ANNAPOLIS — ABORTION
Latest Senate bill's restrictions faulted
Another abortion bill, this one sponsored by Senate leaders and supported by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's, was introduced yesterday -- and was immediately denounced by abortion-rights groups.
Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Clarence W. Blount,
D-Baltimore; Deputy Majority Leader John A. Pica Jr., D-Baltimore, and Sen. Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil, the chairman of the Judicial Proceedings panel, the bill would allow abortion until the time the fetus might be capable of surviving outside the womb.
But abortion-rights organizations strongly oppose a clause that would require a doctor to notify a parent before a minor has an abortion. The doctor could avoid parental notice if he or she believes the teen-ager might be in danger of parental abuse or if the doctor thinks the girl is mature enough to make an informed decision. Groups such as the Maryland affiliate of the National Abortion Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood say such parental-notice laws infringe on a teen-ager's right to safe health care.
Sun columnist Kumpa to be Senate historian
Peter Kumpa, an Evening Sun columnist, former Washington Bureau chief and foreign correspondent for The Sun in a 41-year career with the newspapers, was hired yesterday to become the press assistant and historian to the state Senate.
Mr. Kumpa, 64, will provide non-partisan advice to the 47-member Senate on media relations, help with press releases, begin the process of recording the proceedings of the Senate, and serve as the Senate's official historian, said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's. The longtime newspaperman will be paid $48,000 a year.
During his career at The Sun, Mr. Kumpa served as Washington Bureau chief from 1973 to 1975. He was the newspaper's chief foreign correspondent in London, and before that covered the Middle East, the Soviet Union, Vietnam and Hong Kong. At home, he covered Congress and political and national affairs, including many of the watershed events: the Army-McCarthy hearings in the 1950s; the Watergate era; and the Alabama civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.