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Want to Win on Abortion? Talk About It as an Issue of Love, Compassion

By Yamani Hernandez Eleven years ago I joined the fight for abortion access, after a 14-year-old parent, pregnant again by an adult, told me it was cheaper to pay friends $10 each to beat her up and force miscarriage than it was to afford an abortion. She said she would lose her housing if she […]

What We Can Learn From the Clergy Who Helped Women Get Abortions Before Roe

By Revered A. Faye London In the time before Roe v. Wade established the legal right to abortion in the US, women were dying because they couldn’t access safe abortion care, and faith leaders stepped in to help. On May 22, 1967, an article appeared on the front page of The New York Times announcing […]

Anti-Abortion Democrats Put Women at Risk

By Amy Irvin As the Democratic Party continues soul-searching for how to rebuild after 2016, the debate regarding the centrality of abortion rights to progressive economic politics has reared its ugly head. Progressive leaders like Bernie Sanders and Democratic Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have dismissed the critical importance of abortion access, […]

Trump Moves to Repeal Ivankacare

By Erin Gloria Ryan Ivanka Trump has long been touted as a moderating force on her father, a trusted White House advisor whose woman-helping fingerprints are supposedly all over Trump’s policies. But, as many have pointed out, none of Trump’s policies actually appear to help women. Read more. 

Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

By Renee Bracey Sherman When I arrived at the clinic in Washington, I looked for the young woman I was waiting for. Her body was covered with tattoos of birds and stars. She hugged me with a warm smile and introduced me to her boyfriend. He didn’t look at me. In fact, he didn’t look […]

Trump’s Budget Proposal Is, Surprise, Bad for Women

By Jaya Saxena Donald Trump’s newly released budget plan for 2018 calls for six weeks of paid parental leave, administered through the unemployment insurance system. This is a huge leap from his campaign promise of offering paid leave only to working mothers who give birth, rather than any new parents, including if they adopt. However, […]

Want to identify as pro-life? Then support authentically pro-life policies

By Terry O’Neill The highly publicized controversy over Heath Mello, the Democratic party’s candidate for Mayor in Omaha, Neb., is a teachable moment that could reshape the debate over abortion. Mello lost the election earlier this month, and his hypocrisy on this issue may have been part of the reason. A stop in Omaha on […]

A Woman’s Decision to Give Birth or Abort

By Andrea Miller To the Editor: Re “Abortion Is About More Than Money,” by Lori Szala (Op-Ed, May 9): As a women’s health and rights advocate, I am happy that Ms. Szala was able to make the decision that was best for her when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. I’m puzzled, though, why she wouldn’t […]

What is the Hyde Amendment?

By Annaliese Mahoney The debate over government funding of Planned Parenthood is seemingly never-ending. During last month’s controversy over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, talk of defunding Planned Parenthood–essentially ensuring that Medicaid funds cannot go to the health provider service–was a common refrain. Defunding Planned Parenthood, advocates say, would ensure that taxpayer money is […]

Undue Burden: Trying to Get an Abortion in Louisiana

by: Gina Pollack When I set out to make this film in late 2015, the battle over restricting access to abortions in Texas was a national news story. Coverage featured graphs charting the hours women had to drive to find an abortion clinic in the state and maps tracing their paths. Experts weighed in on […]