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HHS Secretary Backs Trump Official Who Tried to Block Immigrant Teens From Abortion Care

By Tina Vasquez U.S. Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd at a congressional hearing Thursday, as calls for Lloyd’s ouster intensified. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) told Azar at the House of Representatives subcommittee hearing that Lloyd should be “fired immediately” for overstepping his authority in “violating young immigrant women’s privacy, […]

Trump Official Who Tried to Block Teens From Abortions Did Nothing Wrong, Administration Says

By Carter Sherman Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar defended a Trump administration official under fire for his role in a battle over undocumented teenagers’ access to abortion, telling congressional leaders on Thursday that he believed the issue was prompted not the official’s opposition to abortion but by a decade-old government policy. Read more.  […]

Doctors need to talk openly about race — our patients depend on it

By Aisha Wagner Once again, Black History Month has ended and led us directly into Women’s History Month. Despite these back-to-back opportunities, we are still not talking enough about the ways our society is failing these populations, especially women of color. I confess that I’ve been a part of the problem—keeping my head down and […]

How Asian American Women Are Resisting Reproductive Injustice in the US

By  Sung Yeon Choimorrow Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women are at the forefront of many movements for social change — from economic justice to immigrants’ rights and dismantling white supremacy. We’re also leading the movement for gender equality and reproductive justice. AAPIs are the fastest-growing population in the country, and as we rise in numbers and influence, we […]

The end of abortion? In your dreams, Mike Pence

By Jessica González-Rojas Vice President Pence has predicted that legal abortion would end in the U.S. “in our time,“ echoing his promise during the 2016 campaign to consign Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that upheld legal abortion in the U.S., to the “ash heap of history.” Read more.   

Official: Teens in migrant shelters have no abortion rights . 

By Nomaan Merchant HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government official whose office oversees shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors said in testimony released Wednesday that pregnant teens in his agency’s care have no right to an abortion under the Constitution. Scott Lloyd, the director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee […]

Mike Pence Believes Access To Legal & Safe Abortion Will End “In Our Time”

By Andrea González-Ramírez Vice President Mike Pence once again made clear the priorities of the Trump administration by predicting that legal abortion would end in “our time.” Pence made the remarks while at a luncheon hosted by the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List & Life Institute on Wednesday. Read more. 

It’s not enough for abortion to be legal; It must also be accessible

By Lea Rose Emery As the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade passed just weeks ago, nobody was ignoring the elephant in the room — that is, that it’s forty-five years later and we still don’t have accessible, affordable abortion in this country. Yes, it is legal. At the bare, bare minimum, it is legal […]

Brooks Misses the Point on Abortion

By Pamela Merrit David Brooks must have been playing a Groundhog Day trick on us all. Like Bill Murray’s character in the comedy classic, I woke up on Friday to a nightmare that has repeated itself too many times to count. In this case, the nightmare is the assertion, again, by a white Democratic man, that a […]