Flouting the facts: state abortion restrictions flying in the face of science

The anti-abortion movement has long been an evidence-free zone and many of its signature initiatives and proposals are devoid of any factual foundation. This analysis walks readers through the 10 major types of abortion restrictions imposed by US states and details the ways in which they conflict with sound evidence. Restrictions are grouped into three broad topic areas:

The implications of banning D&E, the most common second trimester procedure in the USA

Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is a safe method of second trimester surgical abortion, approved by the World Health Organization. The patient’s cervix is dilated and suction is used to remove the fetus. Depending on a variety of factors (including gestational … Continued

Abortion clinics in USA report threats of violence on the rise – again

  The 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey found that anti-abortion violence in 2016 was higher than it’s been in 20 years and with conservative Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions overseeing law enforcement initiatives that ought to protect providers from harm, … Continued

FEATURE: Abortion stories: making women’s lives visible USA, UK, Ireland, Pakistan

  USA Pregnant against their will, with few options, and fearing for their lives and safety “I’m in the family way again, and I’m nearly crazy, for when my husband finds out that I’m going to have another baby, he … Continued

Shaping stigma: An analysis of mainstream print and online news coverage of abortion 2014-2015 in USA

In this Issue, Berkeley Media Studies group partnered with the Sea Change Program to explore how abortion stigma appears in mainstream print and online news and to consider the implications of these portrayals for reproductive health, rights and justice advocates. We also consider implications for journalists interested in telling stories that broaden the narrative around abortion in ways that affirm the range of individuals’ reproductive experiences and reduce shame and stigma.

USA: Women seeking out birth control that can outlast a presidency

In the past few months, before and after Trump took office, both Planned Parenthood in Washington DC and several private gynaecologists who provide birth control methods who were interviewed by the Washington Post have said that women have been visiting their offices more than usual specifically to ask about birth control. An increase in the use of IUDs and implants has been taking place for some time, but now women are worried about losing benefits.

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