Hey, Idiots: Shutting Down Clinics Doesn't Make Abortion Go Away

It's been just over a year since Texas passed hideously severe (and not medically necessary) restrictions on abortion providers. In that time, over half of the clinics in the state have been forced to stop offering abortion services — however, the rate of abortion procedures in the state has only dropped 13 percent.… » 7/30/14 6:20pm Yesterday 6:20pm

Good News: Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open

The fate of Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic has been very tenuous for the past two years, a result of conservative lawmakers' increasingly creative and dastardly attempts to deny women reproductive autonomy. Fortunately, a federal appeals panel has just struck down the severe anti-abortion measure that… » 7/29/14 7:15pm Tuesday 7:15pm

ABC Family's The Fosters Has the Balls to Tackle Late Term Abortion

Abortion is a subject TV has traditionally handled with about same tact and restraint as a hysterical Nancy Grace hashtag. But this week's episode of ABC Family's The Fosters took a nuanced and humane look at how the same late term abortion politicians have targeted for criminalization affects families faced with what… » 7/23/14 1:00pm 7/23/14 1:00pm

'Lesboterrorist' Raps Instructions On How to Give Yourself an Abortion

Elective abortion is illegal in most Mexican states. But because it has other medical uses besides pregnancy termination, misoprostol — the drug used in inducing medicinal abortion — is not. Now, one ballsy-as-hell self-anointed "lesbo terrorist" rapper aims to educate women on how to self-abort. » 7/18/14 7:45pm 7/18/14 7:45pm

Todd Akin Went On TV To Talk About Rape Again. It Did Not Go Well.

Todd Akin has made several legitimate mistakes over the course of his flaccid political career. Appearing on MSNBC today to say more stupid shit about rape was among them, and judging by his apparent dogged wrongness in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it won't be the last. » 7/17/14 2:00pm 7/17/14 2:00pm

Senate Considers Bill Prohibiting Harmful Abortion Restrictions

Since 2011, states have passed over 200 restrictions that limit women's access to safe and legal abortions. Although such laws are purportedly meant to protect women's health, experts say that they're simply not medically necessary. But oh well — fairly obviously, the real goal of such legislation is to keep women… » 7/15/14 7:00pm 7/15/14 7:00pm

NBC Exec on the Word 'Abortion': We Don't Have an 'Iron-Clad Policy'

Today in gossip about shows you loved in the 90s: In a discussion about how NBC handles abortion on its network, Bob Greenblatt – a former executive at Fox and now head of NBC – revealed that Fox shut down a plot line on Party of Five that would seen Neve Campbell's character Julia have an abortion. » 7/14/14 10:20am 7/14/14 10:20am

Politician Who Had An Abortion Doesn't Regret It, World Keeps Spinning

It seems that any time any public figure discusses their own experience with abortion, it's wrapped in a thick shell of regret and explaining the whys and hows and extraordinary circumstances of why there were no alternatives. But the Democratic nominee for Nevada lieutenant governor is flipping the script. She had an… » 7/07/14 7:10pm 7/07/14 7:10pm

Missouri Governor Vetoes Awful 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Yesterday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have extended the amount of time women are required to wait before getting an abortion to 72 hours, which is very obviously a batshit, restrictive and deeply harmful measure. In a wonderfully scathing statement, he called the bill "extreme and… » 7/03/14 5:00pm 7/03/14 5:00pm

SCOTUS Rules Beliefs of Your Boss Trump Your Access to Contraceptives

In a yet another ruling that indicates that we'd enjoy better legal protection if we just incorporated our reproductive organs and sent them to murder civilians in Iraq, the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations that are "closely held" cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage. Which means that under… » 6/30/14 10:20am 6/30/14 10:20am

Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

In a unanimous ruling (et tu, Justice Ginsburg?!?!), the Supreme Court has ruled in McCullen v Coakley that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics is unconstitutional. The Opinion's author, Chief Justice Roberts, also (disturbingly) noted in his opinion that abortion clinic… » 6/26/14 11:40am 6/26/14 11:40am

Planned Parenthood Petitions NBC Over Abortion Censorship

Planned Parenthood has launched a petition requesting that NBCUniversal CEO Stephen B. Burke stop "silencing ads mentioning abortion" after NBC allegedly refused to run ads for Obvious Child because the film's trailer mentions the word "abortion." As of now, the petition has nearly 10,000 signatures. » 6/23/14 4:40pm 6/23/14 4:40pm

NBC Censors Abortion Reference During Last Comic Standing [Update: Or…

During the semifinals of NBC's Last Comic Standing on Thursday night, comedian Dana Eagle told a joke about how some people's kids suck so much perhaps it would have been better if they hadn't been born. Her joke included the word "aborted" – or so we presume. The word was bleeped and her mouth was blurred out. » 6/20/14 10:20am 6/20/14 10:20am

Awful Law Would Force Brain Dead Pregnant Women to Incubate Fetuses

A new law waiting to be signed into law by Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal would require that pregnant and brain dead women be kept on life support, regardless of the stated wishes of her family. If the pro-life crowd is trying to disprove accusations that they only care about women to the extent that they are… » 6/13/14 3:50pm 6/13/14 3:50pm

How Obvious Child Is Reclaiming the Rom Com

Since its limited release last weekend, Obvious Child has been getting rave reviews for its humorous, sweet and genuine depiction of the female experience — particularly when it comes to the thoughts and feelings that go into choosing to have an abortion. And now, in a very special Jezebel exclusive, we're getting a… » 6/11/14 4:00pm 6/11/14 4:00pm

Finally, Some Good Abortion News from South Carolina and Arizona

It's quite easy to feel dispirited about reproductive rights in America. Conservative lawmakers across the country are endlessly devoted to coming up with increasingly inventive ways to restrict women's abortion access (some of their favorites include shuttering clinics nationwide and forcing women to have to jump… » 6/06/14 5:40pm 6/06/14 5:40pm