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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
State health officials have suspended surgical abortion procedures at three clinics, including one in Baltimore where a patient suffered cardiac arrest and later died at a hospital. The physician who performed the abortion at Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC on North Calvert Street wasn't certified in CPR and a defibrillator at the facility did not work, state officials said in a letter Friday to the General Assembly. Although the cardiac arrest was caused by underlying health conditions and not the abortion, investigators found that it raised questions whether doctors at the clinic can handle an abortion that goes wrong.
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By Michael Dresser | September 15, 2014
Posing a challenge to Republican Larry Hogan, the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women has asked candidates for governor to explain their positions on a series of women's health issues. NOW made a formal request Monday that Hogan, Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown and Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn answer five questions on abortion and contraceptive services. The questions pose little difficulty for Brown because he has already taken positions largely in accord with NOW's stands.
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NEWS
February 1, 2011
If the city of Baltimore and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake truly care about the health, safety and welfare of women, they will discontinue their appeal of the judgment regarding the constitutionality of the crisis pregnancy center regulation ( "Judge rules pregnancy center ordinance unconstitutional," Jan. 28) and instead strive to enact the thoughtful recommendations made by the Philadelphia grand jury in response to the case of the "Women's Medical Society" in Philadelphia, where Dr. Kermit Gosnell and nine others have been charged with murder after decades of performing illegal late-term abortions in squalid conditions.
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By Jonah Goldberg | February 3, 2014
Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, owes her political stardom to two things: a pair of pink sneakers and her unstinting support for a woman's right to terminate a late-term pregnancy in a substandard clinic. Yay Feminism! Last year, Davis led an 11-hour filibuster -- that's where the sneakers came in handy -- to block legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do. This was all going on against the backdrop of the sensational Kermit Gosnell case in Pennsylvania.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer TaNoah V. Sterling contributed to this article | August 3, 1994
In an article in yesterday's editions of The Sun, the location of the Baltimore Women's Medical Center was incorrect. It is located on Belair Road in Baltimore County. Also, the story incorrectly characterized the Planned Parenthood of Maryland's women's health centers in Towson and Owings Mills. Those two centers do not perform abortions.The Sun regrets the errors.As federal marshals are being assigned to protect abortion clinics across the nation, officials at some Maryland clinics are concerned about possible violence -- but say they already have security measures to protect patients and employees.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | August 8, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh, reacting to complaints that he is playing politics with violence at abortion clinics, declared yesterday that the government will enforce a judge's orders to protect two Kansas clinics even though it thinks the judge had no power to act.As long as U.S. District Judge Patrick Kelly's order forbidding anti-abortion demonstrators from blockading the clinics remains in force, Mr. Thornburgh said, "we are...
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 17, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Three Supreme Court justices who hold "swing" votes on abortion asked seemingly troubled questions yesterday about the impact on civil rights if abortion clinics lose the protection of federal law against Operation Rescue blockades.Those three -- Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony M. Kennedy and David H. Souter -- took an active part in a one-hour hearing on a case that could have a major effect on the nationwide campaign to stop abortion by shutting down clinics.Remarks or questions by those three justices made it appear that they were concerned that a ruling against the clinics could have widening repercussions, perhaps limiting federal protection in general when individuals exercising a federal right face a massive demonstration by opposing forces.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau | January 14, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court stripped abortion clinics yesterday of most of the protection of federal civil rights law, including the key part used repeatedly against blockades designed to shut them down.It was a sweeping victory for the most militant elements of the anti-abortion movement and for the Bush administration in its final week in office.Accepting fully the arguments made by Operation Rescue, with the administration's backing, the court may have gone further than at any time in the 20-year history of abortion rights to remove federal protection for those exercising that right -- a right that the court partly reaffirmed in June.
