Tag: Abortion

Medical Impact of Roe Reversal Goes Beyond Abortion Clinics, Doctors Say

In Wisconsin, a group of doctors and lawyers is trying to come up with guidelines on how to comply with a newly revived 173-year-old law that prohibits abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman. They face the daunting task of defining all the emergencies and conditions that might result in a pregnant […]

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First Kansas, Next Michigan and Beyond as Abortion Ballot Measures Spread

The inclusion of an abortion-rights referendum on Michigan’s November ballot has given Democrats hope for a wave of enthusiastic voter turnout on Election Day as the movement to allow voters to decide the issue directly sweeps outward from the first state that did so, Kansas. Democrats in Michigan say the referendum will supercharge activism among […]

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Abortion Opponents Couldn’t Kill This Ballot Initiative Over Line ‘Spacing’

Abortion rights activists gather during a “Restore Roe” rally at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, on September 7, 2022. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP via Getty Images) Just five weeks after Kansas stunned the nation by voting in overwhelming numbers to preserve abortion rights in the state, voters in Michigan will also have […]

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After Long Brawl, South Carolina Senate Approves More Abortion Restrictions

The South Carolina Senate voted Thursday night to tighten abortion restrictions but failed to pass a total ban after a heated debate revealed the ongoing struggle among Republicans to define a cohesive post-Roe strategy. The chamber voted to gut a bill that would have prohibited abortion without exception for rape or incest, instead choosing to […]

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Michigan Voters Will Decide Abortion Rights Question, Court Says

The Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday that voters would decide in November whether to add protections for abortion rights to the State Constitution, reversing the decision of a state board that had not allowed the proposal onto the ballot because of typographical problems on petition forms. The vote could shape the future of abortion access […]

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Why North Carolina in 2022 Could Cost Biden Dearly in 2024

The expectation is that Republicans would do that, and more, all over again. “The entire Republican effort on redistricting was to gerrymander Senate districts so that they can turn to a supermajority,” said state Senator Dan Blue, a Democrat.  “If you look at the past decade, the Republicans in North Carolina were on the cutting […]

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Is the Democratic Midterm Surge Overrated? Why Republicans Can Still Win the House and Senate.

Ross Douthat, a Times Opinion columnist, hosted an online conversation with Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Republican pollster, and the conservative writer and radio host Erick Erickson, to discuss whether Republicans are blowing the fall campaign — or whether a red wave is still possible. Ross Douthat: Kristen, Erick, thanks so much for joining me. Let’s […]

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This Is How Criminalizing Abortion Providers Shatters Families

They lived in a town of about 12,000, and, as Gary put it, “the assumption was that everyone knew.” This was borne out in the snide remarks and glares he’d receive from his classmates. One case in particular stays with him: Sherwin had made the papers once again, this time for jumping out of a […]

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Abortion and Trump Are Giving Democrats a Shot

Forget Hot Girl Summer. We just came off Hot Primary Summer, which featured fewer tequila shots than the Megan Thee Stallion-inspired original — unless, maybe, you were partying with Dr. Oz — but still packed way more drama than you’d expect in a midterm election cycle. Republican voters in Georgia stiff-arming Donald Trump? Democratic House […]

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En Chile gana el ‘rechazo’ en el plebiscito por la Constitución

SANTIAGO — Durante los últimos tres años, los chilenos han luchado por trazar un nuevo rumbo para su país con una nueva Constitución, escrita desde cero, que habría transformado su sociedad y otorgado más derechos que cualquier otro documento fundacional anterior. El domingo los votantes rechazaron ese documento de manera abrumadora. Los cambios propuestos querían […]

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Chile Rejects Left-Leaning Constitution

SANTIAGO, Chile — For the past three years, Chileans have fought over a new path forward for their country in the form of a Constitution, written entirely from scratch, that would transform their society and grant more rights than any national charter before it. On Sunday, they rejected that text. The proposed changes had looked […]

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Does Biden Really Believe We Are in a Crisis of Democracy?

Strip away the weird semi-fascist optics, the creepy crimson lighting and the Marines standing sentinel, and the speech Joe Biden gave on Thursday night outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall could have been given by other prominent Democrats throughout the Trump era. The song is always the same: On the one hand, dire warnings about Trumpian authoritarianism […]

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Women Are So Fired Up to Vote, I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It

I’ve watched Americans in recent years acclimate to some very grim realities. Especially since the ascension of Donald Trump, numerous tragedies and extreme policies have been met with little political consequence: schools targeted by mass murderers, immigrants treated as subhuman and autocratic regimes around the globe affirmed as allies. While Mr. Trump did fail in […]

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Post-Roe Decision, Abortion Pill Providers Work to Broaden Access

That company, and others serving patients at 11 or 12 weeks’ gestation, can legally use medical discretion to do so because studies suggest that abortion pills are safe and effective at that stage. The World Health Organization supports medication abortion through 12 weeks’ gestation. Dr. Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences […]

