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January 18, 2013
As we get ready to celebrate the swearing in of President Barack Obama for a second term, it is a time to talk about our hopes for the country. I would like to see President Obama submit a budget to Congress that does not include restrictions on coverage of abortion care. Even if we don't personally agree with abortion, we can agree it is unfair to pressure a woman over her decision about whether to end a pregnancy just because she has government-funded health insurance. Decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child are better left to a woman and her family in consultation with her health care provider.
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Valerie Bonk and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Taking months off from work and everyday responsibilities is something no one is ready for - especially a mother preparing for a new addition to her family. This is the situation Ellicott City resident Joannie Reisfeld found herself thrown into when she was placed on bed rest for two and a half months before the birth of her son, Zach. “I was used to being in charge of laundry and food, and you have to give up control at that point, and that can be very frustrating,” says Reisfeld, who delivered her now healthy 24-year-old son 10 weeks early at only 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
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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.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Stacy Keibler's baby has arrived ! The Baltimore native and TV star gave birth to a girl, Ava Grace Pobre, Wednesday, according to her website. She gave birth in her home. Husband "Jared [Pobre] and I have been blessed with the new love of our lives," Keibler wrote in a brief post.  "We've never experienced a level of joy and happiness like this before!" she wrote. "Thank you so much for all of the special wishes and positive energy. " Keibler posted a beautiful reflection on pregnancy the day before she gave birth.  "This has been a time for reflection and introspection, to rest and rediscover - to learn, grow and evolve.
BUSINESS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
An Annapolis medical practice will pay $22,500 to a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because she was pregnant. Officials for Annapolis Internal Medicine said Tuesday they agreed to the payment to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on behalf of the employee. Jonathan P. Kagan, an attorney for Annapolis Internal Medicine, said the doctors decided to settle rather than bear the expense of defending it at trial. The doctors deny any wrongdoing, he said.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | December 3, 2012
The world is abuzz about the pregnancy of the Dutchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, which some publications report likely had to reveal the news after being hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum.  But what exactly is hyperemesis gravidarum? The condition is so rare that Robert O. Atlas, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, questioned at first whether reports were correct that she had the illness.  He said it is a syndrome that inflicts less than 1 percent of pregnant women.
NEWS
November 18, 2009
The Baltimore City Council approved a measure Monday night that would require crisis pregnancy centers that do not provide referrals to abortion or birth control to post a disclaimer. The bill, which is opposed by anti-abortion groups, would affect four city centers that offer counseling, prenatal care and baby clothes to pregnant women. An amendment that would have forced abortion clinics to also post disclaimers was not approved. The measure is slated for a final vote before being submitted to the mayor.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Maybe it's time we change the name of the birth control pill. What Rush Limbaugh doesn't understand is that women are not always about men. The so-called "pill" has been out for over 50 years now, and we aren't going to give it up. It changed our lives. We are in control, and it's not always about not getting pregnant. It really should be called "the regulator," or perhaps the "health pill. " There are many benefits for going on this course of medicine. We can control our periods (something men don't understand)
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | January 13, 2014
Three MTV series that chronicle the tough and sometimes troubled lives of teen moms contributed to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births, or one-third the total decline, according to a new study. The study by researchers from the University of Maryland and Wellesley College also found that Internet searches and tweets about birth control and abortion spike when "16 and Pregnant," "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" air. The reductions occcured between June 2009, when the first show aired, and the end of 2010.
NEWS
June 5, 1995
Military academies are no place for students shouldering the responsibilities of parenthood. The demands are simply too great.Taxpayers subsidize the education of the men and women attending these military institutions with the understanding that they will single-mindedly prepare themselves for a career defending the nation. All three service academies prohibit students with dependents, and that is the way it should stay.This said, the U.S. Naval Academy's policy of immediate dismissal of any midshipman who becomes pregnant or causes a pregnancy requires rethinking.
