Abortion Ban Stalls in West Virginia After Protesters Pack Hearings and Capitol

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. “Vote them out. Vote them out,” activists chanted outside of lawmakers’ offices in West Virginia’s capital in late July, as senators considered a bill that would outlaw abortion in West Virginia. One activist held a sign labeled “Don’t Tread on Me” below a rattlesnake wrapped around itself, forming a uterus. Another had a white, pink and blue striped sign, the colors of the transgender flag, stating, “Abortion is not just a women’s issue.” The West Virginia Republican Party failed to pass an abortion ban during a July special session called by Gov.…

Some Google Map Searches Send Abortion Seekers to Crisis Pregnancy Centers

A new report reveals that Google — the most widely-used search engine in the country — is directing people searching for abortion services to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which seek to dissuade people from getting abortions. According to Bloomberg News, Google Maps is misleading people searching for abortion services by including crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in their results. These dubious quasi-health centers, often run by religious organizations with far right views, use misinformation and fearmongering to persuade people not to get abortions. False claims pushed by CPCs include wrongly telling patients that abortions are linked to breast cancer or mental…

The Lessons of the Kansas Primary Go Far Beyond Abortion Rights

In 1922, the newspaper editor William Allen White wrote, “When anything is going to happen in this country, it happens first in Kansas.” On August 2, voters in Kansas proved him right, going to the polls for the first referendum on abortion since the fall of Roe v. Wade. The result was an emphatic rejection of a state constitutional amendment that would have allowed state legislators to severely restrict access to abortion or ban the procedure outright. Pollsters were left scrambling as people across the country expressed surprise: How could this have happened in a state like Kansas? A few…

Austin Schools Will Now Offer Free Pads and Tampons: Period Equity Is Expanding

Originally published by The 19th. When Austin public school students return to classes this month, they will find a new amenity awaiting them in the bathrooms: dispensers of free maxi pads and tampons. Over the summer, Austin Independent School District spent about $85,000 on dispensers and $70,000 on the first batch of menstrual products to provide to students at no cost. Austin is the state’s fifth-largest district and joins Fort Worth, which will also offer supplies to students for free this fall, following a decision Dallas schools made last year. The Texas districts join a national movement toward period equity,…

Defeat of Anti-Abortion Amendment in Kansas Shows Voters Favor Bodily Autonomy

Reproductive rights advocates are moving forward energized by the abortion rights movement’s heartening victory this week in Kansas, which signaled that – despite what right-wing forces have claimed – masses of Americans are solidly in favor of bodily autonomy. Kansas was the first state to vote on abortion rights in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s overturn, and the response from voters intent on protecting Kansas’s status as an abortion sanctuary in an otherwise highly restrictive Midwest was stunning. Nearly half of all registered voters turned out, a record high; and of these voters, 62 percent voted against the proposed…

How to Access Abortion Pills by Mail — and What to Know When You Do

This article first appeared in The Appeal’s weekly newsletter. Sign up here. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade accelerated efforts to criminalize abortion in the United States. Laws banning abortion have gone into effect in at least eight states since the decision came down in late June. More states are expected to restrict access soon. But there is one abortion method states will have a hard time eradicating: medication abortion. The abortion pills available — mifepristone and misoprostol — are safer than Tylenol and have been approved by the FDA since 2000. They are only recommended for…

Right-Wing Model Legislation Would Criminalize Sharing Information on Abortion

In the days leading up to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest anti-abortion organization, released model legislation that would ban abortion and criminalize “aiding or abetting an illegal abortion.” The model legislation would impact anyone in the state who runs a website “that encourages or facilitates efforts to obtain an illegal abortion” or provides “referrals to an illegal abortion provider.” The legislation also includes a RICO–style provision for the use of proceeds from “a pattern of illegal abortion activity.” The penalties for this post-Roe model legislation, which the NRLC wants states…

FDA Is Considering Making Birth Control Pills Available Over the Counter

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to consider whether multiple companies’ versions of oral birth control medication should be made available to consumers over the counter, removing requirements to access such pills through a prescription only. Paris-based HRA Pharma submitted a request to the FDA on Monday to authorize over-the-counter use of its daily oral birth control pill. Cadence Health, another birth control pill manufacturer whose product is in wide use, has reportedly been in “close dialogue” with the agency about changing its requirements away from prescription-only to over the counter, with plans to submit an application…

Red States Plot Use of Vigilantes to Restrict Abortion Seekers’ Travel

Following President Joe Biden’s Friday executive order protecting abortion rights, a Planned Parenthood of Montana spokesperson tells Truthout the organization will not reverse its decision to discontinue providing medication abortion to patients traveling from states where abortion has been banned after the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. The organization, which operates five clinics in the state, had previously cited legal concerns about patients potentially traveling with abortion pills provided by Planned Parenthood of Montana clinics back home to states that have banned abortion, and then taking the pills there. The organization, however, is continuing to provide such patients…

Abortion Activists Slam White House for Saying They Are “Out of Step” With Dems

Comments by White House communications director Kate Bedingfield over the weekend have touched a fresh nerve among progressives already frustrated by the Biden administration’s tepid response to the right-wing attack on abortion rights including the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade last month. Quoted in a detailed piece of reporting by the Washington Post, Bedingfield referred dismissively to those frustrated by the administration’s slow and less-than-forceful response to the Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step…

Companies Offering Abortion Travel Benefits Donate to Anti-Abortion Politicians

This story was originally published at Prism. Corporations began introducing plans to pay for abortion travel across state lines shortly after the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade leaked from the Supreme Court of the United States in May. Since the official ruling was handed down on June 24, the number of companies offering the benefit has grown, with over 40 companies announcing similar abortion travel policies. But research shows that many companies on that list have donated thousands of dollars to anti-abortion politicians and legislators across the country. Additionally, many logistical and privacy questions about the policies remain. While…

GOP Lawmakers Consider Next Moves on Abortion, Including Nationwide Bans

If Republicans win control of Congress in this year’s midterm races, it’s not a matter of if they’ll pursue a national ban on abortion, but rather, how far such a ban would go. Currently, there are no federal laws restricting people from seeking abortions. When the Supreme Court ruled last month to overturn abortion rights protections established in Roe v. Wade, however, several state laws restricting abortion that were on the books from before that ruling was made went into effect, as well as “trigger laws” that could only be enforced if Roe was overturned. Now, GOP lawmakers are discussing…

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