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Abortion Bans Pose A Danger To All Mothers. For Black Women, They’re Especially Damaging

Abortion Bans Pose A Danger To All Mothers. For Black Women, They’re Especially Damaging

But, once Black women’s prowess within the field posed a threat to white men looking to capitalize in the field, midwifery was decried as a “degrading” form of obstetrical care. Male doctors lobbied to ban the practice and abortion along with it, positioning themselves as superior, and ultimately removing Black and Indigenous women from the…
The bizarre abortion order just handed down by the Supreme Court, briefly explained

The bizarre abortion order just handed down by the Supreme Court, briefly explained

The Supreme Court handed down an order Thursday night that doesn’t so much resolve a significant fight over abortion as delay a resolution — postponing it just long enough to ensure that the justices won’t need to weigh in until after the election. The case, FDA v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, involves a…
A symbolic vote on abortion bills puts senators in close reelection races in a bind

A symbolic vote on abortion bills puts senators in close reelection races in a...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell typically doesn’t hold “show” votes on bills that stand little chance of passing the chamber, but he’s making an exception this week for two bills on a key issue for Republicans in 2020: restricting abortion. The Senate will hold a vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban abortion after…
How abortion in Virginia went from a Trump talking point to a winning issue for Democrats

How abortion in Virginia went from a Trump talking point to a winning issue...

This time last year, Virginia was at the center of a nationwide firestorm. The state legislature was considering a bill that would remove some restrictions on third-trimester abortions, and in an interview about the bill, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam made confusing comments that some took as an endorsement of infanticide. The moment went viral, with…
Federal Judge Blocks Alabama’s Restrictive Abortion Ban

Federal Judge Blocks Alabama’s Restrictive Abortion Ban

"[It is] a dark day for women in Alabama and across this country. Banning abortion is bad enough. Imprisoning doctors for providing care goes beyond the brink," Staci Fox, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates, said in a statement provided to Refinery29. "Alabama politicians will forever live in infamy for this vote, and…
The Supreme Court just announced it will hear the first big abortion case of the Kavanaugh era

The Supreme Court just announced it will hear the first big abortion case of...

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear June Medical Services v. Gee, a case that could well be the vehicle the Court’s conservatives use to gut the right to an abortion. At the heart of the case is a 2014 Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local…
In Hearings, Tennessee Lawmakers Push For A Total Abortion Ban

In Hearings, Tennessee Lawmakers Push For A Total Abortion Ban

“Anti-choice lawmakers are determined to gut Roe v. Wade, despite Roe being more popular than ever with the American public. As out-of-touch lawmakers follow Donald Trump’s lead to criminalize abortion, the vast majority of Americans believe that abortion is a matter of personal freedom that should be free from political interference,” NARAL Pro-Choice America Vice…
When States Don’t Teach Sex Ed — But Ban Abortion

When States Don’t Teach Sex Ed — But Ban Abortion

In the United States, just 24 states require that sex education be taught in schools, and only 13 require that sex ed be medically accurate. Additionally, six states have “no promo homo” or “don’t say gay” laws — laws that prohibit discussing the LGBTQ+ community in a positive light or at all. Only two states…
Here’s where all the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on abortion rights

Here’s where all the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on abortion rights

With near-total bans on abortion passing in state after state — and others responding by loosening restrictions on the procedure — the right to terminate a pregnancy is emerging as a major election issue in 2020. When CNN pollsters asked Iowa Democratic voters earlier this month what issues were must-haves in a presidential candidate, support…
Exclusive: Planned Parenthood Launches Huge Campaign To Fight Abortion Bans

Exclusive: Planned Parenthood Launches Huge Campaign To Fight Abortion Bans

"Every person deserves the right to control their body, their life, and their future," Leana Wen, MD, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement provided to Refinery29. "We cannot live freely and move fully in the world when our basic right to access the reproductive healthcare we need, including safe, legal…

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