The Alabama state legislature gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would extend the waiting period for having an abortion from 24 to 48 hours, and three other anti-choice bills could see a senate floor vote before close of session Thursday.
S. 317 strikes down criminal statutes that subjected doctors who perform or advertise abortions to up
20 years in jail.
The controversial measure was softened somewhat with an amendment, but advocates decry its chilling effect on medicine and its unconstitutionality.
Will Senate Democrats respond to calls to block the nomination of Michael Boggs to the federal bench?
The logical outcome of the current anti-choice strategy is arrests of pregnant women and the people who try to help them: Coerce women into the black market by reducing the number of legal abortion providers, and then leave them to the prosecutors.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Beatriz with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission against the government of El Salvador for violations of women’s human rights.
Pro-choice advocates must highlight the evidence that prosecutions and imprisonment are the logical and inevitable outcome of criminalizing abortion. We must drive a wedge into this gap between some people’s ambivalence about abortion and their intuitive distaste for imprisoning women.
Ipas’s recent research in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda provides concrete evidence of the human rights violations that result when law enforcement investigates, arrests, and imprisons women who have abortions.
Coverage of Josefina Vazquez Mota’s presidential campaign in Mexico has focused largely on the simple fact that she’s a woman. Her politics are much more relevant to her candidacy than her gender, and though her election as Mexico’s first female president is historic in itself, her politics are actually harmful to women.
It will take our collective knowledge, experience, energy and expertise to hold governments accountable for their roles in violating women’s and girls’ rights to health.