Planned Parenthood Feminism & Women's Rights 

To Counter Missouri’s Attacks on Abortion Care, Planned Parenthood Opens ‘Mega-Clinic’ in Neighboring Illinois

United States (CD) – After years of attacks on reproductive rights in Missouri, Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday the opening of a new, large facility in neighboring Illinois—construction of which was done in secret to avoid protests. The facility is “an 18,000-square-foot mega-clinic” in Fairview Heights, Illinois, CBS reported. It is less than 20 miles from the Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis; Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic, which the state is fighting to close. “Since August 2018, Planned Parenthood has used a shell company to construct the facility,” CBS reported. From the news outlet: Other Planned Parenthood projects had run into problems once the public realized Read More

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Nancy Pelosi Politics 

Pelosi’s Endorsement of Anti-Choice Henry Cuellar Over Progressive Jessica Cisneros Reveals Lack of Leadership, Justice Democrats Say

United States (CD) – Progressive group Justice Democrats took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday for her endorsement over the weekend of Rep. Henry Cuellar, a right wing Democrat from Texas who is a top target for the party’s left in the 2020 primary elections. Pelosi publicly endorsed Cuellar on Saturday during an appearance at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. “Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely,” said Pelosi. “I’m very, very proud of Henry’s work in the Congress and I’m proud to support him.” Nancy Pelosi just endorsed a “Democrat” who is anti-choice and received an A rating from the NRA. https://t.co/NmALxW5ZN1 — Read More

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Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

New Abortion Laws Contribute to Sexist Environments That Harm Everyone’s Health

United States (Conversation) – Nine states have passed laws in 2019 alone that restrict abortion at the earliest stages of pregnancy. Those of us who study public health are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for negative health consequences of these kinds of policies on women. That’s because research has shown that laws limiting reproductive rights and services put women’s health and well-being at risk in many ways. This can be from increasing the likelihood of unsafe procedures to causing long-term mental and physical health damage by forcing the continuation of unwanted pregnancies. Public health scholars and international human Read More

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Abortion Feminism & Women's Rights 

US Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1973 Legalization

United States (Sputnik) – The number of abortions in the US has dropped to the lowest level since the procedure was legalized by the Supreme Court in 1973, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. The study used data collected by the institute, which defines itself on its website as a “leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.” Based on data of abortion incidence and rates between 2014 and 2017, the study found that in 2017, 862,320 abortions were conducted in clinical settings across the US. That represents a 7% Read More

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Feminism & Women's Rights 

Australian Women May Find It Tougher to Get an Abortion Soon

Australia (Conversation) – If the Religious Discrimination Bill passes into law, women may find it harder to get an abortion. That’s because health practitioners with an objection to performing the procedure on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. This may lead women to consult multiple services, if available, before finding a doctor willing to perform the procedure.   Who does the bill cover and where? In the new bill, the term “health practitioner” has a broad meaning. It includes doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists. If the Read More

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Feminism & Women's Rights 

Texas Told Cities They Couldn’t Fund Abortion Providers. so Austin Is Funding Abortion Access Instead.

Texas, United States (TexasTribune) – Austin became the first city in the nation Tuesday to approve public funding to help women better access abortion. The Austin City Council on Tuesday amended next year’s budget and set aside $150,000 to supplement incidental expenses like travel, lodging and childcare for women seeking the procedure. The money will not go directly toward the expense of the procedure itself. The amendment comes just days after a new state law prohibiting local and state governments from giving taxpayer dollars and some public resources to abortion providers and their affiliates went into effect. Senate Bill 22 Read More

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Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

Advocates Fight Latest Extreme Abortion Ban as Tennessee Attempts to Criminalize Procedure

Tennessee, United States (CD) – Reproductive rights advocates were in Nashville Tuesday to testify against a new anti-choice bill proposed by Republican lawmakers in Tennessee, shifting national attention back to extreme efforts by the GOP to restrict the right to abortion care. Months after lawmakers in Georgia, Alabama, and other states passed strict abortion bans without exceptions for rape or incest in the hopes of having the laws appealed and opening up a Supreme Court battle over abortion, the Tennessee state Senate held hearings on Senate Bill 1236. The proposal includes an amendment that would redefine the term “fetal viability,” which is understood by Read More

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Oklahoma Feminism & Women's Rights 

Oklahoma Judge Upholds Ban on Common Abortion Procedure

Oklahoma, United States (CD) – The Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday announced its intention to keep fighting after an Oklahoma court upheld a ban on a common abortion procedure. “We cannot overstate the harm this decision will have on women in Oklahoma,” said Julie Rikelman, litigation director at the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), in a statement. CRR filed the suit on behalf of Tulsa Women’s Clinic to have the law stricken down. Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong’s ruling upholds House Bill 1721, a 2015 law that “targets a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D and E), which is frequently Read More

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Planned Parenthood Feminism & Women's Rights 

Planned Parenthood Board Removes Boss Amid Growing Political Challenges to Abortion

United States (Sputnik) – The president of Planned Parenthood, Leana Wen, the first physician to head the US-based women’s health care group in 50 years, was forced out of her job on Tuesday by the organization’s board in a dispute over her controversial management style, local media reported. Planned Parenthood’s board met in emergency session earlier in the day and approved Leana Wen’s immediate departure just eight months after she took over the position, The Washington Post reported. According to WaPo, citing sources familiar with the matter, Wen had tried to refocus the organization’s mission and image as a health Read More

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Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

Trump Denounced for Imposing Sweeping Attack on Abortion Rights Nationwide

United States (CD) – After President Donald Trump’s administration announced Monday that it would immediately begin enforcing a ban on abortion referrals at clinics that receive federal tax dollars, outraged reproductive rights advocates warned about the impact on healthcare nationwide and vowed to keep fighting against what they call the domestic gag rule. Trump’s Health and Human Services Department notified clinics of the move ahead of a conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The announcement followed a 7-4 vote Thursday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding an earlier ruling which lifted injunctions that prevented enforcement of the policy. The administration’s Read More

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