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Death in Ireland is a Wake Up Call to Fight Bans on Later Abortion Here at Home

Recent press about the death of Savita Halappanavar, admitted to a hospital in Ireland with medical complications in a 17 week pregnancy, is a grim reminder about the impact of abortion restrictions on women’s lives.

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Losing the Right to Abortion Later in Pregnancy

While access to abortion is increasingly restricted in many states, options for women needing an abortion after 20 weeks have narrowed dramatically. The restrictions on later abortion are part of a broad attack on women’s fundamental right to abortion.

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Losing the Right to Abortion, Week by Week: Restrictions on Later-Term Abortions Harm Women

The landscape for abortion access is shifting quickly, as state after state passes restrictive laws. Particularly affected by these new laws are women who need abortions later in their pregnancies.

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Abortion is Legal: So Why is Self-Abortion Care a Crime?

Last week, a 20-year-old woman in New York City was arrested on charges of “self-induced abortion” and faces first-degree misdemeanor charges.  Initial news reports indicate that she intentionally caused the miscarriage/abortion of her 24-week fetus.  The woman disposed of the fetus in what was probably the only way she could think of: wrapped in plastic bags and placed in the trash receptacle of her apartment building.

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Nebraska and the Falsehood of Fetal Pain

Nebraska’s misleadingly named “Women’s Health Protection Act” was enjoined by a court in August. Stopping that law was a victory. But Nebraska is not done with its attacks on women’s rights.

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