Tag: Abortion

Baby Food, Bassinets and Talk of Salvation Inside an Evangelical Pregnancy Center

NEWPORT, Tenn. — Wendy Ramsey began her day as she often does, in the cool basement of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. It was a Thursday, and her first client was coming at noon. She flipped on the fluorescent lights. Racks of infant, toddler and maternity clothes neatly lined the waiting area. Formula and baby food […]

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GOP Lawmaker Said Sticking Wands In Women’s Vaginas Helps Them Make Better Decisions About Abortions

Bryce Reeves, a Virginia state senator, once suggested that sticking wands up women’s vaginas can help them make better decisions about whether to get an abortion. Reeves, who still represents the state’s 17th district, made the comments in 2012 to defend a proposed Virginia bill that would have required an invasive “transvaginal” ultrasound for women […]

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I Was the Only Black Woman to Testify Against an Abortion Ban. They Cut My Mic.

Last week, lawmakers in Tennessee held hearings for Senate Bill 1326, which would redefine fetal viability in attempts to implement a near-total ban on abortion. Over the course of several hours, members of the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee heard from speakers for and against the bill, who were each instructed they had 10 minutes to […]

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This Tennessee Lawmaker Claims a Fetus Can Survive Outside the Womb at Conception

In August, a Tennessee lawmaker filed a proposal to ban all abortions once “a viable pregnancy” has been detected. All that takes, according to the measure, is the detection of the hormone that’s usually found by an at-home pregnancy test, within just a few weeks of conception. Experts, however, say the language in the bill […]

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Trump’s Title X Restrictions Are Nothing Short of Coercion

Planned Parenthood announced Monday it was being “forced out” of a federal family planning funding program. Rather than obey a new anti-abortion restriction attached to those federal funds, the reproductive health organization said it must consider removing that money from its budget. That new restriction on Title X, the federal family planning program, comes under […]

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It Just Got Harder to Get Birth Control in America

This has been an ominous year for reproductive rights in America, with states including Georgia, Alabama and now Tennessee in a race to the bottom to pass the most extreme anti-abortion law in the nation. But while those high-profile abortion bans make their way through the courts — they were designed to provoke legal challenges […]

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Salvadoran Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Salvador Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Planned Parenthood May Withdraw From Title X Funding

Planned Parenthood will announce on Monday afternoon whether it will withdraw from Title X, the federal family planning program, rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that restricts what health providers can say about abortion. Such a move could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for services […]

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Steve King Is Now Pondering Our Collective Existence as a Result of Rape and Incest

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Rep. Steve King, in an awkward attempt to justify his complete opposition to abortions even in cases of rape or incest, vocally considered the upsides to such crimes on Wednesday. For example, our collective existence. “What if we went back through all […]

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Iowa Rep. Steve King Continues to Be Steve King: If Not for Rape and Incest, Would There Be Any Population Left?

Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) Iowa Rep. Steve King is the pus-filled boil on America’s ass. Assuming, of course, that the boil is so racist that the New York Times was able to create a timeline of all the racist shit that he’s said. Steve King is so racist that he retweets neo-Nazis. He’s so […]

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Trump’s Anti-Abortion Rules Have Sent Two NYC Clinics Scrambling

Two reproductive health clinics in New York City are preparing for the possibility that they will have to close after withdrawing from Title X, the country’s family planning program. The clinics, both located in Brooklyn, are two of six operated by Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization that is no longer eligible to receive Title […]

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Pro-Choice Groups Are Changing Their Strategy for a New Era of Attacks on Abortion

NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the largest pro-choice organizations in the country, is changing its communications strategy amid mounting attacks on abortion rights. In an exclusive interview, the group said it will place a greater emphasis on “reproductive freedom,” a framework its leadership believes will bring together a wider swath of the population in support […]

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New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass a law decriminalizing abortion, taking on an issue that the nation’s lawmakers have long avoided even as the country built a socially liberal reputation on the world stage. Under current law, women seeking an abortion must claim that the […]

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Abortion Pills Should Be Everywhere

One afternoon about a year ago, just as the Senate began considering Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, I logged on to Day Night Healthcare, an online pharmacy based in India, and ordered a pack of abortion pills. A few hours later, I got a call from a Day Night customer-service agent with a […]

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Clinics Might Have to Destroy Usable Birth Control Thanks to Trump

At a West Virginia Planned Parenthood clinic, multiple boxes containing birth control pills are marked with neon-colored signs reading “DO NOT USE.” Providers at the clinic might have to destroy or return this medication, depending on how a court case against the Trump administration plays out. But for now, they can’t give it to any […]

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At a Clinic Threatened by Trump’s Rules, She Asks, ‘Why Attack Women?’

VIENNA, W.Va. — You might think that since President Trump opposes abortion, he’d want to help young women get birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancy. You might think that someone who claims to be “pro-life” would want to help young men and women get cancer screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. But new Trump […]

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