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.
December 5, 2013 |
Three years ago, New Jersey regulators suspended abortion provider Steven Brigham's medical license for endangering and deceiving patients. During the suspension hearing, he testified that he was covered by medical malpractice insurance. Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.
November 28, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has ordered a new abortion clinic in Philadelphia to shut down because it did not disclose its affiliation with Steven Brigham, an abortion provider whose history of flouting health and abortion laws got him banned from operating in the state. The department suspended the registration of Integrity Family Health on Bustleton Avenue and gave it 30 days to file an appeal or the revocation will be permanent. "No abortion-related services of any kind may be offered after Nov. 29," the deputy secretary of health, Anna Marie Sossong, wrote Monday to Kimberly Glunt, president of Integrity Family Health.
November 13, 2013 |
If you're a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn't you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world? In particular, wouldn't you hope they'd get the proper medical attention during and after their pregnancy? This would seem a safe assumption, which is why it ought to be astonishing that conservatives are positively obsessed with trashing the Affordable Care Act's regulation requiring insurance policies to include maternity coverage.
November 7, 2013 |
Has abortion provider Steven Brigham opened a new clinic in Pennsylvania, even though the state has barred him from doing so, and even though abortion clinics are being scrutinized under a recently enacted state law? His critics think so. The new clinic, Integrity Family Health, is on Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The state Department of Health did an initial inspection and issued a permit, called a registration, eight weeks ago, then added the facility to its online list of abortion clinics in the Keystone State.
September 6, 2013 |
MIAMI HEAT player Udonis Haslem might be having second thoughts about being so public about his longtime relationship with Faith Rein . The couple, whose wedding recently was profiled in The New York Times , revealed that they'd terminated a pregnancy early on in their relationship. The eyebrow-raising revelation caused a bit of a stir online as bloggers weighed in on the surprising admission made in the Times ' Sunday Styles section. The unintended pregnancy happened while he was a senior and she was a junior at the University of Florida.
August 25, 2013 |
Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan - as well as allied Super PACs - are ratcheting up personal attacks in the special U.S. Senate race in New Jersey, seemingly competing to denounce the other as too radical for his own party. On Friday, the conservative Super PAC American Commitment Action Fund joined with the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List to release a new ad calling Booker's stance on abortion "too extreme" even among Democrats. Noting Booker's role on the Democratic National Convention's platform committee last year, the ad accuses Booker of supporting "taxpayer-funded" abortions and of opposing any restrictions on or safety regulations for the procedure.
July 24, 2013 |
A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday temporarily blocked the state's law banning abortions as early as six weeks after fertilization, calling the legislation "clearly unconstitutional. " The preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland means that the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which would bar abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable, will not take effect Aug. 1 as planned. The ruling also suggests that, even as states across the country enact measures limiting abortion access, some of the laws may never take effect because of stiff legal challenges.
July 20, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol. Supporters credited God's will and prayer as the governor signed the legislation, with protesters' chants of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" echoing from the hallway. Opponents have vowed to fight the law, though no court challenges were immediately filed.
July 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - With no immediate hope of overturning the Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion, Republicans around the country are pushing legislation to restrict the procedure, and Democrats say they'll make the GOP pay in coming elections. From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have advanced a range of ideas: banning nearly all abortions beyond the 20th week after conception; making abortion clinics follow regulations for surgical care; mandating that clinic physicians have admitting privileges at local hospitals; requiring women to get ultrasounds before terminating a pregnancy.