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June 13, 2013 | By Jim Abrams, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The House is girding for another wrenching debate on abortion after a House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. Several recent court decisions have struck down similar state laws, and the GOP-backed bill has little future in the Democratic-led Senate, but the measure will give House conservatives a rare chance to reaffirm their social-issue credentials. The bill, named the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line 20-12 vote and could get a vote in the full House as early as next week.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
CONSIDER this scenario: A pregnant woman is diagnosed with cancer and has to abort the baby to undergo chemotherapy to save her life. Or her heart, lungs or kidneys are failing and she risks permanent damage to her health if she carries the pregnancy to term. The Pennsylvania Legislature did consider this scenario last week and passed yet another abortion ban that makes no exceptions for women in these dire situations. According to reports, Gov. Corbett is planning to sign it. Here's the background: Under the federal health-reform act, private-insurance companies will create exchanges in each state in which individuals and some small businesses can buy health insurance.
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June 6, 2013 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is expected to sign a bill to prevent coverage of most abortions under policies offered in a federally run insurance marketplace starting next year in Pennsylvania, after the Senate passed it yesterday by a comfortable margin. A spokeswoman for Corbett, an opponent of abortion rights, said he will sign the bill. It passed the Senate, 31-19, and the House approved it in April, 144-53, but only after divisive debates. Critics said the bill expands restrictions on abortion rights and discriminates against poor women.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Senate sent legislation Wednesday to Gov. Corbett that would prohibit all coverage of abortions under the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange. By a 31-19 vote, the Senate approved a bill that would deny women the ability to purchase abortion coverage through the new privately-run insurance exchanges aimed at low-income individuals and families. Corbett's spokeswoman, Kirsten Page, said the governor was "inclined" to sign the bill, which would make Pennsylvania the 21st state to opt out of exchange-based abortion coverage.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - Backers of a Republican-penned bill to prevent coverage of most abortions under policies offered in federal insurance marketplaces rebuffed two more attempts to change it yesterday. The state Senate rejected two amendments yesterday, including one to expand the exceptions to allow an abortion when a woman's health is at risk. A final vote is expected today. Opponents say the bill expands restrictions on abortion rights and discriminates against poor women. Proponents say it's in line with Pennsylvania's longstanding ban on taxpayer-funded elective abortions.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | BY BURTON CAINE
SANDRA Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, is now retired and on a lecture tour of the country. She is scheduled to speak at the Philadelphia Bar Association meeting on June 12. Does Justice O'Connor's Supreme Court career merit all the honors now bestowed upon her? Justice O'Connor recently authored a book on Supreme Court stories that has been panned on literary grounds but which should not obscure the more profound truth that the first female justice was no friend of women or minorities.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
Ashley McGuire is a senior fellow at the Catholic Association William Wilberforce and his fellow abolitionists helped to end slavery in the British Empire largely by convincing Britons of the full humanity of the slaves and by invoking shame and disgust at their condition and treatment. Abolitionists adopted mottoes such as "Am I Not a Man and a Brother?" and used vivid imagery, including a diagram of a slave ship that showed slaves packed into a filthy, seaborne prison. Abortion abolitionists in the United States are increasingly adopting the same tactics.
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May 29, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ABORTION DOCTOR Kermit Gosnell is expected to plead guilty next week to charges that he operated a pill mill out of his West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell, 72 - who was sentenced this month to three life terms for murdering three born-alive babies during illegal late-term abortions - was due to stand trial in federal court for the narcotics-related charges after pleading not guilty last year. A change-of-plea notice was filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday. Gosnell is scheduled to formally enter the new plea June 6 in front of U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one on either side of the intractable abortion debate was sorry Monday to learn that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder. And in their reactions to the verdict, both opponents of abortion and advocates for abortion rights agreed that the Gosnell case was indicative of a problem. They defined that problem, however, in completely different ways. Michael Ciccocioppo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, said in an e-mailed statement: "For the sake of all Gosnell's victims, let us never forget the rampant disregard for life that was allowed to continue for decades in our state.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
AND SO, what Jack McMahon audaciously called a racist prosecution, wherein a black man was being called to account for ending the lives of countless nameless black babies, has ended in a righteous verdict: guilty, guilty, and again, guilty. Three lives vindicated with three words, uttered after months of testimony and evidence that makes you want to turn your face away. But we looked, and we understood that here was madness and evil, not racism. Kermit Gosnell could now face the death penalty, something that has far-reaching repercussions not only for the immediate victims and their families but - and don't let them tell you otherwise - also for the abortion industry.
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