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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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    After historic rulings that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, this week the Supreme Court handed down its final rulings for the current term, dealing with abortion access, air pollution, executions and elections. We examine the decisions and look at pending rulings on affirmative action and union dues with Ian Millhiser, editor of ThinkProgress Justice and author of "Injustices:...
    July 01, 2015 | Story
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    This week has seen a new round of restrictions on reproductive rights in the United States. In Texas, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld anti-choice provisions which threaten to leave Texas with just 10 or fewer abortion clinics. The ruling upholds restrictions forcing abortion facilities to meet the standards of hospital-style surgery centers and forcing providers to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the decision goes...
    June 11, 2015 | Story
  • Richardsnoid
    Republicans continue to seek the erosion of reproductive rights with a series of measures at the federal and state level. Last week the Republican-controlled House approved a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The vote came months after Republicans were forced to withdraw their initial version following dissent from women in their own party. The new revised measure drops a requirement that rape and incest survivors who seek an...
    May 19, 2015 | Story
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    While Indiana has been in the spotlight over its new anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law, another state controversy is brewing. On Monday, Purvi Patel became the first person in U.S. history sentenced to prison for feticide for what the state said was an attempt to end her own pregnancy. While Patel says she had a miscarriage, delivering a stillborn fetus, prosecutors accused her of taking drugs to induce an abortion, even though no...
    April 02, 2015 | Story
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    The American Library Association has released its list of Notable Videos for Adults — 15 "outstanding" films from the past two years. Included in the list is "Harvest of Empire," based on the groundbreaking book of the same name by Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. The Oscar-nominated documentary "Dirty Wars," based on the book by investigative journalist and former Democracy Now! producer Jeremy...
    March 06, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    In Part 2 of our interview, Diana Whitten, director of "Vessel," talks about how Brazilian women first discovered the medication misoprostol could be used to induce abortion, and how Dr. Rebecca Gomperts and her team have helped women to take the pills safely in countries where abortion is illegal.
    January 16, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    As Republicans in the new Congress and in state legislatures across the United States seek new restrictions on abortion, we look at the story of a Dutch doctor who has brought safe abortion to countries around the world where it is illegal. The new documentary "Vessel" follows Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves, who set sail on a ship to provide abortions in international waters, where a country’s bans do not...
    January 15, 2015 | Story
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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