New Mexico Republicans Trying to Pass the State's First Abortion Bans

New Mexico—my home state and the best place on earth—has always been an oasis of common sense and compassion when it comes to abortion laws. But the new GOP majority in the state legislature is working to make that a thing of the past, successfully passing two bills out of committee that would severely limit access to… » 3/04/15 4:30pm 3/04/15 4:30pm

Ohio Abortion Providers Now Required to Do Fetal Test That Doesn't Exist

States like Texas and Missouri have been loudly crowing for years about their success in making abortion harder and harder to access. But today, let's take a moment to recognize, once again, the contributions Ohio has made to the cause: a thicket of confusing, burdensome, and sometimes contradictory laws and… » 3/03/15 2:30pm 3/03/15 2:30pm

More Than 200 New Abortion Restrictions Have Passed Since 2010 

A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute shows that U.S. states have passed 231 new abortion restrictions since the 2010 midterm elections. In what's probably just a huge coincidence, the 2010 midterms were also the ones were we elected all those Tea Party Republicans. » 1/05/15 4:00pm 1/05/15 4:00pm

Hug Your Birth Control: American Abortion Rate Hits A Historic Low

New research shows that the abortion rate in America is at its lowest level since the 1970's, and we have widely available, reliable birth control to thank. This data, in the face of other numbers that suggest the American birth rate is also at historic lows, suggests that women are simply exerting greater control… » 2/03/14 3:30pm 2/03/14 3:30pm

Surge in Abortion Restrictions Awful, May Be Gaining Momentum

Sorry to bring down your Saturday, but the New York Times has a new report on the recent surge in abortion restrictions, and it's not looking great. We've seen this happening at an unsettling pace recently, and it's scary that women aren't getting access to care that they need. So far, twenty-four states have barred… » 1/04/14 2:00pm 1/04/14 2:00pm

This Woman's Tale Of Ordering Abortion Drugs On The Internet Is The…

Last Christmas Eve, a 32 year old Idaho woman took RU-486 in an attempt to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This January, police found the fetal remains on her property and charged her with inducing her own abortion, a crime in the state. The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence, but not before everyone in town… » 12/12/11 4:15pm 12/12/11 4:15pm

Terrific Visual Representations Of Terrible Abortion Restrictions

Indiana wins! Go Indiana! Oh wait, that's a chart of the different kinds of abortion restrictions existing in a state — from targeted restrictions on abortion providers (also known as TRAP laws) to parental consent laws to waiting periods. You can play around with the tools over at Remapping Debate, depending on which… » 9/14/11 6:30pm 9/14/11 6:30pm

Arizona Court Allows Shiny New Abortion Restrictions To Take Effect

Yesterday an Arizona appeals court ruled that parts of a 2009 state law that imposes new abortion restrictions can go into effect. According to the judges, laws only violate women's rights when they create an "undue burden." Placing some burden on women trying to obtain a legal procedure is totally fine. » 8/12/11 11:20am 8/12/11 11:20am

Abortion Rights Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

A Bush-appointed judge temporarily blocked a Nebraska law requiring "mental health screenings" of abortion seekers. And Missouri's Democratic governor allowed a law requiring providers to give a detailed description of fetal development and a brochure declaring life begins at conception. » 7/15/10 2:30pm 7/15/10 2:30pm