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February 5, 2002
WHY THE fuss about the Bush administration changing the word "fetus" to "unborn child" so low-income women can be eligible for prenatal care (editorial Feb. 4)? NOW stands for National Organization for Women, right? Planned Parenthood's name implies that it would be in favor of anything that would help parents. So why aren't they happy about the proposed new regulation thay will do something for women who are pregnant? Let me suggest it is because NOW never was for women; it has always been for abortion.
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April 24, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AMAN WHO beat up his pregnant girlfriend in an argument about a toilet seat claimed to be the victim of a robbery when cops found him last weekend, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. Now that man, Marley Aris, is facing charges of assault on an unborn child, aggravated assault and false identification to law-enforcement authorities for the alleged incident Saturday night. About 11:30 p.m., police received an anonymous call about a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on Hampden Road near Ludlow Street in Upper Darby.
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December 12, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County man pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder of an unborn child - a seldom-used charge - in a Chester County crash last year in which a pregnant woman was injured. Remington Simmons, 30, of Boothwyn, who also pleaded guilty in Chester County Court to driving under the influence, was sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in state prison. Simmons' attorney and the prosecution negotiated the plea agreement. Prosecutor Jonathan Harrar called the sentence "a just result.
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June 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When officers found Andrea McQueen in a snowbank at the scene of a car crash in March, the Coatesville woman was calling out the same words again and again: "My baby. My baby. " Only after police searched along the Chester County road did they realize a child hadn't been ejected from the woman's vehicle. McQueen, who survived the crash, was screaming for the baby she had been carrying for 27 weeks and two days. The driver who hit McQueen while allegedly driving drunk at 113 m.p.h., Remington Simmons, now faces a charge several prosecutors said was rarely used by their offices: murder of an unborn child.
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April 3, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
M OMENTS after a Philadelphia jury on Monday found him guilty of the first-degree murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Tyrell Hart quoted Scripture, thanked God and opined that his victim was in a better place. "It may seem like I lost. But actually, I won because before I came here, I was a lost soul," Hart, 22, said before being led away to begin serving a life sentence without parole. The Common Pleas Court jury of eight women and four men convicted him of the fatal Oct. 14, 2009, shooting of Selene Raynor, 21. The jury also found him guilty of third-degree murder in the death of the couple's unborn child.
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January 3, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
DESTINY - that would have been her name - died inside Jennifer Pennington's womb after the woman was shot in the face near a stone bridge in Fairmount Park in 2005. Harold Murray IV, 36, of Philadelphia, was one of three men charged in the revenge-murder case that originated in Montgomery County. He received a death-penalty sentence for killing Pennington and her unborn child. Prosecutors, according to local news accounts after the verdict, said the "death-penalty verdict for the murder of the unborn child sends a strong message about the importance of human life in Montgomery County.
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August 20, 1992 | By Timothy Cornell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Richard Greist stabbed his pregnant wife to death, then mutilated her unborn baby and stabbed out the eye of his daughter in East Coventry in 1978, everyone agreed he had gone insane. Now, 14 years later, Greist's lawyer is petitioning the state Superior Court to set him free, contending that he is no longer dangerous. It used to be that courts could keep someone like Greist - acquitted of the grisly crime by reason of insanity - confined indefinitely, so long as a judge found him severely mentally disabled.
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June 18, 2004 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During his closing argument yesterday, the prosecutor in Matthew Eshbach's triple-murder trial used a clock to count down the minutes during which, he said, Eshbach sat by idly as one victim was choked to death. Eshbach's defense attorney focused on a blow-up of an autopsy photo, arguing that the location of neck bruises pointed to the culpability of Eshbach's codefendant, Michael McGrory. After four days of testimony, Chester County Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez turned the case over to the jury of seven men and five women at 5:10 p.m. They continued to deliberate last night.
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June 6, 1996 | By Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A South Philadelphia bartender who was drunk when he slammed into a stalled car in Camden County early one late-summer 1994 morning and killed a pregnant woman was found guilty yesterday by a Camden County jury of reckless manslaughter. Angelo Auddino Jr., 30, a bartender and waiter at LaVigna Restaurant on Front Street, could be sentenced to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction when he returns to Camden County Superior Court on July 12. The jury heard almost a week of testimony and then deliberated about six hours before finding Auddino guilty of manslaughter and three counts of assault by automobile.
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June 17, 2004 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tensions escalated and tempers flared yesterday on day three of the capital murder trial of Matthew Eshbach, who is charged with the homicides of a Pottstown couple and their unborn child. One defense witness invoked the Fifth Amendment, refusing to testify, and a second insisted that he could not recall a statement he gave to an investigator less than a week ago. His memory lapse prompted defense attorney Christian J. Hoey to insinuate dirty tricks on the part of the prosecution, rousing indignation from Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll.
