Reproductive health

Two umbrellas -- one in rainbow colors, one in black and white paisley -- are held by two obscured abortion clinic escorts wearing pink vests.

Abortion opponents push state lawmakers to promote unproven ‘abortion reversal’

BY: - November 30, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. Anti-abortion organizations are pushing state lawmakers to promote a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment — flouting the objections of medical professionals who point out it is not supported by science. In the past several years, Republican lawmakers in at […]

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There is no victory in an increase in Black infant mortality

BY: and - November 21, 2023

The Alabama Department of Public Health recently released the infant mortality rate for 2022, lauding the fact that the overall rate improved from 7.6 deaths per 1000 births to 6.9.  But the real story is that Black infants are now dying at an even higher rate than the year before, showing that better outcomes are solely […]

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Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy

BY: - November 9, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]

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Most Americans want health exceptions in abortion bans. Political infighting keeps blocking them.

BY: - November 9, 2023

In early October, an Idaho woman 20 weeks into her pregnancy went to the emergency room after her water broke about five months early. When the water breaks prematurely, an infection can develop and infect the fetus, placenta and other fluids. At that stage of pregnancy, the threat of infection becomes a ticking clock for […]

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Ohio voters pass Issue 1 constitutional amendment to protect abortion and reproductive rights

BY: and - November 8, 2023

This story originally appeared on Ohio Capital Journal. Ohio voters passed the Issue 1 constitutional amendment to protect abortion and reproductive rights Tuesday. The Associated Press called the election over Issue 1 shortly after 9 p.m. With more than 99% of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the amendment was passing with 56.35% of the vote, or […]

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Tommy Tuberville is losing

BY: - November 6, 2023

Let’s remember the stakes of Tommy Tuberville’s months-long blockade of military promotions. The Pentagon in February announced a new policy to help service members get abortion services, months after the U.S. Supreme Court gave states like Alabama the green light to to impose draconian restrictions on the procedure. The policy gives members of the armed forces […]

A collection of orange mifepristone boxes, a pill used to induce abortions.

Doctor suing FDA recruited to scientific advisory board to ‘repurpose’ abortion pill

BY: - October 28, 2023

One of the anti-abortion doctors suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rescind its 2000 approval of a medication abortion regimen on the basis that one of the drugs is dangerous is now consulting on the development of a breast cancer treatment that involves the same drug: mifepristone. It is the family doctor’s latest […]

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, wearing a dark suit and a dotted tie, looks at to a crowd from behind a lectern. A teleprompter stands to his left. The flags of the United States and Alabama stand behind him.

Tuberville blockade on military nominees could be evaded by tweak in U.S. Senate rules

BY: - October 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats are mulling a strategy to bypass Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s months-long hold on hundreds of military promotions in protest of a Pentagon abortion policy that was authorized in the aftermath of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Alabama Republican has been refusing to join other senators in the routine action […]

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Report: Abortions up nationwide post-Dobbs, soared in some states

BY: - October 25, 2023

The number of abortions nationwide increased in the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with abortions surging in states including Oregon that don’t limit the procedure, according to a report released Tuesday. The WeCount report, backed by the Colorado-based Society of Family Planning, is the fourth in a series of quarterly reports […]

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds state’s six-week abortion ban, returns challenge to lower court

BY: - October 24, 2023

This story was updated at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023.  Attention has shifted back to the Fulton County courthouse after the Georgia Supreme Court rejected an argument that state lawmakers should have to pass abortion restrictions in the post-Roe world. A group of health care providers and abortion rights advocates had argued that […]

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Medical exceptions to abortion bans often exclude mental health conditions

BY: - October 23, 2023

If you are in need of support, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262) for free, confidential and 24/7 support, or dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. More than a dozen states now have near-total abortion bans following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with limited medical exceptions meant to […]

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Many women can’t access miscarriage drug because it’s also used for abortions

BY: - October 21, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. Since losing her first pregnancy four months ago, 32-year-old Lulu has struggled to return to her body’s old rhythms. Lulu, who asked to be identified by her first name to protect her privacy, bled for six full weeks after her […]