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Putting ‘Hobby Lobby’ in Context: The Erratic Career of Birth Control in the United States

The contraceptive wars started with the notorious campaign in the late 19th century of the Postmaster General Anthony Comstock, who successfully banned the spread of information about contraception under an obscenity statute.

The contraceptive wars started with the notorious campaign in the late 19th century of the Postmaster General Anthony Comstock, who successfully banned the spread of information about contraception under an obscenity statute.

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Reflections on the Fifth Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. George Tiller

Many of those who knew Dr. Tiller as a colleague and friend are no doubt fortified by remembering one of his favorite sayings: “Attitude is everything.”

The road ahead for abortion providers and their allies to not only preserve George Tiller’s specialized service, but simply to stay open, is hardly an easy one. But many of those who knew Dr. Tiller as a colleague and friend are no doubt fortified by remembering one of his favorite sayings: “Attitude is everything.”

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In Memoriam: Terry Beresford, Abortion Pioneer

Terry Beresford

Terry Beresford, who died last week in Virginia, made monumental contributions to abortion care in the United States. Her death offers the occasion to both celebrate her work, and also to appraise the current status of the field she helped create.

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Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years

Phyllis Schlafly, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2011.

A recent column by Phyllis Schlafly—arguably nation’s, if not the world’s, most famous hater of the feminist movement—shows just how woefully out of touch she and the conservative spokeswomen who have followed her are today.

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As Susan Cahill Faces a Vandalized Clinic, a Reminder of Her Contribution to Abortion Access

Susan Cahill stands in her recently vandalized clinic, All Families Healthcare in Kalispell, Montana.

By now, many have heard about the horrific vandalism that recently took place at Susan Cahill’s clinic in Montana. But what some people may not know is that Cahill was one of the pioneers in bringing advanced practice clinicians (APCs) into abortion care, thus expanding abortion access in underserved areas.

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The Hidden Work of Abortion Providers: Laverne’s Story

Because of all the ramifications of the abortion wars in this country, U.S. providers have become de facto social workers, fundraisers, and travel agents, to name just a few of their ancillary roles.

Unlike their counterparts in other industrialized countries, abortion providers in the United States don’t simply perform abortions. Because of all the ramifications of the abortion wars in this country, U.S. providers have become de facto social workers, fundraisers, and travel agents, to name just a few of their ancillary roles.

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The Social Status of Abortion Providers: ‘Doctors of Conscience’ Revisited

Susan Cahill, along with her colleague and friend, Rachel Atkins, in short, was a pioneer in bringing APCs into abortion care, and thus in expanding access to the procedure in underserved areas.

During her speech accepting the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Family Planning in Seattle, Carole Joffe explained that although in many ways reproductive rights are under assault from state legislatures, “some things in the world of abortion provision are different—even arguably better” than they were in years past.

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What John Boehner Can Learn From Abortion History About Ending the Shutdown

The pressures are intensifying on John Boehner, the Speaker of the House—the person who does have the power to end the shutdown by bring a no-strings attached budget bill.

House Speaker John Boehner, like New York’s George Michaels during the state’s 1970 abortion vote, has the opportunity to do the right thing, even if it costs him his speakership. But will he do it?

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For Wichita’s South Wind Women’s Center, a Victory Against Clear Channel

South Wind (above) is a recently opened health center which offers both abortion services and other reproductive health services.

Tony Matteo, Clear Channel’s operations manager in Wichita, Kansas, announced Tuesday a reversal of the company’s earlier decision to drop the radio ads of the South Wind Women’s Center.

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Stigma on Steroids: On Kansas Banning Abortion Providers From Schools

Topeka High School

I asked several lawyer colleagues if they knew of other instances in which a whole occupational category was banned by law from volunteering in schools. They did not. Indeed, as far as I can tell, only sex offenders as a class are de facto banned from school grounds.

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