Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Robert Dear Could Face Death Penalty 

Alleged Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear appeared in court for the first time Monday afternoon. He was present by video conference from the El Paso County Jail, where he is being held without bail. He’s been appointed public defender Dan King, the same attorney who represented Aurora theater… »Yesterday 6:40pm11/30/15 6:40pm


Belfast High Court: Northern Ireland's Abortion Laws 'Incompatible with Human Rights'

In a historic ruling, a High Court in Belfast, Northern Ireland has ruled that the country’s anti-abortion laws violate human rights. The current law, which forbids abortions in the case of fatal fetal abnormalities, rape or incest, imposes, according to the judge, “an intolerable burden” on women who have to travel… »Yesterday 9:55am11/30/15 9:55am

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooter Identified as Robert Lewis Dear

A police official in Colorado Springs has identified the Planned Parenthood shooter as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. Dear entered a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday with an “assault-style rifle” and opened fire at the health center. After a nearly five-hour shootout, Dear was taken into custody last night. He killed… »Saturday 11:15am11/28/15 11:15am

Appeals Court Declares Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional

Good news, for now and for once: a federal appeals court has struck down a Wisconsin law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The measure has “nonexistent” medical benefits, the court found, and would create illegal, undue barriers to abortion access. »11/24/15 10:40am11/24/15 10:40am

Shonda Goes There, Puts Abortion Scene in Scandal

Shonda Rhimes is savvy enough to know that merely talking about abortion on TV sets off an explosion of discourse. The abortion storyline is still a nervy move, even today—though it’s becoming less so with shows like Jane the Virgin and Girls having advanced the conversation in recent years. Thursday night’s Scandal »11/20/15 10:20am11/20/15 10:20am

This Session of the Supreme Court Could Determine Abortion Access for Generations

Amy Hagstrom Miller is used to fielding frantic phone calls. She’s been working in abortion care since 1989; in 2003 she founded Whole Woman’s Health, a group of clinics in five states that provide gynecological care and abortions. In Texas, Whole Woman’s hotline is getting one particular call in particular, over and… »11/11/15 4:20pm11/11/15 4:20pm

Ben Carson Has Now Compared Abortion to Slavery

During an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery. After saying he was opposed to a person’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, Carson added, “During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they… »10/25/15 4:15pm10/25/15 4:15pm

Abortion Clinic Protesters Complain Pro-Choice Counter Protest Makes Them Feel Unsafe

Abortion clinic protesters outside of North Dakota’s only abortion clinic are very unhappy this week, because they’re being counter-protested by a guy holding signs reading “Hail Satan” and sarcastically referring to them as “women’s rights experts.” The anti-abortion protesters say their counter-protester is making… »10/22/15 10:10am10/22/15 10:10am

Liam Neeson Narrated a Pro-Choice Ad for Amnesty International and People Are Maaaaaad

In the run-up to Ireland’s general election next spring, one of the biggest issues is quickly becoming whether the country will vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which places a near-total ban on abortion. Liam Neeson recently did a voiceover for an ad advocating that the law be repealed, leading to an epidemic of… »10/21/15 11:30am10/21/15 11:30am

Washington Post Publishes Flattering Profile of Man Behind Planned Parenthood Sting Videos

The Washington Post published a breezy little profile Thursday of David Daleiden, the man behind the Center for Medical Progress, the group who made the sting videos attacking Planned Parenthood as vicious sellers of baby parts. It’s warm, respectful, congratulatory, and strangely light on some key details. »10/15/15 4:50pm10/15/15 4:50pm

Planned Parenthood Says It Will No Longer Receive Reimbursement for Fetal Tissue 

In a letter to the National Institutes of Health, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards says the non-profit will no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donations. Richards writes that her goal is to remove the “smokescreen” being used to attack both PP and legal abortion services. »10/13/15 12:55pm10/13/15 12:55pm

California Crisis Pregnancy Centers Sue Over Medical License, Abortion Disclosure Law

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Reproductive Fact ACT into law Friday, which requires anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to post signs disclosing to their patients if they are medically licensed, and informing them the state provides low-cost family planning, abortion services and prenatal care. On… »10/12/15 10:30am10/12/15 10:30am

The Supreme Court Is Trying to Kill Us

The Supreme Court begins its fall term today, and it’s already shaping up to be a doozy. Its docket includes public employee unions, affirmative action, the death penalty, and—oh, hell, why not?— probably abortion and birth control, too. While all of these are politically contentious issues with the potential to shape… »10/05/15 11:37am10/05/15 11:37am

Anti-Abortion Activist Troy Newman Deported From Australia, Calls Himself a 'Political Prisoner'

The anti-abortion activist Troy Newman, who currently heads Operation Rescue and who sits on the board for the Center for Medical Progress, has been ordered deported from Australia. Newman flew to Melbourne despite knowing his visa had been cancelled. He is being held at an immigration detention center until he is… »10/02/15 10:50am10/02/15 10:50am