Posts tagged "abortion"

House Considers Bill that Stigmatizes Women of Color In Order To Restrict Abortion Access

The House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, chaired by Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), is holding hearings today on the so-called Prenatal Discrimination Act (PRENDA), a underhanded attempt to restrict access to abortion for women of color.

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.

Zika Virus Raises Need for Increased Access to Reproductive Healthcare

As the Zika virus spreads, at least five countries have advised women to delay pregnancy, advice that many women’s rights advocates have criticized as unrealistic and offensive given restrictive abortion laws and the inaccessibility of birth control in many of the affected areas.

House Fails to Override Veto of Measure to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal Affordable Care Act

The House of Representatives failed to gather enough votes yesterday to override President Obama’s veto of a measure that would have defunded Planned Parenthood for one year and repealed key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.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.

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.
Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion

Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion

The Safe Abortion Act that passed this week with an overwhelming majority support in the parliament will make the abortion procedure legal in Sierra Leone.
Restrictions on Women’s Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds

Restrictions on Women’s Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds

A new Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance.
Teen Births In Colorado Dip 48 Percent Thanks To LARCs

Teen Births In Colorado Dip 48 Percent Thanks To LARCs

Just five years since Colorado introduced an innovative family planning initiative providing little to no-cost long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women in 68 clinics, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced a 48 percent decline in teen births and abortions statewide.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Vandalized by Intruder With Hatchet

Planned Parenthood Clinic Vandalized by Intruder With Hatchet

In the latest incident of violent anti-abortion extremism, an intruder wielding a hatchet ripped through a Planned Parenthood in Claremont, New Hampshire last week destroying telephones, medical equipment, computers and plumber fixtures, resulting in "significant" damage including flooding.
Arizona Judge Blocks Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law

Arizona Judge Blocks Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law

An Arizona judge permanently blocked an anti-abortion law on Thursday that would have severely restricted access to medication abortions.
Dangerous TRAP Laws Blocked in Ohio and Oklahoma

Dangerous TRAP Laws Blocked in Ohio and Oklahoma

This week, women's healthcare providers in Ohio and Oklahoma challenging anti-abortion legislation have succeeded in blocking dangerous TRAP laws in two of the most hostile states in the nation for reproductive rights.
Oklahoma State Court Blocks One Anti-Abortion Measure, Allows Another

Oklahoma State Court Blocks One Anti-Abortion Measure, Allows Another

An Oklahoma state court blocked a measure yesterday that would have banned the most commonly used method of second trimester abortion. The court allowed, however, a tripling of the state's mandatory waiting period from 24 to 72 hours.
Report Finds Texas' HB2 Increases Abortion Wait Times

Report Finds Texas’ HB2 Increases Abortion Wait Times

A new report released by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Policy Evaluation Project found patients seeking abortions in Texas have experienced an increase in wait times since the passage of HB2, the 2013 Texas omnibus anti-abortion bill that attempts to cut off abortion access by requiring abortion providers in the state to fulfill medically unnecessary...
Australia Deports Anti-Abortion Extremist Troy Newman

Australia Deports Anti-Abortion Extremist Troy Newman

"We don't welcome extremists into our country and we don't welcome extremism," said Terri Butler, Australia's Labor MP.
House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue

House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue

House Republicans will assemble a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, two Planned Parenthood clinics in two different states have been set on fire in apparent arson.
Mifepristone: More Than An Abortion Pill – A Lifesaver for Women

Mifepristone: More Than An Abortion Pill – A Lifesaver for Women

Although drug mifepristone is most commonly used for early abortion, Beth Jordan, MD., explains why it should also be widely available to treat life-saving medical and mental health conditions that disproportionately impact women.
Senate Democrats Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senators voted 47-52 yesterday to block a short-term spending bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed to defund Planned Parenthood beginning in October.
National Women’s Groups Urge Jerry Brown to Sign California FACT Law

National Women’s Groups Urge Jerry Brown to Sign California FACT Law

Women's rights groups, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, urge Governor Brown to sign FACT Act, requiring unlicensed crisis pregnancy centers to disclose that they are not medical providers.
Anti-Abortion Group Loses Last Ditch Attempt to Avoid Legal Process

Anti-Abortion Group Loses Last Ditch Attempt to Avoid Legal Process

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the anti-abortion group calling itself the Center for Medical Progress must provide documents and respond to questions concerning deceptive videos the group produced to mislead the public about Planned Parenthood.