Abortion Rights

Prescribing Coat Hangers: TX's Extreme Laws Force Women into DIY Abortions

Prescribing Coat Hangers: TX's Extreme Laws Force Women into DIY Abortions
A tiny white six-sided pill called misoprostol has made quite the journey, from Brazil through Latin America and Mexico to the Southern United States, from an ulcer medication to black market DIY abortion pill. Often called "miso" or Cytotec (the drug's name when it was used primarily for ulcers), the little pill grew its popularity outside of hospitals and clinics. Instead, according the fascinating article in The Atlantic, growing through the hush-hush social circles of Brazilian women looking to "bring back" their period.
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Just Fools: AL Legislature Holds Public Hearings on Extreme Anti-Choice Bills

Just Fools: AL Legislature Holds Public Hearings on Extreme Anti-Choice Bills
April 1st is the perfect opportunity for the Alabama GOP supermajority to show out — and they're grabbing the opportunity with both hands. Yep, ladies, the uterus patrol is back in the saddle and will be holding public hearings today on three bills aimed to outlaw all abortions (with no exceptions).
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GOP Bill to Ban Abortion in CO Gets a 'Fair Hearing'

GOP Bill to Ban Abortion in CO Gets a 'Fair Hearing'
Debate over HB 14-1133, a bill that explicitly prohibits abortion and makes a violation a class 3 felony, kicks into high gear today at the Colorado Capitol — despite no chance that it passes the legislature's Democratic majority. Colorado Republicans keep complaining that their efforts aren't being fairly heard, but this is one bill they probably wish would go away quietly.
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AL House Supermajority Passes FOUR MORE Anti-Abortion Bills

AL House Supermajority Passes FOUR MORE Anti-Abortion Bills
Hold on to your lady parts, because Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and his minions think they're better qualified than you — or your doctor — to determine what happens to them. Four bills passed the Alabama House yesterday, as a group of Knights of Columbus men in full regalia cheered the state's latest assault on women's reproductive rights and, by extension, the state budget.
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Tough TX Abortion Restrictions Reflect the Least Compassionate Interpretation of the Law

Tough TX Abortion Restrictions Reflect the Least Compassionate Interpretation of the Law
Here's how democracy works in Texas: Over 19,000 Texans wrote to the Department of State Health Services during the public comment period asking for existing clinics to be exempt from the new ambulatory surgical center regulations. Only 265 requested a strict version of HB 2 rules. Last week the Texas Health and Human Services Commission released the final rules for the abortion restrictions passed this summer, and unsurprisingly, they reflect the least compassionate interpretation of the law.
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TX Lawmakers on Reproductive Healthcare Access: Latinas Are 'Collateral Damage'

TX Lawmakers on Reproductive Healthcare Access: Latinas Are 'Collateral Damage'
In a segment focused on women's health in Texas on Latino USA this past Sunday, Senator Leticia Van de Putte and Representative Jason Villalba spoke about the impact of the 2011 family planning budget cuts on Latina health. Van de Putte focused on what she calls the "collateral damage" of a Republican attack on Planned Parenthood, while Villalba defended defunding the organization.
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Abhor-tion: TX Reproductive Health, Family Planning Clients Down 77 Percent Since 2011

Abhor-tion: TX Reproductive Health, Family Planning Clients Down 77 Percent Since 2011
Documents from the State Health Services Council's most recent meeting reveal that Texas' 2013 budget for reproductive health and family planning has yet again dropped in clients served since 2011. There was a total drop of 77 percent in clients served from 202,968 people in 2011. This year, just 47,322 patients were served, while the cost per patient has continued to increase.
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Elizabeth Warren on GOP Filibusters: 'Caught in a Fight Over the Future of Our Courts'

Elizabeth Warren on GOP Filibusters: 'Caught in a Fight Over the Future of Our Courts'
The continued filibusters from Republican lawmakers — especially those of President Obama's judicial nominees for the D.C. circuit — aren't just political meandering. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., contends that the ardent opposition to these nominees are a "caught in a fight over the future of our courts." So will the courts be a neutral forum to decide disputes fairly or will they be stacked for the wealthy and powerful?
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Meet Pam Bondi: Ken Cuccinelli's Right-Wing, Anti-Choice, Sarah Palin-Backed Pal

Meet Pam Bondi: Ken Cuccinelli's Right-Wing, Anti-Choice, Sarah Palin-Backed Pal
GOP candidate for Governor of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli is rallying with several Attorneys General today. Needless to say, they're all very, very far to the right. Let's just take one example — Florida AG Pam Bondi — as illustrative. Here are a few things you might want to know about Bondi.
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Judge's Ruling in VA Women's Health Case Stresses Importance of Less Dogmatic Attorney General in Upcoming Race

Judge's Ruling in VA Women's Health Case Stresses Importance of Less Dogmatic Attorney General in Upcoming Race
A Virginia judge tossed out a legal challenge to a new state law that mandates abortion clinics meet hospital standards. A small victory, but it highlights just how important an ethical Attorney General is for the state. The current, Ken Cuccinelli, fails to meet that standard.
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