US effort to remove sexual health from UN agreement may violate law, say senators

Trump administration may have violated Siljander amendment by lobbying to remove protections, four Democrats said in letter The Trump administration may have violated federal law by lobbying more than 70 countries to remove protections for sexual and reproductive health from a UN agreement, according to a letter from four US senators seen by the Guardian. The letter from the senators, all high-ranking Democrats, focuses on an effort from the Trump administration to could not accept a resolution on women, peace and security because it included references to previous resolutions that included this phrase. Removing language about sexual and reproductive health from international agreements has been a longtime goal of ultra-conservative religious organisations. The Trump administration, which relies on a base …

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban blocked by federal judge

Judge Myron Thompson issues preliminary injunction against ban that would have made abortion a felony in almost all cases A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabamas near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. US district judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. The ruling came after abortion providers sued to block the law from taking effect on 15 November. Alabamas abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Case Court precedent, Thompson wrote in an accompanying opinion. It violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make …

Ousted Planned Parenthood Boss Leana Wen Endorses Tulsis Abortion Spin

While the Democratic candidates duked it out in the presidential debate Tuesday night, reproductive rights activists were engaged in their own heated debate on the future of abortion access, spurred by a surprising tweet from the recently ousted head of Planned Parenthood. In a response to a question about reproductive rights, Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard told the audience she believed that abortion should be safe, legal, and rarea phrase that Democrats once used to show their support for abortion, but has fallen out of vogue with activists who say it stigmatizes the procedure. As a result, many reproductive rights advocates were shocked when Dr. Leana Wenuntil recently the president of the nations largest provider of abortionsopen letter, she wrote that …

What a GOP Abortion Bill Would Have Forced Me to Do

Dear Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Im sorry we have to meet like this. This is the refrain that plays over and over in my mind as I remember how doctor after doctor, nurse after nurse introduced themselves to me at the hospital bed I was still stunned to find myself in. At 22 weeks, six days pregnant, I was not supposed to be there, both as a practical and statistical matter. your advocacy of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and to defend the incredible medical professionals who support women like me and families like ours on their most difficult daysthe medical professionals who would be criminalized by the legislation you support. Today, House Republicans under your leadership are scheduled …

Head of Planned Parenthood Ousted After Secret Meeting

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Leana Wen said she was fired Tuesday, less than one year into her tenure, at what she called a secret meeting of the board of directors. In a statement, Wen said she and the board had philosophical differences about the direction and future of the womens health organization, adding that they were engaged in good faith negotiations about her departure when the ouster was announced. A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood denied that the meeting was secret. A source familiar with the situation said Wen had been in discussions with the board for months and was well aware the meeting was taking place, though she was not permitted to attend. The organization said in a statement …

Trump Admins Pro-Women Human Rights Panel Stacked With Anti-Abortion Figures

A new Trump administration commission on human rights will be filled with anti-abortion advocates, including a former ambassador to the Holy See who declared that abortion is related to the coarsening of the social fabric. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights last week in a Amnesty International, who worried the commission would seek to limit the scope of human rights domestically and abroad. And while the State Department claims the group will not discuss abortion, the conservative makeup of the commission has reproductive rights advocates on edge. Appointing these ideologues to a commission purporting to safeguard human rights will have the opposite effect and will endanger the health and well-being of countless …

Ten years after abortion doctor’s murder, one woman carries the fight for reproductive rights

In 2009, George Tiller was shot dead in Kansas. Today, as Americas discord over abortion reaches fever pitch, Julie Burkhart is keeping the flame alive Julie Burkhart remembers all too vividly the morning of 31 May 2009. It was a Sunday and she was in a meeting in Washington DC when, shortly after 10am, her phone started buzzing incessantly with calls from her home town of Wichita, Kansas. When she got through to one of her co-workers she thought at first he was making a surreal joke. George Tiller, her mentor with whom she had worked side-by-side for the past eight years at the frontlines of Americas abortion wars, had been accosted at Sunday service in his Wichita church and …

Guy Takes Pictures Of Car License Plates Outside Planned Parenthood To Later Educate Women At Their Homes

In scenes reminiscent of the ‘morality police’ found in groups like the Taliban, a man in Tucson, Arizona has taken it upon himself to ‘reeducate’ women who visit the local Planned Parenthood office. The vigilante pro-lifer, identified as Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Emporium brought people’s awareness to Jordan’s ‘protest,’ pointing out that although local police are aware of his activities, they are unable or unwilling to do anything about it. This is a comment Jordan made himself that was also posted to the same group, it proves he’s well aware of his actions. People’s responses to Jordan’s post restore our faith in humanity somewhat, with many commenters pointing out that the work of Planned Parenthood goes far beyond abortions. They …

Abortion clinics report ‘alarming’ rise in picketing, vandalism and trespassing

Last year, trespassing hit highest level since 1999 while vandalism occurred at highest rate since 1990 US abortion providers reported an alarming escalation in incidents of disruption and intimidation in 2018, according to new recently enacted ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy; civil liberties and reproductive rights organizations filed a signed a ban on abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of President Trump, Vice President Pence and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services, said Katherine Ragsdale, interim president and CEO of NAF, in a statement. Trump and other politicians …

‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests

Womens health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide The fight to prevent one of several recent abortion restrictions enacted at the state level designed as a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the US four and a half decades ago. Alabamas Republican governor, Kay Ivey, signed the legislation on Wednesday. Womens health advocates and Democratic politicians have promised to fight the new law, as well as the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, said: At Planned Parenthood we will do whatever it takes to stop these dangerous bans so that our patients …

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs Heartbeat Abortion Bill Over Celebrity Protests

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial abortion bill Tuesday that bans abortion as early as six weeks, over protests from reproductive rights groups and Hollywood stars. The so-called Georgia legislation is the fourth such law to be passed this year, but heartbeat measures in Ohio, Mississippi, and Kentucky were all blocked by legal challenges before they could be enacted. Both the ACLU and Center for Reproductive Rights said Tuesday that they will sue to block the law in Georgia as well. Governor Kemp put politics before the health and well-being of Georgia women and their families, Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement. This bill is part of an orchestrated national agenda …

Conservative men try to talk to Ocasio-Cortez about menstruation

Last night, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the nation, a heartbeat bill that bans abortions after six weeks. It’s being called a backdoor abortion ban, because of the short amount of time between when a woman could detect her pregnancy and when the restriction kicks in. In many cases, women don’t find out they’re pregnant within the first six weeks, and yet the law would force them to carry a pregnancy to term, denying their the right to choose. It was a point Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made on Twitter last night in the wake of the law being signed. 6 weeks pregnant = 2 weeks late on your period. Most of …