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How We Know 'Pro-Life' People Don’t Actually Care About Reducing Abortions. Texas Government Pamphlet Rife With Debunked Anti-Choice Myths - Rewire. The state of Texas on Monday published an online pamphlet filled with medically dubious claims about abortion care, including discredited information linking abortion to cancer and a section exaggerating the medical dangers associated with the procedure.

Texas Government Pamphlet Rife With Debunked Anti-Choice Myths - Rewire

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) quietly published the final version of the pamphlet, “A Woman’s Right to Know,” which doctors are required to provide to all pregnant people seeking abortion care. After a draft of the pamphlet was published in June, reproductive rights advocates called for changes to the medically inaccurate information. State lawmakers passed the Texas Woman’s Right to Know Act in 2003, requiring abortion providers to inform pregnant people of the medical risks associated with abortion care, as well as the probable gestational age of the fetus and the medical risks of carrying a pregnancy to term. Appreciate our work? Rewire is a non-profit independent media publication. Alaska Owes Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees Over Failed Anti-Choice Crusade - Rewire. Alaska taxpayers are on the hook for $995,000 in legal fees for a lawsuit that found the state’s Republican-supported parental notification measure unconstitutional.

Alaska Owes Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees Over Failed Anti-Choice Crusade - Rewire

The Alaska Supreme Court in July struck down the measure, which was enacted through a 2010 ballot initiative. Its sponsors included state Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) and Kim Hummer-Minnery, whose husband, as the Associated Press reported, heads the anti-choice group Alaska Family Council, an offshoot of Focus on the Family. The measure required those younger than 18 to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours before receiving abortion care. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and two doctors had sued to block to law, and the Supreme Court held in July that the measure violates minors’ right to equal protection under the Alaska Constitution.

Appreciate our work? Virginia Board of Health Votes to Remove Abortion Clinic Restrictions - Rewire. The Virginia State Board of Health on Monday voted to remove unconstitutional restrictions on the Commonwealth’s reproductive health centers.

Virginia Board of Health Votes to Remove Abortion Clinic Restrictions - Rewire

The board’s vote marks the first time a state has taken steps to comply with precedent set by the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt regarding similar provisions. The regulations now go to Virginia’s attorney general and Gov. Coffman Wants Rape Victim to Get Police Permission to Get an Abortion. Abortion continues to be a major focus of Republicans in Washington, D.C., as they voted Wednesday for a ban on abortion starting at week 20 of a pregnancy.

Coffman Wants Rape Victim to Get Police Permission to Get an Abortion

Few exceptions were included in the bill, and obstacles were put in place even for rape and incest victims who seek to end their pregnancies. For example, before having an abortion, a raped woman would have to report the crime to an “appropriate law enforcement agency.” It would not be enough for a woman to tell her doctor she was raped. She’s mandated to tell police, even if she doesn’t want to, for whatever reason. Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman’s vote in favor the measure should be of interest to reporters.

But facing a tough reelection campaign in 2013, Coffman issued a statement that he favored exceptions for rape and incest. Catholic Hospital Argues Fetuses Are Not People In Malpractice Suit. Lori Stodghill was 31-one years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St.

Catholic Hospital Argues Fetuses Are Not People In Malpractice Suit

Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Montana GOP Attacks 'Roe' With Dubious Fetal Viability 'Science' - Rewire. GOP-backed legislation in Montana would set fetal viability at 24 weeks of gestation and outlaw abortion care at that point, with no exceptions.

Montana GOP Attacks 'Roe' With Dubious Fetal Viability 'Science' - Rewire

The only choices available to a person whose life was at risk after that time would be vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, under SB 282, which was heard on Monday in the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee. Doctors could face felony charges for performing an abortion at 24 weeks’ gestation, meaning 24 weeks after a person’s last menstrual period. Anti-choice legislators in at least 19 states have used the medically dubious concept of fetal pain to ban abortion at 20 weeks, but proponents of this Montana bill have added a new twist: They aim to attack the fetal viability standard enshrined in decades of legal precedent. Republicans Push Deeply Unpopular 'Personhood' Bill in Congress - Rewire. Congressional Republicans recently introduced yet another federal “personhood” bill despite widespread opposition on Capitol Hill and among Americans to criminalizing abortion care at fertilization.

Republicans Push Deeply Unpopular 'Personhood' Bill in Congress - Rewire

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) stated that goal in the very name of his latest version, HR 586: “To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.” Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and their counterparts in the U.S. Anti-abortion activists hit new low: Ohio lawmakers attack women’s rights with hideous bill demanding they bury fetuses. Abortion is legal in this country.

