Woman Goes To Planned Parenthood At Age Of 21, Shares Her Horrific Experience In Viral Facebook Post

Planned Parenthood has long become associated with one defining and incredibly divisive issue: abortion. Yes, the reproductive healthcare organization does offer this service in certain clinics. However, 40% of its funding from the government, helping to provide care for hundreds of thousands of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. They offer services such as birth control; emergency contraception; clinical breast examinations; cervical cancer screening; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; prenatal care; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections; sex education; vasectomies and LGBT services. The core aim of Planned Parenthood is the prevention of sexual diseases and unwanted pregnancies – fewer unwanted babies equals fewer abortions. Makes sense right? Not to some, including, it seems, the current administration. So obsessed have people become with the abortion issue, the …

Busy Philipps on abortion: Women have held on to a lot of this shame

The actor and author who recently testified before Congress on why she got an abortion discusses the power in being vocal about uncomfortable experiences Busy Philipps big dreams for the stage never included ending their pregnancies in 1969 to the 343 French influencers led by Simone de Beauvoir who signed a 1971 manifesto wrote in the New York Times. But as women stopped talking about it publicly, the anti-abortion movement gathered steam. Busy Philipps testifies about the threat to abortion rights before a House judiciary subcommittee. Photograph: c-span By 2014, one in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45. And now, thanks to the addition of two ultra-conservative supreme court justices picked by Donald Trump, anti-abortion …

Biden stumbles over abortion rights while Warren receives cheers

In a first-of-its-kind forum, the former vice-president claimed a 100% voting record before his mic suddenly cut out In the first presidential forum on reproductive rights in recent memory, former vice-president Joe Biden told an audience of mostly female Planned Parenthood supporters he had a 100% voting record on reproductive rights. In fact, gone back and forth on support for abortion access. In this election cycle, reproductive rights has emerged as a top issue as Republican statehouses across the US have attacked abortion rights. Biden told his audience in Columbia he would codify the right to an abortion, granted in Roe v Wade, into law as defined by Casey a stance more conservative than those of many other Democratic candidates …

Why the senators race matters in reporting the Alabama abortion ban | Paul Chadwick

Readers argued it was wrong to highlight that the men who voted in the measure were white. But it was central to the story, says the readers editor Paul Chadwick Why, demanded several readers, does BBC guidelines express a rationale that is widely shared among journalism codes: Content may reflect the prejudice and disadvantage which exist in societies worldwide but we should not perpetuate it. In some instances, references to race may be relevant to portrayal. However, we should avoid careless or offensive stereotypical assumptions and people should only be described in such terms when editorially justified. In this Alabama case, I believe race was highly pertinent. An important aspect of this story is representation, or lack of it. The …

Trump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds

Sexual health organisations warn women will die if they are forced to seek DIY abortions The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it. The Mexico City policy, dubbed the global gag by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services overseas or counselling women about them. It was instituted by the then US president Ronald Reagan and has been revoked by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican president since. But, under Trump, the net has been thrown wider and pulled tighter than ever. Sexual health organisations have said women …

Women Open Up About Their Abortion Stories With The Hashtag #YouKnowMe As Response To Alabama Abortion Law

Philipps has been openly pro-choice and decided to first share the story of her abortion on her show after Georgia signed their “fetal heartbeat” bill into law. “The statistic is that one in four women will have an abortion before age 45. That statistic sometimes surprises people,” she said to her audience, “and maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion,’ well, you know me I had an abortion when I was 15 years old and I’m telling you this because I’m genuinely really scared for women and girls all over the country.” #2 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the controversial abortion bill passed by The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6, that …

Alabama’s abortion ban shows the chilling effect of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment | Jill Filipovic

The goal of anti-abortion campaigners is to overturn Roe v Wade. With todays radical, activist, rightwing supreme court, they may succeed There is a war on American women. On Tuesday night, Alabama voted to outlaw abortion entirely. Doctors who perform the procedure could go to prison for 99 years, simply for providing healthcare that one in four American women obtains at some point in her life. The law offers no exception for rape or incest victims because, as the Republican lawmaker Clyde Chambliss said, When God creates the miracle of life inside a womans womb, it is not our place as human beings to extinguish that life. This is todays pro-life movement: arguing that pre-teen girls who are raped and …

Trump expands global gag rule that blocks US aid for abortion groups

Policy bans aid going to foreign groups that support abortion rights as secretary of state Mike Pompeo says: This is decent. This is right The Trump administration has expanded expanded the reach of the funding ban which dates back to the Reagan administration, to apply to all US healthcare assistance, totalling about $6bn. The extension of the policy announced by Pompeo would not only cut funding to foreign non-governmental organisations directly involved in abortions or abortion rights advocacy, but also those who fund or support other groups which provide or discuss abortion. What is the ‘global gag rule’? The rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, requires NGOs to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions anywhere …

The truth about late-term abortions in the US: they’re very rare

Republicans are pushing to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks while Democrats focus on loosening restrictions. Mona Chalabi illustrates the facts The debate about abortion in the US seems to be taking place on shifting ground. Republicans have recently made efforts to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks in Missouri and late-term abortions. Late-term abortions are particularly controversial. Especially when the inflammatory language deployed by the Donald Trump in his State of the Union address claims that Democrats want to make legislative changes would allow a baby to be ripped from the mothers womb moments from birth. But late-term abortions are also very rare. In 2015, more than found this is particularly true for poorer women. Looking through …