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Susan Reimer | April 11, 2011
There is a Planned Parenthood office in my neighborhood, and on most Saturday mornings a small group gathers outside and reads from the Bible and prays loud enough so that those in the passing cars can hear them. They are there not just to spread God's word, I suspect, but to intimidate women seeking the health services inside that building, whether it be an abortion, a Pap smear or an inexpensive packet of birth control pills. Though I respect their right to demonstrate and to preach, just the sight of them on Saturday mornings rankles me. That's because I came of age as a young woman at a time when it was illegal for me to use birth control because I was not married, and my outrage at that paternalism has never left me. That is why I see any attempt in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood in the way that I do: Not just an attack on a woman's right to an abortion, but an attack on a woman's right to decide for herself what is best.
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By Matt Bowman | June 23, 2014
What if any time a citizen spoke at a city council meeting to oppose a policy, the city could later order the citizen to go to court, produce all his private emails, and be interrogated by the city's lawyer? That would be a great policy … if your goal was to suppress citizen participation in the democratic process and let corrupt government officials do whatever they want because the people are too afraid to watch over Big Brother's shoulder. Yet that is what the city of Baltimore is trying to do right now to non-profit organizations that oppose abortion - and that are not even located in Baltimore or Maryland.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | September 10, 1991
ALBANY, Calif. -- Police have arrested two anti-abortion protesters on pornography charges for displaying gruesome photographs of aborted fetuses at a community festival.A San Francisco Bay Area civil liberties lawyer called the arrest a "disturbing" attempt at censorship."This is speech on a very important political topic, and for the government to suppress it under the guise of controlling pornography is truly disturbing," Margaret Crosby of the American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday.
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February 2, 2014
I always have a good laugh when you run your "Red Maryland" column, and the most recent exercise in pointless drivel was no exception ( "To help children, start in the womb," Jan. 31). First of all, just to state a simple yet obvious fact that seems to elude some people: an embryo is not a person and no amount of wishing it is so will make it true. A baby is born when it draws its first breath. In fact, the Bible (which these right wing ignoramuses always reference, but none of them seems to bother to read or understand)
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 17, 1996
WASHINGTON -- It took everyone in the Supreme Court chamber yesterday less than a minute to get an idea of what was at stake in a case involving the rights of anti-abortion protesters to deliver their message up close.Jay Alan Sekulow, the lawyer for those seeking a constitutional right to get within persuading distance of patients and doctors outside clinics, began his presentation in a loud, enthusiastic voice.Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist toned him down: "We can hear you quite well if you lower your voice."
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 9, 1995
In Houston, Donald Treshman made his name as an anti-abortion militant by organizing invasions of medical offices, staging blockades of abortion clinics and rummaging through trash bins outside women's medical centers in a search for patients' names.Now he's operating his anti-abortion organization Rescue America from a small rented house in Northeast Baltimore, still devoted to the tactics that he says helped slow what he calls a "holocaust at killing sites" in Houston."We've done the most damage to the abortion industry," said Mr. Treshman, whose group was among those found liable in Houston last year for more than $1 million in damages.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | December 17, 1999
DES MOINES -- Perhaps Texas Gov. George W. Bush's most touchy moment in the Republican presidential debate here the other night came when former Reagan administration official Gary Bauer asked him a simple question: Would he pledge, if nominated, to select an anti-abortion running mate?It was a clear litmus test of the anti-abortion front-runner in a state where abortion foes are said to hold strong influence in the Republican Party, and whose support is being zealously sought -- particularly by Mr. Bauer.
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By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2003
Abortion-rights legislators warned yesterday that they are ready to fend off any changes to Maryland's abortion laws after hearing about anti-abortion lawmakers' preliminary plans for legislation. At an organizational meeting this week, a coalition of about 30 legislators discussed the possibility of legislation to tighten the state's parental notification law, which gives doctors the discretion not to inform the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. The group is also considering attempting to remove from the budget public funding for abortion in certain cases and proposing a bill to ban late-term abortions.
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By EDITORIAL | January 27, 1993
President Clinton's orders reversing many of the Reagan-Bush decrees on abortion are what elections are all about. The voters chose a president committed to abortion rights, and one of his first acts in office was to sweep away anti-abortion regulations affecting everything from federally financed medical research to free speech for family planning clinics to the restoration of U.S. leadership in international family planning efforts. In a nice piece of symbolism, the orders were signed on the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing abortion.
