Pearl Ricks: Race and Privilege are Major Gatekeepers to Abortion Care

The recent June Medical Services vs. Russo decision safeguarded the right to abortion access for vulnerable communities in Louisiana—but it was a small victory in the larger battle for abortion rights and access. Ms. talked to Pearl Ricks, Executive Director of the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, about the June Medical decision and the gatekeeping of abortion in the U.S.—and who it affects most.

“People in the South want to be able to access abortions—whether they ever get one in their lives or not. But who are the louder voices? Who are the ones most adamantly going out and voting?”

The Weekly Pulse, July 19-24: Repealing the Hyde Amendment, School Openings Up in the Air

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition of The Weekly Pulse, we start by running-down the most recent findings, wins and attacks to reproductive health—then bring you the good news and (unfortunately) the bad, concerning the pandemic.

Progress Towards Contraceptive Access in the Philippines

Although reproductive rights are under attack around the world, there remain some bright spots for women’s reproductive rights and contraceptive access.

In the Philippines, since 2012, when reproductive rights and education were finally enshrined in law in this fiercely Catholic country, the government has committed to providing free family planning services to those living in poverty.

Feminists React to “Devastating” Ruling Prioritizing Employers’ Religious Beliefs Over Women’s Rights

In a 7-2 decision issued on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld Trump administration rules allowing employers to opt out of providing birth control if they have religious objections. Feminists are reeling from the devastating ruling that prioritizes employers’ religious beliefs over women’s rights to bodily autonomy and full control over their reproductive lives.

New Research Proves Restricting Abortion Harms Women

In her new book, Dr. Diana Greene Foster provides definitive evidence that abortion access strongly enhances women’s health and well-being, whereas denying abortion results in physical and economic harm.

“‘The Turnaway Study’ brings powerful evidence about the ability of women to foresee consequences and make decisions that are best for their lives and families.”