Reproductive Choice

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.
Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

45 amicus briefs were filed yesterday urging the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a Texas law that threatens to close more than 75% of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion.

Federal Appeals Court Halts Utah’s Attempt to Defund Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court granted a temporary injunction on Wednesday, halting Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s effort to deny state funding to Planned Parenthood.

Federal Judge Upholds California Law Requiring CPCs to Post Information on Abortion

A federal judge in California ruled on Monday to uphold a new law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose that they are not licensed medical providers and to post notices providing information about California’s public programs offering access to family planning, prenatal and abortion services.

Tennessee Woman Faces Jail For Coat Hanger Abortion

A Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week, three months after an attempt to terminate her pregnancy using a coat hanger.
Activists Challenge Arizona Sex and Race-Selective Abortion Law

Activists Challenge Arizona Sex and Race-Selective Abortion Law

NAPAWF and the Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP are challenging a 2011 Arizona anti-abortion law which requires women's reproductive healthcare providers to racially profile Asian and African-American women seeking to terminate their pregnancies in the name of eliminating sex and race-selective abortion.
Supreme Court Rejects Latest Delay Tactic by Center for Medical Progress

Supreme Court Rejects Latest Delay Tactic by Center for Medical Progress

On Friday, the Supreme Court denied an emergency request from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that would have allowed the anti-abortion group to avoid disclosing the names of key supporters “intimately involved in the planning and funding for the Center’s alleged conspiracy.”

Congress Renews Push to Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Affordable Care Act

Despite a mass shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood last week, Senate Republicans stepped up efforts to dismantle the reproductive healthcare provider by pushing forward a bill yesterday to defund the organization.

Last Full-Time Abortion Clinic in Kentucky Vandalized Twice in Three Weeks

Kentucky's last remaining full-time abortion clinic has been vandalized twice in less than one month.