Tag: Abortion

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Rule on Abortion Referrals

A federal judge on Thursday issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking a controversial Trump administration rule that would bar organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money. Judge Stanley A. Bastian of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington State said in his order that the rule would […]

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How Banning Abortion in the Early Weeks of Pregnancy Suddenly Became Mainstream

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For years, Ohio Right to Life, the state’s largest and oldest anti-abortion group, steered clear of a bill that would ban abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy — after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The reason was simple. The bill, which would have been the toughest abortion restriction on record, […]

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How Anti-Abortion Language Shapes Pro-Choice Advocacy

If we accept that language shapes our reality, then it would make sense that the way we think about abortion, the way it’s legislated and regulated, and the polarized debate that swirls around it, has been influenced by terms like “pro-life,” “late-term abortion,” and “fetal heartbeat”—all of which have come out of the anti-abortion movement. […]

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Ohio’s Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Is Latest Front in Fight Over Roe v. Wade

Ohio on Thursday became the latest state to ban abortion at the first signs of a fetal heartbeat, the latest front in the decades-long campaign by conservatives to overturn Roe v. Wade. The new measure, signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, would ban abortions as early as six weeks, before many women […]

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With Polls and Private Meetings, Republicans Craft Blunt Messaging to Paint Democrats as Extreme

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders are sharpening and poll-testing lines of attack that portray Democratic policies on health care, the environment and abortion as far outside the norm, in hopes of arming President Trump with hyperbolic sound bites — some of them false — asserting that Democrats would cause long waits for doctors or make killing […]

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South Korea Is Lifting Its 66-Year-Old Ban on Abortions

Anti-abortion law protesters in front of the constitutional court in Seoul on April 11, 2019. The banner reads “We are not a tool for giving birth.”  Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/REUTERS This article originally appeared on VICE Asia. Yesterday, hundreds of protesters from both pro-life and pro-choice groups gathered outside the Constitutional Court in Seoul as they […]

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South Korea Rules Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled as unconstitutional a 66-year-old law that made abortion a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, and called for an amendment to the law. The court gave Parliament until the end of 2020 to revise the law. If lawmakers do not meet that deadline, the law […]

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Women Could Face Death Penalty for Having an Abortion Under Proposed Texas Law

In this July 28, 2015 file photo, anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Photo: Associated Press Texas lawmakers held a hearing this week on a bill that could subject women to the death penalty if they had an abortion. Period, point blank, no exceptions. The legislator behind the […]

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With ‘Unplanned,’ Abortion Opponents Turn Toward Hollywood

CLIFTON, N.J. — It was a rare packed house for a weeknight in the suburbs, and when the movie was over, the sold-out crowd of about 100 last Wednesday spilled haltingly into the light. A few — a gaggle of nuns in their habits, at least one collared priest — wore their dispositions on their […]

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Editorial Observer: America’s Leaders Need Sex Ed

A few recent news stories have served as reminders that an awful lot of people lack even a basic understanding of the female body. And some of those people get to make and shape our laws. There was the lawyer in Alabama who tried to justify an extreme anti-abortion bill that he helped draft by […]

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Media on Its Mind: Georgia Bill Would Force Reporters to Turn Over Photos, Audio and Video if Asked

The front page of the Aug. 16, 2018, edition of the Boston Globe reads “Journalists are Not the Enemy” as part of an effort by newspapers to jointly decry Donald Trump’s description of the media as the “enemy of the people.” Now, in what’s being seen as a similar anti-press move, GOP lawmakers in Georgia […]

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Abortion Cases: A Conservative Judicial Agenda?

“Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan have looked for judges and justices who could be counted on to oppose the right to abortion. To a startling degree, the fruits of that effort are apparent in the cases now making their way to the Supreme Court,” writes Linda Greenhouse in her column “The Flood of Court Cases […]

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Georgia Is Latest State to Pass Fetal Heartbeat Bill as Part of Growing Trend

Tensions over a growing movement to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected intensified this week as lawmakers in Georgia passed a bill that stands to become one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The bill, which narrowly passed in the Republican-controlled legislature on Friday, is expected to be signed […]

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Gabrielle Union, Don Cheadle Among Celebs Protesting Anti-Abortion Bill in Georgia, Threaten Boycott 

Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images) Over the past decade, Georgia has become one of the most lucrative filming locations in the entire world, generating billions of dollars for the entertainment industry with its enticing film incentive program—which awards up to 30 percent of production costs back in transferable tax credits, which can then be sold […]

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The Abortion Divide Gets Deeper

This week, a Georgia state representative, Ed Setzler, the sponsor of a bill that would ban most abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat could be detected, spoke to a conservative group in the Atlanta suburbs about the legal fight he’d embarked on. “We need to maximize our influence over the next couple of weeks […]

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The Long Run: How Joe Biden Struggled with Abortion Rights for Decades

It was a new era in Washington in 1981, and abortion rights activists were terrified. With an anti-abortion president, Ronald Reagan, in power and Republicans controlling the Senate for the first time in decades, social conservatives pushed for a constitutional amendment to allow individual states to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that […]

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The Flood of Court Cases That Threaten Abortion

With all that’s going on in the world of law, I didn’t plan on writing about abortion again so soon. But as the tide of Supreme Court-bound abortion cases turns rapidly into a flood, it’s become a challenge even for people with a deep interest in the future of the abortion right to keep track […]

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Italy’s Right Links Low Birthrate to Fight Against Abortion and Migration

VERONA — In a City Hall office decorated with ultrasound images of his children, a Crucifix and nesting dolls of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Mayor Federico Sboarina explained why he had sought to make Verona the first “Pro-Life City” in Italy. “This is the city of love, the city of Romeo and Juliet,” […]

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Steve King, Facing Backlash From Both Parties, Fights for Political Life

ALGONA, Iowa — For nearly two decades, Representative Steve King pummeled Republican primary challengers, dispatched Democrats, even a former Iowa governor’s wife, and glided to victory in his conservative district. He spent little energy on fund-raising, put few controls on his racist language and made little effort to hold town halls with constituents. Then in […]

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