December 21, 1998 |
Sally Thacker McCormick, 69, of Yardley, a retired education director for a social service agency and an active volunteer for reproductive rights, died Tuesday at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township, Bucks County, after a battle against breast cancer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she was raised in Pasadena, Calif., where she was educated. She graduated from Smith College and got married in 1951. When she and her family moved to Bucks County from Florida in 1967, she became an active volunteer for the Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks County.
April 18, 2013 |
NOTED FEMINIST Gloria Steinem took the podium at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday night, addressing a crowd of 500 spanning four generations at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania's annual Spring Gathering. Steinem's talk came at a time when illegal-abortion doc Kermit Gosnell's trial is highlighting the uglier side of the abortion issue in Philadelphia, and as state legislators are considering measures to limit abortion access under future government-funded health-insurance plans.
June 27, 2016
Kathryn Kolbert argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 Supreme Court case that has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade In 1973 and the first years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade , abortion was legal, accessible in most states, and low-income women could pay for it with Medicaid. Today, there are more than 1,000 laws against abortion on the books nationwide and federal laws ban Medicaid and federal insurance or health plans from paying for it, affecting low-income Americans, government workers, and members of the military.
February 4, 2002
Last week, a new chapter in the war was announced - not by President Bush, but by Tommy Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services. Not the war in Afghanistan, but the domestic war over women's reproductive rights. Thompson announced that the Bush administration is changing the word fetus to "unborn child" so that low-income pregnant women can be eligible for prenatal care under CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program that benefits poor children. While we support extending health coverage to low-income pregnant women, this is a stunningly blatant attempt to ultimately criminalize abortion by attempting to confer rights to a fetus, which contradicts the Supreme Court's intent its original Roe v. Wade decision.
September 27, 2004
W IS FOR WOMEN, indeed. That may be what the campaign slogan says, but President George W. Bush certainly isn't for women exercising their rights to make their own medical decisions. From his very first business day in office, Bush made it clear that his moderate pose on reproductive rights during the 2000 campaign was a ruse. On Jan. 22, 2001, Bush reinstalled the "global gag rule," which denies U.S. aid to family planning programs abroad that, using their own funds, provide abortions, counseling or advocate for changes in abortion laws.
January 20, 2006
WITH ALL DUE respect to Mr. Alito, his past opinions on a wide range of issues - ranging from reproductive rights to the limits of presidential power - are alarming. Even more alarming is the fact that he stonewalled the Senate, refusing to answer legitimate questions that would have elucidated his current positions. With a White House running roughshod over civil rights and abusing the power of the executive branch, we cannot afford to have a Supreme Court justice who has shown so little regard for individual rights and separation of powers.
April 8, 2005
WHAT SUPPORTERS of reproductive rights need to remember is that with Republicans in charge of Congress and the White House, all reproductive choices are in jeopardy. Regaining control of the Senate means Democrats can stop extremist conservative activists from getting on the federal bench and ward off radical legislation without using the filibuster. A pro-choice Republican like Arlen Specter has no impact on his party's position on the issue. One or two anti-choice Democrats would have no net effect on the party position, but could allow the party to attract voters who agree on other issues but get hung up on the "choice thing.
December 31, 2012
By Darryl Lorenzo Wellington Fifty years ago this month, the black gay novelist James Baldwin penned his powerful essay "A Letter to My Nephew. " In it, he wrote: "You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being. " First published in the Progressive magazine and then reprinted in his book of essays The Fire Next Time , Baldwin's letter outlined what he called "the crux" of his dispute with America.
October 23, 1992 |
Both are women. Both have taught at West Chester University and both consider themselves advocates for women's rights. That, however, is where the similarities end when comparing the two candidates running for the 156th Legislative District seat in eastern Chester County. Democratic challenger Robin Garrett, 43, is a teacher of nursing who says her top priority, if elected, will be to overhaul a state government system that she believes has lost touch with the people. Republican State Rep. Elinor Taylor, 71, is a 16-year veteran of that system, someone who prides herself on knowing how the game in Harrisburg works and who is not shy about using her seniority.
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.