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May 20, 2013
There are flagrant, undefined loopholes in Maryland's abortion law. That's what letter writer Jeffrey D. Meister, director of administration and legislation for Maryland Right to Life, would have us think ("Maryland has de factor abortion on demand," May 17). What do "health" and a minor's "best interests" mean under Maryland's abortion law? Their plain meaning is derived from an ordinary understanding of the words, most often found in a dictionary. That's the analysis favored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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NEWS
May 20, 2013
There are flagrant, undefined loopholes in Maryland's abortion law. That's what letter writer Jeffrey D. Meister, director of administration and legislation for Maryland Right to Life, would have us think ("Maryland has de factor abortion on demand," May 17). What do "health" and a minor's "best interests" mean under Maryland's abortion law? Their plain meaning is derived from an ordinary understanding of the words, most often found in a dictionary. That's the analysis favored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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NEWS
May 9, 2013
I write as someone who supports making reproductive choices available to all women, not as one of "those who support 'choice' at all costs," one of many misleading characterizations in Marta Mossburg's recent commentary ("After Gosnell, Md. should rethink late-term abortion," May 8). "Abortion is virtually available on demand throughout a pregnancy," she asserts. Under Maryland law, if the fetus is viable, an abortion may be performed only if "necessary to protect the life or health of the woman or if the fetus is affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.
NEWS
May 17, 2013
I read with interest Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg's critique of Marta Mossburg's interpretation of abortion law ("Mossburg wrong on Md. abortion law," May 9). Though the lawyer-politician has great knowledge and experience in many areas of Maryland law, his interpretation is not accurate here. In objecting to Ms. Mossburg's statement, "Abortion is virtually available on demand throughout a pregnancy," Mr. Rosenberg cites the specific abortion statute, noting that abortion is legally permissible when "necessary to protect the life or health of the woman or if the fetus is affected by genetic defect or severe deformity or abnormality.
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By Maria Santo | March 4, 2013
It is long past time to question the appalling intellectual dishonesty that has led us to kill 55 million children through abortion in the past 40 years. We must, as a matter of justice, find better solutions to difficult pregnancies. Civilized societies thrive through smart, creative, generous, life-giving and just solutions to their difficulties. Civilized societies do not kill children as a solution to any problem, no matter how grave. No society can claim to be just while legally killing its own children in the name of "choice.
NEWS
By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | October 30, 1992
Maryland's health secretary, joined by more than 100 doctors and Baltimore's health commissioner, yesterday urged approval of Question 6, the new abortion law that goes before the voters Tuesday."
NEWS
October 18, 1992
Following is the text of the abortion law passed by th Maryland legislature in 1991. Because the law was petitioned to referendum, voters will decide next month whether the law goes into effect or not. In the text, CAPITALS indicate matter added to existing law. [Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.By: Senators Blount, Pica, and BakerIntroduced and read first time: January 16, 1991Assigned to: Judicial ProceedingsCommittee Report: Favorable with amendmentsSenate action: Adopted with floor amendmentsRead second time: February 8, 1991CHAPTER 1AN ACT concerningAbortionFOR the purpose of revising certain statutory provisions relating to abortion; authorizing a physician to perform an abortion on an unmarried minor without notice to a parent or guardian of the minor if, in the professional judgment of the physician, the minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent or notice would not be in the best interest of the minor; prohibiting a physician from giving notice to a parent or guardian if the minor decides not to have the abortion; repealing a certain provision of law related to certain information that must be provided prior to an abortion; repealing certain provisions of law related to abortion referral services; CLARIFYING A PROVISION OF LAW RELATED TO REFERRAL SERVICES; requiring that an abortion be performed by a licensed physician; providing that the State may not interfere with the decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy if certain conditions...
NEWS
By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | October 2, 1992
Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon featured in commercials urging voters to reject a new abortion law, yesterday disavowed the ad -- saying he didn't realize he was making a political spot and wishes he hadn't."
NEWS
June 30, 1992
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. says his initial reading of the Supreme Court's abortion decision of yesterday upholding some Pennsylvania abortion laws is that it does not reinstate Maryland's 1968 abortion law. That's our reading, also.Maryland's law, which allows abortions only in hospitals and bans them there except in a limited number of circumstances, was made unenforceable by Roe vs. Wade.That 1973 Supreme Court decision said women have a broad and "fundamental" constitutional right to an abortion.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | October 30, 1992
Maryland's health secretary, joined by more than 100 doctors and Baltimore's health commissioner, yesterday urged approval of Question 6, the new abortion law that goes before the voters Tuesday."
