Robin Marty is a freelance writer, speaker and activist, and the author of Crow After Roe: How Women’s Health Is the New “Separate But Equal” and How to Change That. Robin’s articles have appeared at Bitch Magazine, Rolling Stone, Ms. Magazine, Truth Out, AlterNet, BlogHer, Rewire and Care2.org, and she has spoken at trainings and conferences for NOW, NARAL, the National Conference for Media Reform and Netroots Nation. Robin can be reached at [email protected]
The Arizona legislature took an unprecedented step Tuesday during a late-night hearing, amending a bill that would block abortion coverage in insurance plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act and inserting a new rule requiring that abortion providers inform patients that the procedure could in fact be reversed—despite no substantiated medical evidence to support that charge.
An underground provider of abortion medication to women in desperate circumstances agreed to do an extensive interview with Rewire to explain exactly what she does, and why she is willing to put her own freedom at risk to help women in need.
While the current political environment in Wisconsin favors GOP lawmakers devoted to the anti-choice agenda, politicians hoping to appeal to a wider audience may need to reconsider how to gain the support of voters both inside and outside their base, while balancing the need for support from the major anti-choice action groups.
In California, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants will now be able to perform some abortions; a Montana pro-choice leader speaks out; and Kansas sees a win for the South Wind Women's Center.
While Femcare has reopened less than a month after its license was revoked by the state, the Baker Clinic for Women, which also had its license revoked in July, has announced it will voluntarily turn over its license rather than attempt to meet new ambulatory surgical center requirements and reopen.
The form would reduce the number of ways in which an abortion can be considered “medically necessary” in Alaska, and some doctors predict it could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to access abortions and for medical professionals to receive funding for such procedures.
Some anti-choice politicians who have long opposed Obamacare are now focusing on the health insurance plans of Congress members, saying the federal health-care law will result in the government funding abortions.
Pro-choice advocates fear that Patrick Morrisey is "doing the bidding" of anti-choice groups, and that he intends to try and end safe abortion access in the state. Meanwhile, a Democratic lawmaker is asking for accountability from the state's taxpayer-supported crisis pregnancy centers.
Femcare, the only North Carolina abortion provider that could for sure continue offering legal abortion care under the state's new abortion law, was closed on July 31, but it is now waiting for another inspection to reopen its doors.
This week, Mark Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, told the Huffington Post that he thinks South Wind Director Julie Burkhart is "trying to provoke an incident so she can say, 'Look, these pro-lifers did something.'"
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will protect the rights of transgender students, a move many LGBTQ activists hope will spur the passage of similar legislation in other states across the nation.
"We are ready to start the fire again," said state Rep. Christina Hagan at the press conference, which was filled with reporters as well as members of the Duggar family, reality television stars who have become some of the new faces of the evangelical anti-choice movement.
After 2012, anti-choice special interest groups vowed that helping their candidates better prepare for media appearances would be their key to victory in 2014. How's that working out so far? In some cases, not well.
If the Iowa Board of Medicine enacts a ban following the review process, the country's first and most successful telemed abortion program may be gone for good, without a single patient complaint ever being filed against it.
Representatives from the groups argue that the area should be re-zoned to disallow abortions, citing "graphic signs" that children can see if they pass the clinic. Individuals affiliated with some of the groups have been known to protest with graphic signs at the clinic.
WV Free Executive Director Margaret Chapman Pomponio told the West Virginia Gazette that it is “unsettling” how in line the attorney general’s inquiry into the abortion providers is with the agenda of the anti-choice Family Policy Council of West Virginia.
According to NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and NARAL Pro-Choice America, the groups that released the audio, the recordings suggest that CPCs have one agenda: advocating against abortion and birth control, regardless of a patient's circumstances.
Roughly two months after one of the city's two abortion clinics closed, the second clinic has been informed that its license will be suspended. In both cases, the clinics were unable to secure a hospital transfer agreement at a facility that meets new state criteria.
A group of anti-choice activists wants to stop Sacramento's Women's Health Specialists, a full-spectrum reproductive health-care provider, from moving into the same complex as a Women, Infants, and Children center.
An effort spearheaded by Right to Life of Michigan would require everyone in the state who wants insurance coverage of abortion care to purchase a separate rider. The initiative is proving unpopular with many state residents.
Ralph Lang was arrested in 2011 for plotting to kill a doctor at a Madison Planned Parenthood clinic after his gun went off in a local motel room. When police arrived at the motel, Lang told them that he intended "to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”
Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services say they are in the process of contacting dozens of hospitals to file for admitting privileges. But the effort isn’t expected to be successful.
As protesters continued to demonstrate outside the governor's mansion Tuesday, Gov. McCrory hand-delivered to them a plate-full of cookies—a gesture that many reproductive rights supporters have interpreted as condescending.
The Portland city council has agreed to proceed with public comment regarding a potential buffer zone to protect patients of the city's abortion clinic from being harassed and intimidated by anti-choice protesters.
Reproductive rights advocates, led by the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund of North Carolina, spent all day at the "veto vigil" to remind the governor of his campaign promise not to sign anti-choice restrictions into law.
A lawyer in Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's office was reportedly given advance notice that anti-choice advocates were launching a new effort to end the state's telemedicine abortion program, leading some pro-choice activists to wonder how involved the governor's office has been in the effort.
Flanked by anti-choice legislators, Republican Gov. Rick Perry held a public ceremony at the state capitol building Thursday to sign HB 2 while pro-choice protesters in the rotunda chanted and held signs.
