A pregnant woman holds an ultrasound printout below her belly.

Next stop for birth center regulations: Alabama Legislative Council

BY: - August 23, 2023

The final step for controversial new rules on birth centers will be the Legislative Council. Following a public comment period, the Alabama Department of Public Health Thursday approved the proposed rules, which will require birth centers to have oversight by a physician or medical director. The rules proposed would also require birth centers to be […]

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Targeting cervical cancer: Tuscaloosa clinic leads effort with temporary HPV vaccination clinics

BY: - July 8, 2023

The West Alabama Women’s Center plans to open temporary clinics as part of an human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine drive to help reduce the high rates of cervical cancer rates in the state, according to Operations Director Robin Marty. HPV is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can lead to cervical and other types of […]

Alabama’s abortion ban doesn’t stop abortion demand, say physicians, advocates

BY: - June 26, 2023

Before the Supreme Court allowed Alabama’s near-total abortion ban to go into effect last year, a business owner in Birmingham sought an abortion.  The person, who asked to remain anonymous and uses they/ them pronouns, went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Birmingham. From realizing they were pregnant to completing the abortion, the whole process […]

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Gov. Kay Ivey signs ban on transgender college athletes

BY: - May 30, 2023

Gov. Kay Ivey Tuesday signed a ban on transgender college athletes participating in sports that correlate with their affirmed gender, the latest in a string of attacks on LGBTQ Alabamians and transgender youth in particular. “Look, if you are a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girls’ sports in […]

Packed room listens to committee passage of HB 405

Alabama House committee approves bill creating legal sex and gender definitions

BY: - May 24, 2023

An Alabama House committee Wednesday approved a bill that would put legal definitions of man, woman, boy, girl, father, mother, male, female and sex in the Code of Alabama. HB 405, sponsored by Rep. Susan DuBose, R-Hoover, passed the House Health Committee on a party-line vote of 8-5. Rep. Craig Lipscomb, R-Rainbow City, abstained. The […]

A black and white photo of a group of protestors holding signs urging passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1976.

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

BY: - April 27, 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 […]