Fewer women are getting pregnant.
Obamacare, in other words, is headed back to the Supreme Court.
When I described the case of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell on Twitter last week as a local crime story, I was clearly wrong. The egregious and horrifying crimes committed in the physician's West Philadelphia abortion clinic have become a matter of national attention.
The Gosnell case stretches back decades. Here's what you need to know.
What a difference three years makes.
Today, the Arkansas legislature did something unprecedented: It overrode a governor's veto to ban all abortions after 12 weeks' gestation.
James Bopp says that the Republican platform does not endorse an abortion ban without any exceptions, as many media outlets (including this one) have reported. And Bopp should know he drafted it.
Rep. Todd Akin caused a public outcry Sunday when he suggested that women who were “legitimately raped” would rarely become pregnant. Study after study has proven that theory false. But one provocative study, published in 2003, went even further: It found that a single act of rape was more than twice as likely to result in pregnancy than an act of consensual sex.
Paul Ryan is known around Washington as a budget wonk, the Republican legislator with big economic ideas. Antiabortion groups see something else in Romney’s vice presidential pick: a stalwart opponent of abortion rights.
Sarah Kliff: What would it mean for Washington to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks?
of attention for his proposal to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. Sparks flew at a hearing on the subject yesterday, largely over Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton — the District’s non-voting representative in Congress — not being allowed to testify.
All of a sudden, Washington became a “battleground.”
In recent years, Keenan has worried about an “intensity gap” on abortion rights among millennials, which the group considers to be the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1991. While most young, antiabortion voters see abortion as a crucial political issue, NARAL’s own internal research does not find similar passion among abortion-rights supporters. If the pro-choice movement is to successfully defend abortion rights, Keenan contends, it needs more young people in leadership roles, including hers.
The funds for Planned Parenthood North Texas started drying up in 2011. That was when the state cut $73 million from its family planning budget, and five clinics around the Dallas/Forth-Worth area closed.
Rochelle Tafolla is vice president of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the affiliate of the national organization that serves southeast Texas, as well as the greater Houston area. It operates 10 clinics that saw about 110,000 patients in 2010. About 16,000 of those patients were part of Texas Women’s Health Program, a part of Medicaid that provides reproductive health services to low-income women.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the abortion rights movement’s big strategic success in Virginia. Advocates had used emotional, highly charged language to rally supporters against a mandatory ultrasound law that had already passed in seven other states with little backlash or fanfare.
By any estimate, advocates of reproductive rights have had a pretty successful week here in Washington. Dozens of companies have pulled ads from Rush Limbaugh’s show after the conservative radio host called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute.” Senate Republicans are backing off their push to repeal the health reform law’s contraceptives mandate. Their House colleagues don’t look keen to pick up the fight.
Virgina’s proposed requirement of an ultrasound prior to abortion has been the subject of everything from Saturday Night Live parodies to sizable protests in Richmond. The backlash has been so strong that Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell looks to be walking back his support on the issue. Until this week, the governor had been firm in his commitment to signing the bill. But just this afternoon, McDonnell has put out a statement asking his legislature to rework the measure.
Congress held a lengthy hearing Thursday morning on the health reform law’s mandated coverage of contraceptives, probing whether the provision violates religious liberties.
When the White House offered up accommodations on the health reform law’s mandated coverage of birth control Friday, it felt like a momentary detente. The new provision — which would have insurance companies pay for an employee’s birth control rather than a religious employer who objected — came with a wave of endorsements. It won over many liberal Catholics who had initially opposed the requirement, such as the Catholic Health Association’s Carole Keehan.
The teen pregnancy rate has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years, according new Guttmacher Institute research out Wednesday morning. In 2008, the most recent year for which data is available, about 6.7 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds became pregnant. About 30 percent of those pregnancies resulted in abortions, while the rest were carried to term.
The controversy over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s decision to eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood—and subsequent reversal— continues. Catholic leaders are blasting the health reform requirement that insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Commentator Mark Shields joined other liberals in blasting the provision, saying it could have “cataclysmic” fallout for President Obama come November.
As a prominent breast cancer researcher and activist, Susan Love is no stranger to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Love runs a breast cancer research foundation that bears her name, and she organized the Army of Women, more than 360,000 women to whom breast cancer researchers can blast out requests for subjects. But the Komen Foundation is so entrenched in the world of breast cancer fundraising, Love says, that she often finds a “G” inadvertently inserted as her middle initial. “It’s unfortunate that we’re both named Susan,” she told me in an interview yesterday. “But I can’t change my name.”
Last spring, Cecile Richards’s BlackBerry buzzed with an unexpected text message. It was from her son Daniel, a college student in Pennsylvania. He was heading off to Toledo, having organized a bus trip of friends to attend a rally supporting Planned Parenthood. The message came as Congress was debating ending the group’s nearly $100 million in federal funding.
Around 7 a.m. on Friday, a woman in Laura Farmer Sherman’s office started screaming.
“Oh my God,” Farmer Sherman heard from the next office over. “They’ve changed their mind.”