Tag: Abortion

The Women Who Died After Abortion Bans

That photo of Ms. Santoro was published in Ms. magazine in 1973, under the words “Never Again.” The image was blown up on placards carried at abortion rights rallies, a visceral illustration of the risks of illegal abortion. In recent years, the state of abortion rights in America has deteriorated, especially for poor women and […]

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Fetal Viability, Long an Abortion Dividing Line, Faces a Supreme Court Test

WASHINGTON — In 1973, in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court drew a line. The Constitution, it said, did not allow states to ban abortions before the fetus could survive outside the womb. On Wednesday, when the court hears the most important abortion case in a generation, a central question will be whether the court’s […]

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Why the Feminist Movement Needs Pro-Life People

And that ultimately weakens the cause of feminism because it excludes a lot of women, especially young women. Younger pro-life women often see themselves as committed to both the protection of the unborn and the flourishing of women. In a 2015 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, more than half of millennial women who […]

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Supreme Court Abortion Case Is About More Than Roe v. Wade

Right now, thanks in part to extreme partisan gerrymanders, Republicans enjoy control of government in 23 states, allowing them to pass increasingly aggressive restrictions. The lawmakers who so eagerly pass these bills claim they are about protecting life, but if that were their true motive, they would also be striving to provide easier access to […]

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Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

The only way to stop the heavy bleeding is to end the pregnancy and contract the uterus, Dr. Moayedi said. Time is of the essence. “Every OB-GYN has cared for someone who has died from a hemorrhage,” she said. “If someone is hemorrhaging while miscarrying, how long do I have to wait?” Even if the […]

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Anti-Abortion Christians Want a Social Safety Net—but Just for Pregnant Women

According to various surveys, the cost of raising a child in the United States during their first year on this planet ranges from a median of $6,000 to $12,000. That’s after the baby is born—one study found that even for those with health insurance, being pregnant and then giving birth by C-section costs, on average, […]

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What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortions

But how could you not know you were pregnant? Some people don’t have pregnancy symptoms, or they mistake the fatigue or irregular periods of early pregnancy for other health conditions. For instance, one 23-year-old North Dakotan in my study became pregnant soon after giving birth and chalked up her symptoms to the physiological changes and […]

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Abortion Rights Are a Religious Freedom for Progressive Jews

As some Orthodox Jews have aligned themselves with the right on other issues, from Israel to immigration, so too have they moved toward the anti-abortion position. Still, even the strictest interpretation leaves room for the life of the mother. As Dr. Immanuel Jacobovits, an Orthodox rabbi, wrote in 1965, “as defined in the Bible, the […]

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Catholic Bishops Avoid Confrontation With Biden Over Communion

BALTIMORE — The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States backed away from a direct conflict with President Biden on Wednesday, approving a new document on the sacrament of the eucharist that does not mention the president or any politicians by name. At issue was the question of which Catholics, under which circumstances, are properly […]

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How Republicans Can Replay the Reagan Era

For a long time, longer than I’ve held this job, my advice to Republican politicians and policymakers has been consistent: It isn’t the 1970s or 1980s anymore. The ideas associated with Ronald Reagan’s ascent to power, forged in an era of Cold War and high crime rates, stagflation and sexual revolution, were responses to crises […]

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People Think Cecily Strong Should Win An Emmy After Her Brilliant ‘SNL’ Abortion Sketch About ‘Goober The Clown’

Cecily Strong has long been one of the MVPs of SNL, and not just because she does a mean Judge Jeanine. She’s capable of multitudes. Just witness her appearance on Weekend Update on this past weekend’s Kieran Culkin-hosted SNL. She took one of the touchiest subjects in the nation right now — a woman’s right […]

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Cecily Strong Tried To Find Laughs In Texas’ Draconian Abortion Law With A Surreal Monologue As ‘Goober The Clown’

There was a lot of news to cover on this weekend’s Kieran Culkin-hosted SNL, and they tried their damndest. They managed to bang out Aaron Rodgers being anti-vaxx, Glenn Youngkin nabbing Virginia, and a bold new Trump impersonator in the cold open alone. Later they dunked on Ice Cube for also not getting vaccinated. And […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Abortion Laws In the US

Pro-choice demonstrators protest outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 1, 2021. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) After a decade-long, coordinated attack on abortion rights, abortion opponents have never been closer to their ultimate dream: overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized […]

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Tell Us Your Abortion Story

Earlier this fall, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on the multipronged threat to American reproductive rights, several members of Congress shared their stories of having had abortions. The testimonies, from Representatives Cori Bush of Missouri, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Barbara Lee of California, were all deeply moving in their own way. But one […]

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There’s Nothing Moderate About a Ban on Abortions at 15 Weeks

Last month, Jon A. Shields, a self-described “conservative professor” at Claremont McKenna College, made the unconvincing case for a “liberal compromise on abortion” in the pages of The New York Times. Writing that “common moral intuitions about abortion” have “quietly moderated” what he called a “liberal civil war,” Shields pointed to the fact that about […]

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Do Gun Rights Depend on Abortion Rights? That’s Now Up to the Supreme Court.

