February 22, 2013
Petula Dvorak's Feb. 15 Metro column, " Woman loses her life and then her privacy after abortion ," missed the mark. I am a big advocate of privacy. But I am a bigger advocate of honesty about how abortion is not always the easy and safe surgery proponents make it out to be. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2011 that at least 400 women died between 1972 and 2006 as a result of legal abortion in the United States (a conservative estimate because it doesn't take into account the many states, including...
August 28, 2012 |
Mitt Romney describes abortion as an issue more relevant to the legal system than the presidential election. "This is a matter in the courts," the Republican candidate told CBS News on Monday. "It's been settled for some time in the courts. " But the current campaign is replete with evidence that abortion remains a vibrant political issue. Candidates and outside groups have poured at least $16.8 million into abortion-related advertising during the 2012 cycle, more than two-thirds of which has come from the Obama campaign and its...
June 25, 2013 |
Last week, the House passed the most restrictive abortion bill to come to a vote in Congress in the past decade. Despite the efforts of Democrats and a few moderate Republicans who spoke out against the unconstitutional bill, which bans almost all abortions after 20 weeks, it passed 228 to 196. This is only the latest blow in the GOP's all-out assault on women's reproductive rights. Republican leadership considered the bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, an "appropriate" response to...
March 8, 2008
The teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that "abortion is a serious sin" is based on the moral principle that abortion is the wrongful taking of a human life. The church cannot "permit" exceptions to moral principle. The two instances of "indirect abortion," uterine cancer and ectopic pregnancy, that Paul Surlis referred to in his March 4 letter are instances in which the church recognizes the validity of prudent decisions to save the life of the mother when the survival of mother and child is not possible.
April 2, 2008 |
Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.'s endorsement of Barack Obama last week -- "I believe in this guy like I've never believed in a candidate in my life" -- recalled another dramatic moment in Democratic politics. In the summer of 1992, as Bill Clinton solidified his control over the Democratic Party, Robert P. Casey Sr., the senator's father, was banned from speaking to the Democratic convention for the heresy of being pro-life. The elder Casey (now deceased) was then the governor of Pennsylvania -- one of the most prominent elected Democrats in the country.
November 12, 2009 |
It was initially reported as just another Washington compromise, a backroom bargain that brought health-care reform back from the brink. It also turned out to be a ticking time bomb. Nancy Pelosi was a few votes short, so she won over conservative and moderate Democrats -- 64 of them, to be precise -- with language that restricts abortion funding under Obamacare. The amendment, offered by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, bans abortion coverage in any public-option plan and -- this is the key point -- any private plan that accepts...