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By Christine Adams | September 17, 2012
Sensing, perhaps, that they are losing the public relations battle after Senate candidate Todd Akin's forehead-slapping views on "legitimate rape" and the female body's magical ability to guard against pregnancy, Republicans are trying now to focus on the "real" issues of the economy and jobs, which play to businessman Mitt Romney's strengths, rather than the "side issue" of reproductive rights. Birth control and abortion were non-topics at the recent Republican convention. The GOP argument, in the words of Florida attorney general Pat Bondi, is that women don't care about a party's stance on women's reproductive health: "What women care about are jobs, the economy, the unemployment rate.
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July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
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By Nancy C. Lineman | January 22, 2002
THIS WEEK - whether they know it or not - the pro-choice women of America are celebrating the 29th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case that granted women the right to choose safe, legal abortion. They celebrate their freedom, their right to make personal decisions without governmental interference and their ability to control their own lives. We celebrate because we no longer have to take our friends - or go by ourselves - to back alleys to access reproductive health care services.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
The owners of the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby have a right to their religious beliefs. So do their 28,000 employees. And the citizens of the United States also have a right to a government that protects their health and welfare. Yet these interests don't necessarily align, and it's now up to the U.S. Supreme Court to sort out which rights take precedence. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments in two cases Tuesday (one involving Hobby Lobby, the other a Pennsylvania-based kitchen cabinet maker)
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS | December 14, 2002
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is pressing its opposition to abortion rights overseas by trying to strip references to reproductive health care from a 1994 international population-control agreement, according to activists on both sides of the issue. State Department officials attending a United Nations conference yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand, urged delegates of more than 30 nations to remove the terms "reproductive rights" and "reproductive health services" from the agreement, which established reproductive health care as a means to stem population growth, observers said.
NEWS
July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
We are all accustomed to hypocritical politicians but state Sen. Andy Harris's comment about the proposed Ground Zero mosque ".....that does not mean you should practice your religion without a sense of respect for others" - truly takes the cake. Over the years Mr. Harris devoted a great deal of energy in Annapolis to trying to legislate the imposition of his religious beliefs, particularly his opposition to reproductive rights, on all of the rest of us. Vote Kratovil. Monica Brandes, Towson
NEWS
January 9, 1995
In Maryland and elsewhere, Planned Parenthood has served as a lightning rod for reproductive rights. When Jim Guest came to Planned Parenthood of Maryland five years ago, the challenges facing the organization were largely political. On the national scene, there were worries among abortion rights advocates that the Supreme Court might overturn Roe vs. Wade, putting abortion rights in jeopardy. In Maryland, abortion debates tied the legislature in knots virtually every year.Now, as Mr. Guest leaves the organization for new challenges, the political issues have receded and others have taken their place.
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By CARMEN BARROSO | January 2, 2006
A struggle for sexual and reproductive rights for women is taking place throughout Latin America - in the courts, in parliaments and in councils of government. And the course of that struggle could be significantly affected by the next appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court and a host of U.S. policies aimed at restricting reproductive rights at home and abroad. Colombia's draconian anti-abortion law, which prohibits the procedure without any exceptions, is being challenged by an international women's rights group.
NEWS
January 14, 1992
When Faye Wattleton took the helm at Planned Parenthood in 1978, the organization was a white-gloved charity. In the 14 years since, it has grown in stature and scope -- into a vital political force with a powerful lobbying presence in Washington, strong grass-roots support and an extensive program of litigation.Ms. Wattleton, who announced her resignation last week, gets the credit. The first black and the first woman to head Planned Parenthood, she came to the task with a vision inspired by founder Margaret Sanger, who saw reproductive rights as universal and inalienable.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 2, 2014
President Clinton? Maybe, if Democratic voters have their way. While the Republican faithful are split between a number of contenders and not particularly enthusiastic about any of them, a new poll finds Democrats overwhelmingly united behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy for 2016. A commanding 82 percent of the party, according to the CBS News/New York Times poll, wants to see her run. It is, of course, way too early to be taking polls seriously. But perhaps an observer can nevertheless be forgiven for being heartened at the prospect of a Clinton campaign, much less a Clinton victory.
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.
NEWS
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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Susan Reimer | December 17, 2012
I have no expectation that the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School will move this nation and its leaders toward any kind of meaningful gun control. I understand why, and I empathize. Those who believe in the sanctity of the Second Amendment will again feel under siege in the days ahead, and they will instinctively close ranks against the angry and often uninformed rancor that will be unleashed against them. And they will hold firm against the smallest contraction of their right to buy and use guns of any kind and ammunition in any volume.
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By Christine Adams | September 17, 2012
Sensing, perhaps, that they are losing the public relations battle after Senate candidate Todd Akin's forehead-slapping views on "legitimate rape" and the female body's magical ability to guard against pregnancy, Republicans are trying now to focus on the "real" issues of the economy and jobs, which play to businessman Mitt Romney's strengths, rather than the "side issue" of reproductive rights. Birth control and abortion were non-topics at the recent Republican convention. The GOP argument, in the words of Florida attorney general Pat Bondi, is that women don't care about a party's stance on women's reproductive health: "What women care about are jobs, the economy, the unemployment rate.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 7, 2012
To reach the Convention Center, you must first walk the gauntlet of dead baby parts. It's one of the newer and more gruesome tactics in the fight over reproductive choice, protesters hoisting large color placards depicting aborted fetuses torn in chunks as a group of men preaches an unending sermon on the evils of abortion. As rhetorical tactics go, it is a bludgeon. The street preachers have other things on their minds, too: Muslims are bad, homosexuals are worse, and if you vote Democrat, you're going to hell in the fast lane.
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By Cynthia Tucker | May 23, 2005
ATLANTA - The hard-edged movement to roll back reproductive rights has dominated discussion of abortion in recent years - and for good reason. Abortion politics drives elections and is a powerful current rippling beneath the ongoing confrontation over President Bush's judicial nominees. But the focus on the absolutists around abortion has obscured one of the most heartening developments in American politics in recent years: Thoughtful leaders are beginning to coalesce around a movement to make abortion - in former President Bill Clinton's formulation - "safe, legal and rare."
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By CYNTHIA TUCKER | January 23, 2006
ATLANTA -- If President Bush gets his way, the Supreme Court will vacate Roe v. Wade even before Mr. Bush vacates the White House. With the expected confirmation of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. - and depending on the vote of the moderately conservative Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - the right to a legal abortion could be struck down, leaving states to decide whether to keep abortion legal. Two years ago, the Center for Reproductive Rights estimated that 30 states would declare abortions illegal within a year of a high court decision overturning Roe. That makes it all the more important that progressives unite in a campaign to persuade sexually active Americans to use contraceptives.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
For those who missed it, the National Rifle Association's top executive got worked up into a full lather at the group's annual conference this weekend in St. Louis. Wayne LaPierre's ire was aimed at the "sensational" coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing - although he didn't mention either the victim or the shooter by name. The NRA's beef is essentially this: Lots of people are getting killed every day without nearly so much mainstream media coverage. Why so much attention to this particular case?
NEWS
August 18, 2010
We are all accustomed to hypocritical politicians but state Sen. Andy Harris's comment about the proposed Ground Zero mosque ".....that does not mean you should practice your religion without a sense of respect for others" - truly takes the cake. Over the years Mr. Harris devoted a great deal of energy in Annapolis to trying to legislate the imposition of his religious beliefs, particularly his opposition to reproductive rights, on all of the rest of us. Vote Kratovil. Monica Brandes, Towson
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