April 10, 2006
JEFF JACOBY made a lot of valid points in his op-ed, "The Obligations of Unwanted Fatherhood. " It's true that certain social, political and economic structures have been put in place that make it a breeding ground for single parenthood. It's also true that, more often than not, women are the ones affected by these structures. So imagine my surprise when I found out there's a guy named Matt Dubay, a Michigan computer programmer, who argues that men should have the same reproductive rights as women.
January 7, 2006 |
You may have heard about a new study that says people who have children are more depressed than people who don't. Speaking on behalf of parents everywhere, I would just like to say: I wish. The idea of settling into a three- or six-month funk sounds positively restful. But I really don't have the time. For example, on New Year's Eve, as my wife and I frantically swept and cleaned in preparation for a houseful of guests, my 2-year-old decided to strip off her diaper and parade through the upstairs.
November 23, 2005 |
IN 1985, a 35-year-old Samuel Alito wanted to move from assistant to the solicitor general to deputy assistant to the attorney general (in the office of legal counsel) in the Justice Department. Ed Meese was Ronald Reagan's attorney general. It was Morning in America time. As part of his application, Alito provided a qualifications statement, where, in a single-spaced, page-and-a-half narrative, the now-federal judge spelled out his conservative bona fides. In less than two pages, you get a keen insight into the man now nominated for the Supreme Court.
August 4, 2004
THE LATEST entry into a dysfunction-filled world is a T-shirt being promoted by Planned Parenthood and currently offered for sale at its Web site, on which is printed "I had an abortion. " Planned Parenthood notes that the shirt is "intended to confront and subvert the sense of shame surrounding abortion that has been so deliberately created by the anti-choice movement. 'I had an abortion' is a statement that breaks a silence . . . " For shame! What will be next in the parade, a T-shirt for men, proudly proclaiming to the public, "I knocked someone up!"
December 18, 2003
MICHELLE Malkin's Dec. 8 column, "Planned Parenthood's Privileged Predators," utterly and irresponsibly misrepresents Planned Parenthood and www.teenwire.com, our award-winning health Web site for young people. Planned Parenthood, the medical community and the majority of Americans agree that young people need medically accurate, age-appropriate health information. We lag tragically behind other developed nations in ensuring that our young people have the information and services they need to prevent pregnancy and protect their health.
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 21, 2003 |
The scale of poverty and suffering in Kenya is difficult for most American health-care workers to imagine. So when Kenyan gynecologist Solomon Orero was in Bucks County recently to discuss his work combating unsafe abortion and AIDS, he stressed commonalities, as well as differences, between his Eastern African homeland and the United States. For example, Kenyan teenagers, like American adolescents, tend to dismiss their parents' warnings about the dangers of sexual activity.
November 15, 2002 |
Residents trying to shut down an abortion clinic appeared to suffer a final defeat this week when the state Supreme Court rejected their last appeal in a three-year struggle. "When the Supreme Court rules, there may be something else we can think of [to continue the case], but I can't think of what it would be," said lawyer James Owens, who represents 25 Warminster residents who oppose the clinic. The one-sentence order dismissing Owens' appeal was decided Wednesday and made public yesterday.
September 4, 2002 |
Ever since he brought Berel home from the hospital, Andrew Altman has never felt like anything but a real dad. It was Altman who quit his job as deputy director of the Clean Air Council to stay home with his son. He was the one who got up in the middle of the night for feedings, and who took Berel to Rittenhouse Square to play on the statue of the goat. But when Berel developed a respiratory infection and had to spend a couple of nights at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Altman's paternity came into question - because he is gay. Though Altman was the full-time parent, it was his partner, Leon Chudzinski, who had adopted Berel.
April 25, 2002 |
Wendy Witzel, 39, changed clothes five times that morning and kept redoing her makeup. She remembered to take the gift she had made, a wall-hanging with dried flowers. Her partner, Teresa Smith, 40, took along the biggest stuffed purple Barney that the Sicklerville couple could find. "We just didn't want to blow this," she said. On that July day last year, Smith and Witzel were about to adopt a baby. But first, they had to meet and be approved by the birth mother. A yes, and they would finally be parents after three years of trying.