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T.R.M. Howard: Civil Rights Rabble-Rouser, Abortion Provider

Forty years ago, the March 22, 1973 issue of Jet magazine featured Dr. T.R.M. Howard and a staffer attending a prostrate female patient on its cover, all under a yellow headline: “Legal Abortion: Is it Genocide or Blessing in Disguise?” This remarkable image reportedly depicts preparations for one of the first legal abortions in Illinois (though it could also have been staged).

Just two months after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision and a week after Illinois OKed the procedure on its soil, Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason (or T.R.M.) Howard began performing legal abortions at his Friendship Medical Center in Chicago.

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Physicians Group: ‘We Absolutely Support the Right to Choose’

The president of Physicians for Reproductive Health responds to Ann Furedi’s spiked essay on abortion and choice.

The president of Physicians for Reproductive Health responds to Ann Furedi’s spiked essay questioning the organization’s decision to drop “choice” from its name.

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Resolution 1635-A: A National Model for Championing Comprehensive Reproductive Health Care?

Joan Malin rallies in NYC for Planned Parenthood, 08/2011. (Sam Lewis/Metrofocus)

Women do not want politicians to meddle in their personal medical decisions. We applaud and stand behind the Resolution 1635-A, calling upon the United States Congress to continue to fund comprehensive reproductive health care for all Americans.

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Resolution 1635-A: Why We Need Safe and Legal Abortion Without Government Interference

(Rasansky Law Firm)

I urge the New York City Council to adopt Proposed Resolution No. 1635-A, which also urges the United States Congress to support funding for comprehensive reproductive health care so that all women can lead full healthy lives and participate equally in society, regardless of their socio-economic level. 

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A New Day for Abortion Providers?

(Ms. Magazine)

The “new day” that David Bennett dreamed of on January 22, 1973 can only happen if there is a forceful stand by this majority in support of these doctors and against both the violence and legislative persecution that has characterized abortion care in the United States.

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State-Level 2012 Retrospective: Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever

Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

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Evidence-Based Advocacy: How Do Abortion Providers Experience Stigma?

Many highly trained physicians provide abortion care, so why do abortion providers continue to be stereotyped as substandard doctors?

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“It was Worth the Sacrifice:” Kenya’s Dr. John Nyamu on Why He Spent a Year in Prison

Kenya's Dr. John Nyamu is a long-time advocate for women's reproductive rights.

Ipas’s senior clinical advisor Mary Fjerstad interviews Kenya’s much-respected Dr. John Nyamu to discuss the long and difficult path he and so many other Kenyans have traveled to get where they are today on abortion.

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Contemporary Abortion Politics: Good for the Jews?

The policies promoted by anti-choice forces in Congress are not good for any woman, whether Jewish or not. What does all this have to do with the Jews?

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A Wink and a Nod: Anti-Choice Laws Invite Anti-Choice Harassment and Terrorism

In addition to imposing unnecessary and damaging limits and requirements on women’s medical care, do anti-abortion laws contribute to a social climate in which it is acceptable to terrorize me, my colleagues, and our patients?

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