Tag: Abortion Rights

Op-Ed: To Protect Reproductive Rights, We Need More Black Women In Our State Legislatures

NewsOne Featured Video Tennessee state Rep. London Lamar (left) introduces Diana Taylor during a meet and greet with potential supporters at Young Professional Women Mix and Mingle. Source: The Washington Post / Getty In just a few months, the legislatures of all 50 states will reconvene at their capitol buildings to set their policy agendas […]

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Democrats: Steal This Move From Lindsey Graham

[The media is] reacting the way they think they’re supposed to react to maintain [their] “neutral” bona fides—by policing norms and obsessing over how it’ll affect the horserace; by neither validating [nor] invalidating the critique. That’s not to say their reaction is unimportant, if it persists unanswered or successfully drives Democrats into retreat, the idea […]

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What Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Understand About Abortions After 15 Weeks

In cases where abortions took place later in the pregnancy for reasons other than fetal anomaly or life endangerment, some research suggests that the woman may not have been aware that she was pregnant for the first few weeks of her pregnancy. A 2013 study found that women who sought later abortions were far more […]

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Mitch McConnell’s Refusal to Seat Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court Is Coming Back to Haunt Him

McConnell’s background suggests that he only cares about abortion as a box that all conservative Republicans need to check. According to Alec McGillis’s 2014 biography, The Cynic, McConnell was a staunch defender of abortion rights during his early career in local Kentucky politics. Only after McConnell was elected to the Senate in the 1984 Ronald […]

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Harris: ‘Probably by design’ that attacks on abortion, voting and LGBTQ rights come from same ‘sources’

Vice President Harris on Monday said it was “not by accident, but probably by design” that the same “sources” who threaten abortion rights also work against voting rights and LGBTQ rights. Harris made the remarks at a meeting she convened with civil rights and abortion rights activists. Attendees included Rev. Al Sharpton, Planned Parenthood CEO […]

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How the Invisible Army of Abortion Rights Voters Can Crush Republicans’ Majority Dreams

What does all this mean? Well, nobody wants to speak too confidently about the Democrats’ chances in November. We all know that the incumbent party tends to lose 25 or so seats in a first-term midterm election. And there’s still inflation to worry about, though in recent weeks it’s seemed to be receding, with gas […]

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Can the Democrats Keeping Winning in Georgia?

I explored the Peach State showdown in a feature in TNR’s September issue. On August 30, I spoke via Zoom with Ed Kilgore, a Georgia native and self-described “veteran Democratic wonk” who has worked for three governors, one senator, and a D.C. think tank. We were joined by Dr. Andra Gillespie, the brilliant Emory University […]

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Can the Democrats Keep Winning in Georgia?

I explored the Peach State showdown in a feature in TNR’s September issue. On August 30, I spoke via Zoom with Ed Kilgore, a Georgia native and self-described “veteran Democratic wonk” who has worked for three governors, one senator, and a D.C. think tank. We were joined by Dr. Andra Gillespie, the brilliant Emory University […]

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How Pat Ryan’s Fast-Acting Campaign Turned Abortion Rights Into a Winning Message

As FiveThirtyEight noted, in special House elections before mid-June, Republicans did two points better than expected based on district partisan lean. But in the four special elections after the Dobbs decision, Democrats have outperformed expectations by an average of nine percentage points. On the same day that Ryan defeated Molinaro, in the special election in […]

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FTC Sues ‘Massive’ Data Broker for Selling Location Info on Abortion Clinics

Image: Robert Nickelsberg Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard’s podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued Kochava, a large location data provider, for allegedly selling data that the FTC says can track people at reproductive health clinics and places of worship, according to an announcement […]

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Abortion Laws Impact Black Women at HBCUs

NewsOne Featured Video Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda discussing reproductive rights for HBCU students Glover Source: MANDEL NGAN / Getty As another academic year begins on campuses across the country, the excitement of new beginnings can be felt in the air. However, for many young Black women, this school year also comes with a […]

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Watch live: Biden joins meeting of state, local officials to discuss access to abortion on Women’s Equality Day

[embedded content] Five takeaways from a bruising primary season Democrats press Senate to vote on bill removing Dred Scott justice bust from Capitol President Biden on Friday morning is meeting with state and local officials to observe Women’s Equality Day as the administration continues to address access to reproductive health services. The event is scheduled […]

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Safe Haven “Baby Boxes” Are a Medieval Horror Show

These boxes are literally just that—a box about the size of a wall oven where a mother can leave her baby. They are copies of another medieval Italian invention, the ruota, the abandonment wheels that were embedded in the windows of foundling homes across Italy. With a turn of the wheel, the infant rotated inside […]

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Red States’ Anti-Obamacare Laws Can Be Weaponized Against Their Abortion Bans

In late-July, a coalition of Wyoming residents, medical providers, and abortion-supporting nonprofits filed a lawsuit alleging that House Bill 92—the state law which makes performing an abortion in Wyoming a felony crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison except in rare cases of rape, incest or health risks—was unlawful and unenforceable. Among the […]

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Watch live: Harris speaks to Latina state lawmakers on protecting reproductive rights

FILE – Vice President Kamala Harris speaks while meeting with state legislators about protecting reproductive rights, Friday, July 8, 2022, in the White House complex in Washington. U.S. Vice President Harris assured Pacific island leaders of more U.S. engagement after acknowledging Wednesday, July 13, the United States may not have previously provided the diplomatic attention […]

