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NEWS
July 26, 2013
In the last paragraph of his reply ( "Pregnancy center signs are necessary," July 24) to Marta H. Mossburg's opinion article about the ridiculousness of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's legal crusade against crisis pregnancy centers, Baltimore City Solicitor George Nilson reveals what his agenda and that of Mayor Rawlings-Blake really is - "to eliminate this threat to public health. " From a physician's point of view, that's a pretty interesting way to describe the usually faith-based, free charitable care to women who face a true life crisis - a crisis that exists because the government-run social welfare system fails to provide the care (other than abortion)
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NEWS
July 23, 2013
In her recent commentary concerning Baltimore's pregnancy-center ordinance ("Free services? Some 'threat,'" July 17), Marta H. Mossburg overlooks key evidence relied on by the Baltimore City Council that pregnancy centers often engage in deceptive practices to lure women seeking contraception and abortion services to their facilities under false pretenses. This evidence included an online advertisement offering to provide women "considering abortion" with "medical services. " The advertisement used the term "abortion" six times, but it never once stated that the advertised centers did not provide abortion services or referrals.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Marta Mossburg's column, "Free services? Some 'threat,'" (July 17), trivialized the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy by comparing it to choosing between breakfast cereals. She also assumed that those who visit these so-called crisis pregnancy center to be poor black and Latino women and failed to explain the surplus budget at a so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Center" in Baltimore. Ms. Mossburg's commentary is filled with other misleading and incorrect information. Baltimore City Council was correct in 2009 when it voted to require these facilities to post signage stating that abortions and referrals are not part of their deceptive services.
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry
The Baltimore Sun
| July 18, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Spencer The following commentary by Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, was broadcast this morning on WYPR and was provided to Maryland Family by the medical center. For expectant mothers nearing their due date, those last few weeks of pregnancy are filled with anticipation, excitement, discomfort, and stress. With thoughts about family visiting, work issues, or even fear of a large baby, many mothers today try to have their babies early.
NEWS
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.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | June 27, 2013
Doctors who have been trying to stem the number of c-sections in recent years got good news this morning when new federal data showed that the rate of the procedure has started to level off. More women are also waiting longer in their pregnancy to have a c-section, the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The pattern changes could mean that efforts to improve perinatal care and reduce the number of non-medically necessary c-sections may be working.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | April 18, 2013
Fewer moms scheduled early deliveries when hospitals used a tool kit to promote full-term pregnancies, according to a research funded by the March of Dimes and others. Researchers looked at deliveries at 25 hospitals who used the tool kit and found that C-sections performed with no medical reason and inductions of labor fell 83 percent. The March of Dimes called the results promising. They said babies born before full-term are at increased risk for serious health problems.
NEWS
March 15, 2013
Thank you for publishing Maria Santo's piece on abortion ("Our society needs to find a solution other than abortion Jan. 22"). Our community suffers from the effects of abortion every day. Women are hurt by their past abortions, men suffer because they are powerless to help their unborn children, the "little ones" (fetus in Latin) never get to be held and loved or experience the beauty of nature, the thrill of sports, the love and sacrifice of marriage. We talk about "civility" in Howard County.
NEWS
Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
A popular "Downton Abbey" character died in childbirth from eclampsia in a storyline that shocked audiences. But what exactly is eclampsia, and does it kill modern-day moms? Barbara Deller, a nurse-midwife and senior maternal and newborn health adviser at Jhpiego, an international health non-profit organization and affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, fills us in on the illness. What is eclampsia and what kind of dangers does it pose to pregnant women? Eclampsia is a serious, potentially fatal complication of pregnancy in which the woman, usually after the 20th week of pregnancy, develops high blood pressure, protein in her urine (proteinuria)
NEWS
By Jenny Black | January 27, 2013
Forty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in every state in its historic Roe v. Wade decision. It affirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's ability to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Four decades later, a majority of Americans still agree with the high court that personal health care decisions should be left up to a woman. In poll after poll, the majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion in some or most cases.
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