Anti-abortion activists hit new low: Ohio lawmakers attack women’s rights with hideous bill demanding they bury fetuses

And it has been since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade was decided. But Republican lawmakers are constantly seeking ways to circumnavigate the law, to make it more difficult and more painful for women to get abortions. In 2012, Virginia Republicans pushed a law mandating that women get an ultrasound before receiving an abortion. This is a medically unnecessary procedure that often involves a painful vaginal probe. Earlier this year, Republicans in the North Carolina State Legislature approved a bill with a party line vote requiring women to wait three days before receiving an abortion. Despite Soaring Support for Abortion Rights, Anti-Choice Crusade Continues. Public support for legal abortion in the United States is at its highest point in two years, with nearly six out of ten people backing the reproductive right, according to a new poll (pdf) conducted in the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that killed three people.

Despite Soaring Support for Abortion Rights, Anti-Choice Crusade Continues

The Associated Press and GfK, which jointly conducted the survey, found that 58 percent of respondents say abortion should be legal in "most or all" cases. This marks a jump from 51 percent at the beginning of the year. The poll is based on surveys of 1,007 adults conducted in early December, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Notably, the hike reflects an incremental rise in support among respondents who identify as Republican, with 40 percent backing legal abortion, up from 35 percent in January.

Seventy-six percent of Democrats responded in the affirmative, compared to 54 percent of Independents. Abortion Is Not a Bible Issue. How a UN Committee’s Ruling on Abortion in Ireland Holds Countries Accountable - Rewire. By now, the stories of people denied access to abortion in Ireland and facing financial, physical, and emotional hardships as a result are likely well known to reproductive rights advocates.

How a UN Committee’s Ruling on Abortion in Ireland Holds Countries Accountable - Rewire

Last year, for the first time, one Irish woman took it upon herself to appeal to the United Nations that, in being denied access to a safe and affordable abortion, her human rights were violated by the constitution of her home nation. The UN Human Rights Committee agreed that she faced “discrimination and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” because of Ireland’s ban on most abortions; in response, Ireland has paid her financial reparations. Now, her case has created a roadmap for advocates to call out the prohibition and criminalization of abortion by any country as a violation of human rights. The UN Human Rights Committee Decision in Ireland In 2011, Irish citizen Amanda Mellet was denied abortion care, even though her pregnancy involved a fatal fetal impairment.

Appreciate our work? Federal Judge: Texas Can't Enforce ‘Fetal Remains’ Rules - Rewire. A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction blocking the State of Texas from implementing rules that require cremation or burial of “fetal remains.” Judge Sam Sparks wrote in the decision that the rules implemented by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) constituted an “undue burden” on access to abortion care. “It seems unlikely DSHS’s professed purpose is a valid state interest and not a pretext for restricting abortion access,” Sparks wrote. “By comparison, Plaintiffs face likely constitutional violations, which could severely limit abortion access in Texas.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in December challenging the rules, and will now seek an order from the court to permanently strike down the rules. Appreciate our work? Rewire is a non-profit independent media publication. The rules could add up to $2,000 to the cost of abortion care, according to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Texas. Fox News’ sick OB-GYN fantasy: Now they really want Planned Parenthood patients and doctors to pack heat for protection. “I’m kind of surprised the NRA hasn’t come out for clinic workers arming themselves,” Rumpus editor Brian Spears wrote on Twitter on Monday afternoon in response to the Planned Parenthood shooting.

“They rarely skip a chance to sell guns.” Little did he likely know that, as he was typing these words, Charles Payne on Fox News was already going there during the show “Outnumbered.” “What if more people had guns there, guys?” He asked of the clinic workers and patients who were shot at and held hostage for hours in the Colorado Springs clinic. “What if people could’ve defended themselves?” Such is the danger of mixing mind-numbing stupidity with an overconfident assessment of one’s own intelligence. Breaking: Total Abortion Ban Debuts in Congress - Rewire.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Thursday introduced the first federal “heartbeat bill” modeled on a failed Ohio attempt to end legal abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy—before many people know they’re pregnant. “Heartbeat bills” amount to total abortion bans. They have been declared unconstitutional in federal court. How We Know 'Pro-Life' People Don’t Actually Care About Reducing Abortions.

