Abortion Topics


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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  • Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito refuses to state that Roe v. Wade was the settled law of the land — a statement made by John Roberts four months ago during his confirmation hearings to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 12, 2006 | Story
  • Cecilia Fire Thunder, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, recently made waves when she said a clinic on the Pine Ridge reservation could provide abortions if South Dakota’s new abortion ban goes into effect. The ban is set to go into effect July 1st. It would prohibit all abortions except to save the life of the mother — with no exceptions for rape or incest. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 28, 2006 | Story
  • The Supreme Court has handed down what is being called one of the biggest setbacks for the abortion rights movement in years. On Wednesday, the court voted 5-4 to uphold a ban on late-term abortion. The ruling marks the first time justices have agreed that a specific abortion procedure can be banned. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 19, 2007 | Story
  • Pro-choice activists are gathering around the country today to mark the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. In Albany, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is addressing the Family Planning Advocates of New York State. Shortly after taking office last year, Spitzer introduced a bill that would declare abortion a fundamental right for women. The bill would also ensure abortion remains legal in New York should the Supreme Court...
    Mar 10, 2008 | Story
  • We host a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights with Margaret Roberts, co-president of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson; Rabbi Dennis Ross, the director of Concerned Clergy for Choice; Rev. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister of the Judson Memorial Church; and Rev. Tom Davis, author of the book Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 10, 2008 | Story
  • The more than 150 ballot measures voted on Tuesday night include the defeat, once again, of the abortion ban in South Dakota and the outlawing of anti-gay marriage in California. We speak to Kristina Wilfore of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. [includes rush transcript]
    Nov 07, 2008 | Story
  • President Obama has lifted the Global Gag Rule that banned US funding for any international healthcare organizations that perform abortions or advocate for the legalization of abortion. The Mexico City Policy, as it was known, banned funding even if those activities were funded by non-US money. The Global Gag Rule was seen by many as a major global barrier to access to crucial women’s health services. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 27, 2009 | Story
  • It’s not surprising to see President Obama gracing the cover of a magazine, except perhaps in one case. The latest issue of Ms. magazine features an illustration of President Obama tearing open his dress shirt and tie to reveal a T-shirt reading “This is what a feminist looks like.” Obama is the first male to appear on the cover in over a decade. Critics have questioned the decision to put Obama on the cover, especially at so early a...
    Jan 27, 2009 | Story
  • Supporters of reproductive rights are mourning the killing of the abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. The sixty-seven-year-old Tiller was shot Sunday as he attended services at his Wichita, Kansas church. The gunman fled the scene, but a suspect was later caught in a Kansas City suburb. The suspect, fifty-one-year-old Scott Roeder, has a history of involvement in anti-abortion activism and was once arrested and jailed on explosives charges....
    Jun 01, 2009 | Story
  • We speak to the manager of a Kansas City abortion clinic who says he twice told the FBI last week about the suspect in the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, including the day before the killing. The suspect, Scott Roeder, vandalized the Aid for Women clinic by locking its doors shut. Using the pseudonym "Jeff Pederson" to protect his identity, the clinic manager says Tiller’s death could have been avoided had the ...
    Jun 03, 2009 | Story