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By CARL ROWAN | June 26, 1991
After reading crucial sections of Louisiana's new anti-abortion law, I found myself asking how the men who voted for this measure could be so domineeringly cruel to women.I wondered especially how they could craft a draconian piece of legislation that treats so meanly female victims of rape and incest.I found the answer in a New York Times article about Sam Houston Theriot, the 36-year-old legislator who led the successful crusade to override Gov. Buddy Roemer's veto of the anti-abortion bill.
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May 10, 2013
Whether you are pro-choice or anti-choice, the fact remains that if a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy, she will find a way to do it ("After Gosnell, Md. should rethink late-term abortion," May 8). Filthy, unethical "clinics," such as the one run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, are becoming more commonplace, unfortunately, as local legislatures continue to pass laws that make running a legal clinic just about impossible. That, coupled with so-called "prayer groups" harassing clinics and threats to the doctors' lives and lives of their families are making even early abortions hard to get and resulting in desperate women turning to places like Dr. Gosnell's.
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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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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2013
Anti-abortion activists at the Johns Hopkins University who had fought to form an official club have been fully recognized, clearing the way for them to use the institution's logo and raise cash on campus. The university announced Wednesday that an earlier decision by the Student Government Association to block the group, Voice for Life, was reversed by a panel of student judges. The issue has set off a storm of debate over free speech and whether anti-abortion "sidewalk counseling" constitutes harassment at the private university.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
A group of students at the Johns Hopkins University is reviving a campus anti-abortion group that members say will perform "sidewalk counseling" - attempting to discourage pregnant women entering clinics from going through with the procedure. But critics worry that the tactics of Voice for Life will harm the vulnerable women the group says it is trying to help. On Tuesday, a panel of undergraduates will review a decision by the Hopkins Student Government Association to deny recognition to the group.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A Baltimore County Council member has withdrawn a controversial bill that sought to bar protests near public and private schools in the county — a measure that drew wide criticism from organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the county teachers union and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, a national anti-abortion organization. Councilman Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican, said Tuesday he has asked county attorneys to pull the bill so he could sit down with the teachers' union and "try to see how we can work through this issue, and see what their thought process is" in opposing it. Huff's measure would have barred protests within 300 feet of schools in Baltimore County during the hour before and after school, and while classes are in session.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Anti-abortion advocates will gather at 10 a.m. Monday outside the Maryland State Police Headquarters in Pikesville to publicly discuss a $385,000 settlement involving both parties. The activists and their attorneys will discuss details of the case, which they say include a requirement that all state troopers receive additional training. The activists' federal lawsuit was over the August 2008 arrests of 18 protesters with Baltimore-based Defend Life during a Bel Air rally.
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February 20, 1991
It took two legislative sessions, an emotionally divisive filibuster and a strong statement from voters last fall to persuade the Maryland General Assembly that the time had come to bring the state's abortion law into conformity with the Supreme Court's 1973 landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. As a result, women in Maryland will continue to have the right to decide for themselves in the early stages of pregnancy whether to have an abortion.Gov. William Donald Schaefer put his signature on the bill just 35 minutes after the 84-52 House vote.
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By Robert Timberg and Robert Timberg,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1994
Anti-abortion forces in the Maryland House are working to undo the Senate's decision to lift restrictions on state-financed abortions for poor women -- a move that places the Schaefer administration's entire welfare reform bill in jeopardy.Led by influential Prince George's Democrat Timothy F. Maloney, anti-abortion delegates and others are moving to strip a major provision from the bill, a statewide ban on additional payments to mothers who have more children while on the welfare rolls.Senate leaders reacted to developments in the House by warning that if the legislation is changed along the lines under discussion yesterday, welfare reform may well be dead for the year.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2012
As Maryland State Police disbanded an anti-abortion rally along a crowded road near the center of Bel Air, a sergeant told a colleague that the 18 arrested protesters could "sit in a cell for an hour ... and two or three or four and rot. " The same trooper, during another conversation from the Bel Air barracks, said of the group holding signs depicting gruesome images of aborted fetuses, "I am about ready to tell them to get the hell out of this...
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March 22, 2012
Ouch! Apparently the truth hurts, as evidenced by the visceral reaction to last week's "Doonesbury" cartoons. The strip dealt honestly and pulled no punches about the utter hypocrisy and lack of morals of the so-called "right to life" zealots. They're upset that Gary Trudeau dared to utter the truth about anti-abortion fanatics - that they don't so much hate abortion as they hate women, especially women who refuse to live their lives barefoot, pregnant and chained to a stove.
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