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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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  • An extremist anti-choice group calling itself the "Army of God" allegedly has claimed responsibility for the clinic bombing in Birmingham. In letters sent to several media outlets, the group also stated it will target anyone who makes, markets, or sells the abortion pill RU-486.
    Feb 05, 1998 | Story
  • Last week, a Florida women’s clinic was attacked by anti-choice activists who bombed the clinic with tear gas. In Wisconsin, a federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a decision that bans a form of late-term abortion that opponents have labeled "partial-birth abortion" and called for life sentences for doctors who perform the procedure.
    May 26, 1998 | Story
  • Police are still looking for suspects in the series of attacks on womens’ health clinics across Florida last week. Today on Democracy Now we’ll continue our look at other threats to womens’ choice. Yesterday, we looked at one case in New Hampshire where a obstetrician/gynecologist was no longer allowed to perform abortions where he worked after it merged with a nearby Catholic hospital.
    May 27, 1998 | Story
  • Today, March 10, a number of pro-choice groups will observe the fourth annual National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. They say its purpose is to create a positive climate for abortion providers and to thank all abortion providers for their dedication to women and their families.
    Mar 10, 2000 | Story
  • After 12 years of bitter struggle, RU-486, the abortion pill, finally received FDA approval for sale in the United States yesterday. The pill, Mifepristone, is used in the first 49 days to terminate a pregnancy and has been widely used overseas but was banned in the US in 1989.
    Sep 29, 2000 | Story
  • On his second day in office, George W. Bush took his first major political action: He signed a memorandumreinstating the full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid that his father and former President Reagan hadinstituted before him.
    Jan 23, 2001 | Story
  • Thousands marched in Washington D.C. this weekend, for the largest abortion rights rally in recent years. Theywarned congressmen and President Bush not to roll back women’s access to abortion and birth control.
    Apr 24, 2001 | Story
  • As the nation is hit by a scare over the potentially deadly anthrax bacteria, employees at abortion facilities can be heard saying, "sounds familiar to us…"
    Oct 17, 2001 | Story
  • Since abortion was made legal in 1973, there have been 2,400 incidents of abortion clinic violence. 7 abortionproviders have been killed, and more than 150 clinics have been bombed or set on fire.
    Oct 23, 2001 | Story
  • Federal Express packages containing white powder and the threat "This contains anthrax. You’re going to die," arrivedat more than 200 Midwest and East Coast abortion clinics on Thursday.
    Nov 12, 2001 | Story