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.
December 12, 2015 |
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.
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.
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.
August 17, 2015 |
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.
August 10, 2015 |
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.
August 7, 2015 |
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.
July 26, 2015 |
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.
July 24, 2015 |
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.
September 17, 2014 |
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.