September 4, 1972: Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern reiterates his position on abortion, saying the issue should remain a matter for state regulation.
September 5, 1974: Republican President Gerald Ford says in TV news conference that the federal Congress should not be involved in abortion legislation. He pledges his support for a constitutional amendment that would make the issue a matter of states’ rights.
September 17, 1975: A Senate Judiciary subcommittee rejects all efforts to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The subcommittee move ends the abortion debate for the current legislative term.
September 17, 1976: The U.S Congress approves the Hyde Amendment, barring the use of federal Medicaid funds to pay for abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk. The Amendment is attached as a rider to the Health & Welfare appropriations bill, subsequently vetoed by President Gerald Ford.
September 30, 1976: Congress overrides the Ford Veto of the funding bill for Health & Welfare. The Hyde Amendment becomes federal law.
September 21, 1980: Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and independent candidate John Anderson sharply disagree on the abortion issue during a televised debate. Reagan supports a constitutional ban on abortion. Anderson says such an amendment would threaten a woman’s “freedom of choice”.
September 9, 1981: Regan nominee Sandra Day O’Connor testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings. She says abortion is a legitimate area of legislative action.
September 15, 1982: The U.S. Senate votes 47 to 46 to block a measure sponsored by Sen. Jesse Helms that would impose severe restrictions on abortion and public funding.
On that same date, Sen. Orrin Hatch withdraws his proposed constitutional amendment on abortion, saying there isn’t enough time in the current session to move the measure. His proposal would give the states and Congress joint authority to regulate abortion.
September 9, 1984: Roman Catholic Archbishop John J. O’Connor charges Democrat Vice-Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro with misrepresenting the church’s stand on abortion. O’Connor says Ferraro has created the mistaken impression that Roman Catholic teaching is flexible and open to interpretation. She denies the archbishop’s charge.
September 13, 1984: New York Governor Mario Cuomo delivers his infamous “Notre Dame” speech on abortion. He claims that elected officials in a pluralistic society should resist attempts to outlaw abortion, regardless of their personal moral views – as long as abortion is supported by a majority of American citizens.
September 16, 1984: Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore of New York says he does not personally favor abortion. However, he regards it as a matter of personal conscience.
September 8, 1985: Pope John Paul II issues his strongest condemnation of abortion to date. He says an unborn human being’s right to live is “one of the inalienable human rights”.
September 20, 1987: Pope John Paul II sternly condemns the practice of legal abortion in the United States during his American visit.
September 22, 1987: Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon becomes the first Republican to oppose Judge Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He says he fears that Bork will help overturn Roe v. Wade.
September 17, 1988: An advisory committee of the National Institutes of Health concludes that it is “morally acceptable” to use aborted baby tissue in medical research.
September 27, 1988: Vice President George Bush, during his presidential campaign, retracts a controversial remark made the night before during his debate with Michael Dukakis. Bush says that while he supports a constitutional amendment banning abortion, he does not believe women should suffer criminal penalties for killing their children. Criminal liability should be limited to abortionists.
September 27, 1989: Dr. Etienne-Emile Baulieu wins the Lasker Award for his development of the abortion pill, RU-486.
September 1, 2000: Idaho Federal Magistrate Mikel Williams issues a preliminary ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Lance – a lawsuit brought by the Abortion Industry to overturn Idaho’s Parental Consent Law. He rules that the temporary restraining order against the Parental Consent law should be largely lifted, pending a full trial.
This modified Judge Williams’ temporary order ( July 7, 2000) preventing enforcement of SB1299, passed by the Idaho Legislature in the 2000 Session. Parental Consent for teenage abortions goes into effect in Idaho for the first time.
Idaho Chooses Life Alliance, Inc. files first amicus brief in the case, which was cited in William’s order.