Tag: Abortion

‘This Is All So Deeply Personal, but I Too Will Speak Out’

In “The Story of My Abortion,” Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat from Washington, told of her painful decision to have an abortion in an effort to call attention to “the deeply personal nature of reproductive choice.” “I have never spoken publicly about my abortion. In some ways, I have felt I should not have to,” she […]

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Tiffany Haddish Has Cancelled A Show In Atlanta Over Georgia’s Abortion Law

Getty Image Since Georgia, along with several other states, passed restrictive abortion laws last month, the backlash has been fierce. Several performers have refused to shoot movies there; Disney has threatened to pull out of Atlanta, where they’ve filmed, among other things, many of their Marvel movies. Even far right pundit Tomi Lahren was surprisingly […]

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As Passions Flare in Abortion Debate, Many Americans Say ‘It’s Complicated’

PITTSBURGH — Abortion is an issue that Lynndora Smith-Holmes goes back and forth on. “Six of one, half dozen of the other,” she said the other day as she finished her lunch break. “Does it go back to people having abortions in back alleys? Haven’t we overcome that?” she asked, questioning the restrictive laws passed […]

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New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City will spend $250,000 to help poor women who travel from other states to obtain abortions here, inserting itself into the increasingly contentious debate over access to the procedure. While the amount of money is relatively small, […]

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Republicans Once Supported Fetal Tissue Research. Not Anymore.

President George H.W. Bush was staring down a tough re-election campaign in the spring of 1992, when he found himself caught in a shifting political debate. A ban on the use of federal funding for research using fetal tissue — which women can donate after terminating a pregnancy — had been in place for four […]

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal: The Story of My Abortion

I call my child a miracle. Born unexpectedly in India at 26.5 weeks, shortly before I was due to come back to the United States, and weighing only 1 pound 14 ounces, Janak survived against all odds. Their early months were spent in Mumbai, in a neonatal intensive care unit that had only just opened. […]

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What Abortion Access Looks Like in Mississippi: One Person at a Time

When Brandy found out she was pregnant for the fifth time, she was 25 and single and had given birth to her third child two months earlier. Soon after that, she lost her retail management job of six years. It was midwinter 2013, and she could barely pay her heating bill. “I knew I wasn’t […]

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Alabama: Where You Can Be Forced to Give Birth After Being Raped and Maybe Have to Parent the Child With Your Rapist

Protesters rally against one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions on May 19, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala.Photo: Julie Bennett (Getty) What is up with these Southern states when it comes to women’s rights? (And as a proud New Yorker with deep roots in the Tar Heel State, aka North Cackalacky, aka North Carolina, […]

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Joe Biden Wagged His Finger At Me When I Asked Him About Abortion

Sarah Pearson/Courtesy of K.C. Cayo On Tuesday night, K.C. Cayo’s photo of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden went viral on Twitter. In the photo, Biden, the current frontrunner, is pointing his finger in Cayo’s face with his eyebrows raised. Cayo, a student activist based in Wisconsin, said they had attended an Iowa campaign event as […]

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Planned Parenthood to Host Women’s Health Forum for 2020 Democrats

Planned Parenthood is set to host a forum on reproductive rights for the Democratic primary field this month, as the issue of abortion emerges as a central topic in the 2020 presidential race. The forum, hosted by the organization’s political arm, is the first event in recent presidential campaigns singularly focused on women’s health. The […]

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Ariana Grande Reportedly Made A Huge Donation To Planned Parenthood Following Georgia’s New Abortion Laws

Getty Image Since anti-abortion legislation was passed in Georgia (and in other states including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky), celebrities have devoted energy to speaking out against the laws, and some have taken concrete action. Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish shared passionate reactions to the news, while Ilana Glazer stopped shooting a movie in the state […]

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The End of the Rape and Incest Exception

All of a sudden, abortion opponents have abandoned rape and incest exceptions to abortion bans. Louisiana became the latest state to do so last month, following Ohio, Mississippi and, most notoriously, Alabama. That same month, younger abortion foes in groups like Students for Life of America fired off a letter asking the Republican Party to […]

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Maine’s New Abortion Law Will Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Procedure

The governor of Maine signed a bill on Monday that will expand access to abortions in the state by allowing health care professionals who are not physicians to perform the procedure. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said in a statement that the measure “will ensure that Maine women, especially those in rural areas, are able […]

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Missouri’s Last Abortion Clinic Wins Temporary Reprieve in the Courts

ST. LOUIS — The last clinic in Missouri that provides abortions will be able to continue providing the service, at least temporarily, after a circuit court judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction preventing state officials from closing it down. State officials had said that an audit of the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned […]

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Life Begins at Conception (Except When That’s Inconvenient for Republicans)

When, exactly, do abortion opponents think life begins? Over the past few months there has been a rush to pass abortion bans. Most of these bans center on the idea that abortions should be banned as soon as the fetal heartbeat is detected; that’s because “a heartbeat proves that there’s life that deserves protection under […]

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Politicians Draw Clear Lines on Abortion. Their Parties Are Not So Unified.

ImageProtestors and clinic escorts early in the morning outside a Louisville, Ky., clinic where abortions are performed.CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times Abortion is often cast as a clear, crisp issue in Washington and in state governments, with Republican and Democrats clustered in opposite corners. Joe Biden moved nearer to the rest of his […]

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What Is the Hyde Amendment? A Look at Its Impact as Biden Reverses His Stance

As a wave of highly restrictive state laws have made abortion a key issue in the 2020 campaign, the Hyde Amendment has drawn new scrutiny. Numerous presidential candidates had already come out against the provision before Wednesday, when former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. became the only one to say he supported it, prompting […]

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Behind Biden’s Reversal on Hyde Amendment: Lobbying, Backlash and an Ally’s Call

ATLANTA — When Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the stage at a fund-raiser that drew many African-American Democrats Thursday night, he was under siege over his support for a measure that prohibits federal funding for most abortions. Black women, including on his own campaign staff, were urging him to reverse his position, pointing to restrictive […]

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University of Alabama Returns Millions to Top Donor

The University of Alabama voted Friday morning to return a $21.5 million donation to a Florida businessman after administrators said he was trying to meddle in the operations of the law school, which had been renamed for him. The businessman, Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., had pledged a total of $26.5 million, the largest donation in […]

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