January 22, 2007 |
Life is full of uncertainty. None of us can predict with certitude what tomorrow holds for us or our posterity. And the surprise about uncertitude is that sometimes life turns out better than we expect; sometimes we assume causes are lost when they're not; sometimes we decide not to give things a chance because we think they don't have a chance - only to find out later that they did and we were wrong. This is an anniversary on which to consider that. Child-rearing, for example.
November 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK - U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath, by far the biggest one-year drop in at least a decade - perhaps, researchers say, because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough. The decline, detailed on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The number of abortions and the rate dropped by the same percentage. While many states have aggressively restricted access to abortion, most of those laws were adopted in the last two years and are not believed to be involved in the decline.
March 6, 2013
Abortion remains one of the most divisive issues Americans discuss - if they discuss it. Frequently they don't, because the subject is volatile enough to end friendships. The argument is over one basic question: When does personhood begin? There may be general agreement that life begins during gestation, but at what point? Upon fertilization? At birth? Or somewhere in between? Young people, for the most part, don't view abortion the way their parents do, mirroring a generational divide on homosexuality.
June 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, as Republicans and Democrats made an election-year appeal for women's votes. The legislation would have made it a crime to perform or force a woman to undergo a sex-based abortion, a practice most common in some Asian countries where families wanting sons abort female fetuses. It was a rare social issue to reach the floor in a year when the economy has dominated the debate, and Republicans, besieged by assertions that they are waging a war on women, hit back by trying to depict the vote as a women's-rights issue.
October 26, 2006 |
The recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow women 18 and older to buy the emergency contraceptive Plan B without a prescription is welcome news. But Plan B alone will not be enough to overcome our nation's stalled progress in reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion. The latest data on abortion, published by the Guttmacher Institute in early August, should make no one happy: A decades-long decline in the U.S. abortion rate is stalling out. In each year from 2000 to 2003, the abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age)
January 22, 2008 |
Contemporary preoccupation with going green makes me feel blue. I'm all for energy efficiency. Yet, before we grow combustible under the collar about greenhouse gases, shouldn't we first seriously consider giving tiny developing humans the right to patter their little feet on the planet? Baby girls and boys have been denied the right to be born in the United States for the past 35 years. Women's rights to abortion, granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Roe v. Wade ruling Jan. 22, 1973, made this possible.
June 23, 2011 |
While the candidates garner headlines for their latest statements, we offer a closer look at assertions made by two of them. Rick Santorum The former Pennsylvania senator declared his candidacy June 6. He wrongly claimed in March that "one in three pregnancies end in abortion" in the United States when he blamed abortion for the funding problems of Social Security and Medicare. First, fewer than one in four pregnancies ended in abortion in 2008, the most recent statistics available, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which provides the most comprehensive data on abortion.
January 18, 2009 |
The newly renovated Hope Center, in one of the grand old store-fronted buildings on North Broad Street, practices a distinctively humane type of urban renewal. Words within the glass window above the doorway in the waiting room read, "There's always HOPE. " Visitors are welcomed with mint-flavored "Life Savers. " This place that bears the name of a virtue is a pregnancy center, which offers alternatives to abortion for women with unplanned pregnancies. The Hope Center, like many such places, is grass-rooted and faith-based.
March 23, 2011 |
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation. Abortion rights groups immediately said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions. Daugaard said in a written statement that he has conferred with state attorneys who will defend the law in court and a sponsor who has pledged private money to finance the state's legal costs.
January 22, 2012 |
On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade , we ask how the atrocities committed at the Gosnell clinic in West Philadelphia could have happened. Wasn't Roe v. Wade supposed to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare"? Has it not, instead, allowed for Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who has been charged in a woman's death and with killing infants? What desperate circumstances lead women to frequent such an establishment? One might suggest that more education about contraception might solve this problem, but in fact, 54 percent of women obtaining an abortion were using contraception in the month they became pregnant, according to a 2002 study cited by the Guttmacher Institute.