As SB 353, the North Carolina motorcycle safety bill that was amended to include abortion restrictions, awaits review in the senate rules committee, Republican supporters of the bill, including Gov. Pat McCrory, are seeing increasing disapproval among both health-care organizations and voters in the state.
During the debate on the motorcycle safety act Thursday, the subject of motorcycles only entered the debate once. "I own a motorcycle," said state Rep. Beverly Earle. "I want to let my motorcycle buddies know when I vote against this, it has nothing to do with them."
Under new zoning rules in Fairfax, Virginia, medical care clinics will require additional, expensive permits as well as approval from the zoning board to operate, making it much more difficult for a local clinic to relocate after its lease was ended early.
Hours after the state's Republican governor threatened to veto a Sharia law bill containing abortion restrictions, a state subcommittee took up a motorcycle safety act that was rewritten to add nearly identical anti-choice amendments.
While the committee debated the legislation, pro-choice activists met outside the capitol to protest government interference in personal decisions, building on the previous day's Moral Monday protest, at which dozens of protesters were arrested.
On Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a forced ultrasound bill that will also require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. In 2012, Walker also signed major anti-choice legislation, a telemed abortion ban, in the lead-in to a holiday weekend.
A new report from the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation shows that crisis pregnancy centers are misleading and in some cases obstructing patients from accessing abortion services, and they are doing so under the auspices of being sanctioned by the state.
HB 695 passed the North Carolina senate Wednesday in a 29-12 vote, adding North Carolina to the list of states that have in recent weeks circumvented the traditional legislative process to push through sweeping anti-abortion bills.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed the state budget, and once again has refused the inclusion of additional funding for family planning services. Christie previously vetoed the funding in 2012, in 2011, and twice in 2010.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory argues that supporting the bill does not violate his campaign promise to not sign any anti-choice legislation into law, because SB 132 is, he says, an education bill, not an abortion restriction.
AB 252 would require fetal remains to be handled through "burial, interment, entombment, cremation, incineration, or delivery to a medical or dental school anatomy department as an anatomical gift." But the bill's sponsor says telling patients about this process would place an "undue burden" on them.
A contentious bill that would require health teachers to inform seventh-grade students that abortion—along with smoking, drinking, drug use, and lack of prenatal care—can affect carrying a pregnancy to full term, passed the house and senate Wednesday.
The governor has until Sunday to veto anti-choice amendments in the budget; now there are even more to choose from. Meanwhile, activists are planning a rally Thursday to tell Kasich "that Ohio's Budget should not be the 'Abortion Budget.'"
Angry that he was unable to gather enough signatures in time, the sponsor of an amendment to put anti-choice bills up for a vote blames the only abortion provider in the state for the effort's failure.
The Women's Equality Act did not make it into law, after some members of the state assembly refused to approve a version of the legislation that excluded language codifying the legal right to abortion in the state.
Each week's Moral Monday protest has a theme, and this Monday activists will focus on labor and economic justice. A key factor will no doubt be the economic impact the GOP's new regressive policies would have on women.
The New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass Gov. Cuomo's ten-point Women's Equality Act intact, but Republicans and a handful of conservative Democrats in the state senate have sworn the bill will be defeated unless the abortion platform is removed.
Signed into effect in late December after a two-year back-and-forth between the state health board and the vehemently anti-choice governor’s administration, the medically unnecessary requirements will force many clinics to invest significant amounts of money in upgrades and modifications or else close.
HB 200, an extreme set of abortion regulations being proposed in the Ohio house, was only filed last week, but committee meetings are already being held for the bill, suggesting that it's being fast-tracked into becoming law.
Citing the Gosnell case and a lawsuit over an incomplete abortion performed in 2012, the state attorney general has sent inquiries to the state's two abortion clinics asking for a wide range of information about how they operate.
Personhood Ohio has had a tough time getting a "personhood" amendment on the Ohio ballot. Now, the group's leader has offered to sell off some of his most prized possessions to help fundraise for the effort: his assault rifles and ammunition.
According to the anti-choice action group, "tons of doctors" approve of the new anti-choice bills mandating how physicians interact with patients. But national and state physicians' groups are not on board.
Family members of a Texas teen who sued her parents in an effort to be declared an emancipated minor, alleging that the family pressured her into obtaining an abortion, now say she was manipulated by an anti-choice legal group.
Despite passionate testimony against it, multiple amendments, and public protest in the state capitol building, Wisconsin's AB 227 passed as written with a 56-39 vote Thursday evening. The legislation will now head to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has promised to sign.
The SBA List recently announced a new national campaign to elect women who oppose abortion, showing how much the group's mission has shifted over the past several years from electing "pro-life" women to supporting many anti-choice men.
Already accused by bill opponents of fast-tracking the restrictions, Republican senators called for an immediate vote on SB 206 Wednesday, shutting down any chance of full senate debate over the provisions or their impact. It's now likely on its way to becoming law.
"Moral Monday" events organized by the North Carolina NAACP and local clergy have brought together thousands of citizens to express growing discontent with the new conservative majority's focus on tax breaks and handouts for the wealthy at the expense of social services.
State Rep. Larry Ahern is hoping that with a new name and help from the woman whose boyfriend allegedly tricked her into taking medication that caused her to have an early abortion, 2014 may be the year his anti-choice bill finally passes.
Iowa's anti-choice Republican governor announced Friday that he expects to sign the state's budget into law, including a new rule that will give him complete control over federal Medicaid funding for the roughly two dozen Medicaid-eligible abortions that are performed in the state each year.
After being questioned by a Boston Globe reporter about whether he would have supported a bill last year to limit insurance coverage of contraception, Gomez refused to answer, saying "I’m not sure how much more clear I can be.”
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