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Republicans Downplay Trump and Abortion on Their Sites Before Midterms

For months, the campaign website for Adam Laxalt, the Republican Senate nominee in Nevada, greeted visitors with a huge banner exalting his endorsement from former President Donald J. Trump in all capital letters. Now, that information is nowhere on his home page. Representative Ted Budd, the Republican Senate nominee in North Carolina, also made Mr. […]

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Michigan Board Says Abortion Referendum Should Not Go to Voters

A state board in Michigan refused on Wednesday to place an abortion rights referendum on the November ballot because of a dispute over word spacing on the petition, an embarrassing blow to abortion rights supporters who had gathered more than 750,000 signatures. The decision, which came when the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked along party […]

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Gunning for Fetal Personhood

Two months after the fall of Roe v. Wade, abortion has been banned or severely restricted in at least 14 states, energizing leaders of the anti-abortion movement but also activating voters who are opposed to many of these measures. With so much at stake in the next few election cycles — and women’s lives hanging […]

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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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Did Biden Just School the Republicans, or His Own Party?

Bret Stephens: Hi, Gail. Depending on whom you ask, Joe Biden’s decision to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student loans is either the Democrats’ political masterstroke or a major political gift to Republicans. What’s your take? Gail Collins: Well, Bret, allow me to take the middle road. Gee, I really do enjoy saying […]

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Even Artwork About Abortion Is Legally Risky Now

Visitors to an installation at a reproductive justice conference last weekend were greeted by a warning. “If you live in a state where self-managed abortion is illegal, be aware of criminalization risks,” read a sign, its warnings rendered in orange against a blue background and beneath a pair of ominous eyes. “The information in this […]

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‘Straight Pride’ Goons Battled Activists Outside Planned Parenthood

Sheriff’s deputies try and clear the area around the Planned Parenthood office on McHenry Ave during an opposition rally that began as a protest to the Straight Pride event in Modesto, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (Andy Alfaro/The Modesto Bee via AP) A “straight pride” event turned violent as protesters and counterprotesters skirmished 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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Donald Trump’s Death Grip Has Upended the G.O.P. Senate Map

As today’s politicians go, Senator Michael Bennet is kind of boring. Ideologically moderate. Dispositionally low-key. Scandal-free. A sensible technocrat rather than a charismatic ideologue. Heck, when Mr. Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, ran for president in 2020, he joked that a perk of electing him would be that people could simply forget about him for days […]

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Women’s Work Is Never Done

WASHINGTON — It’s nice to see that the Democrats are back on track. It only took an upheaval turning women into second-class citizens, the possibility that the Orange Menace could be re-elected, and an out-of-control Supreme Court. With all that, the Dems seem to be pulling even. There’s still a better than even chance that […]

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White House to meet with state, local leaders on abortion protections

The Biden administration will meet with state and local officials on Friday about protecting and expanding access to abortion, as the White House marks an official abortion “day of action” on Women’s Equality Day. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services is sending a letter to governors inviting them to design and apply […]

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The Abortion Fight Has Entered a New Phase, and We Need New Tactics

The private sector has a role to play. My politics have always envisioned the ultimate diminishment of the power of the private sector, yet the truth is that today it has all the money. The U.S. government is practically the dusty rear sub-basement of global capital. The Supreme Court is rogue and the Democratic Party […]

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What Democrats Should Do if They Somehow Win in November

Republicans are still favored to gain seats in the midterm elections, but not as favored as you might have thought. They have lost their lead in the generic congressional ballot and face longer-than-expected odds to win the Senate as a result of flawed, extreme and extremely flawed nominees in Arizona, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. And […]

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‘A Stirring of Democratic Hearts’: Three Writers Discuss a Transformed Midterm Landscape

Frank Bruni, a contributing Opinion writer, hosted an online conversation with Molly Jong-Fast, the writer of the “Wait, What?” newsletter for The Atlantic, and Doug Sosnik, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, to discuss whether the Democrats have shifted the narrative of the midterm elections. FRANK BRUNI: Doug, Molly, an apology — because […]

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Lords of Silicon Valley: Say No to NIMBY

To the Editor: Re “Democrat Pat Ryan Wins in House Race That Turned on Abortion” (nytimes.com, Aug. 24): The victory by the Democratic candidate, Pat Ryan, over Mark Molinaro, a Republican, in the Hudson Valley’s 19th Congressional District race was more than just a referendum on the political power of abortion rights. As Mr. Ryan […]

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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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Judge Halts Idaho’s Abortion Ban, Saying It Violates Emergency Health Law

A federal judge in Idaho blocked part of the state’s strict abortion ban on Wednesday, delivering a limited but significant victory to the Biden administration, which has tried to support reproductive rights since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. This month, the Justice Department sued Idaho, one of the most reliably conservative […]

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