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

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

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

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

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