Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing

Campaigner involved in case that could lead to legal abortion in first 12 weeks of pregnancy enters protection programme Days before a Brazilian supreme court hearing on a move that could eventually decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a leading feminist campaigner is in hiding after receiving death threats. Debora Diniz, a…

UN recurs criticism of Ireland’s ‘cruel and inhumane’ abortion laws

Human rights committee discoveries in favour of Siobhn Whelan, who was denied abortion despite fatal foetal disorder diagnosis The United Nations has again ruled that Irelands abortion laws have subjected a woman to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. It is the second time in 12 months that the UNs human rights committee has denounced the…

Is Oklahoma trying to be America’s least progressive state?

As a budget crisis bites, liberals and some conservatives wonder if rightwing fears over abortion and transgender rights are tipping their state into chaos Sitting in a barge on a pond in northern Oklahoma, on a weekend away, Troy Stevenson took a phone call about the news from Washington. He resigned himself to a busy…

If Roe v. Wade Goes, Women May Have to Drive Hours for Abortions. Its Already Happening in North Dakota

Holly Alvarado was 22 and simply weeks from deployment in the U.S. military when she realized she was pregnant. She knew she wasn’t in a place emotionally or financially to have a child. She called a Schemed Parenthood and asked how–and where–she could get an abortion. At the time, Alvarado was stationed in Grand Forks,…

NARAL’s outrage at Trump’s HHS nominee demonstrates they’re ‘pure unapologetic evil’

Donald Trump has nominated pharmaceutical exec Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as HHS secretary: Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a superstar for better healthcare and lower medication costs! — Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2017 Could Azar’s ties to the…

Republican push ahead with plans to hinder insurance coverage for abortions

A proposed bill would enforce a far-reaching prohibit on private insurance coverage for abortions under Obamacare, and could see tens of thousands lose out Republicans in Congress are advancing a bill that imposes a far-reaching prohibition on private insurance coverage for abortion services for as long as the Affordable Care Act remains in effect and…

Abortion pill group’s Facebook page deleted over promoting ‘drug use’

Page for Women on Web, which connects doctors with women in places that restrict abortion access, deleted over promotion or encouragement of drug use Facebook has censored the page of an organization that helps females procure abortion pill, citing its policy against the promotion or encouragement of drug use. Women on Web, which is based…

Pope Indicates Women Can Use Contraception During Zika Crisis

Pope Francis has weighed in on birth control amidst the Zika virus outbreak in Latin America, suggesting that women could use contraception to prevent a pregnancy. However, the pope stopped short of condoning abortion. “Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil, ” Francis said, according to multiple reports. “In certain cases, as in this one…

Abortion remarkably absent from election as Trump and Clinton stay quiet

There may have been moments of high drama during the presidential debate, but its a contrast to 2012 when Republican were accused waging a war on women An unusual election year has ushered in an unusual stillnes: the issue of abortion, almost always a cause for pitched battles between presidential candidates, has been all but…