Abortion providers and reproductive rights advocates were alarmed, but unsurprised, by the findings of a new report showing that threats of violence against abortion providers have doubled since 2010.
We in the reproductive rights community have cultivated this idea that the only stories we can tell about young people are ones that involve the threat of abuse. This makes it seem as if we tacitly approve of the idea that only people in danger are worthy of our understanding.
A Virginia Senate committee last week defeated three bills that would have improved access to abortion in the state.
Lawmakers in Michigan this month introduced a bill that abortion-access advocates and providers say would unnecessarily increase physicians’ reporting requirements and potentially open the floodgates for harassment of providers in the state.
An Oregon lawmaker this month introduced a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, adding the Democratic-controlled legislature to the list of states across the country introducing similar bans this year.
Ohio Right to Life, the anti-choice group that drafted the legislation, wrote in a press statement that the bill is meant to chip away at Roe v. Wade.
State Rep. Randy Boyd (R-Mantachie) has introduced HB 1309, which would redefine “person” in Mississippi state law to include “every human being from the moment of fertilization.”
Two Connecticut state legislators this month introduced identical bills that would require physicians to notify parents or legal guardians 48 hours in advance of giving a minor child an abortion.
The study debunks the logic of anti-choice efforts to force doctors to use the FDA’s outdated standards.
Perhaps the same thing can take place with abortion rights as has happened with the Vagina Monologues: that, at the least, Out of Silence can act as a jumping-off point for activism that may push even further than abortion storytelling itself in the future.