A federal district court judge in April 2014 permanently blocked the law, considered to be among the most extreme in the United States.
Ahead of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade this week, Marco Rubio vowed to take action to further limit access to abortion domestically and abroad, Ted Cruz used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to push his opposition to reproductive rights, and Carly Fiorina used preschoolers as props in an anti-choice rally.
The women sharing their abortion stories in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole briefs owe much to the women lawyers who filed a 1970 landmark case challenging New York’s abortion ban.
“Be on your toes, because we are in your midst,” said Father Frank Pavone, the national director of the New York-based group Priests for Life, directing his comments toward Planned Parenthood. “The trouble for you has only just begun.”
Beyond a claim to the moral upper hand, framing safe and legal access to abortion as a social good can help us win. One example of this was the Respect ABQ Women campaign in November 2013, in which Albuquerque, New Mexico, voters defeated an attempt to ban abortion access after 20 weeks.
The landmark decision recognizing a state constitutional right to abortion in Kansas was issued on the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court recognizing the same federal right.
Though Obamacare was supposed to expand reproductive health coverage, state and federal policies have continued to make it difficult for women in many states to secure abortion coverage.
What good is having the right to an abortion as settled law if anti-choice advocates refuse to recognize it as such?
Extensive renovations were required on the clinic, which serves about 3,000 patients annually, after arsonists on September 4 lobbed an explosive through a window.
Here are several films with breathtaking performances that portray illegal abortion, which you can watch to reflect on how far we’ve come, or on how far we still must go in the fight for abortion access.