Pelosi challenges archbishop’s denial of Communion over abortion rights

After San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone's decision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) questioned why those who support the death penalty — which also is at odds with church teaching — aren't also denied Communion.

By Donna Cassata and John WagnerMay 24, 2022

An ex-priest, a flier and the arrest that legalized protests at Md. homes

Phillip Schuller's brief 1976 activism overturned Maryland law — and paved the way for abortion rights protests at Supreme Court justices’ homes today.

By Erin CoxMay 24, 2022

Couples share the abortion decisions that shaped their lives

Four couples told The Washington Post about making that choice — to abort or not — and how it affected them.

By Anne Branigin and Rachel HatzipanagosMay 20, 2022

Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’

If signed into law, Oklahoma would effectively ban all abortions in the state.

By Amy B Wang,  Felicia Sonmez and Caroline KitchenerMay 20, 2022

Hundreds of Jews rally at the U.S. Capitol for abortion rights

Jewish views on abortion are complex across the ideological spectrum, but law and tradition do not ban it.

By Michelle Boorstein and Ellie SilvermanMay 17, 2022

Antiabortion forces split over bills to prosecute those who get procedure

With legislators and advocates preparing for a post-Roe future, rifts are emerging among the ranks of antiabortion activists over whether people who get the procedure should be prosecuted.

By Casey ParksMay 17, 2022

States pursue extreme restrictions in crafting post-Roe abortion law

What had been a slow, deliberate erosion of abortion rights over the 50 years since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade now seemed to be a flash flood of increasingly severe restrictions and proposals cropping up at the state level, abortion rights advocates say, as antiabortion Republicans envision a post-Roe world.

By Amy B Wang and Caroline KitchenerMay 16, 2022

A Glimpse of a Potential Post-Roe Future Through Texas Women’s Stories

The emotional, logistical and financial challenges of traveling farther and waiting longer for an abortion.

By Sophie NovackMay 15, 2022

After decades defending abortion rights, Patty Murray readies for offense

The no-nonsense senator from Washington has been the single most effective Democratic combatant against Republican attempts to restrict abortion and otherwise roll back reproductive health care rights on Capitol Hill.

By Mike DeBonisMay 15, 2022

With fear and fury, thousands across U.S. rally for abortion rights

Protesters in D.C., spanning generations, gathered at the National Mall and marched to the Supreme Court to send a message with Roe v. Wade under threat.

By Ellie Silverman,  Kyle Swenson,  Nicole Asbury and Karina ElwoodMay 14, 2022

Abortion rights groups to rally, declaring ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’

In D.C., protesters will gather at noon at the Northeast side of the Washington Monument before marching at 2 p.m. to the Supreme Court. Organizers are expecting more than 15,000 people, according to a permit.

By Ellie SilvermanMay 13, 2022

The abortion talk: How moms are navigating this moment with daughters

For some families, the Supreme Court draft opinion leak is a chance to have a larger conversation about sexual health and pregnancy prevention.

By Janay KingsberryMay 12, 2022

Youngkin, Hogan ask Justice Dept. to halt protests at justices’ homes

The governors of Virginia and Maryland called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a federal law prohibiting protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices.

By Laura Vozzella,  Erin Cox and Dan MorseMay 12, 2022

As Senate became more polarized, messaging votes lost their power

For the vast majority of Republican senators, voting against abortion rights on Wednesday served as a political win in states that have skewed so conservative that their only fear is of losing a GOP primary.

By Paul KaneMay 11, 2022

Senate blocks bill to codify right to abortion

The Women’s Health Protection Act failed as expected, but Democrats say the vote is about mobilizing voters, not passing legislation.

By Mike DeBonis and Rachel RoubeinMay 11, 2022

Abortion doulas brace for increasingly fraught work if Roe falls

For many of the people who work on the sidelines of abortions to help others access the procedure and feel supported, a rollback of Roe v. Wade could spark a shift in how they operate.

By Marisa IatiMay 11, 2022

The GOP and where it’s headed on criminalizing abortion

Polls show the American people strongly oppose criminalizing abortion and threatening doctors and women with jail time. But despite the GOP's assurances, it'll be a topic that's very difficult to avoid.

By Aaron BlakeMay 11, 2022

Antiabortion advocate worked for years to overturn Roe, but worries over next steps

The possibility of Roe’s fall has made it harder for antiabortion advocates to ignore their differences. What does it mean to be for life now?

By Michelle BoorsteinMay 11, 2022