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There was a win and a loss for legal abortion tonight. Voters in Colorado defeated Prop 115, which would have banned abortions after 22 weeks of gestation. The measure made…

The key to ending access to abortion in America could be in a ruling from 28 years ago

The March for Women’s Lives in 1992, held in response to the Supreme Court case ‘Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.’ Photo: Mark Reinstein/Getty Images

A conservative supermajority in the U.S. Supreme Court could spell the end of Roe v. Wade, making it once again legal for states to ban abortion. It’s what a generation of anti-abortion advocates have fought to achieve since the landmark Roe decision was passed in 1973, and they are closer now than ever before. As the U.S. Senate begins the confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative judge who is likely to join the bench by the end of the month, abortion-rights advocates are trying to once again raise the alarm about losing reproductive rights. …

All our worst fears are coming true

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We have entered the danger zone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday evening, and the news was still fresh when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that any nominee to replace her would in fact go to a vote in the Senate before the November election. Republicans have a majority in the Senate, even though they represent a minority of Americans, and could very well speedily seat a new justice. There is little question that President Donald Trump will nominate a right-wing reactionary judge, someone who will spit on Ginsburg’s legacy.

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the…

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Another abortion rights disaster has been averted, but don’t get complacent: More are on their way

Bullhorns in front of the Supreme Court on June 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Remember what good news feels like? The Supreme Court ruled Monday against a Louisiana law mandating abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — a policy that could have closed down all of the state’s few abortion clinics.

Since there are so few bright spots these days, I plan on spending some time basking in the unfamiliar glow of a win — but, as NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue put it, “Let’s make sure we’re ready for the next attack.”

Because while the SCOTUS decision is a loss for conservatives — and, boy, are they mad — it…

Louisiana abortion rights defenders cheer the surprising defeat of their state’s admitting privileges law

Demonstrators at an abortion rights rally outside the Supreme Court on March 4, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court just delivered a major victory to abortion rights defenders in Louisiana and beyond, ruling 5–4 against the state’s controversial law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at hospitals — an impossibility for many clinics — or shut down.

The legislation at the heart of the case was Louisiana’s Act 620, which passed in 2014 and was blocked by the courts before it could go into effect. If the measure sounds familiar, it’s because a nearly identical law in Texas was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on Whole Woman’s Health v. …

Health care barriers and social distancing make this experience even harder to navigate — but you have more supporters than you even know

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Motherhood was never something I gave much thought to. As an 18-year-old still putting my life together, that was the last thing I wanted.

I’ve always been in tune with my body. When my period was four days late, I knew something was wrong, but I waited. On the seventh day, I took a pregnancy test, and it was no surprise that I was pregnant.

I knew what I needed to do — I couldn’t go through with an unwanted pregnancy — I just didn’t know how to get an abortion. …

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

A series about how this pandemic affects our lives, our loved ones, our work, and our way of life

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Life in the Time of Coronavirus is a new GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.

On March 18, Mike Pence asked hospitals to postpone elective procedures to free up medical supplies for the fight against the novel coronavirus. Four days later, the state of Texas postponed all nonessential medical procedures, citing the White House directive. The Texas ban includes all elective abortions, including medication abortions, aka “the abortion pill.” …

As states like Texas and Ohio try to limit abortion access during the Covid-19 pandemic, providers warn that doing so puts patients at undue risk

A photo of the outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic building.
A photo of the outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic building.
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Before the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest threat abortion providers saw on the horizon was June v. Russo, a Supreme Court case that conservative justices could use to dismantle Roe v. Wade. Then governors began wielding executive power in response to Covid-19, and advocates immediately feared that some politicians would use their power to shut down abortion access.

On Monday, that fear came to pass when Texas governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring physicians to postpone “all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary.” The Texas attorney general later clarified that the order applied to all abortion…

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Ohio and Texas are using Covid-19 to claim abortions are nonessential medical care

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas, on February 23, 2016. Photo: Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

We’ve seen no shortage of villains and fools during the coronavirus pandemic: the young spring breakers who crowded bars and restaurants despite national warnings to stay inside to flatten the curve of the virus’s spread; a president whose tweets about untested cures are causing people to self-medicate and cause themselves serious harm; the guy who tried to price gouge hand sanitizer. Worst of all, however, are the Republican leaders who are using an international pandemic as an excuse to roll back women’s legal right to an abortion here at home.

Last week, Ohio’s attorney general ordered the state’s abortion clinics…

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Thirteen weeks into my twin pregnancy, I had to make the devastating decision to terminate one baby while remaining pregnant with the other

It was the spring of 2016, the day after my birthday, and the little window finally said “Pregnant.” Excited as we were, it took a few weeks to set up a doctor’s appointment. I hadn’t remembered being so sick, so nauseous, so tired the last time. No matter, I thought, it must be because I’m a bit older.

We turned up for our first appointment at the nine-week mark, and I was nervous. Uncharacteristically so. As we waited for the ultrasound, I sat there clutching myself. “Do you have a big apartment?” the doctor asked casually. “Yes, we moved about…

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