NEWS
By Pooja Singal, Adi Rattner and Meghana Desale | July 16, 2014
As physicians in training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are deeply concerned about the consequences that Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will have on our ability to provide comprehensive, quality health care to our patients. Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, coverage for four specific forms of contraception may be denied to women employed by closely held corporations, which represent thousands of American businesses employing millions of American women. The forms of birth control that can now legally be withheld from insurance plans include intrauterine devices (IUDs, both hormonal and non-hormonal)
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
An Annapolis medical practice will pay $22,500 to a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because she was pregnant. Officials for Annapolis Internal Medicine said Tuesday they agreed to the payment to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on behalf of the employee. Jonathan P. Kagan, an attorney for Annapolis Internal Medicine, said the doctors decided to settle rather than bear the expense of defending it at trial. The doctors deny any wrongdoing, he said.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
When Trena Williams was charged last fall with first-degree murder and held without bail, she was four months pregnant. Behind bars, inmates get prenatal care. So when the charges were later reduced to accessory after the fact and she was released on home detention, Circuit Judge Stephen J. Sfekas ordered Williams, 29, to receive prenatal care as one of the conditions of her release. But even after she'd given birth to a healthy baby girl, prosecutors wanted proof that Williams had received care during her pregnancy, threatening her with jail time if she didn't comply.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Regarding William Smith's recent letter stating that an embryo is not a person, and that only religious "wing-nuts" believe otherwise, if you take a cell from a human embryo and perform a DNA test on it the test will say it is human, not that it is "almost human" ("More anti-abortion 'wing-nut' nonsense," Feb. 2). This scientific truth did not exist 6,000 years ago when the first words of Genesis were passed onto future generations, and was not known in 1973, when the Supreme Court declared abortion legal and unrestricted.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | January 13, 2014
Three MTV series that chronicle the tough and sometimes troubled lives of teen moms contributed to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births, or one-third the total decline, according to a new study. The study by researchers from the University of Maryland and Wellesley College also found that Internet searches and tweets about birth control and abortion spike when "16 and Pregnant," "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" air. The reductions occcured between June 2009, when the first show aired, and the end of 2010.
NEWS
By GEORGE F. WILL | March 18, 1993
Begin here: In 1990 nearly 10 percent of Baltimore girls aged 15 to 17, almost all unmarried, gave birth. That is why in 1993 the city is embarking on a program to make Norplant, a long-term (five-year) contraceptive implant, available to teen-age girls at school clinics and elsewhere.The case against the program can be put concisely: By substituting chemical protection for moral restraint, it sends a message of resignation regarding behavior once considered deviant and reprehensible but now redefined, in the name of ''realism,'' as normal.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | April 9, 2012
Middle-aged Hollywood stars and their newborns may make it seem like a fountain of youth has been discovered for women's fertility. But researchers at Yale University School of Medicine  say these stars may be giving women the wrong perception.  Many women don't realize the consequences of delaying motherhood, the researchers found in a study published in the recent issue of Fertility & Sterility . They have unrealistic expectations...
NEWS
October 4, 2013
Calendar Wellness programs: Howard County General Hospital will offer the following classes in October. Unless otherwise listed all classes will be held in the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Information: hcgh.org or 410-740-7601. •Advance directives. Understand what they are, who needs them, how to get them and how to complete them from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. •Self defense class for children ages 8 to 12. Learn the basic self defense techniques from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Cost $27. •Prenatal class for early pregnancy.
NEWS
September 13, 2013
Hal and Chuck Donofrio deserve the praise they received for their innovative media program to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy ("Abstinence with an attitude," Sept. 9). Their efforts began with an ideologically bipartisan effort of state legislators. Two pro-life lawmakers, state Sen. Frank Kelly and Del. Timothy Maloney, joined two pro-choice members, Sen, Catherine Riley and myself, to advocate for increased funding for family planning and counseling services, expanded adoption efforts and a television ad campaign that tells teens "it's OK to say no. " Nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly signed our letter to former Gov. Harry Hughes urging him to fund an "historic legislative budget request.
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