And on the Second Amendment case, a challenge to New York State’s limits on licenses for carrying a concealed weapon, there was little surprise that a majority appeared ready to interpret the Constitution to require a substantial expansion of individual gun rights. Still, something interesting did emerge from the proximity of the week’s arguments. The […]

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The Texas Abortion Law and the Playbook to Overturn Roe v. Wade

After Monday’s Supreme Court oral arguments, the writing seems to be on the wall for Senate Bill 8, the Texas law that bans abortion starting about six weeks after a person’s last menstrual period and that hands enforcement to private citizens. It now looks as though two conservative justices may flip on the Texas law […]

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The Supreme Court Won’t Gut Roe the Way Texas Wants Them To

Those concerns appeared to resonate among at least three of the court’s conservative justices. Chief Justice John Roberts, who dissented from the court’s decision to allow S.B. 8 to go into effect in September, asked whether a law allowing a $1 million bounty instead of a $10,000 bounty would create enough of a chilling effect […]

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The Supreme Court Won’t Gut Roe the Way Texas Wants It To

Those concerns appeared to resonate among at least three of the court’s conservative justices. Chief Justice John Roberts, who dissented from the court’s decision to allow S.B. 8 to go into effect in September, asked whether a law allowing a $1 million bounty instead of a $10,000 bounty would create enough of a chilling effect […]

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Supreme Court Hints That It May Allow Challenge to Texas Abortion Law

The four justices who dissented in September — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — did not seem to have changed their minds about the law. And Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch asked questions that suggested they thought the […]

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How Latin American Women Can Keep Fighting for Abortion Rights and Win

Equally important as legal action has been the movement’s efforts to break the stigma against abortion and help people understand the realities women and girls face when they’re forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. In 2016, Planned Parenthood Global and others began the Niñas, No Madres (Girls, Not Mothers) campaign to inform and […]

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Roe Is as Good as Gone. It’s Time for a New Strategy.

Five justices — Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito —  are expected to eviscerate abortion access with their decision in Dobbs. None of these extremely conservative justices are likely to join a last-minute reprieve as happened in Casey. When Roe falls, 26 states are likely or certain to ban […]

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Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments on Texas Abortion Law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in challenges to a Texas law that has sharply curtailed abortions in the state. The law, which went into effect on Sept. 1 after the court declined to block it in a bitterly divided 5-to-4 decision, was drafted to evade review in federal court, a […]

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When Will the Supreme Court Hear Arguments on the Texas Abortion Law?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in two challenges to a Texas law that bars most abortions in the state after six weeks of pregnancy. The justices will consider whether abortion providers in the state and the Biden administration are entitled to challenge the law, which was intended to evade review in federal […]

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In Texas Abortion Law Case, a Spotlight on Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Exactly two months after the Supreme Court let Texas effectively outlaw most abortions in the state, it will hear a pair of arguments on Monday that could allow it to reverse course. Much of the attention will be on Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. The court’s call for what amounts to a do-over suggests […]

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How Fast Will Amy Coney Barrett Move the Supreme Court Right?

In Fulton, Justice Alito wrote a 77-page opinion that argued fiercely for overturning Smith. “As long as it remains on the books, it threatens a fundamental freedom,” he wrote on behalf of himself and Justices Gorsuch and Thomas. But the archconservative trio ended up in the minority. Justice Barrett, along with Justice Kavanaugh and the […]

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The History of Roe v. Wade, and the Texas Abortion Law

Most of the country moved on. From the time Roe was decided in January 1973 until year’s end, abortion clinics opened in 34 states, and at least 745,000 women reportedly had abortions in compliance with Roe — the procedure tax-deductible and covered by most insurance companies. When the Senate next convened to vet a potential […]

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Meeting Between Francis and Biden Will Highlight Their Rift With American Bishops

But Francis has apparently grown frustrated in recent months with the hostile corners of the American church and their media megaphone. The American Catholic television network, EWTN, is arguably the world’s largest, and its biggest star, Raymond Arroyo, a favorite of Mr. Trump, has frequently hosted guests hostile to Francis and Mr. Biden. EWTN owns […]

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