States With Abortion Bans Are Also “Economically Disempowering” People: Report

Originally published by The 19th. States enacting abortion bans are also “economically disempowering workers” through other channels, according to an Economic Policy Institute (EPI) report released Wednesday. The study analyzed five indicators of economic security — minimum wage, unionization, unemployment insurance, Medicaid expansion and incarceration — and found strong correlations with state… Source Source / Read More: States With Abortion Bans Are Also “Economically Disempowering” People: Report

Virginia GOP Introduces Abortion Ban With Almost No Chance of Passage

Republicans in the Virginia state legislature have submitted a bill restricting access to abortion, even after a special election earlier this week indicated that the measure has little chance of passing. The bill was submitted by Rep. Kathy Byron, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and would ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy — a time frame that abortion rights… Source Source / Read More: Virginia GOP Introduces Abortion Ban With Almost No Chance of Passage

House GOP Priorities Include “Born Alive” Measure and Other Anti-Abortion Laws

This story was originally published by The 19th House Republican leaders have vowed swift action on a number of measures related to abortion this year — including one that compels health care providers to provide life-sustaining care to infants born after an attempted abortion. But, reproductive rights advocates and physicians say, the rights of infants born by any method… Source Source / Read More: House GOP Priorities Include “Born Alive” Measure and Other Anti-Abortion Laws

South Carolina Supreme Court Permanently Blocks State’s Abortion Ban

Reproductive rights supporters in South Carolina and across the country celebrated Thursday once the state Supreme Court permanently struck down a law banning abortion after around six weeks, or before many people even know they are pregnant. Senate Bill 1 had been blocked in the federal court system — until June, when the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision… Source Source / Read More: South Carolina Supreme Court Permanently Blocks State’s Abortion Ban

Let’s Challenge Abortion Stigma This Holiday

Originally published by Prism Heading home for the holidays can bring all the feelings: joy, exhaustion, excitement, overwhelm, stress, and comfort. And even in the best circumstances, worries about which invasive questions you’ll be asked and which topics of political fervor will spur intense conversations are real. The constant need to decide how much energy to exert in a debate can be… Source Source / Read More: Let’s Challenge Abortion Stigma This Holiday

Abortion Protected Democrats in Midterms, But Democrats Won’t Protect Abortion

These midterms were supposed to be a red tsunami. But due in large part to the anger at overturning Roe v. Wade and support for reproductive rights, there was hardly a red ripple. The Republicans will likely take the House by a tiny margin, and the Democrats will retain — or maybe even expand — their majority in the Senate. The Democrats successfully positioned themselves as a vote for reproductive rights which, as these elections showed, are at top of mind for many people. Across the country, including in red states, ballot initiatives indicated support for abortion, and after inflation,…

Abortion and Investment Helped Democrats Turn the Tide in State Legislatures

Originally published by The 19th. Democrats defied significant headwinds on Tuesday to win races up and down the ballot, campaigning on abortion and reproductive freedom. But their gains were perhaps most significant — and surprising — in the state legislatures where they’ve been on defense for a decade. Democrats are on track to win back dozens of seats nationwide and flip control of up to four legislative chambers in key Midwestern battleground states, results with significant implications for abortion access. “We’re thrilled by these results,” Jessica Post, president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, told The 19th. “We think we’ll…

More Than Two Dozen Abortion Clinics Closed in the First 100 Days Post-Roe

This story was originally published by The 19th Twenty-six abortion clinics have shut down since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, per a new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute, cutting off access not only to abortion, but critical health services. And researchers say the number of clinics that shutter will only grow as abortion bans stay in effect. The analysis looked at states where total or six-week abortion bans are being enforced. As of October 2 — the 100-day mark since Roe’s overturn — 66 clinics had stopped providing abortions, according to the report, including some in states where…

GOP’s 15-Week Abortion Ban Is a Midterm Tactic — But Not in the Way You Think

On Tuesday, less than three months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced a national 15-week abortion ban in the U.S. Senate. The bill, the first Republican abortion ban proposed since Roe’s end, contains exceptions for rape, incest and to save the life of the pregnant person. The measure is sure to fail in the Democratically controlled Senate, where it would need to get 60 votes to override a filibuster, and it’s out of step with the majority of Americans, who support safe, legal abortion care — a number that has only grown…

Lindsey Graham and Other GOP Senators Have Introduced a Nationwide Abortion Ban

On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) led Republicans in the Senate in introducing legislation to impose a nationwide abortion ban. The legislation uses loaded and deceitful language in its title. The bill, called the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” by its anti-abortion proponents, would ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It would only allow abortion after that timeframe if a person is the victim of rape or incest, or if their pregnancy poses a risk to their life. Physicians largely agree there is no such thing as a “late-term abortion,” and that the terminology…

New Near-Total Abortions Bans Take Effect in Five States This Week

Originally published by The 19th. Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas will begin enforcing near-total abortion bans Thursday, and a fifth state — North Dakota — is set to do so Friday. By the end of the week, 12 states will have outlawed abortion in almost all instances. Abortions were legal in three of those states before this week, though they were difficult to obtain. After Roe v. Wade was overturned June 24, ending the federal right to an abortion, Idaho and Tennessee began enforcing six-week bans. Until Friday, abortion is legal in North Dakota up until 22 weeks of pregnancy,…

South Carolina Shows Abortion Rights Activists Can Make Progress in Red States

In a surprising development last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court stopped the state from enforcing a law banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. That law was enacted in 2021 in the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision which overturned Roe v. Wade. Proponents of the law expected that in a post-Roe world it would end abortion in South Carolina. But the 2021 law mysteriously included a provision that its enactment “must not be construed to repeal, by implication or otherwise, Section 44-41-20 [(the codification of Roe)] or any otherwise applicable provision of South Carolina law…