abortion access

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 29, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […]

Beyond the rhetoric: Abortion restrictions will affect poor & minorities unequally

BY: - June 24, 2022

As with so many aspects of the culture wars, the American debate over abortion seems to spend little time considering what policies will actually do to the people at whom they’re aimed. Proponents of restrictions — or outright bans — believe they’re fighting to save unborn lives. But while the question of when an unborn […]

Dem campaign chief says GOP congressional moderates try to avoid talking abortion, guns

BY: - June 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Democrat in charge of keeping the chamber blue in November’s midterm elections said Tuesday that Republicans running in suburban swing districts are trying to “hide” their views on abortion and gun legislation from voters. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney said during a call with regional reporters that […]

State courts could overturn abortion bans in red states

BY: - May 30, 2022

Story originally from Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. If the federal right to abortion is erased by the U.S. Supreme Court in a few weeks as expected, the legal spotlight will shift immediately to state courts, where experts say judges in some conservative states could surprise everyone and uphold the right to […]

Economists: Abortion ban would have negative impacts on labor force, education

BY: - May 17, 2022

Nearly two dozen economists in the state agreed that prohibiting abortion in Ohio would negatively impact labor force participation and educational attainment, according to a new survey. The Ohio Economic Experts Panel answered a survey conducted by Scioto Analysis. The survey asked whether the economists agreed that prohibition of abortion in Ohio would reduce “women’s […]

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure the nationwide right to an abortion stalled for a second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster. Republicans, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted uniformly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, save West Virginia’s […]

COMMENTARY

Overturning Roe would undo women’s health, education, and economic progress

BY: - May 11, 2022

The world shook last week when Politico releases a draft opinion suggesting Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned. Since President Trump installed three new Supreme Court justices on the bench, court watchers have thought the right to privacy and bodily autonomy were at risk. Now we may see a world where protection of that […]

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

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Rights to bodily autonomy on the ballot in November as U.S. Supreme Court looks to overturn Roe

BY: - May 10, 2022

The foreboding of the late Supreme Court Justice has come to pass. Women are being denied decision-making power over their own lives. They are being dehumanized as lesser. Being robbed of bodily autonomy. Courts, lawmakers and physicians are deciding what’s best for pregnant women — after establishing that they lack the capacity and privilege to […]

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The wholly unsurprising fate of Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 9, 2022

Being a woman in this country often feels like an exercise in futility. It’s repeatedly baring your soul and sharing your personal and intimate stories in hopes of proving that you deserve basic rights, only to be slapped in the face with decisions that explicitly negate your own experience. It is exhausting. I am rarely rendered speechless, […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 6, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday. The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]

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How the Supreme Court limiting abortion access could harm the economy and women’s well-being

BY: - May 6, 2022

By Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore A leaked draft suggests the Supreme Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy. But reproductive health isn’t just about abortion, despite all the attention the procedure gets. It’s also about access to family planning services, contraception, […]