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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | February 26, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Ending the first abortion-related skirmish of the 105th Congress, the Senate approved President Clinton's request yesterday for early release of $385 million in international family-planning funds.The 53-46 Senate vote clears the measure for Clinton's signature."This is a victory for women, children and families all over the world," said the White House press secretary, Mike McCurry.The money had been in limbo because anti-abortion lawmakers were concerned that the United States was supporting population-control groups that promoted abortion overseas.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
When the new six-screen, 752-seat cinema opens in mid-November in the Sun Valley Shopping Center in Glen Burnie, it will be the second theater in the community operated by the same man. Ira Miller, president of Sun Valley Movie Theaters Inc., also owns Marley Station Movies in Glen Burnie. The Sun Valley 6, which will show first-run discounted movies, is under construction as part of the remodeling of the center at the intersection of Mountain Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.
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February 20, 2011
Within the next several days, legislation to cut the Title X (ten) family planning grant program will be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. As pediatricians and adolescent health specialists, we are very concerned about the repercussions of this legislation on the health of our population. In our primary care clinic, Title X ensures that all of our patients regardless of insurance status receive reproductive healthcare. Recently, for instance, follow-up care provided a 21-year-old (financed by Title X because she had aged out of Medicaid eligibility)
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June 20, 2013
In his recent op-ed ("Religious freedom under threat at home," June 16), Archbishop William E. Lori makes reference to the erosion of religious freedom. But I would ask his excellency to speak plainly: the threat to religious freedom to which he alludes is the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that Catholic-run hospitals, schools and charities provide family planning services to their employees. The employees themselves do not have to be Catholic to work in these institutions, nor is their mission primarily religious, but the archbishop wishes to use religious "freedom" to constrain their choices as to what type of health care they can receive.
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By Peter H. Kostmayer | July 26, 1991
FOUR decades ago, George Bush learned a political lesson he refuses to forget.The year was 1950, and the future president's father, Prescott Bush, was in a neck-and-neck U.S. Senate race in Connecticut. As the campaign entered its final days, disaster struck: Press reports disclosed that the senior Bush was a supporter of Planned Parenthood, causing an uproar among conservative voters. Prescott Bush lost the election by barely one-tenth of a percent of the vote. By all accounts, the birth-control issue cost him the election.
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By Ellen Goodman | January 19, 2007
BOSTON -- Do you worry that things are getting too touchy-feely on the home front? Are you afraid that the plea for common ground is becoming the all-too-common wisdom? Do you wonder if the culture warriors are becoming pacifists? Cynics, take heart. We offer you advance word from the troops preparing for the annual March for Life marking the 34th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on Monday. The parade's theme this year is: "Thou Shalt Protect the Equal Right to Life of Each Innocent Human in Existence at Fertilization.
NEWS
February 11, 1996
THE FEDERAL budget debacle has handed right-wing ideologues a victory long denied them in the normal legislative process. Faced with escalating pressure to re-open the government last month, Congress and the White House agreed to a foreign aid budget that imposes cuts and restrictions that could disrupt family planning efforts around the world.The result also shows the true colors of the small House band who stymied attempts at compromise. These people, led by Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) are known for their ardent opposition to abortion, legal or illegal.
NEWS
July 28, 1996
IN WAGING war against abortion, House Republicans have crippled foreign aid for family planning for the current budget year. Unless the Senate approach prevails in conference, they may succeed in doing the same for next year's appropriations. On Friday the Senate approved a foreign aid appropriations bill without the crippling restrictions on family planning imposed by the House.Few things are more important to the health and longevity of childbearing women in the Third World than access to good reproductive health care and reliable contraceptives.
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By Amy Tsui | September 26, 2010
Today, on World Contraception Day, the Surya clinic in Patna city in the Indian state of Bihar will, as always, be full of women, their children and their travel companions, waiting to see the doctors for family planning services. The female doctors are young, many recent graduates of the medical colleges, and sometimes pairing up to counsel clients on contraceptive methods. The government of India has accredited this private clinic run by the Janani network so that women opting for birth control pills, a 10-year IUD, or a three-month injectable contraceptive pay nothing.
