Roe v. Wade

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Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

BY: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is dead at 93. Sandra Day O’Connor, a groundbreaking justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday in Phoenix, Arizona of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness, according to an announcement from the court. President Ronald Reagan nominated […]

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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Abortion rights advocates say consequences dire if SCOTUS declines to hear pill case

BY: - October 9, 2023

More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided states could set their own abortion laws, including bans, the nation’s highest court now could cut off abortion access in states where abortion is still legal. The Supreme Court began its new term last week and has yet to announce whether it will hear Alliance […]

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Study cited by Texas judge in abortion-pill case under investigation

BY: - August 1, 2023

Pharmaceutical sciences professor Chris Adkins was perusing news on his computer in December when he came across an item that fascinated him: Anti-abortion groups had sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to force a recall on a commonly used abortion drug. Adkins teaches future pharmacists at South University School of Pharmacy* in Savannah, Georgia. […]

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Despite poor polling numbers, Kamala Harris viewed as key for Democrats in 2024

BY: - July 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris’ poll numbers have stagnated at a lower level than many of her predecessors’ ratings, a daunting problem for a running mate as the 2024 presidential campaign gets underway. Professors and political experts interviewed by States Newsroom say there are several reasons why Harris’ favorability numbers sagged after she took […]

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Advocacy groups file lawsuit against Idaho’s ‘abortion trafficking’ law

BY: - July 12, 2023

Several advocacy organizations and a civil rights attorney filed a lawsuit against Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador’s office Tuesday alleging a law that criminalizes the act of transporting minors across state lines to obtain an abortion violates constitutionally protected rights and is too vague to be enforceable. The federal lawsuit asks the Idaho District Court […]

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Iowa Legislature passes legislation to outlaw most abortions after six weeks

BY: and - July 12, 2023

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature, in a daylong special legislative session, passed legislation late Tuesday to outlaw most abortions in Iowa after six weeks of gestation. The House adjourned just after 9 p.m. Tuesday after sending House File 732 to the Senate with a vote of 56-34. Rep. Zach Dieken, R-Granville, and Rep. Mark Cisneros, R-Muscatine, […]

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Positive polling, past successes don’t guarantee victory for abortion rights at the ballot box

BY: - July 5, 2023

Polls show that most Americans, even in red states, oppose the strict abortion bans Republican state lawmakers have enacted in the year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Emboldened by that fact, abortion rights advocates in multiple states might propose ballot initiatives for voters to consider in next year’s election, if […]

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Dobbs decision spurs moral injury to abortion patients, providers alike

BY: and - June 23, 2023

On June 24, 2022, the landscape of reproductive healthcare in this country took a frightening turn for the worst. The Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned what had previously been a constitutional right to abortion set off a whirlwind of changes in healthcare – not only as related to […]

A group of abortion rights protestors. One holds a sign saying "We won't go back to the 1950s."

After Dobbs, abortion access is harder, comes later and with a higher risk

BY: - June 21, 2023

Editors’ note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. In April, a Reddit user in Alabama posted a breathless message to the abortion subreddit the morning after learning she was pregnant. She guessed she was […]

A crowd of protestors gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court protesting the court's decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, which protected abortion rights in the first trimester of pregnancy.

A year after Dobbs: Congress takes a back seat on federal abortion policy

BY: - June 19, 2023

Editors’ Note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion. WASHINGTON — One year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, the courts rather than a divided Congress are leading the […]

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Medication abortion reporting overshadows misinformation, report finds

BY: - June 15, 2023

Disinformation on social media about abortion medication peaked in November after the midterm elections and a lawsuit challenging its federal approval, but accurate media reporting about the pills overshadowed right-wing messaging this year, according to a new report shared first with States Newsroom. For instance, 68% of social media posts that mentioned the two-drug regimen […]