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Kennedy, Catholic Church, and Politics of Compromise

US Representative Patrick Kennedy's confrontation with Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin over abortion and health-care reform has soaked up quite a bit of ink.
Reform Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 20, 2009

Kennedy vs. the Catholic Church

Last week, Congressman Patrick Kennedy took the Catholic Church to task for opposing health reform that fails to include an explicit ban on federal funding for abortion. And he was right to do it.
Opinion Dept.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 30, 2009

Compassionate or coercive?

The election of Barack Obama has inspired dread among pro-lifers nationwide. But for the Rhode Island wing of the movement, the anxiety goes back quite a bit farther.
Pro-life pregnancy counselors say they are offering women hope, but critics see manipulation
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 18, 2009

Tormenting Teddy

After 32 years in the US Senate, Ted Kennedy remains a force to be reckoned with, both for his legendary family history and his considerable accomplishments.
Republicans threaten Kennedy reign
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 28, 2009

Abortion is a blessing

Abortion is dominating the headlines — and giving new resonance to the radically pro-choice gospel of Katherine Ragsdale, dean of Cambridge's Episcopal Divinity School.
Pro-choice provocateur: Meet Cambridge divinity dean Katherine Ragsdale
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 05, 2009

Save it for the next one

If you had to come up with his name, you could always Google “governors, irrelevant.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 08, 2007


“A” list

Long-time abortion rights advocate Mary Ann Sorrentino didn’t write The A Word to change anyone’s pro-life stance.
Mary Ann Sorrentino on the right to choose
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 14, 2007

The constant fight for reproductive rights

One church in South Dakota held round-the-clock prayer vigils, asking God to keep that state’s toughest-ever law criminalizing abortions.
Your choice
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 15, 2006

Can Bush be beaten?

This article originally appeared in the November 15, 1991 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
It won’t be easy, but here’s one scenario for a Democratic victory
By JOHN KELLER  |  November 14, 2006

After South Dakota

On the eve of the midterm elections, one church in South Dakota held round-the-clock prayer vigils imploring God to keep the state’s toughest-ever law criminalizing abortions on the books.
Abortion battles  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  November 14, 2006

Fallout from the war

I was just reading this distinguished political dissertation in which the Christian Civic League of Maine was described as “a mixture of monstrous chaos and genetic disaster, a phantasmagoric potpourri of crossbred animals, nomadic minerals, virtuous veg
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 12, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, June 23, 2006

Al Diamon calls Bill Slavick’s position on abortion “wishy-washy”; I would call it nuanced.
A reader fires back on Al Diamon's June 2 column regarding Bill Slavick's stand on abortion.

Hard sell

Over the past eight months, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (who wants to be governor) has methodically distanced herself from her boss and fellow Republican, Governor Mitt Romney (who wants to be president).
Kerry Healey says she’s a social moderate. Should we believe her?
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 10, 2006

Quotes + numbers, March 10, 2006

“To His Holiness, Benedict XVI” Inscription (translated from Italian) on the back of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2GB iPod Nano, given to him by Vatican Radio employees.
Pope pod and abortion in South Dakota
By  |  March 08, 2006


Olympia Snowe would protect me, I thought. I continued to believe that right up until January 31, when she voted to support George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Did Maine’s US senators betray women during the recent battles for the Supreme Court bench?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  March 02, 2006

Republicans, large and small

Going into the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito Jr., prevailing wisdom held that the acid test would be abortion rights.
Bush, Alito, Abramoff ... and Healey
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL  |  February 27, 2006

A beautiful lie

In an era when “conservative” can mean favoring federal deficits and government intrusion into private lives, and “liberal” has become synonymous with support for states’ rights and opposition to activist judges, terms like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” h
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 09, 2006

Chafee protects his liberal flank

US Senator Linc Chafee — in the ideological hot seat, as always — had to make another tough strategic decision, deciding to vote against confirming Judge Samuel Alito.
His vote against Alito is better late than never
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 01, 2006