Kamala Harris puts abortion front and center with visit to Minnesota clinic

Vice-president toured Planned Parenthood facility signaling issue will be key in election

Carter Sherman
Thu 14 Mar 2024

Kamala Harris visited a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Thursday, becoming what is believed to be the first vice-president ever to do so.

Harris stopped by a clinic in Minnesota, a state where abortion remains legal following the overturning of Roe v Wade, as part of her nationwide tour to highlight the impact of Roe’s downfall. Harris also toured the clinic, which remained open to patients as the nation’s first female vice-president made her historic visit.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/14/kamala-harris-visits-abortion-clinic-minnesota

USA – Capturing the ‘spectacularly unspectacular’ reality of abortions and reproductive health facilities

Carmen Winant’s new installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art conveys how unremarkable spaces and procedures that have become intensely politicised are

Helen Stoilas
11 August 2023

Just days before voters in nearby Ohio rebuffed a Republican attempt to curtail amendments to the state’s constitution, ahead of an important referendum on abortion, an installation opened at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that aims to destigmatise the medical procedure. The last safe abortion (until 31 December 2023), by the artist Carmen Winant, employs images drawn from clinics, universities and historical archives in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio, along with photographs Winant took in present-day reproductive health spaces, to show the routine but essential work that is done there.

Continued: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/08/11/carmen-winant-minneapolis-institute-art-abortion-photo-installation

Inside A US Abortion Clinic Director’s Post-Roe Odyssey

June 19, 2023

As a first-year college student from the Minneapolis suburbs, Tammi Kromenaker was proudly anti-abortion, at one point slapping a "God is pro-life" bumper sticker on her dormitory room wall.

Currently serving as the head of an abortion clinic, she laughs about it all now. But in many ways, her relationship with abortion continues to be a winding odyssey -- more literally these days, after the fall of Roe v. Wade last year forced her to up and move the clinic.

Continued: https://www.barrons.com/news/inside-a-us-abortion-clinic-director-s-post-roe-odyssey-aa5b6511

OB-GYN shortage expected to get worse as medical students fear prosecution in states with abortion restrictions

In post-Roe America, these Minnesotans are getting people to their abortion appointments

They're part of a movement to support those navigating the new abortion landscape. In some states, case managers' jobs are targeted.

By Briana Bierschbach Star Tribune
APRIL 14, 2023

Emily Mohrbacher spent all morning working through the queue, but by early afternoon, the list of people needing her assistance had climbed back up to 43. 

Laptop open, earbuds in, Mohrbacher snacked on a fig newton in her Minneapolis kitchen and got back to work. She used an encrypted app to send a few questions to a woman in another state who had an abortion scheduled the next day but no way of getting to her appointment. As she waited for a response, Mohrbacher checked in with another client from Nebraska who needed to get to St. Paul for her procedure.

Continued: https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-abortion-access-navigators-help-patients-travel-to-appointments/600266744/

Abortion access under renewed threat in Oklahoma and Missouri

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Sun April 10, 2022

(CNN)While abortion rights advocates could secure several victories in US states in the coming days, they're sounding the alarm about an Oklahoma bill that would ban nearly all abortions that's likely to be signed into law. Here are some of this week's moves in state legislatures and by state leaders you may have missed.

Oklahoma sends near-total ban on abortion to governor
Oklahoma legislators passed a bill on Tuesday that would make performing an abortion illegal in the state, except to save the life of the pregnant woman in a medical emergency.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/09/politics/state-abortion-legislation-round-up-oklahoma-missouri/index.html

USA – These 5 States Are the Next Battlegrounds in the Abortion Wars

These 5 States Are the Next Battlegrounds in the Abortion Wars
Abortion rights groups are pouring tens of millions into these states to flip their legislatures in 2020.

by Carter Sherman
Oct 22 2019

When Americans think about the future of abortion, they often think of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion nationwide in Roe v. Wade. But over the last decade, the real battle over abortion hasn’t been in Washington, D.C. — it’s played out in statehouses across the country, where legislators have passed restriction after restriction on the procedure.

Now, abortion rights activists believe they have a unique chance to wrest back those state legislatures from abortion opponents. And though Election Day 2020 is still more than a year away, they’re already preparing.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/43kpy3/these-5-states-are-the-next-battlegrounds-in-the-abortion-wars

USA – Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

By Judy L. Thomas
May 22, 2018

The Oregon woman who shot and wounded a Wichita abortion doctor 25 years ago and firebombed several clinics in three states has been released from federal prison, causing concern among clinic operators who worry her release could spark a new wave of attacks.

Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, whose actions triggered a federal investigation into the possible existence of a nationwide conspiracy of anti-abortion terrorists intent on shutting down abortion clinics, left the Waseca Federal Correctional Facility in Minnesota on Monday and was being transported by bus to Portland, where she will be staying in a halfway house, according to her friends.

Continued: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article211653329.html

U.S: A State-by-State List of the Lies Abortion Doctors Are Forced to Tell Women

Illustration by Eleanor Doughty

by Callie Beusman
(Additional reporting by Leila Ettachfini)
Aug 18 2016, Broadly

In 26 states, abortion providers are required to carry "informed consent" brochures devised by conservative politicians, who say they're simply trying to help women make a difficult decision. But others say they're forcing doctors to give inaccurate and misleading information to their patients—with the intent of discouraging them from abortion.

When she worked at an abortion clinic in South Dakota, Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper was legally required to tell prospective patients that there was a chance that abortion would increase their risk of breast cancer and suicide.

Immediately afterwards, she'd tell them that neither of those statements had any actual basis in medical science. "What I would say was, 'The state requires me to give you this information. We have excellent medical evidence to say that it's actually not true, but I'm required to tell you this,'" she recalls.

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Source: Broadly