We Remember: Abortion Clinic Violence is Nothing New

I wrote this paper originally in 1996—for a magazine called Sojourner: The Women’s Forum—because the issue of abortion clinic violence screamed to me: As a clinic defender, I witnessed people (mostly men and very few women) yelling violently and acting aggressively towards women going into clinics in Boston and Brookline, Mass. to get abortions. I wanted people to […]

These Doors Stay Open

Over 20 years ago, in December of 1994, two young clinic workers were murdered and five other people wounded in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic outside of Boston. At the time, I was staff writer for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut (now Planned Parenthood of Southern New England). When, in early 1995, we […]

Attack in Colorado Springs Part of an Ongoing Campaign of Threats and Violence

Last Friday, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. became the site of an hours-long standoff between police and a gunman, resulting in three deaths—including a police officer—and many others injured. In interviews with investigators following the attacks, suspected shooter Robert Lewis Dear spoke of “baby parts” and expressed anti-abortion sentiments. What many following the case […]

At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Induced Their Own Abortions

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) yesterday released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion. The report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance. These findings demonstrate that in the face of burdensome restrictions on abortions, like Texas’ onerous House Bill 2 (HB2), women […]

For Undocumented Women Seeking Reproductive Healthcare, Policing and Politics Create a Maze of Barriers

Reprinted with permission from Bitch In September 2015, an undocumented woman arrived at a healthcare clinic outside of Houston for a routine follow-up exam. Blanca Borrego handed a false driver’s license to the receptionist at the Memorial Hermann women’s clinic upon check-in and waited to be called into the examination room with her two daughters […]

Birth Control Coverage Heads Back to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments from religiously affiliated non-profits challenging women’s right to access insurance coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The non-profits seeking to deny women employees access to birth control argue that the requirement to fill out a one-page form to receive an exemption from covering […]

Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted (again) to defund Planned Parenthood. Another battle in the ongoing war on Planned Parenthood and abortion. Right? Wrong. If you listen to the candidate debates, it’s all about abortion, but if you follow what “abortion opponents” actually do once elected, the motivation becomes clear—it’s not just abortion […]

Mifepristone: More Than An Abortion Pill—A Lifesaver for Women

Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) led the campaign to win FDA approval of mifepristone for early medical abortion from 1989 until victory on September 28, 2000. Today some 40% of all early abortions in the United States are performed simply by women taking medication by mouth with no surgical procedure needed. For millions of women […]

More Evidence that the Affordable Care Act is Working

Census data released Wednesday show that in 2014, the number of Americans without health insurance dropped by 8.8 million from the previous year. Officials say that’s thanks to the Affordable Care Act. What’s more, the Guttmacher Institute reported Wednesday that the ACA has also made long-acting reversible contraceptives—particularly intrauterine devices (IUDs)—far more accessible for insured women. According to the […]

Definitive Proof That We Need Planned Parenthood

Reprinted with permission from Health Affairs Blog Over the past few months, legislative attempts to defund Planned Parenthood have flared at both the federal and state levels; these moves are clearly an attempt to shutter Planned Parenthood health centers, potentially depriving women of the contraceptive services and counseling, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, […]