic, pull out my map, get in my car, drive toward the clinic in Colorado Springs and take aim. I didn't scream about Jesus to my neighbors while cheating on my significant other-of-the-moment, produce numerous children with numerous partners, abuse my spouse, gamble, or call people who kill abortionists "heroes.
October 17, 2015 |
When New Jersey regulators revoked Steven Brigham's medical license last year for illegally performing risky late-term abortions, he was required to divest his ownership in eight abortion clinics in the state. Now, the state Attorney General's office has subpoenaed Brigham's corporate records to see if he has added another offense to his long, multistate history of misconduct: faking an ownership transfer to Vikram Kaji, the obstetrician-gynecologist listed as medical director of the clinics.
October 7, 2015
I MET JERRY MONDESIRE in January 2006, during my first appearance on "Inside Story. " I don't remember the other two panelists on the weekly 6ABC current-affairs program, or even the moderator. But I do have a clear mental image of Jerry that day. He wore a shimmery lavender tie, a perfectly tailored gray suit, his hair was slicked back and he was sporting a pencil-thin mustache that hadn't been seen since they started making movies with sound. I instantly fell in love. Yes, I knew that we were as far apart as two human beings could be when it came to our philosophies, he as the head of the NAACP in Philadelphia and me as the Joan of Arch Conservatives.
September 25, 2015
SINCE MARCH 2013, when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became Pope Francis of the Universe, I've written about him at least 20 times. My first words, just a few hours after he'd been selected by his fellow churchmen in Rome, spoke of "a gentle warrior" who married the twin characteristics of the Jesuit soldier of Christ to the peaceful caretaker of all creatures, great and small whose name he'd adopted as a symbol of his mission. At that point, I had no idea how prophetic my words would be. Francis has turned out to be a true warrior in his own fashion.
September 25, 2015 |
ABOUT 25 anti-abortion activists rallied outside a Center City Planned Parenthood yesterday morning to help kick off a national "40 Days for Life" blitz of anti-abortion protests. It went the way most anti-abortion protests go: with pamphleteering anti-abortion activists praying, singing and exhorting passing patients to "Change your mind! Keep your baby!" while those women, ushered inside by volunteer escorts, reacted with tears, middle fingers or averted eyes. But it was unusual in that organizers hoped it would be the flame to ignite an explosive anti-abortion fervor in the thousands of Catholic faithful coming to town this week for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit.
September 21, 2015 |
Fifteen years after its approval in the United States, the abortion pill mifepristone is used in nearly a quarter of all abortions, a proportion that has grown steadily even as the national abortion rate has fallen to a historic low. Federal data also show that mifepristone, brand name Mifeprex, has accelerated the shift toward early pregnancy terminations - before 10 weeks - when it is safest and has the greatest public acceptance. Maker Danco Laboratories says more than two million women have used its "early option pill.
September 18, 2015 |
NEARLY FOUR MONTHS ago, Pope Francis decried global warming as a man-made catastrophe requiring immediate ecological activism and blamed modern materialism for turning the planet into "an immense pile of filth. " Yesterday, a few folks in Philly didn't mince words in their opinions of the pollution-busting pleas the pope made last May in his encyclical, Laudato si '. Paganism, declared one. "What is environmentalism but nature worship?" said Gene Koprowski, marketing director of the Heartland Institute.
September 9, 2015
FOR THE rest of America, this has been the Summer of Donald Trump. For Greater Philadelphia, it has been the Summer of Pope Francis, transformed from global religious leader to ringmaster of a festival. We have witnessed the expanding semifiasco of Philadelphia laying out, pulling back and then re-folding the welcome mat. Hotel rooms that were said to be as scarce as water holes in the Sahara are now available. That seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It also seemed impossible selfie sticks would be banned.
September 4, 2015 |
IN HIS LETTER Tuesday about the upcoming Holy Year that starts in December, Pope Francis expanded on the general idea that all people who seek forgiveness will be forgiven as an experience of God's mercy. He added that during this special year, also known as a Holy Year of Mercy, all priests will have authority to forgive women who have had abortions. In many parts of the world, only bishops have had the authority to forgive abortion. Francis' letter doesn't represent a change in the church's doctrines.