If you work in reproductive health or public health you often hear people talking about the “unmet need for contraception” in a certain country or region. But here’s an unmet need that never gets discussed outside of small circles: second-trimester abortion.
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.
Whose rights are being protected when Catholic hospitals halt second trimester abortions for women who come in with anti-choice activists seeking care?
Wisconsin anti-choice advocates bullying of an entire city – from medical doctors to hospital administrators to women seeking care – results in a hospital’s decision not to provide abortions; Gay and Lesbian advocacy groups protest a NYC public service announcement on HIV prevention; the ACLU files a lawsuit against the government to gain access to records on rape in the military.