Tag: Reproductive Rights

Trump’s War on Abortion Is Closing Clinics That Don’t Even Offer Abortions

Two Planned Parenthood clinics in Cincinnati will be the first to close as a result of a new Trump administration policy which blocks healthcare providers that refer patients for abortions—or perform the procedure with their own money—from receiving federal family planning grants. The Springdale and Western Hills clinics’ final day of services will be September […]

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The Doctor Fighting to Bring You Online Abortion Pills Just Sued the FDA

A Dutch doctor is suing the Food and Drug Administration for allegedly interfering with the operation of her online service, Aid Access, where she prescribes abortion medication to United States residents, NPR reports. In the lawsuit, Rebecca Gomperts, the licensed physician who runs the site, accused the FDA of seizing packages containing “between three and […]

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If You Don’t Want to Provide Abortions, Don’t Go Into Healthcare

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services defended a registered nurse who claimed that the hospital she worked for violated her conscience by forcing her to assist with an abortion. The complaint, filed in May 2018, alleged that the nurse was a self-identified Catholic, and cites violations of the Church Amendment that protects […]

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Groups Are Demanding That Congress Fully Investigate Brett Kavanaugh’s Record on Abortion

Next month marks one year since an upset, though collected, Christine Blasey Ford recalled one of the most horrible nights of her life before the world—and one year since Brett Kavanaugh, angry and pursed, denied every single one of her sexual assault accusations. Days later, he was sworn into a lifelong seat on the highest […]

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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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Georgia Argues the ACLU’s Suit Against Its ‘Heartbeat’ Law Should Be Aborted

A pro-life woman clashing with a group of pro-choice demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015Photo: iStock Georgia is doubling down on its recently signed law virtually outlawing abortion in the state, telling a federal court that it should dismiss an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to stop the law from taking effect. […]

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In Defiance of Trump’s ‘Gag Rule,’ Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X; Low-Income Women Most Likely to be Affected

Photo: iStock The fears of low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services were confirmed on Monday: In response to attempts by the Trump administration to stifle abortion rights by imposing a gag order on health practitioners, the 103-year-old organization announced that it has opted to withdraw from Title X federal funding. […]

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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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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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Ladies…You’re Going to Want to Own This Reproductive Rights-Affirming T-Shirt by Pyer Moss

Ladies, how much unsolicited advice do you think we receive on any given day? How many intrusions, corrections, interruptions and outright dismissals do you think we contend with within a 24-hour period—so many that the vast majority don’t even register anymore? How often are we told we don’t even know our own minds or experiences, […]

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Buying Abortion Pills Online Is Overwhelmingly Safe, But Maybe Illegal

Imagine that you’re pregnant, and don’t want to be. Imagine that you live in one of the six states with only one abortion clinic. Imagine that you don’t have much money, and traveling hundreds of miles to the nearest clinic would be prohibitively expensive. Imagine that the nearest state is one of the 27 that […]

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For Women of Color, Family Shame Can Make Abortions Traumatic

When Rabia Nassar* was 17 years old, she took a five-pound dumbbell from her parents’ gym in the basement and proceeded to drop it on her stomach, over and over again. Unsure where it would be most effective at ending her pregnancy, she dropped it under her ribcage. She ended up with bruises all over […]

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Appeals Court Refuses to Block Trump Rule That Would Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Photo: Michael Thomas (Getty) In a major setback for Planned Parenthood, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a Trump ban on funding clinics that refer women to abortion providers can take effect while the court weighs the overall merits. Federal law has long banned use of federal funding to pay for abortions, but monies […]

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Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Marshae Jones, the Alabama Woman Who Caught a Case When She Lost Her Unborn Baby After Getting Shot in a Fight

Marshae Jones. An Alabama prosecutor, Lynneice Washington, says she has dropped the manslaughter charge that was filed against Jones after she lost her fetus when she got shot during a fight.Photo: Jefferson County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office via AP, File Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman who was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of […]

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The Arrest Of An Alabama Woman Who Lost Her Unborn Fetus After Being Shot In The Stomach Has People Outraged

An Alabama woman lost her unborn fetus after being shot during a physical altercation with another woman, and she — not the shooter — has been arrested for manslaughter. The incident happened around noon on December 4, 2018, when 27-year-old Marshae Jones, who was five months pregnant at the time, initiated a dispute with 23-year-old […]

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The War on Women

A protestor dressed as a character from Hulu TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the bestselling novel by Margaret Atwood, after participating in a rally against one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions on May 19, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama.Photo: Julie Bennett (Getty Images) The Trump administration is waging a war on […]

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Anti-vaxxers Stole ‘My Body, My Choice’ from the Abortion Movement

Last week, environmental activist and anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. got on the phone with the Daily Beast to explain why he and actress Jessica Biel were lobbying against legislation that would limit medical exemptions from vaccines in California. Kennedy denied Biel’s association with the anti-vaxx movement—which had been revealed earlier that day in a […]

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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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