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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Examining the Missing Anti-Abortion Footnote

As I noted in my article earlier today, I was able to find the text for three of the four studies cited in an article cited by an anti-abortion amicus brief as proof that medical abortions are ten times more dangerous than surgical abortions and fifty times more dangerous than childbirth, but I could note find the fourth study. If that sounded confusing, it's because it is---the amicus brief was extremely sloppy in citing an internet article on a pro-life website rather than citing the studies th … [Read more...]


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The Devil’s in the Anti-Abortion Footnotes (part 2)

As you may remember, during arguments before the Supreme Court last week, 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. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and yesterday I wrote my first post examining this brief. Today I'll look at some of the studies in the brief's footnotes, and … [Read more...]


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Dissecting Grandiose Anti-Abortion Claims (part 1)

During arguments before the Supreme Court last week, 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 etaore dangerous for a woman than having an abortion. Curious, I looked this amicus brief up, and what I found was illuminating. I'll be writing a series of three posts looking at the rhetoric and statistics used in this amicus brief to a … [Read more...]


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A Look at Yesterday’s Supreme Court Abortion Hearings

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, an abortion case that will likely be far-reaching in its effects. At issue is the question of just how far states can go with TRAP laws---or, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), the court upheld Roe v. Wade while also upholding restrictions on abortion. The ruling asked whether a regulation had the purpose or effect of creating an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions, and foun … [Read more...]


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