House GOP Is Passing Bills Based on Outright Lies About “Pro-Choice Violence”

A week after Republicans secured a majority in the House, the party wasted no time in showing how it intends to rule — passing not one, but two anti-abortion provisions. The first was a resolution that condemns attacks on “pro-life facilities, groups, and churches,” according to the legislation. By “pro-life facilities,” Republicans mean crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which are anti-abortion… Source Source / Read More: House GOP Is Passing Bills Based on Outright Lies About “Pro-Choice Violence”

Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

Abortion rights activists are holding mass rallies across the country on Sunday to mark what would be the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Courtruling that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion until right-wing justices struck it down last year. In Louisiana, one of at least 13 states that banned most abortions since the ruling, Nancy Davis will be a leader at the march in the… Source Source / Read More: Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

Wisconsin Democrats Push for Abortion Referendum in Upcoming Spring Election

Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin pushed for a nonbinding referendum question on abortion to be included on the spring ballot this April, hoping that doing so would show anti-abortion Republicans, who control the state legislature, that residents of the state support the recognition and protection of abortion rights. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this past summer that dismantled… Source Source / Read More: Wisconsin Democrats Push for Abortion Referendum in Upcoming Spring Election

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

FDA Rules That Retail Pharmacies Can Offer Abortion Medication

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule on Tuesday that will allow qualifying pharmacies to offer abortion medication to patients. The rule makes such medication available by prescription at pharmacies across the country, including large chain stores and mail-order companies. However, state rules on abortion medication will still apply — and in about half the states… Source Source / Read More: FDA Rules That Retail Pharmacies Can Offer Abortion Medication

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

Post “Roe,” Advocates Fear for the Future of Contraceptive Self-Determination

Jacora Johnson, a 22-year-old Texas resident, is facing a difficult and potentially painful decision. They currently use the Depo-Provera shot, a type of birth control that’s administered by a medical provider every three months. In addition to being a highly effective form of contraception, it’s also gender-affirming for Johnson, who is nonbinary. “I don’t get my menstrual cycle, which is great because that can be dysphoric for me,” they said. Johnson also enjoys having regular check-ins with a doctor. But in Texas, most abortions have been banned since September 2021, when SB 8, the law that encouraged private citizens to…

Venezuela: UN backs Venezuelan victims’ and civil society’s fight for truth and justice

During its 51st session, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution renewing the mandate of the International Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, created by the same body in September 2019, for two more years. In response, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, stated: “Amnesty International welcomes the renewal of the Fact-Finding Mission on […] The post Venezuela: UN backs Venezuelan victims’ and civil society’s fight for truth and justice appeared first on Amnesty International.

Arizona Judge Lifts Injunction Against State’s 1864 Anti-Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood Arizona on Friday night vowed that its fight to protect reproductive healthcare in the state was “far from over” after a judge lifted a decades-old injunction which had blocked an anti-abortion rights law dating back to 1864 — before Arizona was even established as a state — and allowed the ban to be enforced. Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson said in her ruling that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which affirmed the constitutional right to abortion care, had been the basis for barring the 1864 law from being enforced. Since Roe was…

Medication Abortion Is Not Enough to Solve the Abortion Access Crisis

One of the most important differences between our pre-Roe past and our post-Roe present is the existence of medication abortion. Abortion pills now allow patients to receive care entirely via telemedicine. They also safely allow people to end their own pregnancies without medical assistance, a process known as self-managed abortion. Thanks to abortion pills, abortions now classified as “illegal” can be medically safe. The significance of this cannot be overstated: Despite its stubborn ubiquity as a protest symbol, gone are the days of the coat hanger. That is, as long as people who are capable of becoming pregnant know about…

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…

Senators Are Optimistic That Marriage Equality Bill Will Pass This Month

Senate negotiators working on a bill to codify marriage equality protections have expressed optimism that the legislation could be passed by the end of this month. The Respect for Marriage Act passed earlier this summer in the House of Representatives, with just 47 Republicans voting in its favor. The bill faces greater obstacles in the Senate, however, where it needs 60 votes to overcome a filibuster so it can be passed. If the bill does pass in the Senate, President Joe Biden has said that he will sign it into law. Some Republicans have expressed a willingness to support the…