NEWS
May 9, 2013
I write as someone who supports making reproductive choices available to all women, not as one of "those who support 'choice' at all costs," one of many misleading characterizations in Marta Mossburg's recent commentary ("After Gosnell, Md. should rethink late-term abortion," May 8). "Abortion is virtually available on demand throughout a pregnancy," she asserts. Under Maryland law, if the fetus is viable, an abortion may be performed only if "necessary to protect the life or health of the woman or if the fetus is affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
I would counter the headline on Maria Santo's criticism of pro-choice advocates ("Dishonesty underlies abortion law," March 5) with one of my own: "Extreme sanctimony underlies pro-life argument. " Anti-abortionists - please, can we call them what they really are? - can make a cogent argument for their cause, and I agree with them that "killing babies" is a crime. However, I find it ironic that the same folks who think it is reprehensible for a mother to abort a baby she can't afford, hasn't the skills to raise or simply can't abide how the child was conceived - rape, for instance - never offer any solutions to those problems.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Congratulations to Maria Santo for so eloquently stating the pro-life attitude toward the unconscionable killing of 55 million children over the past 40 years through abortions ("Dishonesty underlies abortion law," March 5). That it is a crime for a mother to kill her infant after its birth, but perfectly legal to kill the same child in the womb just doesn't make sense. The baby has no say in the mother's decision to exercise of her right to an abortion. The better solution is to choose life for the baby and then allow it to be adopted by a loving family.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Commentator Maria Santo's specious arguments for why everyone should be of the same mind about abortion only reinforces my conviction that the decision of whether to continue a pregnancy should be up to a woman and her doctor ("Dishonesty underlies abortion law," March 5). Ms. Santo's intellectually dishonest use of the word "child" in reference to the unborn is a poetic and linguistic ploy that paints everything with one long, obscuring brush stroke. We do not all agree that there is no difference between a fertilized egg, a fetus at six months and a two-year-old child.
NEWS
By Maria Santo | March 4, 2013
It is long past time to question the appalling intellectual dishonesty that has led us to kill 55 million children through abortion in the past 40 years. We must, as a matter of justice, find better solutions to difficult pregnancies. Civilized societies thrive through smart, creative, generous, life-giving and just solutions to their difficulties. Civilized societies do not kill children as a solution to any problem, no matter how grave. No society can claim to be just while legally killing its own children in the name of "choice.
NEWS
July 9, 2012
When opponents of Maryland's law granting in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants succeeded in petitioning the measure to referendum - a power long granted to the people under the state's constitution but one that was rarely used - Republicans gleefully promised that a new era was dawning. Convinced that the Democratic governor and General Assembly were routinely passing laws that were out of step with the views of most Marylanders, they pledged to make referenda a regular part of state governance.
NEWS
September 10, 1992
The Vote kNOw Coalition, leading the fight against an abortion-rights law on the November ballot, challenged the League of Women Voters yesterday to stop campaigning for the measure, saying the league's reputation as a source of fair information is at stake.League members said the organization, which abstains from endorsing political candidates or parties, routinely takes stands on important issues and doesn't intend to stop now."The league traditionally takes positions on issues it has studied," said Nancy Schneider, president of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
Letter writer John Rutkowski has a right to his views, but his comments on Gary Trudeau's comic strip were infuriating and disgusting ("Idiotic 'Doonesbury' strip on abortion insults readers," March 20). First, Mr. Trudeau's comic strips on the Texas abortion law were satirical, humorous and right on the mark. Would Mr. Rutkowski like a government-mandated, invasive "wanding" of his internal parts? I think not. Second, to compare Mr. Trudeau's wonderful artistic talent to Howard Stern's crude objectification and denigration of women is completely off the mark.
NEWS
March 12, 2012
Doonesbury fans may have a hard time finding their favorite strip this week, as some newspapers shy away from Garry Trudeau's hard-edged lampooning of a Texas abortion law. In a week-long series , Trudeau takes direct aim at the law, which requires women to have an ultrasound procedure before an abortion. For some papers, phrases such as "slut" and "10-inch shaming wand" were a bit too hard to take. The harshest bit of dialogue may be the day-four bit comparing a transvaginal sonogram to rape.
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