Samantha Bee Takes Down Ohio's New Abortion Bill in Most Epic Way Possible. Photo Credit: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee/YouTube "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee is taking a break from watching the "non-stop sh*t geyser" of president-elect Trump to investigate an important women's rights issue being decided right now by the states. "What a surprise, they're up someone's skirt," Bee said, after showing clips detailing why Ohio's newest abortion law would be the strictest in the nation.

Trump action on health care could cost Planned Parenthood. WASHINGTON — One of President-elect Donald Trump’s first, and defining, acts next year could come on Republican legislation to cut off taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood. Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the 100-year-old organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services. He said “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood,” but he also endorsed efforts to defund it. Trump once described himself as “very pro-choice.” Now he’s in the anti-abortion camp. Still, the Republican has been steadfast in calling for repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the GOP-led Congress is eager to comply. “We’ve already shown what we believe with respect to funding of Planned Parenthood,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters last month.

Legislation to both repeal the law and cut Planned Parenthood funds for services to low-income women moved through Congress along party lines last year. Ohio Republican Explains His “No” Vote On 20-Week Abortion Ban. Texas Publishes Anti-Abortion Booklet Filled with Falsehoods and Lies. 1,000 Miles and Too Many Barriers to Count: One Woman's Abortion Trip - Rewire. It takes more than seven hours and 480 miles across three states to drive from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Yakima, Washington. Study Lays Waste to Myths About Abortion's Effect on Mental Health - Rewire. Arkansas GOP Will Target Common Abortion Procedure in 2017 - Rewire. Oklahoma: Where Your Trip to a Public Restroom Will Include State-Ordered Anti-Choice Literature. As reproductive rights advocates brace for likely future attacks on during Donald Trump's administration, the war on women continued in Oklahoma on Tuesday with the approval of regulations requiring the posting of anti-abortion signs in public bathrooms.

Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said that the "requirement that commands thousands of private businesses to turn their bathroom walls into billboards for a government anti-abortion statement" was state legislators' latest "absurd and callous" attempt "to shame and stigmatize women. " Oklahoma legislators passed in May and Gov. Ohio Gov. Kasich Vetoes Heartbeat Bill, Signs 'Horrific' 20-Week Abortion Ban. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) on Tuesday signed a 20-week abortion ban into law, ensuring that reproductive rights in the state remain under attack even as he vetoed the more controversial "heartbeat" bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks. The new law, known as SB 127, bans abortions after 20 weeks and does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

Kasich said the heartbeat bill would have violated the U.S. Destroying Roe v. Wade: Ohio’s “unconscionable” Heartbeat Bill is “designed to punish women” Well, Ohio Republicans clearly believe him and are downright excited about it — so much so that state legislators in both houses used the last few days of the lame duck session to pass a bill banning abortion after the embryo begins pumping blood, at about six weeks of pregnancy. It’s called the Heartbeat Bill, but that’s a bit of misnomer, since the circulatory system of an embryo that early in pregnancy hasn’t really developed what most of us recognize as a proper heart.

'There Should Be No Judgment' in Termination: One Woman's Story - Rewire. In the lead-up to National Adoption Month, observed every November, Sandra was watching coverage of happy reunions. Adult children finding their birth parents, everyone hugging and crying with joy. Ohio Senate Passes Extreme Anti-Choice ‘Heartbeat Bill,’ Citing Trump Victory. The Ohio state Senate passed a so-called “heartbeat bill” today that would ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy, or before some women even know they are pregnant. The language of the bill, which is the brainchild of Ohio Religious Right activist Janet Porter, was inserted by Republican lawmakers into an unrelated measure involving the state’s child abuse and neglect laws. If approved by the state House, the bill would head to the desk of the Gov. Congressional Democrats Excoriate GOP's Anti-Choice 'Witch Hunt' in Final Report - Rewire.

The EACH Woman Act Would Give 28 Million Women Access to Abortion Coverage. Pro-Choice Legal Offensive Launched in Three States - Rewire. Trump’s HHS Pick a Member of Group Linking Abortion to Cancer - Rewire. Tom Price, Opponent of Abortion and Contraception Access, to lead Department of Health and Human Services. Texas Approves Rule Requiring Fetal Burial After Abortion. George Tiller's Murderer Gets Lighter Sentence - Rewire. The latest anti-choice move: try to take custody of a woman's fetus.

