NEWSFLASH: Pro-Choice Legislators Attempt to Repeal Ultrasound Law


The  Virginia Senate has passed a repeal of its law mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds before abortions, which went into effect last year. The Democrat-controlled Senate was in a 20-20 tie, until Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam voted for the repeal. It will now be considered by the Republican-dominated state House. Virginia’s then-Republican-controlled Senate had originally attempted […]

Roe v. Wade Turns 41 Today


On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision affirming a woman’s right to an abortion, a momentous leap forward for women’s health. Despite this hard-won victory, Roe v. Wade is under constant attack, with anti-choice activists chipping away reproductive freedoms at the state level. States have passed more laws restricting […]

Albuquerque Voters Reject Abortion Ban


Albuquerque voters have spoken! On Tuesday, a city ballot measure that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks—without exception for rape, incest or the health of the mother—was defeated by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. About 25 percent of the city’s registered voters turned out for the special election—more than participated in […]

Albuquerque Is Newest Front in War on Abortion


In just over two weeks, Albuquerque residents will vote on a ballot measure banning abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the psychological and emotional health of the mother. If passed, this would be the first ever municipal ban on abortion and could serve as a template for those looking to […]

Reality Checking the State of Abortion


When Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s dangerous abortion clinic was shut down, anti-choice campaigners thought they had found an example to tout when demonizing abortion care. Anti-abortion activists and politicians have tried to use Gosnell’s “house of horrors” as a representative example and argument for stricter regulations on abortion providers. As Sharona Coutts wrote RH Reality Check […]

Men Who Are Clinic Escorts


Recently, I was having a conversation with some other reproductive justice-inclined folks about cisgender men who are clinic escorts. Escorting, regardless of your gender, can be taxing. (It can also be powerful, rewarding and beautiful.) You wake up early and stand outside an abortion clinic for hours. You may have to answer questions from people […]

What’s Next In Texas?


Did you think Gov. Rick Perry’s signing of the draconian H.B. 2, which makes abortions all but inaccessible in Texas, was the end of all the anti-choice craziness in the Lone Star state? Sadly, think again. It’s been just two weeks since the Republican governor signed H.B. 2, banning abortions after 20 weeks (which should be […]

All Eyes on Texas


UPDATE: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, said this morning that S.B. 1, the Senate’s version of the anti-abortion bill H.B. 2, could be voted on by Friday afternoon. … The Texas House of Representatives voted 96-49 to pass anti-abortion bill H.B. 2 early this afternoon. It now goes to the Texas Senate, where Sen. Wendy […]

The Texas Saga Continues

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Gov. Rick Perry may have called another special legislative session to advance his anti-abortion agenda through the Texas legislature, but reproductive rights and health activists aren’t backing down. On Monday, 5,000 orange-clad protesters rallied outside the Capitol building before a brief legislative session, where senators voted to reconvene on Tuesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. […]

Pissed at Perry? Let Him Know!


Despite massive protests and Wendy Davis’s epic 11-hour filibuster, less than 24 hours after anti-abortion bill SB 5 failed to pass in the Texas Senate, Gov. Rick Perry called for another month-long special session to shove his draconian bill through the state legislature. While a majority of Texans do not support SB 5, Perry, as […]