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…

Republicans Are Deleting Anti-Abortion Views From Their Campaign Sites

As most federal and state races for political office enter the general election phase, a number of anti-abortion Republicans are scrambling to appeal to voters who don’t share their extremist ideals. Sixty percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances, according to a recent USA Today/Ipsos poll. Republicans who won their primaries by flaunting their anti-abortion views are likely aware of these numbers — and they are now sanitizing their ideology in order to appeal to a wider slate of voters in the upcoming general elections. Many GOP candidates have been quietly removing their anti-abortion…

Minnesota May Become “Abortion Access Island,” But Not Necessarily for Everyone

This article was originally published by ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. For nearly three decades, long before the fall of Roe v. Wade, the blond brick Building for Women in Duluth, Minnesota, has been a destination for patients traveling from other states to get an abortion. They have come from places where abortions were legal but clinics were scarce and from states where restrictive laws have narrowed windows of opportunity. For many residents of northern and central Wisconsin, and the Upper…

Data Shows States With Strictest Abortion Bans Have Higher Rate of Child Poverty

A new analysis finds that states that have implemented abortion bans following far right Supreme Court justices’ overturn of Roe v. Wade also tend to have the worst levels of parental support in terms of poverty rates, rates of insured people and health outcomes. NPR reports that the 14 states with abortion bans are among the states with the highest rates of child poverty, people living in maternal health care deserts and women who are uninsured. Nine states that are in the process of passing bans, or that have passed bans that ended up being blocked by a judge or…

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…

Indiana Becomes First State to Pass Extreme Abortion Ban After Roe’s Fall

Late Friday night, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation making the state the first in the nation to pass extreme abortion restrictions since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Earlier, the Indiana senate approved the near-total ban on a 28-19 vote just hours after the House passed it in a 62-38 vote. Before the Governor signed the bill, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response: “The extremist lawmakers who forced this bill through a special session clearly could not care less about what their constituents want or need. It’s appalling that they’re going…

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…

Approval of Supreme Court Among Democrats Has Hit Rock Bottom at 13 Percent

The Supreme Court’s approval rating has hit a record low among Democrats following a slew of rulings handed down by the far right Court in recent months, new polling finds. A Gallup poll released on Tuesday, conducted just after the Supreme Court’s most recent session ended, finds that a mere 13 percent of Democrats approve of the Supreme Court’s job performance. This figure is down 23 points from September, shortly after the Court declined to overturn Texas’s restrictive abortion ban, and down 38 points from 51 percent approval from Democrats in July 2021, before the most recent session began. The…

People Are Dying in the Global South Because of Anti-Abortion Limits on US Aid

Even as the overturn of Roe v. Wade continues to send shock waves throughout the U.S., it’s also having ripple effects overseas. Nelly Munyasia, the executive director of the Reproductive Health Network in Kenya, told Truthout that after the Supreme Court ruling on Roe, Kenya and other countries with regressive abortion laws have seen renewed opposition against abortion being legalized or abortion services being expanded. “We have seen overnight that there is stronger opposition to abortion,” Munyasia says. “People are citing the recent events around Roe v. Wade and saying that the U.S. as has made a decision when it…

ALEC Focuses on “Woke Capitalism,” Bodily Autonomy and More at Annual Meeting

Adherents of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have come together this week for their first big meeting of the year to take on “woke capitalism,” women’s right to abortion, voting rights, China, Big Tech, the administrative state, and more. ALEC’s annual meeting at the four-star Hilton Hotel in downtown Atlanta features speakers such as billionaire school privatization advocate (and Trump’s controversial secretary of education) Betsy DeVos, anti-ESG activist Vivek Ramaswamy, publishing mogul Steve Forbes, and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, among others. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where state legislators and corporate lobbyists meet behind closed…

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