Abortion Law: Roe Was Right, But McRae Was Wrong

Today marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that recognized the fundamental right to abortion, and with it comes the yearly celebrations and critiques. For decades, critics of Roe have claimed that the case was a travesty of justice and wrongly decided—that the opinion prompted such fierce backlash that abortion remains, […]

Roe at 40: Reproductive Justice for Black Women

The arrival of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade has come today with the expected media commemorating (or in the case of the antis, vilifying) the occasion. From the “where are they nows” to the current state of reproductive politics, what remains glaring to me again, particularly since 2012, is the continued lack of […]

Right-Wingers Attack Medicaid-Paid Abortions in Iowa

Conservative legislators in Iowa are willing to give up millions of dollars in Medicaid funding in order to block state-funded abortions in the case of rape, incest or if the fetus is physically or mentally deformed. A coalition made up of 41 Iowa Republican representatives filed a petition on June 12 to immediately stop such […]

This Again? House Votes to “Protect Life,” Kill Women

In another sure sign that Congress has neither a plan for, nor the intention of, addressing America’s massive jobs crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted 248-173 to approve HR 358–or what we like to call the “Protect Life by Letting Women Die Act.” That’s right, in the middle of the highest unemployment in decades, […]

Newsflash: House Passes “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Chris Smith’s controversial bill, H.R. 3, the infamous “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” You might remember this as the bill that attempted to redefine rape as “forcible rape” as part of its restriction on federal funding for abortions. After activists loudly condemned the bill in February, […]

Alternatives to Planned Parenthood? Not in Texas

The House and Senate are expected to vote on Thursday on stand-alone bills that take away all federal funds from Planned Parenthood. Without Planned Parenthood, alternatives for women are lacking, as reporter Andrea Grimes found in her account below, originally commissioned and published on April 5 by RH Reality Check. Before I met with Texas State […]

The New Face of “Jane” in Chicago

Like with Jane, most of the women served by the Chicago Abortion Fund are poor African American women, But a change with CAF is that African American women are those actually running things.