Tag: Reproductive Rights

In Response to ‘Fast and Furious’ Restrictions, Planned Parenthood Launches the Abortion Care Finder

Photo: Shutterstock As the fight to uphold Roe v. Wade wages on, this week, Planned Parenthood lobbed a virtual clapback at legislators and anti-abortion advocates seeking to roll back the reproductive rights granted in the landmark case. As reported by the New York Times, on Tuesday, the organization debuted an online tool called the Abortion […]

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The People Reclaiming Religious Freedom from the Christian Right

“Religious liberty” has become an excuse for attempts to restrict abortion and LGBTQ rights. Among other things, the Trump administration has cited religious freedom in its efforts to empower anti-LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors and let medical providers deny reproductive healthcare. Even before Trump, a web of state and federal laws have protected providers who […]

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Why My Daughter Will Be Getting a Sex Ed Crash Course, ‘Expeditiously’

Yesterday, the entire internet collectively rolled its eyes as Clifford “T.I.” Harris attempted to use yet another word he clearly doesn’t understand when he bragged about his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah Harris’ hymen on Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham’s podcast, Ladies Like Us. The three found humor in the moment T.I. explained that he takes Deyjah […]

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ER Doctors Need to Be More Knowledgeable About Self-Managed Abortions

Last week, there was an unexpected cancelation at the largest national conference of emergency medicine doctors in the U.S. Without skipping a beat, I volunteered to fill in and give a lecture about caring for patients who come to the ER after taking medication to induce their own abortion. It’s something I’ve been thinking about […]

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This Hidden Rule Could Make It Impossible to Fight an Abortion Ban in Court

What if it were virtually impossible to fight an abortion ban in court? On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union got a judge to block one of the most extreme pieces of anti-abortion legislation the country has ever seen: a near-total abortion ban that Alabama’s governor signed in May and was set to go into […]

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Does Kanye Have a Plan B? Because He Seems Confused About Contraception (and Civics)

While on the whole, we’re all set on Kanye West, we understand that his return to religion has compelled yet another passionate round of revelations about the world, morality, and politics—and hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day. But as Ye has been making the rounds promoting his new gospel album, Jesus […]

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Praise Be: A Black Woman Just Stopped Alabama’s Abortion Ban

A black U.S. District Court judge issued a temporary injunction on Alabama’s restrictive abortion law that stripped women of their reproductive rights. The law was set to go into effect on Nov. 15 until a black woman forced the state to pump its brakes. The Robinson v. Marshall ruling—named for the plaintiff, Dr. Yashica Robinson, […]

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Kanye West Claimed Democrats Are Making Black People Kill Their Children

We get it, Kanye, you’re religious now. You’ve started a quasi-church and your new album is literally called Jesus Is King—never mind that some have compared you to a televangelist who’s simply commodifying faith. But now we’re learning what kind of religious West is, and it’s dad who shares anti-abortion Facebook posts. In an interview […]

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Tulsi Gabbard’s Stance on Abortion Is Stuck in the ‘90s

Reproductive rights advocates had some reason to celebrate during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, which was the first to feature a direct question about mounting threats to abortion access in the United States. But that excitement was quickly dampened by the answer of one of the candidates: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who resorted to a controversial […]

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Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Want the State to Know Everything About Your Abortion

Brent Blue has been practicing medicine in Jackson, Wyoming, for 38 years. At his family medicine and urgent care practice, he also provides abortions. As of July 1, each time he performs an abortion he must submit a report to the state including information about the patient’s age, race, county of residence, and previous pregnancies, […]

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‘Hyde’s Days Are Numbered:’ Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Barbara Lee, and AOC Vow to Repeal Law That Restricts Abortions for Low-Income Women

On the 43rd anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment, a key piece of legislation that restricts abortion rights for Medicaid recipients, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) have announced the law’s days are numbered. In a video shared exclusively with The Root, the congresswomen condemn the “egregious policy […]

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‘Hyde’s Days Are Numbered:’ Reps. Pressley, Lee, and AOC Vow to Repeal Law That Restricts Abortions for Low-Income Women

On the 43rd anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment, a key piece of legislation that restricts abortion rights for Medicaid recipients, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) have announced the law’s days are numbered. In a video shared exclusively with The Root, the congresswomen condemn the “egregious policy […]

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Almost 40 Percent of Abortions Are Now Done With Pills

While the overall abortion rate in the U.S. has hit a record low since the procedure was legalized in 1973 under Roe v. Wade, the rate of people choosing medication abortion to end pregnancies is on the rise, according to new findings from Guttmacher Institute. Medication abortion is a method of abortion that involves taking […]

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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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