Pennsylvania Woman Going to Jail Over Abortion Pills

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In cheery news from the western part of our great state, a 36-year-old mom has been sentenced to a year to 18 months in prison for providing her 16-year-old daughter with abortion pills she obtained illegally from Europe in an attempt to end the daughter’s unwanted pregnancy. The mom, who’s single, works as a nursing aide, and told the court there was no local abortion clinic available to her daughter (thanks, Governor Corbett), who had no health insurance (thanks again, Governor Corbett) to pay for an in-hospital abortion. The daughter ended up in the hospital anyway after the abortion pills induced severe cramping and bleeding.

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Q&A: Actress Emily Letts on the Reaction to Her Abortion Video

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Philadelphia actress Emily Letts had an abortion and filmed it for the Internet to see, as she has documented in her new Cosmopolitan essay. (For a parody of Letts’ abortion video, see this.) Here, she talks about her abortion video and the firestorm that it has created. Note: Letts works as a counselor at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center, which performs abortions. Read more »

Philly Actress Emily Letts Films Her Abortion for YouTube

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UPDATE: Emily Letts granted Philadelphia an interview about her abortion video. Read that interview here.

ORIGINAL:

Emily Letts is a Philadelphia actress who also works as a patient advocate at Cherry Hill Women’s Center, a facility that performs abortions. And when she recently underwent her own abortion, she decided to film it and put it up on YouTube for the world to see. (For a parody of that video, click here.) Read more »

Unlicensed Philadelphia Abortion ‘Doctor’ Gets 6 to 12 Years

Steven Massof, who testified against “House of Horrors” abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell last year, received a sentence of 6 to 12 years in state prison yesterday.

“I’m not here to make excuses. I’m here to take full responsibility for my actions and my inactions,” an emotional Massof, 51, said before being sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner.

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Interview: Why Abortion Rates Have Declined in Pennsylvania, America

Some interesting facts gleaned from this week’s Guttmacher Institute study of abortion rates around the United States: Pennsylvania women are slightly less likely to have an abortion than other women — the state reported 15.1 abortions for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, compared to a rate of 16.9 abortions for similar women in the country as a whole. The national rate was the lowest in more than 20 years of study.

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It may be, however, that Pennsyvlania women are allowing themselves to get pregnant less often than other women. After all, Pennsylvania women who do get pregnant end up delivering live births as often as women in the rest of the country—67 percent of the time. And the percentage of Pennsylvania pregnancies that end in abortion (17 percent) is barely distinguishable from the national number of 18 percent. So how to explain the lower rate? Sift through the math, and it’s easy to conclude: Pennsylvania women may be a little more fastidious about using contraception than most American women. The number of intended pregnancies here? Forty-five, for every 1,000 woman of reproductive age; the national number is 51

Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, talked with Philly Mag about the numbers, the policy lessons we can learn from the study, and the impact of Kermit Gosnell on abortion policy:

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