ACLU, Planned Parenthood bring lawsuit against Alabama abortion law

ACLU, Planned Parenthood bring lawsuit against Alabama abortion law

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Fri May 24, 2019

Washington (CNN)The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Friday against Alabama's abortion law, the latest in legal challenges to state legislation that place restrictions on abortions.

Alabama's near-total ban -- the most restrictive abortion law in the country -- would punish doctors who perform the procedure with up to 99 years in prison and does not include exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law last Wednesday, but it does not take effect until November.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/24/politics/alabama-abortion-ban-aclu-lawsuit/index.html

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U.S. anti-abortion activists once ‘chipped away’ at Roe vs. Wade — now they’ve picked up a sledgehammer

U.S. anti-abortion activists once 'chipped away' at Roe vs. Wade — now they've picked up a sledgehammer
Some fear future of 1973 ruling on abortion could be in doubt under a conservative-leaning Supreme Court

Matt Kwong · CBC News
Posted: May 22, 2019

The anti-abortion movement is hitting an aggressive new stride in the United States. Whether it breaks into a sprint toward the Supreme Court is worrying reproductive rights activists amid a renewed push to reverse the long-standing precedent that legalized abortions.

As part of a frenzy of recent legislative activity, Alabama and Missouri last week sought to criminalize nearly all abortions in a bid to dismantle Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized a woman's right to have the procedure.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/anti-abortion-roe-v-wade-us-law-analysis-1.5144110

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Poll: Most Americans disapprove of the Alabama abortion ban

Poll: Most Americans disapprove of the Alabama abortion ban

Most also support upholding Roe v. Wade.
By Li Zhou
May 22, 2019

Poll after poll is now showing the same national reaction to Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion: Most Americans don’t support it.

According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll out this week, 56 percent of Americans do not approve of other states passing a law similar to the one in Alabama that bars abortion in almost all cases except when a mother’s life is in danger. In a HuffPost/YouGov poll, a very similar proportion — 57 percent — also disapproved of the law.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2019/5/22/18635563/poll-alabama-abortion-ban-law-democrats-republicans-2020

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Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months

Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months
Three-quarters of mail order requests came from states with strict anti-abortion laws

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
Wed 22 May 2019

Thousands of American women have obtained abortion pills online in the past six months, according to figures that highlight the escalating difficulty in accessing safe abortions on the ground.

Data shared with the Guardian reveals that 21,000 women requested abortion medication between October 2018 and March this year from the charity Aid Access. Between a third and a half of the women who made the requests were then sent abortion pills in the mail. The majority of the recipients live in states with hostile abortion policies.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/revealed-21000-us-women-order-abortion-pills-in-six-months

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USA – Unprecedented Wave of Abortion Bans is an Urgent Call to Action

Unprecedented Wave of Abortion Bans is an Urgent Call to Action

Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute
First published online: May 22, 2019

2019 has become the year when antiabortion politicians make clear that their ultimate agenda is banning abortion outright, at any stage in pregnancy and for any reason.

For years, antiabortion efforts have publicly focused on more incremental or administrative measures, such as targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws that severely undermine access but are designed not to appear as a frontal assaults on abortion rights.

Now, abortion opponents have dropped all pretenses. With a conservative U.S. Supreme Court poised to gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, radical and expansive abortion bans are being enacted as part of a long-term strategy to advance these cases to the Supreme Court.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2019/05/unprecedented-wave-abortion-bans-urgent-call-action

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Thousands Of Women Across The US Marched To Protest Abortion Bans

Thousands Of Women Across The US Marched To Protest Abortion Bans
"Should be at school but instead I'm busy protesting this SHIT."

Tasneem Nashrulla, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Last updated on May 21, 2019

Thousands of people across the US Tuesday marched as part of the #StopTheBans protest against the recent wave of anti-abortion legislation that has cropped up in several states.

More than 500 #StopTheBans demonstrations were set to take place at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across multiple states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Ottawa, Canada.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/stop-the-abortion-bans-protests

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USA – ‘I’m an OB/GYN – All Abortions Should Be Legal. No Exceptions.’

'I’m an OB/GYN - All Abortions Should Be Legal. No Exceptions.'
Does a woman need to be on her death bed for her to be given the right to abort her pregnancy?

By Jennifer Gunter, MD, OB/GYN, as told to Tiffany Ayuda
May 21, 2019

Like a huge tide, there's a wave of Republican-led states that are enacting anti-abortion laws, and it's hurting women in many ways that we don't realize. From Georgia and Ohio's abortion bans that end access at six weeks to Alabama's almost complete ban, women are being marginalized more than ever. As a physician and gynecologist who has performed abortions and pre-term deliveries, it's terrifying to see how lawmakers are passing bills left and right on what women and gender minorities can and can't do with their bodies. And while not all of these laws have taken effect yet, they pose a serious risk to reproductive rights and add fuel to the pro-life side's efforts to strike down Roe v. Wade, which legalizes abortions nationwide.

Continued: https://www.prevention.com/health/amp27526828/abortion-bans-jennifer-gunter-gynecologist/

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USA – Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.

Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.
Every pregnancy poses a “serious health risk” to the mother.

By Warren M. Hern
May 21, 2019

Pregnancy is a life-threatening condition. Women die from being pregnant. We have known that for thousands of years.

They die from hemorrhage, infection, pre-eclampsia (which can lead to fatal seizures), obstructed labor, amniotic fluid embolism, thromboembolism, a ruptured uterus, retained placenta, hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and many other causes that fill the obstetrics textbooks. Modern medicine can prevent and treat many, but not all, of these conditions. Some potentially fatal problems cannot be foreseen or prevented. Pregnancy always comes with some irreducible risk of death.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/alabama-law-abortion.html

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Connecting the dots on the Alabama abortion story

Connecting the dots on the Alabama abortion story
[A roundup of notable news stories on the new Alabama law]

By Jon Allsop, CJR
May 20, 2019

“It’s time to hear Alabama’s women.” That was the headline on identical front pages published yesterday by The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and the Mobile Press-Register, three titles within the Alabama Media Group. Last week, after lawmakers in the state pushed through a near-total ban on abortion, the three papers invited readers to weigh in on what it’s like to be a woman in Alabama; within 24 hours, more than 200 had responded. Yesterday, the papers published many of the essays they received. “Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law,” Kelly Ann Scott, who edits the three titles, wrote in an introduction to the package. “But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.”

Continued: https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/alabama_abortion_ban_law.php

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It’s time to hear Alabama’s women

It’s time to hear Alabama’s women
The voices of women in Alabama are no longer missing from the conversation.

May 19, 2019
By Kelly Scott

Alabama was the talk of the nation last week as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country became law. But, missing from many of those conversations were the voices of women from this state.

So, we asked them to share their opinions on being a woman in Alabama. And more than 200 of them responded within less than 24 hours.

Continued: https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/05/its-time-to-hear-alabamas-women.html

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