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By Sandy Banisky | November 1, 1990
Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who has pledged to veto legislation that restricts the right to abortion, and Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., a longtime advocate of abortion rights, yesterday won the endorsement of Choice PAC, a group dedicated to electing candidates who favor keeping abortion legal.Since its formation in May, Choice PAC has raised about $40,000 for legislative candidates who support abortion rights. This week, the group decided to make endorsements in the governor's and attorney general's races as well.
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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 Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 10, 1990
ANNAPOLIS -- Saying the Maryland Senate is still one vote shy of the number needed to shut down an anti-abortion filibuster, a major abortion-rights group endorsed 15 candidates yesterday for election to the General Assembly Nov. 6.Abortion-rights candidates won several big victories -- including wins in four hard-fought Senate races -- in the September primary. But Karyn Strickler, head of the Maryland affiliate of the National Abortion Rights Action League, said abortion-rights backers still need to elect two sympathetic senators to guarantee the 32 votes needed to cut off a filibuster.
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July 13, 2013
Your recent editorial spoke about a new "truth-in-advertising" law requiring pregnancy centers to post signage regarding a specific service they will not provide, namely abortion ("Signs of abortion rights," July 11). When was the last time you promoted your business by stating the services you will not provide? Ironically, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, is not required to explicitly state that it provides abortion services. Its name implies that it helps people become parents, but its practice is to prevent parenthood, either through contraception or through abortion.
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By Sandy Banisky | November 7, 1990
Abortion-rights activists, who had been hoping for several big victories, instead were stunned by losses in the Maryland House and Senate last night, though they retained majorities in both houses.Despite the defeats -- including some in districts they had considered safe -- the advocates of legal abortion said they thought they still would have the votes for passage of an abortion-rights bill in the next legislative session. The task, however, probably will not be as simple as they had hoped.
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By Peter Honey and Kerry O'Rourke and Peter Honey and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writers | April 6, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Film stars, politicians and civil rights activists led an estimated half-million abortion-rights demonstrators through a sunny but blustery Washington yesterday in a massive rally that organizers hoped would propel the issue to the forefront of presidential and congressional campaigns."
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Washington Bureau | July 1, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Bill Clinton took his strongest stand on the abortion issue yesterday, saying his nominees to the Supreme Court and his running mate would have to support abortion rights.Though he claimed he doesn't like "litmus" tests for judicial nominees, the Democratic presidential candidate warned it would take only "one more Clarence Thomas" to strike down a woman's constitutional right to end her pregnancy.Justice Thomas, President Bush's most recent appointment to the court, joined three other justices Monday in urging that Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision making abortion a constitutional right, be overturned.
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By Sandy Banisky | September 13, 1990
TCThough they won four big victories in Tuesday's primaries, abortion-rights activists say they'll have to survive November's general election before they can declare the Senate filibuster-proof on the abortion issue.Abortion-rights groups need 32 votes -- two-thirds of the Senate -- to cut off extended debate like the eight-day filibuster that led to the death of an abortion-rights bill last March. In that parliamentary battle, sponsors of the abortion bill fell one vote shy of breaking the filibuster and forcing a vote on their bill.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | January 6, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- 1990 began with lobbying on the abortion issue, followed by filibustering on the abortion issue and ending with campaigning on the abortion issue. And now, after all that, the General Assembly convenes to find it still hasn't settled the most emotional question on any recent agenda.But this year, says Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's, things will be different. This time, he says, there will be no contentious filibuster, no surprises, no unresolved debates.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | July 21, 1991
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An insurgent group of Republicans dedicated to inserting abortion-rights language into the 1992 platform convened yesterday to plot state-by-state strategies."
NEWS
July 9, 2013
Across the country, abortion rights opponents have been vigorously pushing new laws at the state and local level to restrict women's reproductive health rights. This month's ongoing fight in Texas - with an anti-abortion bill pending in a special session of the state legislature - is just one of the more high-profile battlegrounds. In the first six months of 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute, states have enacted 106 provisions related to abortion, the funding of family planning services and sex education.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 1, 2013
When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"? Why not? Maybe it's because whatever you think of abortion, the right to have one is not synonymous with a woman's health. But don't tell that to the liberal group Think Progress. On Twitter, it recently teased some shocking news: "Why 2013 is shaping up to be the worst year for woman's [sic] health in modern history. " When I followed to the linked story, there was nothing about a spike in cervical or breast cancer rates.
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April 13, 2013
Of course, I agree with The Sun's general comments in the editorial regarding the Johns Hopkins Student Government Association's overturning of the decision to deny recognition to Voice for Life, a pro-life group ("Hopkins students get it right, at last," April 11). However, your spin on the story, where you claim that young women fear that they could be harassed by this group, is typically outrageous. You further state that any challenge to abortion rights is a personal affront to young women and their control over their bodies.
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April 10, 2013
The bright young people in student government at the Johns Hopkins University no doubt pride themselves on their openness to a diversity of views and their commitment to the free exchange of ideas. That's why the school's Student Government Association's Judiciary Committee was right to overturn the student Senate's decision to deny official recognition to a student-led anti-abortion group. It's on just such contentious issues as abortion that vigorous public discussion and a healthy respect for the views of others are most needed, and we hope that's the lesson Hopkins' student government will ultimately draw from this imbroglio.
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Susan Reimer | November 12, 2012
Thanks to Susan Reimer ("Women voters fend off the Neanderthals," Nov. 8) for reminding me that I am in the Neanderthal-Barbarian Party. Her recent rant shows how it is more important for her to feel safe in the doctor's exam room than to "kick start this economy. " All the other issues, in her mind, pale in comparison to making sure any woman can get an abortion. I agree with abortion rights, but not at the expense of our economy, our military strength, our standing in the world and ensuring the U.S. will be here for another 236 years.
NEWS
August 1, 2012
There has always been something truly unseemly about the desire of conservatives in Congress to assert their control over the residents of the District of Columbia. Not only because it represents a white and male-dominated culture forcing its values on a city of more than 617,000 (more than half of whom are black and an even higher percentage female), but it runs so blatantly counter to the GOP's alleged preference for a hands-off federal government. Tuesday's vote by the House of Representatives over a proposed ban on abortion for all District women after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even those who are the victims of rape and incest, surely represents a new low for this plantation mentality.
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By Cox News Service | April 4, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The struggle over abortion rights returns to the streets of the nation's capital this weekend as activists on both sides gear up for showdowns in the Supreme Court and Congress.A "Freedom of Choice" rally tomorrow will be "the largest demonstration and march this city has ever seen," said Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).She said the abortion-rights demonstration would attract five to 10 times as many protesters as the 70,000 anti-abortion activists who marched on the Capitol earlier this year.
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By Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | January 19, 1991
Assembly panel backs Maurer as treasurerState Treasurer Lucille Maurer passed a major hurdle in retaining her position yesterday when the General Assembly's Special Joint Committee on Selection of the State Treasurer voted to recommend her for a four-year term.The committee made its decision in favor of Mrs. Maurer, former Montgomery County delegate, after interviewing her and several other candidates, among them a former treasurer for the state of Maine. The state treasurer's annual salary is $100,000.
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
February 1, 2012
Few organizations have done more for women's healththan both Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a leading supporter of breast-cancer treatment and research, and Planned Parenthood, the country's top reproductive health care provider and advocate. To see the two organizations now at war is not only upsetting to many women's health supporters but all the more tragic because it's so unnecessary. The most charitable interpretation of events would suggest that Komen was duped by anti-abortion advocates into cutting off support for breast exams at Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country.
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