Support Roe. Report: July Anti-Choice Gathering Included Those 'Sympathetic to the Violent Fringes' - Rewire. New Research Eviscerates Widespread Anti-Choice Myth - Rewire. States are using welfare money to fund anti-abortion propaganda. Patheos. Trump’s Anti-Choice Advisory Council Includes Hate Group Leader, Members of Congress - Rewire. Texas Anti-Choice Group Funnels State Funds to Fake Clinics - Rewire. The Hyde Amendment: Codie, Claire and 40 Years of Harm. Report: States Restricting Abortion Access Don't Help New Parents Either - Rewire. Poll: Attacking Planned Parenthood Funding Unpopular in Battleground States - Rewire.

Deliberate Disenfranchisement: The Hyde Amendment and the District of Columbia - Rewire. Hyde and State Courts: What a Repeal Would Mean - Rewire. Evangelical Christians Propose To Make Abortion Punishable By Death in Florida. Ohio Abortion Rates Drop as GOP Lawmakers Erode Access - Rewire. Louisiana Clinic to Offer Service That's 'Tantamount to Quackery' - Rewire. Patients 'Throwing Up in the Parking Lot' Under Ohio Abortion Law - Rewire. Abortion Without Apology: A Prescription for Getting the Pro-Choice Groove Back. Tennessee Could Be the Next Abortion Battleground. Article: Bad And Getting Worse. Missouri Lawmaker Pushes for AG to Close State’s Lone Abortion Clinic. Court blocks anti-abortion group's videos: What is Center for Medical Progress? Asian and Pacific Islander women won’t be silent on reproductive justice. Access delayed is access denied. My Abortion Made Me Happy: Shouting Out On Twitter. Texas Demands Abortion Records Of Women Who Donated Fetal Tissue.

Tearful Testimony Documents Impact of Ohio Abortion Laws. Obama can still repair his compromised legacy on abortion rights — but nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court didn’t help. Adoption Is Not a Universal Alternative to Abortion, No Matter What Anti-Choicers Say. Planned Parenthood wins another victory as federal judge permanently enjoins Florida law. The FDA eases rules on abortion pill to reflect actual medical science, increase access.

With a Prayer, Indiana Governor Signs Into Law Controversial Abortion Restriction. With a Prayer, Indiana Governor Signs Into Law Controversial Abortion Restriction. Mike Pence’s sadistic abortion law: Indiana passes draconian anti-choice bill geared towards humiliating and bankrupting women who have abortions. Georgia lawmakers poised to pour $2m into 'fake abortion clinics' Utah Senate passes bill requiring anesthesia for fetuses during abortions. Oklahoma Senate passes bill to suspend abortion doctors' licenses, legal challenges inevitable. DIY abortions are on the rise in the U.S. Cartoon: How much proof does the Supreme Court really need about Texas abortion laws? A warning to the Supreme Court: The true lesson of Kermit Gosnell is that abortion restrictions get women killed. Ohio Planned Parenthood Vandalized with Red Paint and Threatening Bible Verse.

'Pro-Life' Activist Pleads Guilty After Threatening to Kill People at Reproductive Clinic. Supreme Court justices show their differences during oral arguments in crucial abortion case. #StoptheSham: A 'Whole Woman's Health' Oral Arguments Live-Tweet #ABLC. Thousands Gather To Support Abortion Access as U.S. Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Texas’ Harmful Clinic Shutdown Law. Meet Vincent Rue, the man behind the pseudoscience of abortion restrictions. 80 Religious Leaders To SCOTUS And Evangelicals: 'Butt Out' of Women’s Reproductive Health. Abortion Clinic Closures Are Endangering Women's Health. Dispatches: Regulating US Abortion Providers Off the Map. Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Mandatory Waiting Period for Women Seeking Abortions.

The Supreme Court’s massive abortion case: Everything you need to know about Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. The Supreme Court’s massive abortion case: Everything you need to know about Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. “It’s really terrifying”: Lizz Winstead on stealth antiabortion laws and fighting politicians in “their last grasp of hanging on to unearned power” Should you 'come out' about your abortion? My thank-you letter to an abortion doctor. Florida Women Now Face Mandatory Delay, Additional Visits When Seeking Safe, Legal Abortion. Trapped. In just the last five years, one out of four U.S. abortion clinics has been shuttered. Appeals court okays law that will eliminate three of Louisiana's four abortion clinics.

Abortion fact. I support roe. Right-Wing Attacks on Abortion Access Driving Clinic Closures Across US. Repro Wrap: Alabama Special Session Shows "Pro-Life" Is Subjective. Supreme Court Abortion Case Seen as a Turning Point for Clinics.