Texas Feminists Make History!


It was a historic day—and night, and day again—for abortion rights in Texas yesterday. In a special legislative session, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tried to shove through an oppressive anti-abortion law, SB 5, that could have shut down all but five abortion clinics in the huge state. But state Sen. Wendy Davis wasn’t having it, […]

Pennsylvania Governor to Sign Yet Another Anti-Abortion Bill


As we saw with 2011’s targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) bill, the Republican-dominated Pennsylvania legislature routinely ignores protests from medical associations and professionals in passing bad-faith bills that politicize and endanger women’s health. Now, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, already suffering low approval ratings in large part because of a significant gender gap, is poised […]

Reproductive Coercion, Domestic Violence and Anti-Choice Laws


As Martha Kempner recently reported, Roman Polanski—admitted rapist and all-around creep—doesn’t like it when women can control their own fertility. “I think that the Pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, ‘masculinizing’ her,” he said, firmly characterizing the ability to control your own body as a male-only privilege. “I think that it chases […]

Kansas Legislature Votes to Further Restrict Abortion Rights


Anti-choice legislation has been sweeping the nation this past month as states try to one-up each other’s restrictive policies on abortion. Shortly after Arkansas approved the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country, which bans abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, North Dakota made abortion illegal from the moment doctors can detect a heartbeat (around six […]

Emergency Contraception Ruling is a Victory for Women


As of Friday morning, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift longstanding restrictions on women’s access to emergency contraception (EC). Citing the FDA’s refusal to broaden access as “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable,“ U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman has decided to make EC–known by its brand name, Plan B–available […]

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple Apologizes for Accidentally Banning Abortions

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is "really sorry" about passing into law a measure that would ban most abortions.

In a turn of events that shocked pro-choice and anti-abortion activists all over the nation, Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota announced he does not approve of a fetal personhood amendment, which would ban almost all abortions in the state. In his own words: When I signed the measure into law I was pretty confused. […]

North Dakota Passes Arkansas as Worst State for Abortion Rights


This morning, North Dakota’s Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law three bills that will push the state past Arkansas in terms of having the country’s strictest abortion bans. The first measure he signed would ban abortion at the point that a “fetal heartbeat” can be detected (about six weeks). A second measure makes North […]

Arkansas Adopts Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban (With North Dakota Not Far Behind)


Arkansas has swiftly become a new battlefront of reproductive rights, with the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation. State lawmakers voted last week to override Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of a 12-week abortion ban, meaning it will go into effect this spring. This new law directly contradicts Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court […]

States Continue to Threaten Abortion Rights


The past two weeks have not been very good for Team Pro-Choice. If you had any doubt about the War on Women continuing into 2013, look no further. Women’s reproductive rights continue to be eroded in Republican state legislatures across the nation. A list of the anti-abortion legislation passed recently: South Dakota: The South Dakota […]

Heartbeat Bills Are the New Fad in Anti-Abortion Legislation


So-called heartbeat bills, banning abortion from the point at which an embryonic heartbeat can be detected–usually by six weeks development–already have the reputation of being among the most unconstitutional restrictions to be proposed. They are also quickly becoming the most consistently proposed and failed pieces of abortion legislation. We are seeing a number of the […]