Rather than making abortion safer, Texas’ omnibus abortion law may actually compromise the health of women in the state if the Fifth Circuit’s ruling earlier this month goes into effect.
I know firsthand that for many people, poverty is often related to a lack of access to basic health care, including abortion. This growing burden, carried primarily by poor people, is a blind spot for many legislatures and courts around the country.
HB 2 bans abortion after 20 weeks, limits the prescription of medication abortion, requires abortion-providing doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, and requires facilities that provide abortion care to operate as ambulatory surgical centers.
The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved a ban on abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation only hours after it went through committee.
For years, medication abortion ranked far behind surgical abortion in popularity. But now that may be changing, as women increasingly see the pill—legal or not—as a way to get around draconian abortion restrictions.
A state court judge ruled from the bench Thursday the law, which bans the most commonly used method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester, should be blocked while a trial on its constitutionality proceeds.
The Poland “abortion drone” is causing a splash in the media and excited buzz in the reproductive rights community, but it has also become a source of misinformation and anxiety.
It would be difficult to imagine a 2015 session that could have rivaled the 2013 special summer session in terms of restrictions. But dangerous bills did get traction this year—and some made their way into law.
The Planned Parenthood Center for Choice will be able to move forward with a plan to expand access to abortion care in New Orleans.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) may not be allowed to vote in the House, but she is still threatening to make life difficult for House Republicans if they keep trying to overturn D.C.’s new Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.