NEWS
May 23, 1991
Supreme Court today upheld a government ban on abortion counseling at 4,000 federally subsidized family planning clinics nationwide. The 5-4 decision said the ban, contained in regulations issued by the Reagan administration in 1988, does not violate free-speech rights or women's right to end their pregnancies. The family planning program, enacted in 1970 by Congress as Title X of the Public Health Service Act, funds clinics serving over 4 million low-income women each year.
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June 19, 2013
Two-thirds of American voters support Roe v. Wade. Women overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, the Republican who wanted to de-fund Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe. Public approval of Congress is at or near its lowest level ever recorded, and public overall has an even worse opinion of the GOP than of Democrats. So naturally with all these facts in mind, it was time for the House Republicans to band together to pass legislation that restricts women's right to choose in a manner that is not only patently unconstitutional but has no chance of passage in the Senate whatsoever.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
Dr. Frances H. Trimble, a gynecologist who had been medical director of Planned Parenthood of Maryland for nearly three decades, died Friday of pneumonia at Roland Park Place. She was 94. "She took Planned Parenthood from a highly criticized small organization at the time and made it into a force," said Dr. J. Courtland Robinson, who succeeded Dr. Trimble as medical director. "It was about women's rights and contraception, and she gave it the medical leadership to make it go. And it grew into a large, large organization.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2011
Nearly 35,000 low-income women in the state are now eligible for free pregnancy counseling, contraception and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast cancer under a program that starts at the beginning of the year. Lawmakers and health officials announced Monday that women with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line — or $22,000 per year for a single woman — can gain access to the free family planning services beginning Jan. 1. The program was made possible by the Family Planning Works Act, legislation enacted during the last General Assembly session.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 17, 2011
Dr. Margaret P. "Peg" Brian, a retired Baltimore obstetrician-gynecologist, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Sacramento, Calif. The longtime Riderwood resident was 98. A daughter of a businessman and an artist, Margaret Paxson was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1931. After graduating from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., in 1935, she earned her medical degree in 1939 from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 8, 2011
Two issues that Republicans in Congress claim to care a great deal about are lowering the national deficit and reducing abortions. As a means of achieving these goals, they are intent on eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood and its family planning services provided under the Title X program, which has been helping individuals and families of low to moderate income since 1970. If Republicans are successful in excluding these funds from the final federal budget l, the results would most likely be the opposite of conservative's goals.
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By Connie Morella | March 23, 2011
From my 16 years of experience serving as a Republican congresswoman, I recognize the fact that our country is facing major economic difficulties. I also believe that today's times necessitate pragmatic approaches and sound policy that will help us fix our economy and create jobs — not partisan political tactics that defy common sense and are a threat to Americans' well-being. I cannot stand with my party leadership in their dual attempts to undermine women's health by eliminating the Title X national family planning program and prohibiting federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
NEWS
March 1, 1997
THANKS to a 53-46 vote in the U.S. Senate, foreign aid funds for family planning programs will not be subjected to a punitive and administratively wasteful delay, as last year. That is good news for families around the world that depend on these programs for contraceptives and reproductive health care.U.S. law has long prohibited the use of aid funds for abortions, and abortion is illegal in most countries that receive family planning aid. That hasn't stopped abortion opponents from opposing programs that help families space their children far enough apart to give infants a better chance of survival and mothers a better chance of preserving their health.
NEWS
June 7, 1991
Two decades ago, as U.S. representative to the Unite Nations, George Bush understood the family planning obstacles facing women in this country and abroad. Abortion was then illegal in most states, and contraceptives were available to only to women who could afford private physicians. Poor women had to rely on clinics and hospitals that were forbidden to discuss contraceptives. As a result, poor women usually had many children, adding a heavy economic burden to their families. In the international arena, Bush also understood the need for development assistance that included family planning -- otherwise, poor countries would be hard-pressed to keep up with the needs of a burgeoning population, much less attain a measure of self-sufficiency.
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By Peter Beilenson | February 24, 2011
Early Saturday morning, the House Republicans succeeded in passing a budget amendment stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood. While not as disastrous as the complete defunding of Title X (all federally funded family planning services) — which is desired by many of the tea partiers in Congress — these cuts, if allowed to go forward, would seriously diminish the ability of millions of American women to plan how they and their families lead their lives. As a physician who has worked in family planning clinics in one of the poorest cities and one of the wealthiest suburban counties in the country, I have treated young and middle-aged women of all income levels and all backgrounds.
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