Reproductive Choice
Restrictive Abortion Laws Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

Restrictive Abortion Laws Take Effect in Mississippi and Florida

Mississippi law now bans abortion 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, and a new Florida law went into effect banning abortion at any point in the pregnancy once a fetus is deemed viable unless two doctors certify in writing that it is necessary to protect the health and life of the woman.
Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case Values Corporations Over Women

Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case Values Corporations Over Women

Even as the Court decided that closely-held corporations could have religious rights protected by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the conservative majority minimized not only the importance of women's health but also the goal of women's equality.
Stop The Madness: On Treating Women Prisoners With Dignity

Stop The Madness: On Treating Women Prisoners With Dignity

Women in prison are still people - and they shouldn't have to endure shackling during childbirth and forced sterilization just because they committed a crime.
Supreme Court Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Birth Control Case

Supreme Court Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Birth Control Case

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. today in a major blow to reproductive rights for women across the nation.
Social Media Users Expose Clinic Violence Following Supreme Court's Buffer Zone Ruling

Social Media Users Expose Clinic Violence Following Supreme Court’s Buffer Zone Ruling

Hashtags like #ProtectTheZone, #ClinicViolenceIsReal, #NotCounseling, #SCOTUSFail, #clinicthreats, and #antichoiceterrorists all appeared in thousands of tweets from firsthand victims of clinic violence following the SCOTUS decision Thursdsay.
New York Women's Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time

New York Women’s Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time

Although the State Senate passed nine planks of the WEA as separate bills, the full act ultimately did not move forward because Senate Republicans opposed a provision that would codify Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court Just Ignored the Reality of Clinic Violence

The Supreme Court Just Ignored the Reality of Clinic Violence

Portraying buffer zone laws as a response to “clashes” of political opinion overlooks the harrowing history behind McCullen and the much larger trend of violence against abortion providers and patients that it represents.
Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance

Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance

A U.S. District Judge ruled that Austin's crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) don't have to post signage acknowledging they don't give any form of medical care.
SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Providers

SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Providers

"The lives of doctors and clinic staff are being threatened as we speak. This decision emboldens more extreme violence, harassment, and intimidation of women and health care providers in the name of free speech."
House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers

House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers

Unlike other employees with federal health care plans – including Peace Corps employees – Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life.
TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic

TRAP Law Shuts Down North Alabama Clinic

One northern Alabama clinic surrendered its provider license Tuesday. The Alabama Women's Center in Huntsville is the latest victim of a new state TRAP law set to take effect July 1.
Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered.
New York Senate Passes Three Planks of Women's Equality Act, Defying Advocates for the Comprehensive Package

New York Senate Passes Three Planks of Women’s Equality Act, Defying Advocates for the Comprehensive Package

Advocates who remain committed to passing the omnibus bill insist that the issues represented in the planks intersect and therefore must be passed together rather than individually, especially because the latter strategy puts the abortion plank at risk of being ultimately forgone.
Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech

Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech

The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) could challenge an Ohio state law prohibiting "false statements" in political campaign speech.
Florida Governor Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Access

Florida Governor Signs Bill Restricting Abortion Access

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law on Friday that redefines the state's current third trimester abortion ban, creating further restrictions for women seeking later abortions.
Anti-Choice Group Asks SCOTUS to Review New York City's CPC Regulations

Anti-Choice Group Asks SCOTUS to Review New York City’s CPC Regulations

The New York City law immediately became a target after it passed in 2011.
South Carolina Legislators Fail to Pass Anti-Choice Measures

South Carolina Legislators Fail to Pass Anti-Choice Measures

None of the bills moved through the body, which women's groups locally are hailing as a victory.
Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keeping Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes

Louisiana Legislature Passes Bill to Keeping Pregnant Women on Life Support Against Wishes

HB 1274 requires physicians to to keep brain-dead women who are at least 20 weeks pregnant on mechanical support if there is a chance the fetus is viable.
Oklahoma Governor Signs Admitting Privileges Bill

Oklahoma Governor Signs Admitting Privileges Bill

Only one of Oklahoma's three clinics already has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, so the other two may be forced to close when the law goes into effect on November 1.
New Hampshire Governor to Sign 25-Foot Clinic Buffer Zone Bill

New Hampshire Governor to Sign 25-Foot Clinic Buffer Zone Bill

The bill had already passed the Senate in February, but the House made a few changes before passage and then sent it to the Senate for another vote. It will now go to the governor's desk, where Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign it.