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Poor Women Suffer Most From Restrictive Abortion Policies. There are those who view poverty as if it were a choice, as if poverty could only be the result of a series of bad decisions.

Poor Women Suffer Most From Restrictive Abortion Policies

Poverty is many things. It is linked to hypertension and diabetes; it’s a carcinogen. For many, poverty results from a single event, such as job loss, a serious illness, or the birth of an unexpected child. It is not a character flaw. I continue to be amazed at how some people can ignore the all too common circumstances of life that throw us into poverty. Of course, every able woman has the responsibility to do her best to avoid unplanned pregnancies; the vast majority try. Should she be condemned for engaging in the most basic human activity?

I wonder what my donor would say to Natalie—not her real name—who in 2011, as a single mother of three working a low-wage job, experienced two life-changing events. Half of all pregnancies are unplanned and 21 percent end in abortion. That’s understandable. 20 Facts About Abortions. On Wednesday May 13, 2015, House Republicans passed HR 36, The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban most pregnancies after 20 weeks.

20 Facts About Abortions

The bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, let alone survive an inevitable veto from the White House. The proposed law is also inapplicable to the 90 percent of abortions that happen before the 20 week mark. If you want to know who gets abortions after 20 weeks, check out this profile that Fusion wrote in 2013 (short version: no one plans it, and it's often related to the severe fetal defects or the health of the mother). If you want to learn more about who gets abortion in general, read on. Unless otherwise noted by links, these abortion facts come from various publications of the Guttmacher institute. 95% Don't Regret Abortions.

According to a new study that tracked hundreds of women who had abortions, more than 95 percent of participants reported that ending a pregnancy was the right decision for them.

95% Don't Regret Abortions

Feelings of relief outweighed any negative emotions, even three years after the procedure. Researchers examined both women who had first-trimester abortions and women who had procedures after that point (which are often characterized as “late-term abortions”). When it came to women’s emotions following the abortion, or their opinions about whether or not it was the right choice, they didn’t find any meaningful difference between the two groups.

These findings contradict the notion that women experience negative mental health effects after ending a pregnancy, as well as the idea that later abortions are more psychologically traumatic. Fetal pain is a lie: How phony science took over the abortion debate. Since Nebraska first jump-started the trend back in 2010, close to a dozen state legislatures across the country have passed laws banning abortion at 20 weeks.

Fetal pain is a lie: How phony science took over the abortion debate

Most of these restrictions are given grave-sounding titles like the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” or some near-identical riff on the words “fetal,” “pain” and “protection.” All of them, no matter what they’re called, rest on the stated premise that a fetus can experience pain at 20 weeks, and that this is a sufficient justification to ban all abortions after this gestational stage. But “fetal pain” in the popular discourse is a nebulous concept, one that lawmakers like Jodie Laubenberg, Trent Franks and others haven’t much bothered to define or help ground in available medical evidence. Probably because there really isn’t any. Does a Fetus Feel Pain at 20 Weeks? A number of Republican House members say scientific research proves a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain.

Does a Fetus Feel Pain at 20 Weeks?

This is a complicated and controversial topic in science, but the ability to feel pain at that specific point in gestation is unproven. The House Republicans made their remarks during a debate on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions beyond 20 weeks, with some exceptions for victims of rape or incest and if the mother’s life is in danger. Will new “abortion reversal” laws spread, despite junk science claims? “I just thought this was a way to give women who changed their mind a second chance,” says Dr.

Will new “abortion reversal” laws spread, despite junk science claims?

George Delgado. You Can Reverse the Abortion Pill - Abortion Pill Reversal Information - San Diego, CA. Arizona Anti-Choice ‘Junk Science' Reproductive rights advocates on Thursday filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to permanently block an Arizona mandate that requires doctors to tell patients they can reverse the effects of medication-induced abortions.

Arizona Anti-Choice ‘Junk Science'

The requirement, set to take effect in July, is part of SB 1318. Passed this spring, SB 1318 primarily bars state residents from purchasing any health insurance plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage. The law also has a provision that requires abortion providers to tell patients both orally and in writing they may be able to reverse the effects of a medically induced abortion. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Arizona, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Squire Patton Boggs on behalf of several Arizona abortion providers who claim the requirement violates their and their patients’ constitutional rights. Second Court Victory for Arizona Women in Two Days: District Court Continues to Block Law Forcing Doctors to Lie to Women. 10.16.15 - (PRESS RELEASE) A federal district court judge today continued to block an Arizona law that forces doctors to mislead patients by telling them that it may be possible to “reverse” a medication abortion.

Second Court Victory for Arizona Women in Two Days: District Court Continues to Block Law Forcing Doctors to Lie to Women

The order comes less than a week before a scheduled trial on the measure, which has been postponed. As part of the State's ask to postpone the trial, it cited the fact that “its primary expert” lacked the "publication and research background and experience" to be qualified as an expert witness. 4 Arguments Against Abortion That Are Total BS. Photo via flickr by madmanmikey.

4 Arguments Against Abortion That Are Total BS

Abortions, and debates about abortion, have existed for as long as human pregnancies have existed. This is not new territory. Yet we find ourselves continually treading the same ground. So-called pro-lifers have been vocal since this whole Planned Parenthood video nonsense started. Even though the videos have been disallowed as evidence in court due to them having been hacked and slashed like a Jack the Ripper victim. We are all sick of seeing these silly, emotional, nonsensical arguments against abortion. Here are the 4 most common arguments against abortion, and why they are total bullsh!

1. Photo via flickr by DonkeyHotey. Exposing the Junk Science of the Anti-Choice Movement. Abortion is linked to breast cancer.

Exposing the Junk Science of the Anti-Choice Movement

Abortion leads to mental illness and drug abuse. Women are frequently admitted to hospitals with abortion-related complications. One thing the above statements have in common? They’re myths, and abortion-rights activists have worked hard to debunk them. Most recently, as part of an investigative project, RH Reality Check found 14 doctors, scientists and academics who have aided in pushing “false information designed to mislead the public, lawmakers and the courts about abortion.”