For the third time, the Ohio House has passed an abortion ban that would make the procedure illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or as early as six weeks. Both the governor and much of the Senate have expressed strong opposition to the bill, though, making it unlikely to ever become law. » 3/25/15 5:30pm Wednesday 5:30pm

Thailand Bans 'Rent-a-Womb' Commercial Surrogacy for Foreigners

Foreigners seeking a discount option for surrogacy will no longer be able to go to Thailand to find an open, cheap womb: Thailand has now banned foreigners from paying Thai women to carry their children. » 2/20/15 12:20pm 2/20/15 12:20pm

El Salvadoran Woman Denied Pardon in 30-Year Sentence for Miscarriage

An El Salvadoran woman known as "Guadalupe" currently serving a 30-year sentence for a 2007 miscarriage has been denied a pardon. Guadalupe—who was convicted of murdering her unborn baby—was expected to be cleared on Friday by the El Salvadoran Congress. But after a nail biting 43-42 vote, her release was denied. » 1/17/15 6:15pm 1/17/15 6:15pm

Now Streaming: VESSEL, A Doc About the Law-Defying Abortion Ship

Here's a great new documentary for anyone interested in activism and reproductive rights! VESSEL centers around Dr. Rebecca Gomperts's law-bending campaign to bring—via a very statement-making boat—medical abortions to women who live in countries where abortion is illegal. The story of Women on Waves is fascinating… » 1/13/15 8:45pm 1/13/15 8:45pm

The History of Abortifacients

The peacock flower (or flos pavonis) is an arresting plant, standing nine feet tall in full bloom, with brilliant red and yellow blossoms. But it's more than beautiful; it's an abortifacient, too. One of the most striking records of the plant comes from German-born botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian who, in… » 11/18/14 4:30pm 11/18/14 4:30pm

Republicans Don't Want Young Ladies Voting Because We 'Don't Get It'

Fox News' The Five hosts don't think young ladies should vote because they're too busy on Tinder or haven't aged into their conservative wisdom just yet. Hold on for one more day, girls. » 10/22/14 1:10pm 10/22/14 1:10pm

Alabama Abortion Law Assigns Lawyers to the Fetuses of Pregnant Teens

Alabama, eager to be the national leader in something besides painkiller prescriptions, had a parental consent law go into effect this summer that goes further than any other state in dehumanizing and humiliating abortion-seeking teens who don't want to get their parents involved. A girl who doesn't want to or cannot… » 10/03/14 12:20pm 10/03/14 12:20pm

​Health Insurance Companies in California Must Cover Abortions

California state insurance officials have made quite the leap in women's reproductive rights, dictating that insurance companies cannot sell group plans that exclude abortion and reversing a previous decision that allowed two Catholic universities to exclude elective abortions from their health care plans. » 8/24/14 12:00pm 8/24/14 12:00pm

Republican Forgets The Words 'Birth Control' While Faking Lady Support

It’s official, this is the Week Of Fools. They are everywhere, even *sarcastic gasp* in the form of a Republican trying to remember the term for ... you know, that thing that stops women from getting pregnant. They're always up in arms about it ... oh yeah, birth control! » 8/15/14 1:40pm 8/15/14 1:40pm

Sick Futuristic Contraception Will Be Remotely Controlled via Wireless

Here's a pretty intriguing prospect: long-term birth control delivered via microchip. Your doctor can switch it on or off remotely, as your reproductive decisions demand, and it lasts 16 years. It's like an IUD without the insertion horror stories! » 7/07/14 2:20pm 7/07/14 2:20pm

Women in Texas Are Turning to Black-Market Abortion Drugs

Harsh restrictions are making it harder and harder to obtain an abortion in Texas. Let's check how things are going back here in this alley, shall we? » 6/27/14 6:15pm 6/27/14 6:15pm

Louisiana Women Are Buying Abortion Pills on the Street

You may remember that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that will force all but two of the state's abortion clinics to close. Now RH Reality Check is reporting on a desperate measure that Lousiana women are resorting to: buying the abortion pill on the streets. » 6/18/14 5:00pm 6/18/14 5:00pm

Sorry, But a Plan B Database Won't Keep People From Having Sex

Last week, a Louisiana Democrat filed a bill in the state's legislator she's calling the "Unsafe Abortion Protection Acts." Like most laws that ostensibly "protect" women from one of the statistically safest medical procedures, the bill doesn't do anything the pretty words in its name suggest. In fact, the way the… » 3/10/14 1:10pm 3/10/14 1:10pm

NPR's Dee Dee Bridgewater Shares the Story of Her Illegal Abortion

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Grammy and Tony award-winning jazz singer and host of NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, shares her powerful story about the abortion she had in 1968. » 2/06/14 11:30pm 2/06/14 11:30pm

So What The Hell Just Happened With That Texas Abortion Law?

Earlier this afternoon, Twitter was, uh, a-twitter with news that a judge had struck down that awful Texas law that Wendy Davis filibustered back in June. But it's not all sunshine and roses and dancing in a field wearing adorable matching orange tee shirts; only part of the law was struck down, and the state of… » 10/28/13 5:50pm 10/28/13 5:50pm

I Help Desperate Women, and I Could Go To Jail for It

The job that could put me in jail started at the same time that the desperate emails did. Women searching for abortion-related terms online found something I had written, and started sending me desperate pleas. » 9/17/13 12:00pm 9/17/13 12:00pm

Proposed Texas Law: Women Seeking Abortions Must Take Adoption Class

EXTREE EXTREE READ ALL ABOUT IT! New dumb thing happening in Texas! The latest insultingly stupid proposed law would require any woman seeking an abortion to take a 3 hour adoption class beforehand. Because apparently the Lone Star State's zealot legislators and their zealot-in-chief Rick Perry think women are such… » 7/31/13 3:25pm 7/31/13 3:25pm

Ignoring Anti-Woman Wingnuttery Won't Make It Go Away

The day after the election last fall, I felt like the bespectacled teen movie archetype who just found out the POPULAR BOY (played by an actor with a suspiciously square twentysomething jaw for a high schooler) asked her to prom. Across the country, politicians who had publicly said dumb crap about women's roles,… » 6/13/13 1:10pm 6/13/13 1:10pm