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Democracy Now! has covered abortion restrictions enacted since Roe v. Wade – and the fight to keep the procedure safe and affordable. Browse through the stories below to see our reports on "Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers" (TRAP) laws, and the providers who remain the target of violence. We also interview advocates like Katha Pollitt, who argues abortion is a social good, and cover controversial stances by lawmakers and candidates who oppose abortion in all situations, including those of rape and incest, and when a mother’s health is endangered.

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    Texas abortion clinics shuttered by a recent court ruling have been allowed to reopen after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked part of an anti-choice law that would have required abortion clinics to meet the standards of hospital-style surgery centers. Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the rule to take immediate effect, essentially gutting access to abortion overnight. Thirteen clinics were forced to close, leaving...
    October 16, 2014 | Story
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    We look at a book out this week that offers a new vision for the pro-choice movement. In "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights," Nation columnist Katha Pollitt dissects the logic behind the hundreds of abortion restrictions enacted over the past few years and shows that, at their core, they are not about safety, but about controlling women. In order to reverse the tide of eroding access, Pollitt concludes, the pro-choice movement must end...
    October 16, 2014 | Story
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    In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of miles from a healthcare facility that they might need. The reason? These facilities provide, among other services, safe, legal abortions.
    October 09, 2014 | Columns & Articles
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    We broadcast from San Antonio, which is now the last outpost for legal abortion in southern Texas. Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a provision requiring abortion providers to meet hospital-style building requirements to come into immediate effect, effectively gutting abortion access overnight. The move shuttered 13 clinics and left just eight open in a state that once had more than 40 facilities. On Monday, a number of...
    October 08, 2014 | Story
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    Over the past three days, federal judges have blocked a pair of new laws that could have closed most of the 19 abortion clinics in Texas and all five of the facilities in Louisiana. On Friday, a federal judge blocked a Texas law due to take effect Monday that would have required all abortion clinics to meet the same standards as hospital-style surgery centers — even those that offer non-surgical abortions with medication, and simple...
    September 02, 2014 | Story
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    The romantic comedy "Obvious Child" was one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. It is opening in theaters today. "Obvious Child" has been hailed as the first romantic comedy about abortion, but it is much more than that. Watch our interview with "Obvious Child" director Gillian Robespierre.
    June 06, 2014 | Web Exclusive
  • Tiller
    As Oklahoma enacts a law that could close all but one abortion clinic in the state — and Louisiana is poised to follow suit — we look at the legacy of Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated five years ago this past weekend. Tiller was one of a handful of doctors providing abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy. He braved constant threats, a firebombing at his clinic and an assassination attempt that left him with gunshot...
    June 04, 2014 | Story
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    A Montana medical office that provided abortions, among other services, has been forced to close after a vandal systematically broke or slashed practically every object and surface inside. All Families Healthcare saw the destruction of its plumbing and heating systems, plants pulled up by their roots, and holes stabbed through faces in family photographs. The accused vandal, Zachary Klundt, is the son of a former board member of the...
    March 27, 2014 | Story
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    The romantic comedy "Obvious Child" is one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The film stars former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate as Donna Stern, a Brooklyn comedian who speaks openly about sexuality and other taboo topics on stage. When Donna gets pregnant, she decides to have an abortion. While one in three women in the United States will have an abortion, the topic is...
    January 24, 2014 | Story
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    A legal battle is being waged in Texas over the controversial new anti-choice law that inspired a people’s filibuster over the summer. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked a federal appeals court judge to immediately reinstate a key part of the new law a day after it was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court judge. On Monday, District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the provision requiring onerous hospital admitting privileges for...
    October 30, 2013 | Story