Reproductive Choice

Federal Court Orders Recount of Vote on Anti-Abortion Tennessee Ballot Measure

A federal court on Friday ordered Tennessee election officials to recount the votes cast during the 2014 election on Amendment 1, an anti-abortion state constitutional amendment.

56 People of Color Testify Against Abortion Ban Built on Racist and Sexist Stereotypes

Declaring, "we will not sit silently while we are exploited for the passage of yet another abortion restriction," 56 people of color submitted written testimony to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice in opposition to the so-called Prenatal Discrimination Act (PRENDA).

Tennessee Voters Challenge Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment in Federal Court

Voters in Tennessee have mounted a legal challenge to a 2014 state constitutional amendment — known as Amendment 1 — declaring that there is no right to abortion in Tennessee, even in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

FDA Expands Access to Medication Abortion

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made mifepristone (the early option of abortion by pills, or medication abortion) more accessible to women, but still kept in place unnecessary regulations.

Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a measure today that would have defunded Planned Parenthood in the state.

Federal Court Permanently Strikes Down Alabama TRAP Law

In a decision issued three weeks after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments against a similar Texas TRAP law, a federal judge on Friday permanently blocked a provision in an Alabama law that would close almost all of the state's abortion clinics by unnecessarily requiring providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Tennessee Fetal Assault Law Will Expire in July

In a win for reproductive justice advocates, a Tennessee bill that would have permanently extended the state’s dangerous “Fetal Assault Law” was defeated in a 3-3 committee vote on Tuesday. The law will now sunset on July 1st.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Birth Control Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday—the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—on whether religiously affiliated non-profits can use their religious beliefs to discriminate against women by blocking health insurance coverage for birth control.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Moves to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has formally notified Planned Parenthood that it will ban the healthcare provider from the state’s Medicaid program, following through on a pledge made by Governor Sam Brownback earlier this year.

Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Two Anti-Abortion Bills

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on two anti-abortion bills that seek to prohibit abortion and criminalize physicians.

Louisiana Politicians Pre-File Anti-Abortion Bills

Even as the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked enforcement of a Louisiana TRAP law that would have left the state with only one abortion provider, anti-abortion politicians continue to propose an onslaught of legislation that could shutter the state’s four remaining abortion clinics for good.

Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Minnesota Abortion Clinics

Anti-abortion extremist Michael John Harris pled guilty on Wednesday to threatening to kill staff, patients, and doctors at two Minnesota reproductive health clinics.
Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

Thousands Rally for Abortion Access at the U.S. Supreme Court

At least two thousand pro-abortion rights activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as justices heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to the Texas TRAP law designed to close off access to abortion.

House Democrats Denounce Rep Blackburn’s Unilateral Use of Subpoenas Targeting Healthcare Providers

The six Democratic Members of the House Select Investigative Panel sent a letter to Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Friday objecting to the Chair’s "abusive and unjustifiable" use of her subpoena authority to force healthcare providers and others to disclose the names of doctors, medical students, and clinic personnel.

Study Exposes ‘Gender Gap’ in Media Coverage of Reproductive Issues

A new study by the Women's Media Center has revealed more than half of news stories focusing on reproductive issues are written by men.

Missouri Politicians Introduce “All Lives Matter” Personhood Bill

In a startling misappropriation of the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-reproductive rights politicians in Missouri started off the new year by introducing the so-called “All Lives Matter Act” – a bill designed to strengthen Missouri’s already existing personhood law.

NC Abortion Providers Must Now Submit Ultrasounds to State Officials

A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to submit an ultrasound to state officials for every abortion and induced miscarriage performed after the 16th week of pregnancy took effect on January 1.

VA Governor Proposes Plan for Free, Long-Lasting Birth Control

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam announced a $9 million program proposal on Friday that would make free long-lasting birth control available to women who have little or no health insurance.

Judge Rejects Order to Block Catholic Hospitals Denying Women Tubal Ligations

A San Francisco Superior Court judge declined to issue an emergency order that would prevent Mercy Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, from refusing a women's request for a tubal ligation.

President Obama Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood & Repealing Affordable Care Act

President Obama vetoed a measure today that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.