Reproductive rights

South Dakota voters sign a petition to put reinstating abortion rights in South Dakota on the 2024 ballot. (Courtesy: Dakotans for Health)

Abortion rights groups don’t support South Dakota ballot measure to restore abortion access

BY: - December 7, 2023

Some South Dakota abortion rights groups do not support a potential ballot measure that aims to restore those rights. The groups say they have concerns about the measure’s language and the way it was drafted. “We are not telling people to donate, or volunteer,” said Samantha Chapman, advocacy manager for the American Civil Liberties Union […]

Escorts, using umbrellas, shield clients from the gestures and voices of anti-abortion activists standing on the sidewalk in front of Alabama Women’s Wellness Center in 2019 in Huntsville, Ala. Some states have passed laws requiring health care providers to give patients information about abortion reversal. Medical professionals say the treatment is not supported by science. (Eric Schultz/The Associated Press)

Abortion opponents push state lawmakers to promote unproven ‘abortion reversal’

BY: - November 30, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions.   Anti-abortion organizations are pushing state lawmakers to promote a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment — flouting the objections of medical professionals who point out it is not supported by science. In the past several years, Republican lawmakers in […]

Abortion Law book on copy of Preamble. Gavel and stethoscope.

Arkansas AG rejects proposed ballot measure to make abortion access a constitutional right

BY: - November 28, 2023

A proposed constitutional amendment ensuring a limited right to abortion in Arkansas will not appear on the 2024 statewide ballot, Attorney General Tim Griffin wrote in a Tuesday opinion. His seven-page letter to Steven Nichols, the Arkansan who submitted the proposal, pointed out several aspects of the ballot language that Griffin said need clarity or […]

Abortion Law book on copy of Preamble. Gavel and stethoscope.

Proposed Arkansas ballot measure would make abortion access a constitutional right

BY: - November 27, 2023

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office will decide Tuesday whether a proposed measure to enshrine abortion as a constitutional right will go on the 2024 statewide ballot. State government entities would not be allowed to “prohibit, penalize, delay or restrict” Arkansans’ access to abortion up to 18 weeks of pregnancy under the Arkansas Reproductive Healthcare Amendment, […]

The Ohio March for Life rally against November’s Issue 1 reproductive rights amendment takes to the streets near the Statehouse on Oct. 6, 2023. (Graham Stokes for Ohio Capital Journal)

Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy

BY: - November 9, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]

Abortion is now a constitutional right in Ohio. But for advocates, the work isn’t done.

BY: - November 8, 2023

The celebration of the passage of Issue 1 in Ohio went long into the night, but Wednesday morning, abortion rights advocates were back at work on next steps. Issue 1 passed with 56.62% of the vote on Tuesday in unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Of the 3.86 million votes cast across […]

Most Americans want health exceptions in abortion bans. Political infighting keeps blocking them.

BY: - November 6, 2023

In early October, an Idaho woman 20 weeks into her pregnancy went to the emergency room after her water broke about five months early. When the water breaks prematurely, an infection can develop and infect the fetus, placenta and other fluids. At that stage of pregnancy, the threat of infection becomes a ticking clock for […]

In this photo illustration, packages of Mifepristone tablets are displayed at a family planning clinic in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo illustration by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Doctor suing FDA recruited to scientific advisory board to ‘repurpose’ abortion pill

BY: - October 30, 2023

One of the anti-abortion doctors suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to rescind its 2000 approval of a medication abortion regimen on the basis that one of the drugs is dangerous is now consulting on the development of a breast cancer treatment that involves the same drug: mifepristone. It is the family doctor’s latest […]

A person walking past a Planned Parenthood office in New Jersey.

Report: Abortions up nationwide post-Dobbs, soared in some states

BY: - October 24, 2023

The number of abortions nationwide increased in the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with abortions surging in states including Oregon that don’t limit the procedure, according to a report released Tuesday. The WeCount report, backed by the Colorado-based Society of Family Planning, is the fourth in a series of quarterly reports […]

woman holding an ultrasound photo

Medical exceptions to abortion bans often exclude mental health conditions

BY: - October 24, 2023

If you are in need of support, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262) for free, confidential and 24/7 support, or dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. More than a dozen states now have near-total abortion bans following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with limited medical exceptions meant to […]

Jillian Philips and her sons, Jude and Emmett, hold an urn containing some of the ashes of her daughter, Emilia Phillips, May 2, 2023, in North Brookfield, Mass. The urn is housed in a teddy bear that daughter Macy sleeps with nightly. Philips, who used the drug mifepristone to manage her miscarriage, is concerned that other women who miscarry could suffer if the pill, also used for abortions, is taken off the market. (Reba Saldanha/The Associated Press)

Many women can’t access miscarriage drug because it’s also used for abortions

BY: - October 23, 2023

Read more Stateline coverage on how states are either protecting or curbing access to abortions. Since losing her first pregnancy four months ago, 32-year-old Lulu has struggled to return to her body’s old rhythms. Lulu, who asked to be identified by her first name to protect her privacy, bled for six full weeks after her […]

Legislators in 49 states ask SCOTUS to preserve access to abortion pill

BY: - October 12, 2023

A group of more than 600 Democratic legislators from 49 states have signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to overturn an appellate court decision that would roll back access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used to safely terminate early pregnancies and treat miscarriages. The amicus brief, also called […]