Women’s Rights

The exterior of a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey

On eve of Dobbs anniversary, Biden at campaign rally warns national abortion ban is next

BY: - June 23, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden pledged Friday to hold the line against attempts to restrict reproductive rights and abortion access during a campaign rally with the country’s leading abortion rights organizations. “The court got Roe right 50 years ago, and I believe Congress should restore the protections of Roe v. Wade once and for all,” […]

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, left, Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, center, and North Carolina Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning at a press conference on contraception access outside the U.S. Capitol

Democrats in Congress renew push to protect access to birth control

BY: - June 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress reintroduced a bill Wednesday that would guarantee access to birth control regardless of any future Supreme Court rulings. The measure would ensure people have the right to use contraception and that health care providers have a right to share information about contraception as well as provide it. The legislation would […]

Abortion rights protestors' signs

77% of Louisiana residents support legal abortions after rape, survey finds

BY: - June 1, 2023

Seventy-seven percent of Louisiana residents say a woman should be able to obtain a legal abortion if she became pregnant after being raped, according to an LSU survey released Thursday. That finding is at odds with Louisiana’s near-total ban on abortions. Earlier this month, a state House committee rejected a bill that would have added […]

Packages of Mifepristone tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic on April 13, 2023, in Rockville, Maryland.

Appeals court judges embrace anti-abortion speculation

BY: and - May 19, 2023

America’s major medical institutions and drug policy scholars have roundly denounced as “pseudoscience” many of the claims brought by anti-abortion groups in a high-profile federal lawsuit asking the Food and Drug Administration to revoke its 23-year-old approval of mifepristone, one half of a two-drug regimen that has become the most common form of pregnancy termination […]

Volunteer escorts gather outside Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge

Lawmakers debate violence against abortion clinics, anti-abortion pregnancy centers

BY: - May 18, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republicans at a U.S. House hearing aired frustration with the Department of Justice this week for what they contended is a lack of enforcement of a Clinton-era law that protects access to reproductive health care at anti-abortion pregnancy centers and abortion clinics. GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee expressed anger the Federal […]

Post-Roe abortion bans force pregnant people with life-threatening complications to travel

BY: - May 10, 2023

Jennifer Adkins’ first pregnancy was near-perfect. She sailed through her appointments and screenings with no complications, ticking every box and making lists of all the right questions to ask her medical professionals. By the time her unmedicated labor was over and the nurses placed her newborn son on her chest, Adkins felt like a superhero. […]

A photo illustration of a woman behind prison bars shielding herself with her hand

After 23 years in prison for killing her abuser, she hopes no one in Louisiana has to do that again

BY: - May 6, 2023

On Dec. 2, 1996, Beatrice Taylor hobbled out of her apartment complex to a nearby payphone and dialed 911.  She told a Gretna police dispatcher she needed officers to come out to her home for the second day in a row, according to court records. Her ex-boyfriend had become violent again, stomped on her foot […]

Two hands hold up a sign with block letters than spells Equal Rights

Revived push for Equal Rights Amendment blocked by U.S. Senate Republicans

BY: - April 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to advance a symbolic measure to enshrine in the Constitution equal protection on the basis of sex, a century after the idea began circulating among lawmakers. Senators on Thursday voted 51-47 to go forward with a bill that would lift Congress’ self-imposed 1982 deadline for three-fourths of states to […]

A physician writes on a clipboard next to a pregnant woman with her hands on her midsection.

Louisiana House passes bills to address post-Roe Louisiana

BY: - April 24, 2023

The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills to address the expected increase in births following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year.  House Bill 5, sponsored by Rep. Larry Frieman, R-Abita Springs, would allow a parent to sue the biological father of their child for out-of-pocket pregnancy-related expenses.  “In the light of […]

Women march for abortion rights in Washington, D.C., near the U.S. Capitol

Abortion-rights attorneys help patients and providers navigate legal chaos

BY: - April 22, 2023

These days Kylee Sunderlin is often the first person people will talk to about needing or wanting to terminate a pregnancy, even though she’s not a nurse or doctor or a loved one. She’s a lawyer.  This is Sunderlin’s third year overseeing a national hotline dedicated to helping people navigate legal questions around abortion in […]

A physician writes on a clipboard next to a pregnant woman with her hands on her midsection.

Legislative committee advances bills to address post-Roe Louisiana

BY: - April 19, 2023

A Louisiana legislative committee has moved the first of many bills introduced to address the expected increase in births following the overturning of Roe v. Wade last year.  The House Civil Law and Procedure Committee unanimously approved two bills Wednesday that would soften the blow of Louisiana’s abortion ban.  House Bill 5, sponsored by Rep. […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Democratic leaders warn abortion pill ruling could endanger other FDA-approved drugs

BY: - April 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democratic leaders vowed to defend reproductive rights and abortion access Saturday, less than a day after a federal judge in Texas ruled the federal government needs to pull the abortion pill off the market within a week.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, of New York, and Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the […]