April 5, 2013
By Marybeth T. Hagan One protester's homespun sign struck me in 2003 when I first attended a March for Life in Washington. The raggedy brown piece of cardboard bore an indelible black-markered message that read, "1787 - We the People" and "1973 - We the Supreme Court. " The activist noted that thanks to the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, "We the People" secured "the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. " That liberty includes a voice in public policy via our elected officials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 27, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Dozens of bills are advancing through statehouses nationwide that would put an array of new obstacles - legal, financial, and psychological - in the paths of women seeking abortions. The tactics vary: mandatory sonograms and antiabortion counseling, sweeping limits on insurance coverage, bans on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. To abortion-rights activists, they add up to the biggest political threat since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide.
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 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.
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.