Women who’ve had abortions later in their pregnancies are “bonded in a sisterhood through a club nobody ever wanted to be a part of,” one woman said. She was one of half a dozen women who recently shared their stories with CNN. They chose to speak up after President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass legislation that would ban later abortions. Strangers have called them monsters, trolled them on social media and said their living … Continued
Donald Trump has once more managed to create new obstacles for US women seeking abortions, by forbidding family planning clinics that are funded from public money from making abortion referrals or being housed in the same location as abortion providers. This new regulation has just been instituted by the so-called Health and Human Services Department. Trump has declared war against the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and if he has to use something unconstitutional or … Continued
I was raped when I was 17 years old. I had a baby when I was 18 years old. My baby died when I was 19 years old. I cannot recall the color of the sky when I woke up the morning I was raped, or what I did in the hours leading up to the assault. I think of it in terms of Before and After, and I’m caught right in between the two. … Continued
The Later Abortion Initiative (LAI) is a project of Ibis Reproductive Health. They aim to change the conversation around later abortion and the people who need this service. They integrate research into advocacy and policy work so that the work of activists and legislators is informed by accurate information. They bring together communication experts to shape how research can be communicated most effectively to the general public. Research on the impact of later abortion restrictions … Continued
This is a picture of me when I realized my friend Martha had orchestrated a surprise birthday party… and everyone… kept the party a secret. But here’s the thing. I had my own secret…my constant companion named Shame would lean in and whisper into my ear: “You had two abortions.
Reproductive rights advocates in New York, Massachusetts and other progressive states are launching campaigns to ensure access to abortion services in their states, in anticipation of further restrictions in conservative states. This is part of a nationwide strategy by Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union, and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in case the Supreme Court overturns the 46-year-old Roe v Wade ruling that made abortion legal. The New York Reproductive Health Act removes the need for a … Continued
Already mired in three lawsuits over abortion restrictions, Kentucky lawmakers are ratcheting up the stakes with a new bill in the Republican-dominated state Senate to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected (± 6 weeks). The American Civil Liberties Union, the state’s adversary in other ongoing court fights, warns the bill is blatantly unconstitutional and will immediately trigger a legal challenge. The legal standard set 45 years ago by the Supreme Court in … Continued
I wanted to provide abortions for my patients. My medical school wouldn’t teach me how. “Last year brought one of the toughest moments I’d ever faced as a family doctor. A woman had shown up for her appointment after a three-hour drive to one of our clinics in Arkansas, and we had to turn her away. A state restriction had gone into effect, requiring that abortion providers contract with a physician who has hospital-admitting privileges. … Continued
In this third cross-sectional survey of US abortion practices (prior surveys 1997 and 2002), first-trimester aspiration abortion providers are younger than before, reflecting an improvement in the “graying” of the abortion provider workforce.
It’s 11:30 pm in St Louis, and Dr Colleen McNicholas’ flight is delayed. She’s headed to Oklahoma, as she does each month, to work at an abortion clinic that has been closed for a week for lack of a doctor. Now 60 patients are on the next day’s schedule, waiting for her to provide care. Flight delays and travel hiccups aren’t new to McNicholas. She travels an average of 400 miles almost weekly to one … Continued