The Supreme Court Just Unanimously Struck Down a Challenge to the Abortion Pill
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by Nina Martin
1w ago
When far-right activists won their decades-long crusade to overturn Roe v. Wade, they likely expected that eradicating the constitutional right to an abortion would result in the number of abortions plummeting. But two years after the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, abortions have actually risen in the US, thanks to medications that now account for almost two-thirds of pregnancy terminations nationwide. Conceding there were reproductive rights battles yet to be fought, a coalition of anti-abortion medical groups and doctors—represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, the most p ..read more
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Louisiana Classifies Two Abortion Drugs as Controlled Dangerous Substances
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by Pema Levy
3w ago
Louisiana enacted a first-of-its-kind law on Friday, classifying the two drugs used in medication abortions as controlled and dangerous substances. The law prohibits obtaining or possessing misoprostol and mifipristone without a prescription. The new classification will make obtaining a prescription more difficult. Louisiana already bans abortion with few exceptions. The reclassification of the so-called abortion pills was first introduced as part of an effort to thwart coerced abortions. But this is a stand of anti-abortion misinformation that, as Mother Jones’ Julianne McShane has detailed ..read more
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Texas Is Letting a Maternal-Mortality Skeptic Investigate Maternal Mortality
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by Nina Martin
3w ago
Just a few years ago, maternal mortality was the rare reproductive justice issue that seemed to transcend partisan politics. In late 2018, Republicans and Democrats in Congress even came together to approve $60 million for state maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) to study why so many American women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Donald Trump—not exactly famous for his respect toward pregnant women and new mothers in his personal life—signed the bill. But some Republicans’ enthusiasm for these committees began to wane at around the same time abortion rights advoc ..read more
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Inside the Conservative Movement to Promote Adoption
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by Julia Lurie
1M ago
The mothers of ModernAdoptionPlans.org have a message for women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant: You, too, can turn this difficult time into a rewarding experience by relinquishing your baby for adoption. In glossy videos, they tell their stories. They found themselves in crisis. Many considered abortions before deciding on adoption. It was a painful choice, but it was the right choice. “This is one of the greatest things a parent could ever do,” says Adrianne, a Black birth mother, from a sun-filled loft. Sarah, a white birth mother, speaks to us from what looks like a church. “I di ..read more
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Indecent Rubber Articles and a Suitcase Full of Dildos
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by Eleanor Cooney
1M ago
The old days of coat-hanger abortions will never come back, we reassured ourselves as Roe was repeatedly threatened over the years. Even once the Dobbs decision handed the power to regulate abortion to the states, we told ourselves there would be no return to bleeding out on motel room floors or back alleys, now that most abortions can happen discreetly and safely at home, thanks to the abortion pill mifepristone. But beware: Modern American Puritans who sit on judicial benches and state legislatures are going after mifepristone and even contraception. How? By jolting new life into an 1873 fed ..read more
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Dobbs Had the Opposite Effect Conservatives Intended
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by Julianne McShane
1M ago
Something curious has happened since the Supreme Court handed down the Dobbs decision in June 2022: More people have obtained abortions, despite increasing barriers to access. That’s one of the central findings of a new report released Tuesday, which found that there were nearly 86,000 average abortions per month in 2023, compared to about 82,000 a month in 2022. The rise is due, in part, to the increasing popularity of telehealth abortions, in which providers in blue states virtually prescribe and mail abortion pills—including to patients in red states—thanks to so-called shield laws tha ..read more
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The Founder of Mother’s Day Mostly Cared About Her Own Mother
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by Nina Martin
1M ago
It seems like such a simple idea: a day to honor the women who bring life into the world. But  how do we square the ideal of celebrating and supporting mothers with the reality of how lawmakers and courts have acted to undermine maternal health and rights in the post-Dobbs era? Or make sense of all the money Americans spend annually on this one day—a purported $33.5 billion in 2024, according to the National Federation of Retailers, including $7 billion on jewelry and $3.2 billion on flowers—when so many mothers can’t afford food, housing, or health care?  Anna Jarvis, who launched t ..read more
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A New Poll Shows Trump’s Abortion Problem Isn’t Going Away
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by Pema Levy
1M ago
One of Donald Trump’s greatest political liabilities as he seeks to return to the White House is his position on abortion. Just last month, Trump rolled out a new stance in an attempt to neutralize the issue, switching from support for a national ban to leaving its legality up to the states. “Whatever they decide must be the law of the land, and in this case, the law of the state,” Trump said. But a new survey by the progressive polling group Navigator Research, shared first with Mother Jones, indicates that voters do not trust Trump’s commitment to his new state-based policy—and show that Pre ..read more
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New York Is Suing Crisis Pregnancy Centers for Promising “Abortion Reversal”
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by Julianne McShane
1M ago
Abortion rights advocates might be surprised to learn that, in deep-blue New York, anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers outnumber abortion clinics.  There are more than 120 such centers (known as CPCs, though they also go by other names) throughout New York, according to a coalition of abortion rights groups in the state, compared to a little more than 100 in-person abortion providers. In places like New York—where abortion is legal through 24 weeks’ gestation, and lawmakers have enacted legislation protecting abortion access—CPCs are particularly insidious: They lure struggling pregnan ..read more
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Trump Says States Could Prosecute Women for Abortions Under His Watch
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by Pema Levy
1M ago
Eight years ago, in his 2016 run for president, Donald Trump said that women who have abortions should be criminally charged. “There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump said at the time. The comment caused a firestorm and his campaign walked it back within hours. It marked one of the few times that Trump recanted.  But as he mounts another run for president, both Trump and the anti-abortion movement that’s supported him now feel unrestrained. In an interview Time published Tuesday, the former president said that he would not stop states from prosecuting a woman for having an abortio ..read more
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