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The Massive Kansas Vote Is Just the Beginning of the Post-Roe Abortion Battle

Supporters Alie Utley and Joe Moyer (R) react to the failed constitutional amendment proposal at the Kansas Constitutional Freedom Primary Election Watch Party in Overland Park, Kansas on August 2, 2022. (Photo by DAVE KAUP / AFP via Getty Images) Andy Speck spent the last month canvassing in support of abortion rights in Kansas. On […]

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The Justice Department Has Opened a New Front in the Abortion Wars

The department argued in its complaint that the restrictions violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, a federal law better known as EMTALA. That law defines the minimum level of emergency care that hospitals must provide if they receive Medicare funds, which nearly all do. Its language requires doctors to provide “stabilizing treatment” if […]

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Kansas Voters Just Rewrote the Script for the Midterm Elections

The Dobbs decision and the Kansas referendum result will continue to fuel an ongoing debate within the Democratic Party. Some Democratic strategists have argued that the Dobbs ruling would activate voters in an otherwise impossible way for a party with a president whose approval numbers are under water in a cycle where the historical precedent […]

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Fight Back, Blue America!

“Probably the most creative, although legally risky thing that states could do is say that every state says that the location of care for telehealth is where the patient is,” Cohen said. That would mean that a California nurse practitioner who coordinates a pill abortion for a patient in Alabama is acting legally in the […]

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I Had a Pre-Roe Back-Alley Abortion. Let Me Tell You Where Republicans Are Trying to Take This Country.

Today, I live in West Virginia, where the legislature is considering “updating and clarifying” a statute passed in 1882 that criminalizes abortion. This statute is based on a similar 1849 law in Virginia, from which West Virginia seceded in 1863. The bill under consideration is to make abortions illegal, no matter how early in the […]

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A Forgotten 1990s Law Could Make It Illegal to Discuss Abortion Online

One of the Christian right’s allies in Congress, the Illinois Republican Representative Henry Hyde, who is perhaps best known for his 1978 amendment barring the use of federal funds for abortion, would also put his mark on the CDA. The provision Hyde inserted would effectively criminalize abortion-related speech online. This “noxious abortion portion” of the […]

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Matt Gaetz Helped a Teen Girl Raise More Than $1 Million for Abortion Rights

Teen abortion activist Olivia Julianna, 19, and Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, 40. (Photos: Callaghan OHare for The Washington Post via Getty Images and evin Dietsch/Getty Images) A young abortion-rights activist body-shamed by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is now thanking him publicly for helping her raise more than $1 million for her cause. Olivia Julianna, 19, started […]

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Matt Gaetz Body-Shamed A Teenager, Who Then Used His Insult To Raise Tens Of Thousands For An Abortion Fund

There’s a chance Matt Gaetz might soon be thrown in jail. The Florida representative has been under federal investigation for the last year and a half over ties to a sex trafficking ring. He’s been acting like everything’s normal — which is to say he’s saying and doing offensive things. But one of his latest […]

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Corporate America Doesn’t Really Care About Your Abortion Rights

But even now, not every firm is speaking with encouraging words about reproductive rights: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Snapchat have been guarded in their responses about whether they’ll hand over private data to police investigating recriminalized abortions. Some firms have already initiated crackdowns on their employees talking about their rights in both public and private […]

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OP-ED: Supreme Court Overturning Abortion Could Mobilize Young Voters Ahead Of 2022 Midterm Elections

NewsOne Featured Video Abortion rights activists protest in Tucson, AZ are among many with young people sounding off about SCOTUS rolling back a fundamental right.Source: SANDY HUFFAKER / Getty The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion has far-reaching personal and political implications and may help decide the midterm elections in […]

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Why Aren’t Conservatives Celebrating the Post-Roe Future They Created?

But what’s really strange is that anti-abortion folks wanted to deny the story took place at all. Forcing a 10-year-old girl to travel to another state to end her pregnancy is the inevitable outcome of their stated policy preferences. For those who have fought for years to overturn Roe v. Wade and ensure that states […]

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How the Calvinball Supreme Court Upended the Bar Exam

What’s more, it raises fundamental questions about the meaning of “the rule of law” in America today. This concept has been a foundational premise (perhaps, in our own mythmaking at least, the foundational premise) of American government since our founding—that we are, as John Adams put it, “a government of laws, not of men.” The […]

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How Leonard Leo Became the Power Broker of the American Right

When George W. Bush was elected president, Leo began working as an outside adviser. According to a 2003 email by a White House aide that was sent to, among others, Brett Kavanaugh, Leo was characterized as a point person for “all outside coalition activity regarding judicial nominations.” He became known as a moneyman who could […]

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There Is No Constitutional Right to Eat Dinner

In its statement, Morton’s appeals to even higher principles to justify the right to dinner by describing the protesters’ actions as “void of decency.” But if rights to privacy and bodily autonomy are too nebulous to be surmised from the Constitution’s text and structure, so too must be a right to be treated decently. What’s […]

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To Defend the Future of Reproductive Rights, Democrats Must Look to the Past

The Hyde Amendment, the law prohibiting federal funds from being used to finance abortion, is still on the books with little historical opposition from Democrats (Obama once refused to commit to a federal option that would cover abortions, noting the “tradition, historically, of not financing” abortions with federal money). President Bill Clinton proliferated the idea, […]

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