Topic: Reproductive Rights

Signs for COPE Pregnancy Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

What It's Like to Get Reproductive Care at an Anti-Abortion, Anti-Contraception Clinic

Changes to the Title X family planning programs have brought onboard a new kind of reproductive health clinic. What does that mean for patients?

From left to right: Governor Mike Parson (R-Missouri), Governor Matt Bevin (R-Kentucky), and Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio).

How State Health Departments Are Closing Abortion Clinics: Five Key Takeaways

We've highlighted the five major conclusions of Pacific Standard's latest investigation.

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How Health Officials in Pro-Life States Are Quietly Dismantling Abortion Access

Without the fanfare of a bill signing or a Supreme Court decision, the first state without an abortion clinic is in sight.

The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486.

An Update on Abortion Pills From the World Health Organization Undermines How the U.S. Regulates Them

The update may make mifepristone and misoprostol more readily available worldwide. But in the U.S., not much is expected to change.

Eleanor Crossey Malone displays an abortion pill packet in Belfast, Ireland.

Advocates for Self-Managed Abortions Are Preparing for a Post-Roe World

Activists are trying to help women navigate the complicated legal landscape around misoprostol and mifepristone, "essential medicines" according to the World Health Organization.

The Confederate Memorial stands outside the governor's office at the Alabama State Capitol on May 15th, 2019, in Montgomery, Alabama, the day that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a near-total ban on abortion into state law.

The Alabama Woman Charged With Her Fetus' Death Is Part of a Long History of Blaming Black Women for Harm to Their Unborn

An analysis has found that states in the South disproportionately detain or require medical procedures on pregnant women, for the sake of their fetuses, especially women of color.

Supporters of Massachusetts Citizens for Life hold signs during a rally outside the Massachusetts Statehouse on June 17th, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts. Opposing activists were rallying in advance of consideration by lawmakers of measures aimed at loosening restrictions on abortion.

'We're a Divided Nation': Pro-Life Leaders on This Year's Abortion Laws

This spring's sweeping abortion bans represent the greatest assault on abortion rights since Roe v. Wade.

People carry pro-life and pro-choice signs during the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Does It Make a Difference When Politicians Tell Their Abortion Stories?

Abortion storytelling projects, aimed at reducing stigma, have proliferated in recent years, but what's their real effect on public opinion?

The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486.

'These Maternal Deaths Could Have Been Avoided': A Closer Look at the Major New Study Finding That Abortions Don't Harm Women's Health

This research is particularly important at a time when states across the country are passing new laws concerning abortion.

A woman speaks during a protest against recently passed anti-abortion bills at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, on May 21st, 2019.

No, Having an Abortion Is Not Harmful to a Woman's Health

Women who sought but did not receive an abortion were in worse health five years later than peers who did get one, a new study finds.

A sign hangs above a Planned Parenthood clinic on May 18th, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.

Why Some Cities Are Using Zoning Laws to Restrict Abortion Access

While abortion is often talked about in ideological terms, in many states it's a lack of brick-and-mortar clinics that prevents women from seeking the care they need.

A woman speaks during a protest against recently passed anti-abortion bills at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, on May 21st, 2019.

Georgia Democrats Are Cautioning Against a Hollywood Boycott. One Is Coming Anyway.

Netflix, Disney, CBS, NBC, Sony, and Showtime have threatened to end production in Georgia after the state passed a bill outlawing abortion after six weeks.

A protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21st, 2019.

What Happens When Regional Access to Abortion Is Cut Off?

As Republican legislatures pass bills limiting reproductive rights, women are being forced to travel farther from home to obtain the care they need.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson listens to a media question during a press conference to discuss the status of license renewal for the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility on May 29th, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Missouri Could Become the First State in the Nation Without an Abortion Clinic

But it's far from the only state where a health department's efforts could effectively end abortion access.

Pro-choice activists, politicians, and others associated with Planned Parenthood gathered for a demonstration against the Trump administration's Title X rule change on February 25th, 2019, at city hall in New York City.

Why Pro-Choice Groups Vastly Outspend Pro-Life Groups in Political Campaigns

By some measures, pro-choice groups outspend their pro-life counterparts by as much as 10-to-one. But it all depends on what you count as an abortion policy group.

Pregnant woman pregnancy surrogacy

A Novel About Renting Your Body to the Wealthy

In her debut novel, Ramos depicts a circle of women optimized to serve as surrogates for the super-rich.

A woman speaks during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21st, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia "heartbeat" bill would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Alabama abortion law, signed by Governor Kay Ivey last week, includes no exceptions for cases of rape and incest, outlawing all abortions except when necessary to prevent serious health problems for the pregnant person. The new law also punishes doctors for performing an abortion, making the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Viewfinder: Protesters Across the U.S. Rally Against Abortion Bans

A woman speaks during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21st, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Activist Tamara Stevens with the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia leaves the Georgia Capitol after Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addressed an event to speak out against the recently passed "heartbeat" bill on May 16th, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sex Strikes Have a Long and Controversial History as a Tool of Women's Protest

Alyssa Milano's proposal was unpopular, but the practice of sex strikes goes back to the dawn of humanity.

Activists hold signs in front of the the United States Supreme Court during the 2018 March for Life on January 19th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Where Will Abortion Be Illegal If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned?

Here's what will happen to abortion access in your state if the Supreme Court decision ensuring legal abortion throughout America is overturned.

A billboard in McAllen, Texas, in front of Whole Women's Health.

The Future of Abortion Access: An Essential Reading List

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of a measure that would effectively ban abortion in the state. Here's a selection of Pacific Standard stories about recent challenges to abortion access.

People carry pro-life and pro-choice signs during the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Alabama Is Poised to Pass an Outright Ban on Abortion

Georgia's governor has also signed a six-week ban, giving the Supreme Court yet more opportunities to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A Planned Parenthood sign in Mobile, Alabama.

A New Title X Rule Stripping Sexual Health Access for Millions of Women Could Take Effect Next Week

The future of federal family planning programs will be decided by May 3rd, as four separate lawsuits seek to block the Trump administration's plans to target abortion access.

Kitty Marion with copies of The Birth Control Review in 1915.

Meet the Suffragette So Radical She Was Written Out of the History Books

A new biography sheds light on the suffragette movement's attempts to cover up its own more radical past.