November 17, 1993 |
In the face of mounting violence against family-planning clinics and doctors, an anonymous donor has pledged to pay up to $1 million to informants who help solve the attacks, abortion-rights groups and federal officials announced yesterday. Tipsters who provide clues regarding nearly 50 attacks - including a recent bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lancaster, Pa. - will be eligible for up to $100,000 each if their information helps lead to convictions, officials said. "It's unbelievable how people who do this kind of work for women are under attack," said Jane Johnson, a vice president for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
November 9, 2001 |
Another rash of anthrax threat letters arrived at abortion clinics yesterday, but this time a new delivery system was used: Federal Express. FedEx packets containing a white powder and threatening notes were sent to clinics in the Philadelphia area, as well as in New York, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Washington, D.C. At least some of the packages were sent from a drop box at the FedEx World Service Center near Philadelphia International Airport....
December 28, 1986
It was with great interest that I read the Dec. 18 article on bogus abortion clinics. Most pro-lifers are opposed to these clinics as they detract from genuine abortion-alternative centers, which offer counseling, clothing, financial aid and medical help to women facing problem pregnancies. These services usually are offered free of charge, while the National Abortion Federation, at its annual convention, debated whether abortions were underpriced! It is quite ironic that the $500 million abortion industry is accusing the alternative centers of dishonesty when the "counseling" they offer is often a sham.
November 6, 1987 |
Pro-choice groups have persuaded the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia to consider canceling the planned use of a West Chester parish church as a base for "field training" of anti-abortion activists later this month. Marie Kelly, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said last night the archdiocese had agreed to reconsider because there was concern that Operation Rescue, the anti-abortion group planning the training session, might be contemplating "illegal or criminal actions.
January 18, 1997 |
The back-to-back bombings Thursday at an office building housing an abortion clinic outside Atlanta sent shock waves through Philadelphia clinics. "We were totally overwhelmed," said Mia Gossett, abortion service coordinator at the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women in Center City. "The staff was in a complete panic. " Elizabeth Barnes, administrator at the Philadelphia Women's Center in Center City, said her initial reaction was "unbelieveable sadness. " "Something like this is incredibly scary and sad, and it's heartbreaking," she said.
January 7, 1995 |
The voice of the portly, white-haired congressman dropped nearly to a whisper as he spoke to a ballroom full of fellow Catholics last winter. "Those little ones, they really are orphans," Henry J. Hyde (R., Ill.) murmured. He was speaking of the "33 million tiny lives exterminated" since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. "I suggest we create an adoption of desire," the representative told his admirers, "that we adopt those millions of little friendless orphans.
March 15, 1993
Long before their demagoguery coaxed a zealot into assassination last week, anti-abortion terrorists had found what Ayatollah Randall Terry calls the "weak link" in abortion services: Doctors. The killing of Dr. David Gunn has to be seen in the context of a growing isolation of abortion providers - doctors abandoned by their colleagues and their profession. Gunn was the only physician at several abortion clinics in three states. He pretty much lived in his car, driving from one clinic to another, performing abortions because no other doctors would.
October 20, 1992 |
An overwhelming majority of teenage girls who seek abortions have talked it over with parents, aunts, teachers or other adults before reaching their decision, a study released today shows. The study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute looked at states where parental consent is not required for a teen to obtain an abortion, and found that 61 percent of the girls had consulted with a parent anyway. An additional 20 percent had spoken to some other adult before deciding to end an unwanted pregnancy.
January 17, 1997 |
Three abortion-rights groups were releasing an annual report on clinic violence yesterday when a staff member rushed into the room with a note: A clinic in Atlanta had just been bombed. It was a stunning interruption, but underscored the groups' point: Clinic violence may be down in the United States, but it remains a dangerous reality. "Unfortunately, we aren't surprised when these things occur," said Vicki Saporta, executive director of the National Abortion Federation. "Although we saw a slight decrease in 1996, the violence against abortion providers remains unacceptably high.
September 4, 2003 |
In 1994, Paul Hill armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, killed an abortion clinic doctor and his escort, and never showed regret. Before his execution yesterday in Florida, Hill called himself a "martyr" who hoped his actions would inspire others who shared his beliefs. But many of those involved in the antiabortion movement in the Philadelphia region are distancing themselves - and their cause - from Hill. "We've never met anyone who would approve of what Mr. Hill did," said John Stanton, executive director of the Oreland-based Pro Life Union of Southeastern Pennsylvania.