Anti-Choice Ohio Law Made Abortion Less Safe

For years now, the anti-abortion movement has been passing restrictions on abortion in the name of protecting women. Last week we have yet more evidence that this is a feint. But first, we need some background. This past March, the FDA revised its guidelines for using mifepristone, the medical abortion pill. The Los Angeles Times editorial board explained as follows: The Food and Drug Administration was absolutely right to re-label mifepristone, a drug used to induce abortions, to reflect a regi … [Read more...]


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The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Fetal Imaginings

By word of apology to my regular readers: I got sick, and then I started working on a post about the Catholic Church's opposition to statute of limitation reform, and that piece got longer and longer and more and more avenues opened up, and I still have more research to do for it, so I'm turning it into a series for next week. For today, I'm dusting off a post I saved in drafts some time ago and forgot about. Nearly 66% of abortions happen in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. Another 26% ha … [Read more...]


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For Women’s Health and Innocent Lives: Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Response to Whole Women’s Health v. Texas

Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down H.B. 2, a Texas law that restricted abortion access by requiring abortion facilities to adhere to unreasonable rules and regulations---rules and regulations that would have forced most abortion facilities in the state to close their doors. This is all matter that has been discussed before---abortions are incredibly safe procedures, safer than colonoscopies for instance, and there's no need for them to be performed only in ambulatory surgical … [Read more...]


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What Everyone Is Missing about the Indiana Abortion Law

Several weeks ago the Indiana legislature passed HB 1337, a law requiring abortion clinics to ensure that miscarried or aborted fetuses be cremated or buried. Here's a summary from Vox: 1) It makes an unprecedented requirement to bury or cremate all fetal remains, even from an early miscarriageIt's hard to predict the precise effect this provision will have, but it could be really bad for abortion providers and women who have abortions or miscarriages.The law says that "a miscarried or a … [Read more...]


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The Natural Consequences of Banning Abortion

Poland's controversial proposed new abortion ban hit the news this weekend: Thousands protested on Sunday against the Polish government after the ruling party’s powerful leader and the country’s prime minister said they backed a complete ban on abortion advocated by the Catholic Church. Abortion is already highly restricted in Poland. What would the new bill do? The proposed move would end a status quo reached in the 1990s under which abortion is allowed in three cases -- when the pregnancy is … [Read more...]


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Women Are Already Being Prosecuted for Having Abortions

This week presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stated that women who have abortions should receive some form of punishment. The Republican Party and conservatives across the nation reacted with surprise and anger and disavowed Trump's comments, arguing that abortion doctors, and not women who receive abortions, should be punished. This entire conversation misses a very important point---in our country today, women are already being jailed for having abortions.It's happening in Geo … [Read more...]


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Abortion Opponents Move the Goalposts (part 3)

Today we come to the third installment of this series. I began this series after I read the arguments before the Supreme Court last week, when Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller stated that an amicus brief filed by Former Abortion Providers and the National Association of Catholic Nurses contested the settled fact that going through childbirth is more dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Hoping to get to the bottom of it, I looked this amicus brief up, and I've written two articles o … [Read more...]


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