July 13, 2001
RONNIE POLANECZKY (column, July 9) made a moving case for why Baby Girl Labencki deserves a decent burial. The infant's tragedy grows more heartbreaking every day she remains in the morgue. As horrifying as the baby's story is, the tragedy extends far beyond her unburied body because it could so easily have been prevented. The 19-year-old mother didn't know what to do with her pregnancy other than pretend it didn't exist. Had she used birth control or emergency contraception after unprotected sex, she would not have conceived the baby.
December 8, 2003 |
PLANNED Parenthood's outspoken activists remain stone-cold silent about Holly Patterson. She's the teen who died of tragic complications from taking the abortion drug RU-486, which she obtained from a California Planned Parenthood clinic in September. Holly and her unborn child suffered a painful, bloody, prolonged death. Patterson was seven weeks' pregnant when she received the chemical abortion regimen. After seven days and two desperate trips to an emergency room seeking help for intense cramping and bleeding, she succumbed to "septic shock, due to endomyometritis (inflammation)
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.
July 24, 2015
WHEN I STARTED doing asylum work almost 20 years ago, the comfortable cocoon that had been built around me by the nuns and then Bryn Mawr and then my first few jobs in the courtroom and classroom began to crumble. It wasn't that I ignored the evil in the world, or that I acted like Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz. " My father had died of cancer, my brother had committed suicide, there'd been a war in Bosnia and another one in Rwanda, and O.J. Simpson got away with murder. Pollyanna had left the building a long time before.
June 20, 1987 |
Just in time for Father's Day comes Benji the Hunted, the most compelling argument since Kramer vs. Kramer that males of the species make better mothers than females. In this fourth feature starring America's most huggable hero, the Robby Benson of the canine set, Benji is feared dead when the boat he's aboard (for a movie he's shooting) capsizes off Oregon's rugged coast. The unsinkable mutt paddles to shore, and before you can say woof, he witnesses a hunter kill a sleek cougar.
November 27, 2011 |
Best fight on TV this month? The Pacquiao vs. Marquez PPV boxing match? The dos Santos-Velasquez UFC title match on Fox? For our money it was this week's Braverman vs. Braverman throwdown on NBC's Parenthood . In this domestic demolition derby, Kristina (Monica Potter) decimated her husband Adam (Peter Krause) when she found out he hadn't been entirely honest about that gorgeous young receptionist he hired. Adam got off relatively easy. The week before, Kristina gave a boy she thought was picking on her son Max a verbal lashing so severe, you could practically feel the kid's growth spurt reversing itself.
July 29, 2015
ISSUE | WOMEN'S HEALTH Defund agency after latest flap Controversies have plagued Planned Parenthood in the past, but nothing as horrible as the latest ("2d video targets abortion provider," July 22). They receive millions in tax dollars each year to prop up their operations. It's time to write Congress and urge that Planned Parenthood be defunded immediately. |Phyllis Bove, Blue Bell Stand with provider As a volunteer and patient at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, I feel fortunate to live in a state that continues to provide family-planning funding to these health centers so that my friends, family, and I are able to get the reproductive services we need ("2d video targets abortion provider," July 22)
April 15, 1990 |
Thuds could be heard in the Christian Lifestyles classroom. And it didn't matter anymore. Without risking failure, the seniors could slam down the sacks of flour on their desks as if they were, well, just sacks of flour. A potential pie crust, even. Mary Ellen Mahon, who teaches the lifestyles course at Bishop Eustace Prep School in Pennsauken, announced the good news to her second-period class last week. "This is the day you'll say goodbye to your kids," she said. They cheered.
September 17, 2010
By George Parry Across America, eager high school graduates have left for college. Media reports suggest many of them took along smart phones and video-enabled laptops that will allow them to maintain near-constant contact with home. There will be frequent opportunities for technologically enabled, real-time advice on course selections, extracurricular activities, and the challenges of dormitory living. This appears to be a convergence of communications technology and helicopter parenting - a form of child-rearing in which concerned moms and dads hover over their offspring and provide never-ending guidance and intervention to protect them from life's frustrations and vicissitudes.
May 27, 1990 |
Brian Doyle and Amy Derstine were 16, in love, inseparable, and in what euphemistically used to be called trouble. "It was a matter of hormones gone wild," said Linda Scheckenbach, frankly. "We used to have to pry them apart in the halls. " Scheckenbach is the home-economics teacher who supervises the teen-parenting program and day- care center at Souderton Area High School. Scheckenbach's job is to help students whose adolescent sense of immunity from consequence has failed to protect them from parenthood.