May 9, 2014
"REPELLENT" is a fairly strong word that, if used too often, loses its power. It has such potency that I reserve it just for things that make my stomach turn and my head spin, things that make me question humanity, things that have a rancid smell and an ugly outer shell. Emily Letts is one of those rare creatures who fits my idea of "repellent. " In fact, Emily and the whole Planned Parenthood crew that support her are prima facie evidence that the world is filled with what Hannah Arendt famously referred to as the "banality of evil.
May 9, 2014 |
In the annals of abortion commentary, Emily Letts' decision to use social media to tell the story of her abortion is not unique. But the reaction may be. The 25-year-old was six weeks pregnant when she filmed her November abortion at the Cherry Hill Women's Center, where she works as a counselor. Her three-minute video - with a choppily edited monologue and a view of nothing more graphic than her blue hospital gown - went on YouTube on March 14. Since then, it has gone viral, turning her into the subject of commendation, condemnation, and plain old curiosity in both the traditional and new media worlds.
March 28, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives have joined in calling for legislation banning lawmakers from accepting money from lobbyists and others with a stake in state business. On Wednesday, the Republican and Democratic chairs of the House State Government Committee said they would introduce legislation to prohibit public officials and employees from accepting cash gifts from individuals, including lobbyists and the principals they represent.
March 16, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA After US Airways Flight 1702, bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., blew a tire and the nose gear collapsed as it prepared to take off from Philadelphia International Airport about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, one male passenger said the worst part of the ordeal was waiting for 30 to 40 minutes in the cold for buses to take the passengers to a terminal. Why did it take that long to get the 149 passengers and crew of five to a warm building? Considering all that was going on, 30 minutes was good, said airport and airline officials.
March 14, 2014
A FEW YEARS ago, around the time Tim Tebow burst upon the scene with his Heisman trophy and his refreshing piety, the genuflecting Gator made headlines when he starred in a controversial commercial with his mother. Tebow's mom had been urged to have a therapeutic abortion when she was pregnant with the future all-star, and had categorically refused. The commercial celebrated her "choice. " Inspiring, right? Well, apparently not to those who lobbied to ban the spot from its Super Bowl slot.
February 14, 2014 |
STEVEN MASSOF, the unlicensed "doctor" who testified of cutting the necks of hundreds of babies in an abortion clinic that made him feel like a "fireman in hell," was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in state prison yesterday. "I'm not here to make excuses. I'm here to take full responsibility for my actions and my inactions," an emotional Massof, 51, said before being sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. Massof, originally from Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty in November 2011 to two counts of third-degree murder in the deaths of two babies and to related crimes.
February 6, 2014 |
John Patrick Stanton, 86, of Jenkintown, a leader in the anti-abortion movement in the Philadelphia area for more than four decades, died Friday, Jan. 31, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Until the week he died, Mr. Stanton worked on issues concerning the unborn and mothers with unplanned pregnancies. He founded the Pro-Life Coalition of Southeast Pennsylvania and later established a statewide organization, the Pro-Life Federation. Mr. Stanton was a cofounder of the Pro-Life Educational Foundation, and simultaneously served as treasurer for the Pennsylvania branch of the National Right to Life Committee.
January 28, 2014 |
THREE OF THE four Democrats seeking the 13th Congressional District seat in the May 20 primary mostly agreed on a wide range of political topics in their first candidate forum yesterday. Two candidates, state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, sparred on one issue more likely to be decided in Harrisburg than in Washington, D.C.: "vouchers" to use public-school money for private-school tuition. And Boyle took a sharp shot at the missing candidate, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, comparing her record on Social Security to that of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican deeply unpopular with members of Democracy for America, one of the forum's sponsors.
January 24, 2014
FORTY-ONE years ago, women and their families secured a victory when the United States Supreme Court affirmed our right to safe and legal abortion. In Roe v. Wade, the court confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Yet, the fight for a woman's ability to make her own reproductive decisions continues. Since 2010, when tea-party politicians were elected to legislatures across the country, we've seen an unprecedented assault designed to erode access to safe and legal abortion.
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.