Tag: Abortion

Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less

It’s hardly new for anti-abortion politicians to seize on any excuse to try to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, but it is a new low to exploit a pandemic that’s already cost hundreds of American lives, and threatens many thousands more. In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have […]

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The Coronavirus Becomes an Excuse to Restrict Abortions

Last week, Ohio’s attorney general ordered abortion clinics in the state to stop performing most surgical abortions. On Monday, the attorney general of Texas issued a stricter directive, applying to “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother” and threatening jail for providers. And other […]

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Texas and Ohio Include Abortion as Medical Procedures That Must Be Delayed

Texas and Ohio have included abortions among the nonessential surgeries and medical procedures that they are requiring to be delayed, setting off a new front in the fight over abortion rights in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Both states said they are trying to preserve extremely precious protective equipment for […]

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What It’s Like to Get an Abortion in Idaho

Idaho’s abortion policy hasn’t received much stage time in the national debate about reproductive health, but the conservative-led state has, unsurprisingly, some of the more restrictive laws on the books. Some measures, like one passed in 2018 requiring the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to gather information on abortion-related health complications (exceedingly rare, particularly […]

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New Zealand Eases Abortion Restrictions

Lawmakers voted on Wednesday to liberalize New Zealand’s abortion law and allow unrestricted access during the first half of pregnancy, ending the country’s status as one of the few wealthy nations to limit the grounds for abortion during that period. Members of Parliament also greatly loosened restrictions on abortions in the latter half of pregnancy, […]

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Marie Newman Beats Dan Lipinski, Democratic Incumbent, in Illinois House Primary

WASHINGTON — Representative Dan Lipinski, a conservative Democrat from Illinois whose opposition to abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act made him a pariah in his party, lost a hard-fought primary race on Tuesday night to his progressive challenger, Marie Newman. Ms. Newman, a business consultant and founder of an anti-bullying program, edged out Mr. […]

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A Conservative Agenda Unleashed on the Federal Courts

President Trump’s imprint on the nation’s appeals courts has been swift and historic. He has named judges with records on a range of issues important to Republicans — and to his re-election. March 14, 2020, 6:00 a.m. ET As a Republican candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, Don R. Willett flaunted his uncompromising conservatism, boasting […]

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The Supreme Court’s Fictional Middle Ground on Abortion

Following last week’s argument in a Louisiana abortion case, the consensus among attentive Supreme Court-watchers is that the outcome depends on Chief Justice John Roberts, who seemed not to share Justice Samuel Alito’s visceral dislike of abortion clinics and his deep suspicion of doctors who work in them. I agree. Further, many of these close […]

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The Race Is Down to ‘Two Old White Men.’ Women’s Groups Can Still Weigh In

For a few weeks in late September, it appeared that Democrats were on their way to nominating the party’s second-ever woman presidential candidate. Elizabeth Warren was surging in the polls, overtaking Bernie Sanders—thought to be the standard bearer of the progressive wing—as well as Joe Biden, who, up until that point, had been the unyielding […]

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Governor Kay Ivey Called Out Over Nate Woods’ Execution After Signing Life Protection Act

Source: Icon Sportswire / Getty On Thursday evening, Nathaniel Woods was executed by the state of Alabama, despite his claims of innocence to the 2004 killings of three police officers. He was convicted of capital murder as an accomplice and sentenced to death. Many activists called on Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to commute his sentence […]

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Schumer, Criticized for Blasting Justices, Regrets the Words but Not the Message

WASHINGTON — Under fire from President Trump and Republican senators who accused him of threatening two conservative Supreme Court justices, Senator Chuck Schumer said on Thursday he “should not have used the words” he did Wednesday in a fiery speech warning of the consequences of their rulings. But Mr. Schumer, who chalked up his sharp […]

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The Radical Future of Self-Managed Abortion Is Already Here

Lizy and the woman who helped her to end her pregnancy met at a Starbucks in León, the largest city in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Then a 20-year-old social-work student with curly hair and a heart-shaped face, Lizy, which is a nickname we’ve used to help protect her identity, felt nervous about discussing […]

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A New Supreme Court Hears Its First Big Abortion Case

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday on a challenge to a Louisiana law that its opponents say would leave the state with only one doctor in a single clinic authorized to provide abortions. The arguments are the court’s first sustained consideration of abortion since President Trump’s appointments of two justices shifted the court […]

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The Heartbeat Bills Were Never the Real Threat to Abortion Rights

What if the heartbeat bills — those bans on abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy that made headlines last spring in states from Georgia to Missouri — were not the real story? What if the most serious threat to Roe v. Wade were far more subtle — and based on arguments similar […]

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An Abortion Clinic’s Fate Before a Transformed Supreme Court

SHREVEPORT, La. — Kathaleen Pittman, the director of the Hope Medical Group for Women, remembers when there were 11 abortion clinics in Louisiana. Now there are only three, hers among them. Soon, depending on how the Supreme Court rules in a case to be argued on Wednesday, there may be just one, in New Orleans, […]

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Colombia Court Lets Stand Abortion Status Quo: Illegal, With 3 Exceptions

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — A top court in Colombia declined to legalize abortion on Monday, in a highly anticipated decision that abortion rights supporters had hoped would herald a shift in Latin America, encouraging other nations in the region to liberalize their laws. In Colombia, the court’s decision to take the case — and to consider […]

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Trump’s High Court Hears Its First Abortion Case

The state of Louisiana, with nearly one million women of reproductive age, now has only three abortion clinics. A woman who chooses to have an abortion — as about a quarter of American women do — must make her way to one of those facilities, where she will be legally required to sit through counseling intended […]

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