October 26, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - President Obama, seeking to shore up support among women, intensified his pressure Thursday on Mitt Romney to break any ties with a Republican Senate candidate who said that if a woman becomes pregnant from rape, it is "something God intended. " Romney ignored the emotional social issue, holding to an optimistic campaign tone as he fought for victory in crucial Ohio. Obama, wrapping up a 40-hour battleground state blitz, also headed to his hometown of Chicago and cast his ballot 12 days before Election Day. The stopover was more than a photo opportunity - it was a high-profile attempt to boost turnout in early voting, a centerpiece of his strategy.
September 28, 2012 |
A pregnant woman who says she lost her baby after police zapped her with a stun gun seven times outside her North Philadelphia home in 2010 filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit this week against the city and three police officers involved in the incident. Naimah Jones, 35, is suing for assault and battery, false arrest, malicious prosecution and emotional distress. The incident occurred Nov. 27, 2010, when Jones, en route to her parents' house to celebrate Thanksgiving, stopped home to grab some luggage.
September 14, 2012 |
This week's new DVD releases offer everything from historic battles to dinosaurs. For Greater Glory, Grade B-minus: Andy Garcia stars in this story of a Mexican war over religious freedom. Director Dean Wright faced a major hurdle in putting together his epic feature. It wasn't enough that he had to create interesting characters to carry moviegoers through the story of Mexico's Cristero War of the 1920s. He also realized many moviegoers will have no knowledge of this conflict. Wright had to provide enough explanation for the film to be understood, but not so much that he bored those already aware of this dark period.
August 30, 2012 |
Maybe Tom Smith just wanted us to remember his name. Or realize he's the Pennsylvania Republican running for the U.S. Senate. Or perhaps he's jealous of headline-hogging Todd Akin, that Missouri master of creative obstetrics, and wanted his own moment in the sun and on this paper's front page. In any event, Smith finally made news Monday by comparing unintended pregnancy to rape. Specifically, his daughter's unintended pregnancy to rape, after a Harrisburg press luncheon in front of a group of reporters.
August 30, 2012
Last week a new mother brought her 5-day-old daughter in for a routine health-care visit. "How old are you?" I asked. "Sixteen," she answered, embarrassed. This case was anything but routine. Some good news. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has dipped to its lowest recorded level since 1976, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a 40 percent decline from 1990 to 2008. Break open the champagne. But don't raise our almost $10 billion glass of bubbly yet (the estimated cost to the nation of teen childbearing)
July 31, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Arizona's ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy will take effect this week as scheduled after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new law is constitutional. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg said the statute may prompt a few pregnant women who are considering abortion to make the decision earlier. But he said the law is constitutional because it does not prohibit women from making the decision to end their pregnancies. He also wrote that the state had provided "substantial and well-documented" evidence that a fetus has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion by at least 20 weeks.
April 12, 2012 |
ATLANTA - The world's largest aquarium is expecting the pitter patter of giant fins. The Georgia Aquarium has a rare beluga whale pregnancy, the first mammal to conceive at the downtown Atlanta attraction since it opened in 2005. The whale, Maris, got pregnant without artificial insemination, which is rare for belugas in captivity. Maris, whose midsection is bulging, is being monitored round-the-clock as she gets closer to the end of her 14-month pregnancy. She is expected to give birth by June to a calf that could be up to 50 pounds.
February 29, 2012 |
The New York Post is reporting that "the universe's collective IQ should prepare to drop a few points," because Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi "is indeed pregnant. " Not that she's confirming. The Jersey Shore star recently denied pregnancy rumors to Kelly Ripa, Good Morning America and the rest of the nation because she "has plans to bankroll" her mommydom, the Post asserts in a story teased on the front page as "Jersey Spore. " The announcement is planned for a cover of US Weekly, the Post says.
February 8, 2012
Students at Shippensburg University can get the "morning-after" pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine, an idea that has drawn the attention of federal authorities and raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be. The student health center at Shippensburg, a secluded Pennsylvania public institution of 8,300 students tucked between mountain ridges in the Cumberland Valley, provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive in...
February 2, 2012 |
Snooki's "most scandalous bombshell ever" is apparently untrue. No meatball in the oven, so to speak. Nicole Polizzi, unmarried star of Jersey Shore is denying a report by Star Magazine that she confided in friends and family that she's expecting and would make an announcement soon. Boyfriend Jionni LaValle was said to be the baby daddy. Besides an unnamed source, so-called evidence cited her mentions on Facebook that "I feel sick" followed by a tweet, "Late night craving . . . yogurt hits the fricken spot!"