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April 19, 2016
ISSUE | ABORTION Right of the unborn is primary concern In his commentary about Pennsylvania House Bill 1948, which would ban most second-trimester abortions and many others, David S. Cohen wrote: "When a woman goes to a doctor for an abortion, she has the moral and constitutional right to have the doctor determine the most medically sound method of treating her" ("Problematic abortion bill," Wednesday). How can the killing of an unborn child be a "medically" sound treatment? The "inviolate relationship between a patient and her doctor" is trumped by the inviolate right of the unborn to life.
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December 12, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County man pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder of an unborn child - a seldom-used charge - in a Chester County crash last year in which a pregnant woman was injured. Remington Simmons, 30, of Boothwyn, who also pleaded guilty in Chester County Court to driving under the influence, was sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in state prison. Simmons' attorney and the prosecution negotiated the plea agreement. Prosecutor Jonathan Harrar called the sentence "a just result.
NEWS
December 9, 2015
ISSUE | ABORTION It's a human life No one reading Johanna Schoen's commentary ("Clinic attack is domestic terrorism," Thursday) can disagree that violent attacks on organizations such as Planned Parenthood are anything but brutal and inexcusable. Violence is violence, and murder is murder, no matter who commits it. We can also agree that some of the rhetoric opposing abortion providers can incite such violence by disturbed individuals. What I find disingenuous and appalling is Schoen's comment that a fetus is not a baby.
NEWS
August 21, 2015
I HAD A FORMER "anchor baby" in my office the other day. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's that almost mythical creature like the unicorn, the sweet-tempered feminist or the heterosexual Boy Scout leader: a child who will allow his illegal alien parents to become citizens before you can say "God bless America. " That child, now in his teens, was born in the United States and therefore became a citizen at birth. This didn't much help his parents, who worked long and hard and paid massive fines to become documented.
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August 17, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A JURY YESTERDAY convicted a 22-year-old South Philly man of first-degree murder for fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend. The panel also convicted Aaron Fitzpatrick of third-degree murder in the death of Tiffany Gillespie's unborn child and of weapon offenses. It acquitted him on a first-degree murder charge on the unborn baby. On Feb. 16, 2012, Fitzpatrick shot Gillespie, 24, in the back of her head in the basement of her home on Mildred Street near Ritner in South Philly. She was about five months' pregnant.
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August 10, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
AARON FITZPATRICK had more to be angry about than the claims that he was the father of Tiffany Gillespie's unborn child. In the days before Gillespie, 24, was killed, she sent Fitzpatrick several texts, requesting drugs and threatening to kill him, according to a statement Fitzpatrick gave investigators on Feb. 16, 2012. The texts were ticking him off, he said. "She said I was going to die at the end of the week," Fitzpatrick said. The statement was read in court yesterday by homicide Detective John Harkins during Fitzpatrick's murder trial.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THE PROSECUTOR in Aaron Fitzpatrick's murder trial began her opening statement yesterday by describing the case as unusual. Just nine hours after Fitzpatrick, 22, allegedly shot his girlfriend in the back of her head in her South Philadelphia home, he went to the police and confessed to her murder, Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore told a Common Pleas jury. His girlfriend, Tiffany Gillespie, 24, was five months' pregnant. Her unborn child died shortly after Gillespie was shot.
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis Whalen, the SWAT officer who was injured Wednesday in a shootout that left a murder suspect dead, has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of a preliminary investigation, police said. Whalen, a 17-year veteran, was part of a tactical team that stormed a Northeast Philadelphia apartment in the 800 block of Riverside Drive on Wednesday morning in search of Devon Guisherd, 27. Guisherd was wanted on two counts of homicide in the September 2014 shooting death of Megan Doto, 25, and her unborn child.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For nearly a year, Maryann Doto waited for police to catch the man who killed her daughter. In September, Megan Doto, 25, a pregnant mother of two, was hit in the head by a stray bullet as she sat outside her house in Frankford. The bullet also claimed the life of her infant daughter, Nicoletta, who was delivered by C-section and died the next morning. For months, the suspect in the killings remained at large - until Wednesday morning, when he was killed in a Northeast Philadelphia apartment in a shootout with SWAT officers who were there to arrest him. "I don't wish death on anyone," Doto said Wednesday, but she said she had been "praying for this day. " A $40,000 reward was offered in Megan Doto's death, and police identified a suspect within days: Devon Guisherd, 27, a neighborhood man who went on the run soon after the shooting.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN THE WAKE of Sunday morning's shooting in Frankford that left 25-year-old Megan Doto and her unborn daughter dead, a question remained yesterday: Who is the heartless bastard who viciously sprayed gunfire down Griscom Street at noontime, not caring who or what was in its path? "I can't believe somebody could be so evil," the victim's sister, Stephanie Doto, 27, said yesterday. "Not only did they take my sister away, they took my niece, and I feel bad for her kids. . . . She was a goodhearted person, and we can only hope, my whole family, that we find out who did this to her. " As Doto's family struggled to come to grips with the deaths of Doto and her infant daughter - who was delivered by emergency C-section Sunday after the shooting but died early yesterday morning - police announced a $40,000 reward for tips and implored neighbors to help get the killer off the street.
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