Doctors Right, Politicians Wrong on Prescribing Abortion Drugs

Hey, wow, who could've predicted this: a new study on mifepristone and misoprostol, the two drugs taken together to induce an abortion, shows that it's perfectly safe to use a lower dosage of the drugs than the FDA recommends. Doctors have been saying that since at least 2001. It's almost as though their medical… »1/26/15 9:35pm1/26/15 9:35pm


Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks Particularly Ridiculous Abortion Laws

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has temporarily blocked two laws designed to restrict access to abortion. The first would require abortion clinics to have a doctor on staff with admission privileges at a local hospital, while the second would ban medication abortions after 49 days of pregnancy and required physicians to… »11/04/14 3:15pm11/04/14 3:15pm

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 1:10pm3/10/14 1:10pm

The Supreme Court Might Decide the Abortion Pill's Fate

What's not to love about "abortion pill" RU-486? 17 percent of abortions in the US are medication abortions, which are less invasive than surgical abortions and easier to access in states that love restricting women's reproductive choice. This alternative will obviously not do for a number of uterus-fearing state… »7/19/13 2:00pm7/19/13 2:00pm

State Legislators Propose Draconian New Abortion Restrictions, Because Apparently They Want to Fail Louder

After a fairly disastrous election for Republicans, party faithful have begun wondering aloud if maybe the GOP should begin its much-touted focus on jobs and the economy rather than spinning its wheels in America's uterus with abortion restrictions that piss people off and end up being struck down in the court system,… »11/26/12 2:35pm11/26/12 2:35pm

Court Rules that Anti-Choice Law Can't Be Used to Prosecute Mother Who Aborted at Home

Jennie Linn McCormack, the Idaho woman whose story of a self-induced abortion that resulted in criminal charges is among the most depressing things you'll ever read, got a big legal win today when a US Circuit Court ruled that her home state couldn't charge her with any crime. Idaho's draconian anti-abortion laws put… »9/11/12 7:00pm9/11/12 7:00pm

If You're Knocked Up in Kansas and Don't Want to Be, You Better Hope You Get the Right Pharmacist

Oh, great. Another law that gives medical professionals the right let their superstitious beliefs trump the needs of their patients. Earlier this week, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed into law a measure that would strengthen so-called "conscience rights" of pharmacists in the state, giving them the right to… »5/16/12 1:20pm5/16/12 1:20pm

Exactly How Much Money Have 'Fiscal Conservatives' Wasted Defending Unconstitutional Abortion Laws?

Last week, a judge in Oklahoma permanently blocked the enforcement of a law that banned medicinal abortions (RU-486, or "the abortion pill") on the grounds that the law places undue burden on women seeking medical care. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a nearly identical bill into law earlier this year. The… »5/15/12 6:20pm5/15/12 6:20pm

For the Millionth Damn Time: The Morning After Pill Is Not the Abortion Pill

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that a proposed law in Alabama would require women who take the morning after pill to do so in the presence of a physician. This story was repeated across multiple sources, including here. But the bill itself actually isn't about the morning after pill at all — it's about… »4/20/12 4:40pm4/20/12 4:40pm

This Woman's Tale Of Ordering Abortion Drugs On The Internet Is The Most Depressing Story Ever

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 4:15pm12/12/11 4:15pm

The Walking Dead Is Spreading Icky Morning-After Pill Myths

The Walking Dead, now in its second season, has riveted audiences with its tense undead action interspersed with human drama. Lately, though, the show's seeming ignorance of how the morning after pill works has been rubbing some viewers the wrong way. It should surprise approximately no one that a drama based on a… »11/21/11 5:00pm11/21/11 5:00pm

Once Upon A Time, When We Still Feared Global Poverty, We Learned A Very Interesting Rice Recipe

What is it about the "Global Population, Magnitude Of" thing that so vexes the world's rich people? I'm asking in light of the food crisis and the energy crisis bringing back that old " Malthusian population crisis »7/31/08 3:00pm7/31/08 3:00pm" fear. I'm also asking in light of my kinda recent discovery that the American rights to the RU-486…

Why Can't Non-Batshit Pro-Lifers Give It Up And Accept The Abortion Pill?

This is Rep. Ray Salva, Missouri Democrat. An early supporter of John Edwards, the Catholic and lifetime Missouri resident is a member of the Optimist's Club and known to be a friend of the environment, the homeless and the eroding middle-class. But we write about him for a much more baffling reason: his addition of… »3/07/08 12:00pm3/07/08 12:00pm