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By Nelson Schwartz and Nelson Schwartz,Contributing Writer | February 4, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Blockading abortion clinics -- a tactic frequently used by abortion foes in the last decade -- would become a federal crime under a bill proposed yesterday by Maryland Rep. Constance A. Morella.If passed, the bill would overturn the effect of the Supreme Court decision last month banning the use of a Reconstruction-era civil rights law to protect abortion facilities.Without the federal statute, clinics must now rely on a patchwork of state and local codes to stay open in the face of blockades, rather than the more effective federal protection.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2004
A proposal to license and regulate clinics that perform abortions in Maryland appears all but dead in the legislature this year, according to a sponsor of the bill now before the state Senate. Sen. Andrew P. Harris, a Baltimore County Republican and anesthesiologist, said that while he believes he has the six votes needed to win passage of his bill in the Education, Health and Environment Committee, he does not believe the committee's chairwoman, Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, will consider it. "I don't think it will appear on any more vote lists," Harris said yesterday.
NEWS
By Brian Griffiths | January 30, 2014
The O'Malley administration made it a priority to protect the rights of those who have committed heinous crimes, been judged by a jury of their peers and sentenced to the ultimate punishment that can be levied against them. Why is protecting those who have been convicted and judged a higher priority than those who have yet to even be born? Last week during his final State of the State Address, Gov. Martin O'Malley made an interesting comment. He said: "Along the way, we have come together, time and again, to protect the dignity of every Marylander.
NEWS
October 9, 2013
After his vote to shut down the government in order to defund the Affordable Care Act, House anarchist Rep. Andy Harris offered in an interview with WBAL-TV's Debra Weiner to donate his salary. When asked which organization would receive the donation, Mr. Harris designated the Crisis Pregnancy Center, which counsels pregnant women against having abortions. Centers like CPCs that qualify as medical clinics may provide services such as pregnancy testing and sonograms. But the vast majority are not licensed and provide no medical services.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
I am writing in response to a letter published by reader Ingrid Krause ( "Pregnancy centers should not hide agenda," July 29). Ms. Krause's letter illustrates the disturbing nature of the crisis pregnancy center sign legislation - the assumption that all pregnancy centers that do not offer abortion services must have the nefarious purpose of derailing an individual's choice to seek an abortion. Indeed, this assumption is so deep that it is not enough for a woman who enters a clinic to be verbally informed that she will not receive an abortion there.
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Marta H. Mossburg | July 16, 2013
It's not enough to tell a woman who enters a crisis pregnancy clinic in Baltimore City that she will not be able to have an abortion there. A center must post a sign to share the information - or at least that is what City Council members voted for in 2009. The law is on hold pending yet another court decision. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month rejected for technical reasons a previous decision that overturned the law on freedom of speech grounds, and sent the case back to lower court.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
A state panel restored the license of the doctor who is medical director of a group of abortion clinics accused by state regulators of putting women's health at risk, while the licenses of two other physicians who worked at the clinics remain suspended. The Maryland Board of Physicians this week reinstated the license of Dr. Mansour G. Panah of Associates in OB/GYN Care, saying that evidence he presented at a hearing showed that he poses "no imminent danger to public health or safety.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The state suspended the medical licenses of three doctors at abortion clinics accused by state regulators of putting women's health at risk — including one case in which a woman died. The suspensions include Dr. Mansour G. Panah, the medical director of Associates in OB/GYN Care, who has been disciplined by the state three times before, including incidents in the 1980s and 1990s when he had unwanted sexual contact with patients. The Maryland Board of Physicians also suspended the licenses of Dr. Iris E. Dominy and Dr. Michael A. Basco, citing violations of the state's new abortion regulations at Associates in OB/GYN Care, which runs four facilities in the state.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
When there are disasters there are always great opportunities created. Case in point: We have abortion clinics that are so badly managed that even the abortionists refuse to ply their trade. The shuttering of the obstetrics unit at Maryland General Hospital due to so few babies being born, ironically because so many pregnancies are being terminated in our inner city, presents a perfect jobs opportunity. The state should just shut down Planned Parenthood and the other abortion providers and mandate that all abortions be performed by a licensed hospital facility, where women will be safe if their abortion is botched.
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