March 12, 1997 |
As he sticks to his guns on the issue of late-term abortions, the saying "With friends like these, who need enemies?" must occur to President Clinton. His allies in the pro-choice movement have been hurting their own cause. First they lied, then they denied they lied, and then one of them admitted he lied. It has taken the abortion-rights crowd to make Clinton seem a pillar of principle and consistency. But he is on this issue. The question is not - and has never been - whether there are a handful of these abortions, as the pro-choice movement initially maintained, or thousands of them, as pro-life organizations and others assert.
May 23, 1996 |
Abortion is an issue that must be addressed on the basis of ethics, not law. I say that not just because reproduction is such a deeply private and personal matter. Another reason is that medicine and science are changing the nature and circumstances of abortion. As new forms of controlling reproduction appear, the only way to stop a woman from choosing an abortion will be to present a moral argument that she finds persuasive. If you doubt that is so, consider the hotly contested political issue of third-trimester abortions.
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.
January 1, 2012
1992: Steven Brigham, a few years out of medical school, voluntarily forfeits his Pennsylvania medical license to end an investigation into his Wyomissing clinic. The landlord had successfully sued him for concealing his plans to perform abortions. 1994: New York state takes Brigham's license for botching late-term abortions, one begun in Voorhees, calling him "undertrained" with "submarginal abilities. " 1995: Florida revokes Brigham's license based on New York's action.
May 30, 2013 |
THE WIFE of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to seven to 23 months in prison yesterday for her role in her husband's "House of Horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia. Pearl Gosnell, 52, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to taking part in illegal late-term abortions at Gosnell's clinic and participating in a corrupt organization. She said her husband took the "cowardly" path for not speaking at his trial or apologizing to his victims. "I am the wife of Kermit Gosnell. I am not happy about that now and I haven't been for a long time," she told Common Pleas Senior Judge Benjamin Lerner during the hearing.
March 21, 2013 |
It's one of the macabre mysteries in the case of Kermit Gosnell: Why did the West Philadelphia abortion doctor keep the severed feet of fetuses preserved in specimen jars? In testimony Tuesday, Adrienne Moton, a former worker at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society, told a Philadelphia jury that Gosnell once explained that he did so in case patients requested them for future identification or DNA samples. But an expert on fetal development, testifying Wednesday at Gosnell's abortion-murder trial, said that was news to him. "Do you think there is any medical reason to save the foot of a baby?"
May 14, 1997 |
The White House suggested yesterday that it might support a compromise proposal by Senate Democrats that would ban what opponents call "partial-birth" abortions in all cases except those where pregnancy posed a threat of "grievous injury" to the woman. Republican critics said the bill did not go far enough and would win little if any Republican support. "This legislation . . . is nothing more than political cover for those who are feeling the heat from constituents back home," said Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.)
September 16, 1996 |
Philadelphia's Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua and the nation's seven other Catholic cardinals went to Washington recently for an unprecedented lobbying effort. They were joined by 50 bishops and others who hoped to help win an override of President Clinton's veto of a bill banning late-term abortions. Votes in both chambers of Congress to overturn the veto are expected later this month. Frankly, the presence of the clergy in Washington startled me, and brought to mind the reason I left my church, never to return, many years ago. What drove me from it then was the absence of courage on the part of church leaders.
May 15, 2013
By Jennifer Rubin After Newtown, President Obama spoke to the nation and launched a campaign for gun control. He ultimately failed, but there was a tragic event, a political response, and a result. As for the Kermit Gosnell trial, there has been virtually no political response to the horrors described in the grand jury report and subsequent trial. Unlike with Tucson, Newtown, Colorado, and many other shooting incidents, the president didn't want to comment on the trial or even on the broader topic of late-term abortion.
April 4, 2013 |
Though Karen Feisullin has been a doctor since 2002, the yellowing ultrasound machine taken three years ago from the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell was like nothing she had ever encountered. "I've never seen anything this old - this is an old machine," Feisullin, an obstetrician-gynecologist, told Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron. Cameron called Feisullin as the prosecution's first witness Tuesday in Gosnell's murder trial, now in its third week before a Common Pleas Court jury.