Reproductive Choice

Anti-Abortion Laws Permanently Blocked in Florida

Last week a Florida district court judge issued a permanent block on two provisions that would have prohibited Planned Parenthood from receiving state or local funding, and would have forced all women’s health organizations that offer abortion services to undergo annual clinic inspections.

New Boko Haram Video Reignites International Concern over Reproductive Health of Rape Victims

On Sunday, Boko Haram released a video reporting the alleged status of hundreds of girls held hostage by the militant group, including the over 250 schoolgirls that were abducted in 2014.

US Policy on Abortion for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict at Odds with International Law

On the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, a series of treaties concerning the rights and protections of noncombatants, prisoners, and those injured during armed conflict, the United States continues to overlook one of its most important protections: the right of the “wounded and sick” to non-discriminatory medical care .

Reproductive Health Care Providers Prevail in Spite of Anti-Abortion Protests

National anti-abortion extremist groups attempted to intimidate and harass abortion providers and patients in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Wichita this July.

Peru Fails to Prosecute Former President for Mass Forced Sterilizations

Peru’s public prosecutor Marcelia Gutiérrez declined to prosecute former president Alberto Fujimori and his health ministers for the forced sterilization of hundreds of thousands of people in the late 1990s.

Texas’ Revised Pamphlet for Women Seeking Abortion Still Full of Innaccuracies

The state of Texas released a new draft of an informational pamphlet on abortion—and it contains numerous inaccuracies and biased information advocates say is meant to shame and scare women.

Alaska Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Parental Notification Law

The Alaska Supreme Court struck down a law last week that required physicians to notify the guardians of teenage minors seeking an abortion 48 hours prior to performing the procedure.

House Majority Passes Yet Another Anti-Abortion Bill

The House on Wednesday voted 245-182 to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, a bill which would restrict access to abortion by allowing healthcare workers and health insurance providers to refuse to cover abortion services.

Anti-Abortion Extremists Coming to Wichita Exposed

Anti-abortion extremists are coming to Wichita on Saturday for a week-long campaign hosted by Operation Save America.

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

The theme of this year’s World Population Day, a United Nations initiative to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, is “Investing in Teenage Girls.”

House Investigation of Abortion Providers Set to Exceed $1 Million

According to the House Administration Committee, the Select Investigative Panel scrutinizing abortion providers is requesting around $500,000 to continue its probe into the practices of the organizations. If approved, the total cost of the investigation will exceed one million dollars by the end of the year.

Title X Threatened When It’s Needed to Combat Zika

The House Appropriations Committee introduced a draft of a funding proposal for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies that cuts all monetary support for Title X programs.

South Carolina “Personhood Amendment” Fails to Make it on the Ballot

A South Carolina bill that would have put a referendum for a “personhood amendment” on the ballot in November fell short of the necessary two-thirds votes needed to bring it up for consideration on the Senate agenda before the end of June.

Oakland, California Considering Ordinance to Penalize CPCs for False Advertising

Elected officials in Oakland, California are standing up for women’s health with a proposed ordinance that penalizes the dissemination of untrue or misleading information by crisis pregnancy centers.

Federal Judge Blocks Restrictive Florida Abortion Bill

A federal judge has blocked parts of a new Florida law that aimed to limit access to abortion.

SCOTUS Saves Sole Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the sole abortion clinic left standing in Mississippi, won a major Supreme Court victory Tuesday after the Court declined to hear Mississippi’s appeal to enforce a state law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors performing abortions, similar to the Texas law the Court struck down on Monday.

Supreme Court Denies Washington Pharmacists’ Religious Freedom Appeal

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal in Stormans Inc. v. Wiesman, a case brought by Washington state pharmacists who argued for a right to deny services on grounds of religious objections. A 2007 regulation adopted in the state bound pharmacies to fill lawful prescriptions, with the caveat that individual pharmacists with...

ACLU Lawsuit Aims to Protect Reproductive Health Access for Undocumented Minors

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Friday against the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which claims that the ORR has violated the separation of church and state by providing millions of dollars annually to Catholic Charity organizations that refuse to provide constitutionally...

UN Demands That Ireland Amend Anti-Abortion Legislation

The Council's ruling is incredibly significant, as Ireland has some of the strictest abortion legislation in the world.

West Texas Abortion Providers Are Overwhelmed By Demand Due to Anti-Abortion Laws Shuttering Clinics

The closure of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state—which once served as primary sources of reproductive health care for women there—has left the few clinics remaining in west Texas underfunded, understaffed, and overwhelmed by demand.