In striking a Massachusetts buffer zone law, the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically reframed the debate over balancing the rights of patients and providers with the rights of abortion protesters.
Parental consent and notification laws are built on a series of myths about young people, families, abortion, and the judicial process.
According to the Roberts Court, Massachusetts had not shown that it tried to address clinic protests in a less restrictive means than enacting a fixed 35-foot buffer zone.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently asked Planned Parenthood facilities in the state to submit transfer agreement and admitting privileges information, even though the state currently does not require clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A spokesperson said a department employee was acting on his or her own.
RH Reality Check is pleased to bring you a few of the thousands of stories that unfolded during the summer of 2013 at the state capitol in Austin, Texas.
If Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law was in effect back in 2001 and in 2006, I wouldn’t still be childfree. I wouldn’t have gotten married. I wouldn’t have bought my house. Basically, my life would be completely different.
Naysayers would have us believe that Texans have surrendered to the inevitable, that they have stopped working for reproductive rights after the fervor of the summer of 2013. Nothing I have seen in the last year suggests that they are any less angry, any less passionate, than they were last June.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted to allow abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in limited circumstances, indicating bipartisan support for a measure that the Senate Appropriations Committee voted for last week.
A package of legislation introduced in the state this month would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and would severely criminalize doctors by making it a felony to perform such a procedure.
The Senate Appropriations Committee passed measures on Thursday that would repeal a total abortion coverage ban for Peace Corps volunteers, as well as permanently repeal the so-called Global Gag Rule.